Fellowship of Holy Hip Hop announced today that it has formed a strategic alliance with Music Resource Group (MRG): (1) publisher of the leading music industry contact databases the Musician's Atlas (with readership in excess of 250,000)  and the interactive Musician’s AtlasOnline and (2) producers of the global "Independent Music Awards" – ‘the awards program for the indie revolution’. As part of the alliance, the Fellowship of Holy Hip Hop will assist the Independent Music Awards with the creation of new IMA categories honoring top Holy Hip Hop Album and Song Winners for the upcoming 8th annual IMA program. The IMAs is an unique international program that promotes independent artists and releases to more than 15 million music fans and key industry players via year-long print, online and broadcast promotions, plus distribution and performance opportunities. Winners are determined by A-list artist and industry judges which have included: Speech, Yolanda Adams, Jose Feliciano, Peter Gabriel, Norah Jones, Erykah Badu and George Clinton among others.

  Industry leaders in the Holy Hip Hop and Gospel community such as  "Kurtis Blow" Walker and Christopher 'Play'  among other key members of the community suggested by the Fellowship of Holy Hip Hop, will join the IMA judging panel to determine the winners in the Holy Hip Hop Song and Album categories for the upcoming 8th annual IMA program.  By adding  Holy Hip Hop categories to its already broad range of music genres,  the IMAs becomes one of the very few mainstream awards programs to honor excellence by artists in this genre (best Rap Gospel was added to the Recording Academy’s Grammy program 2 years ago).

 “This timely mainstream decision by the Independent Music Awards to add a category for "Holy Hip Hop" serves to further the growing momentum of the global movement and mission to Take the Gospel to the Streets, uplift, and edify the community for generations to come," said eDDie Velez (da Preachin Puerto Rican), host of Holy Hip Hop Awards and CEO, Fellowship of Holy Hip Hop.

Additionally, for the next 6 months, all members of the Holy Hip Hop and Gospel community will get a special discount for the Musician’s AtlasOnline – full access to all of the systems qualified contact databases and interactive tools – with no activation fees. The Musician's Atlas is an invaluable, comprehensive information resource for any person who is either a member of the global music community whether as an artist or aficionado; and a powerful tool utilized by the Fellowship of Holy Hip Hop for the past 4 years.  http://www.musiciansatlas.com/holyhiphop.asp