Is Your Christian Band a Business or a Hobby?

Here’s the video transcript: Ideally, your Christian band is a ministry that changes the lives of people around you. But, how does your band’s ministry file taxes? How does your band get a bank account or a credit card? Does your band pay sales tax on equipment purchases? In short, how does your Christian band … Read more

Thanking Promoters, Hosts and Bookers

Anyone who hires your band deserves a personal Thank You, whether they’re the host of a house party, a youth group leader at a church, an independent promoter, or the booker for a venue. They put quite a bit of effort into making your Christian band’s show a success. The way you thank a person … Read more

Get Your Band’s Name on Stage

Here’s the video transcript: Getting your band’s name on stage is important because… If you tell me something (like your band’s name) I’m probably going to forget it. I’d like to blame this on maturity (code for loss of memory due to old age), but I’ve always been this way. Sometimes I have an earth … Read more

Do Real Bands Play Cover Tunes?

Here’s the video transcript: YES! Bands that do not play cover tunes are either already famous (so other people are covering their songs) or aren’t playing out much at all. Even if your band never intends to perform live, there are still many great reasons to learn cover tunes. One of the most important reasons … Read more

Should Your Christian Band Use Performance Contracts?

  Here’s the video transcript: Should your Christian band use contracts? Contracts are intimidating. We have been led to believe that a contract must be drawn up by an attorney and is written in stone so to speak. But, neither of those is true. A contract is simply the written form of an agreement between … Read more

Which Records to Keep to File Your Christian Band’s Income Taxes

Here’s the video transcript: In Part One of this series we talked about Why Your Christian Bans Should File Income Taxes. Now we’re talking about the information and records you need to keep to file your Christian band’s income taxes correctly. Good record keeping is a part of any business or ministry. Most people do … Read more

Why Should Your Christian Band File Income Taxes?

Here’s the video transcript: Look at Matthew 22:15-21 “Then the Pharisees met together to plot how to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested. They sent some of their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to meet with him. ‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘we know how honest you are. You teach … Read more

How to Get Your Christian Band Booked at State and County Fairs

Here’s the video transcript: State and county fairs are great places for Christian bands to play if the band can meet four basic criteria: ● The band does not perform an extreme style of music. Most fairs look for bands that perform country, blues, southern gospel, traditional folk, coffeehouse, and mild rock. Very few fairs … Read more

How much should your Music Ministry charge for performance fees?

Please listen to Part One of the is article: How much should my Christian Band charge to play a show? before moving on to this part. Here’s the video transcript: Question: “How much should your Christian band charge to play a show?” Answer: “How well are you doing your job?” It is important to note … Read more

How Much Should Your Christian Band Charge to Play a Show?

Here’s the video transcript: One of the most common questions Christian bands ask is, “How much should my band charge to play a show?” No one ever likes the answer: “new bands do not get to charge, they are blessed if they get paid at all.” In fact, the band is blessed if anyone asks … Read more

Should Your Christian Band Play FREE Shows?

Here’s the video transcript: One of the questions I get asked frequently is “Should my Christian band play free shows?” My answer is not what most people expect, but it makes sense if you’re willing to stop and think instead of looking for a quick and easy rule to apply to your ministry. When anyone … Read more

Financial Advice for Christian Musicians

Use all your talents to create income Here’s the video transcript: Making a living in the music ministry is not easy; there is no guarantee that you will ever be able to support yourself or your family from money you make with your ministry or your music. The way most Christians picture the Christian musician … Read more

Should Your Christian Band Hire a Booking Agent?

Most musicians think a booking agent will automatically get the band great gigs that pay really well and have large audiences. That simply is not true. You need to get the right booking agent at the right time to build your fanbase. Here’s the video transcript: Today we’re answering the question, “Should your band hire … Read more

The Elevator Pitch for Christian Bands

“Elevator Pitch”… that just sounds used car salesman-ey, doesn’t it? It makes me think of marketing scam more than integrity and solid ministry… blue polyester off the rack suits and way too much fake gold jewelry. YUCK… definitely not a positive image for your Christian band. Why does an elevator pitch have such a negative … Read more