About Us

Gospel Music Arts exists to help preserve Grassroots Gospel music, with its hearty sound
and acoustical musical instruments, and to provide a platform for like-minded musicians
who are passionate for this style of music and its power to inspire, encourage, and transform lives.

Diane and Mildred's Gospel Music Arts

The history and founding of Gospel Music Arts follows a somewhat lengthy and winding path, at times taking unexpected turns, but always within the guiding hand of the Lord. Founder Diane McKoy, as a Christian singer and washboardist, was impassioned to seek out an ally to help her form an organization that would use Gospel music to help transform communities by changing attitudes. After nurturing this idea for twenty years in her New York City home, even setting up her campaign table in NYC’s Theater District at times , she found herself on a path of “divine intervention” that, years later, led her straight to the Appalachian Mountains. As Diane sought new material to record, she contacted a friend in Colorado—Bluegrass Gospel festival producer, promoter and performer Suzie Solomon—who introduced Diane to her songwriter friend, Mildred Statzer. Diane and Mildred were instant friends. Both were passionate about the message and artistry of Grassroots Gospel music and set about to bring this genre to the forefront through Gospel Music Arts, later singing and recording together as the duo simply known as Diane and Mildred.



Mildred Statzer

Mildred, born in the Appalachians, came out of a Christian family and as a child accepted Jesus as her Savior. She too has been a part of several reputable gospel music groups, including The Gospel Melodies. These groups traveled all around the Appalachians, into North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, and Michigan, and recorded many LP albums and cassette tapes. More recently, Mildred has recorded five CDs as a solo artist. She is also known for her songwriting of more than sixty gospel songs, and her seemingly limitless instrumental ability, including harmonica, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, Dobro, autoharp, piano, mandolin, and clawhammer banjo.


Diane McKoy

Diane also grew up in a Christian home and from a very early age was passionate about music and television, enjoying such programs as Hootenanny, Serendipity, and Hee Haw. She gives God all the glory for healing her of a large stomach tumor and duodenal ulcers. For many years she has been involved in the music industry, forming more than fifty singing groups and working bands, and is a recording artist in her own right. Diane is credited with forming New York City’s first and only known Bluegrass Gospel band, NYC’s Singing Conquerors with co-founder Russell Scholl, and the band played together for thirteen years. She is still involved with a second NYC Bluegrass Gospel band that she founded in 2002, Diane McKoy and A Small Few. McKoy’s friend and “reigning patriarch of bluegrass music,” the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley, has dubbed her the Queen of NYC Bluegrass Gospel.



Together, these two ladies formed Gospel Music Arts. According to Diane, through this organization they hope to bring syndicated, positive, one-of-a-kind programming to a deprived world lacking in these cultural and spiritual benefits.



The main accomplishment of this group is a telecast, Diane and Mildred’s Gospel Music Arts, co-hosted by Diane and Mildred. The show is pre-recorded in churches and other venues and airs in the Tri-Cities of Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. The telecast features Grassroots Gospel music, including Bluegrass Gospel, Country Gospel, and Olde Tyme Gospel artists. Gospel Music Arts’ style of music is viewed as a ministry and art that encourages and lifts the spirit.



The telecast claims to be unlike any other program on the air, with the goal of providing a gospel entertainment and spiritual edification venue where various art forms of Grassroots Gospel music can be performed and viewed worldwide, seven days a week.

Founded on the premise that Gospel music has the power to move people to be inspired and changed.


Statement of Faith


We believe in the GOOD NEWS of the GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST! We believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit as One. We believe in the Virgin Birth, the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!




Motto


Rejoice in the Lord Always for the Joy of the Lord is Our Strength!








Bible Verses


John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life.

Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.





















Gospel Music Arts Alliance for Greater New York City is a function of Charity for the Needy & Ministry Works, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in the Arts Capital of the World, New York City. Gospel Music Arts was begun in 2010 by Diane McKoy and Mildred Statzer, who serve as the group’s administrative staff. At the heart of this organization is a passion for preserving the Gospel music legacy in the genres of Country Gospel, Bluegrass Gospel, and Olde Tyme Gospel Music that has so flourished in American culture for many decades. Musicians from this genre of music generally come from evangelical Christian roots, with the common objectives of sharing their Christian faith and encouraging other believers.

Gospel Music Arts is a Member of the International Bluegrass Music Association and Bluegrass Nation.