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With Special Guest, Scott A. Shuford from FrontGate Media

San Clemente, CA – The Grove Center for the Arts & Media is pleased to announce a new online class for artists, Building Your Artist Platform, which will be held Tuesday, June 17, at 9 AM PST, Noon EDT. Grove Executive Director, Joey O’Connor, will be interviewing social media and marketing expert, Scott Shuford, the founder and Chief Engagement Officer of FrontGate Media. Shuford has been a featured speaker for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, Christian Leadership Alliance, Gospel Music Association, Christian Music Summits, Christian Comedy Association, and more.

Established in 2001, FrontGate ( is the largest Internet and events group reaching the faith and family values audience. The firm just won two top honors as the “Best Marketing Website” and the “Best Faith-based Website” in the advertising industry’s 2014 Internet Advertising Competition. Serving as “Your Gateway To The Christian Audience,” FrontGate’s web network provides reach to more than 10 million people and 5 million email subscribers, generating more than 34 million page views each month. The firm also provides strategy and execution for Faith-based Media Buying, Public Relations, and Social Media.

Grove Center Executive Director Joey O’Connor states, “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to interview Scott about what it takes for artists to build their platform. There are so many struggling filmmakers, musicians, visual artists—artists and creative of all kinds­­–who wrestle with the business side of their craft. Scott is a proven professional who knows marketing and social media. His ideas, experience, and knowledge will add great value to our listeners.”

Based in South Orange County, The Grove Center for the Arts & Media is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “cultivate the spiritual life and creative work of artists.” The Grove hosts monthly artist gatherings, getaway artist retreats, and provides practical online classes to help artists in their personal and professional lives.

O’Connor added, “Not only are our Grove online classes personal, practical and affordable, we’ve seen artists participate with us from all over the world. The Internet provides us a strategic way to develop relationships with artists across the globe. I know many of the artists we serve will greatly appreciate how Scott will help them build their artist platform.”

Building Your Artist Platform will be held Tuesday morning, June 17, 9 AM PST, Noon EDT with live call-in and web listening options. The one-hour class costs $9.99. Register at

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