I’ll be returning again this year to teach at the popular Christian Musician Summit (CMS),  set to come home to the Northwest, the site where the CMS events first started 10 years ago.

CMS Northwest 2012 boasts a schedule that includes workshops and performances featuring some of the best musicians in the Contemporary Christian music (CCM) industry, including David Crowder, Phil Keaggy, Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown & The Worship Republic, Lincoln Brewster, Michael Farren, Bellarive, Jennie Lee Riddle and many others.

As part of the Creator Leadership Network track at the event, I’ll be teaching my two sessions, one on Marketing 101 for Worship Leaders and the other on Social Media Strategies.

Dr. Vern Sanders will be my trackmate and will do sessions on Top 10 Leadership Tips from Someone who has Survived the Worship Wars, How to Get ANY Group of Singers to Sound Better in 10 Minutes!, Integrating Traditional and Contemporary Music Into Worship, and Use a Choir to Break Down Walls in Worship.

CMS Northwest 2012 will be held November 9 and 10 at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, Washington, about 25 minutes from downtown Seattle. A set of one-day bootcamps for songwriters, guitarists, vocalists and indie artists also is scheduled for November 8.

Each day will feature conference sessions, workshops and performances, followed by nightly concerts. David Crowder, Phil Keaggy, a CCM Songwriters in the Round (Jennie Lee Riddle, Michael Farren, Bob Bennett, Benji Cowart and Jason Ingram), One Sonic Society, Bellarive, Lincoln Brewster and a Late Night Groove Lounge featuring Jesus Music Again (Bob Bennett, Bill Batstone and Alex MacDougall) are among those scheduled for the concerts.

“What a great opportunity for training and encouragement,” says award-winning Christian recording artist and songwriter Brenton Brown. “I can’t recommend the Christian Musician Summit more highly!”

“I have had the privilege to be a part of the Christian Musician Summit conferences over a number of years now, and I can tell you it is an event that both educates and encourages musicians, vocalists, technicians and anyone who desires to improve their skill and have an impact in this world with their God-given talents,” says Grammy-nominated recording artist and world-renowned guitarist Phil Keaggy, who will teach a workshop and also perform at the CMS Northwest 2012 event. “The people who have tirelessly put all this together are true servants and amazing human beings that I have come to love and respect.”

For more information on CMS Northwest 2012, including conference rates, and to register, visit http://www.ChristianMusicianSummit.com. For year-round sponsorship opportunities  see the CMS Media Kit.  In addition to CMS Northwest 2012, CMS at The Chapel 2013 is scheduled for May 3-4, 2013, in Buffalo, N.Y. and the date of CMS Nashville 2013 is yet to be announced. CMS at The Chapel and CMS Nashville are presented in partnership with Kingdom Bound Ministries.

Photo caption:

Musicians Phil Keaggy, Ashley Cleveland and Dave Cleveland catch up at CMS Nashville 2012.
Keaggy is also set to perform at CMS Northwest 2012.
(McCain & Co. Public Relations photo)

The Christian Musician Summit conferences, co-founded by Bruce Adolph and Matt Kees, are designed to inspire and assist worship leaders, musicians, technicians, pastors, songwriters, and independent artists to sharpen their skills for God’s glory. In addition to the workshops and concerts, the CMS conferences also feature exhibits with audio/video and music companies who offer products and services for the Christian church market. These events provide a time for musicians and technicians of all levels to come and learn, network and fellowship.