In 1988, Bishop Ronald Carter had a dream of the COOLJC Convention Choir at a recording session. Bishop Carter requested, and was granted Overseer status and hence the International Music Department was birthed with the late Minister John Kirton as Presiden and the late Elder Dennis Parrott as his assistant. Bishop Carter’s dream came to fruition in August of 1990 when the International Music Department of COOLJC recorded its first album, entitled “We just come to Praise.” This album was recorded “Live” at the Richmond Center, Richmond Va., with 150 anointed musicians of the COOLJC Intl. Mass Choir.In April 1997, a second “Live” project entitled “Joy Bells” was record at the International Congress held in Norfolk, VA. Also in 1997, Apostle Gentle L. Groover assumed the duties as Overseer. The International Music Department has survived, through many trials and changes in administration and has continued to conduct its annual Gospel Music Workshops for the past 13 years, since its inception. 

In December 1999 during the conference in Louisville, KY, Bishop Thurman L. Hargrove became the IDM Overseer, after which Sister Nancy Y. Rowe became the President. Through this administration, there came the changing of the department’s name, to the International Department of Music & Arts.