*The president and CEO of the Gospel Music Association has stepped down from the position to help save the organization money amid the current economic recession. Falling association membership and other reductions in income have caused John Styll to resign his post of six years, although he will remain a member of the GMA board of directors. “We’ve been tightening our belts for some time in this economy and now we’re at a point where I think it’s wise to take my own salary off the books,” Styll added in a statement to The Christian Post. According to the GMA, the streamlining of the organization has been fueled by the economy as well as the changing profile of GMA’s membership – the most important audience it serves and the association’s principal source of income. While record labels, radio stations, retailers and other traditional categories of members continue to support the GMA, an increasing percentage of GMA’s membership is made up of independent artists, songwriters and musicians and other small music business professionals who are looking to GMA for community, networking and advocacy. GMA has also witnessed an increase in the number of volunteers. So with the economy in the state it is in today, the association decided to scale down the number of paid staff and return to a more volunteer-driven operation.