Lyric Sheets are one of the easiest press kit components to make… you’ll have this project completed in no time!
Christian promoters use lyric sheets to help determine if your band is a good fit for their event. Generally, they compare how “in your face” the bands lyrics are to the goals of their concert. For example: a promoter booking a band for a motorcyclists event that is expecting a lot of non Christians probably would not choose a praise and worship band, no matter how high the quality of music. They would be looking for a band that explains Gods grace in a simple but non judgmental style. Ideally this band could also do some secular cover tunes that the audience would know. A promoter looking for a band to provide entertainment at a Church picnic would want exclusively Christian lyrics that are very up front about the bands beliefs, no secular cover tunes would be wanted. For this promoter, encouragement toward a deeper walk with God would be more of an emphasis than His grace. Most promoters are not looking to see how well the band has crafted their lyrics. They simply want to get an overall feel for the ministry of the band to see if it will work well with their event.
There are only a few does and don’ts for lyric sheets:
● Do put the band logo at the top of the lyric sheet page.
● Do put the band booking information at the bottom of the lyric sheet page (press kit components often get separated as the different committees and “powers that be” look them over for approval).
● Do keep the font size large enough to be easily readable. I like to go no smaller than 10pt. and use a common font such as Arial, Trebuchet MS, or Times New Roman.
● Do not write out lyrics for cover tunes. These can go on a separate sheet (page 3 of your lyrics) with only the titles listed. Use the same format as the lyric sheet, but title the page something like “Cover Tunes insert band name Can Play”.
● Do not use more than three fonts: one for the band logo, one for the song titles (I like to bold the same font as the lyrics), and one for the lyrics. Remember that promoters are generally business people (or at least have to get approval from business people). So, you need to present information in a way they can most easily receive it, this is not the place to be too creative.
● Do not use more than 2 pages of lyrics. If you have more songs than can comfortably fit on 2 pages choose the songs you play most often. At the bottom of the second page (above the booking information) say something like “More lyrics available upon request”.
● Do not get crazy with color. The lyric sheet needs to be in black on a very light colored or white paper to be read easily. At most, your band logo could be in color.
One final option is to include a copyright notice and credit the songwriters. This is not mandatory for the lyrics in your Christian bands press kit, but many people choose to include them. My advice is to include them as long as it does not make the rest of the fonts extremely small. If the band holds the copyrights for all the songs on the lyric sheet it is easiest to put one line in a small font just below the songs but above the booking information. If copyrights are different for each song the notice should go under the title of the song.
That’s it! Including a lyric sheet is a super simple way to upgrade your bands press kit and get better gigs!
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