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Music Label Offers Free Conference to Singers/Songwriters in lieu of Donations to Second Harvest

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15th Annual Conference to be held at Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville during New Year's Weekend

(Nashville, TN) --For the first time in their fifteen year history, the Embassy Music Artist & Songwriter Conference is offering free admission to its annual event.  The usual $200 fee for attending the event has been waived for the conference, making the weekend of educational classes covering songwriting, radio promotion, recording, and the A&R process absolutely free to up-and-coming artists. Using the "pay it forward" approach, Embassy Music is asking attendees to instead bring food items as well as a copy of their CD as a donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

"Second Harvest is excited to partner with Embassy Music and the conference attendees this year," said Jaynee Day, President & CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. "The help could not have come at a better time as more and more families are seeking assistance."

"The economic downturn has impacted so many people including artists and songwriters," says Darwin Moody, President of Embassy Music.  "We hope this free conference provides musicians a meaningful experience during the holidays as we endeavor to further the impact of gospel music and artistry while also helping the needy, the hungry and the homeless."
The conference will be held January 2 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee, and will include numerous seminars on the various aspects of building a music career.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with music industry professionals, as well as showcase their music in a live audition.

Over the years, Embassy Music has helped launch artists and songwriters in various musical genres.  Recent Embassy talent winner Robert Mauti was runner-up in the Gospel Dream competition which was broadcast weekly into 45 million homes by Gospel Music Channel.  Mauti is also a member of the popular multi-cultural Soul Choir and has sung backup for Amy Grant, Point of Grace, and Bill Gaither, among others.  Mauti recently sang backup on the new critically-acclaimed Chris Tomlin Christmas CD.  Mauti currently has his own Christmas radio single playing across the country entitled, "A Way in a Manger."  Another Embassy Music prodigy, Brandon Green, went on to place in the top 50 of American Idol and finished runner-up on the 2009 season of the "Can You Duet?" TV show broadcast on CMT (Country Music Television).

Embassy Music discovered Leeland at the age of fourteen at their Ultimate Talent Search and Seminars.  Through their artist development program, Embassy Music helped Leeland land a publishing deal with EMI and a record deal with the Provident Label Group.  Leeland recently finished a 43-city tour with Brandon Heath and has also toured with Third Day and Casting Crowns.  Leeland garnered a Grammy nomination in 2009 for Best Pop Contemporary Gospel Album for his work on Opposite Way as well as numerous Dove nominations, including New Artist and Songwriter of the Year.
Seating for the conference is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. For additional information call (615) 361-3700 or visit: www.embassymusic.com.

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Pictured: (L to R): Jaynee Day, President & CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee; Darwin Moody, President of Embassy Music