End of the Year Band Evaluation

 

Here’s the video transcript:

Before we get started I want to let you know that this video asks a lot of questions. If you’re like me, you’re probably watching while you’re doing something else—and that’s good—you’re using your time wisely. But this session is going to be challenging to apply unless you have notes. So I created a free PDF Band Evaluation Checklist for you. It covers everything I am talking about today. There’s boxes to check of for each topic to help to easily see where you stand and what you need to do. You don’t have to stop what you are doing if your click this link to get your free checklist:

Get the Band Evaluation Checklist

Sign up here so I can send you the Band Evaluation Checklist by Email.

Signing up here enters your e-mail onto the Christian Band Help mailing list. We know you hate spam—we do too. We don’t have a newsletter and we don’t send e-mails every day. We only send e-mails when we have something important to say that we think you want to hear, not usually more than 2 per month. Plus there is always an unsubscribe button on the bottom of every e-mail. We don’t share or sell e-mail addresses to anyone, ever. Powered by ConvertKit

Go ahead and do that now and let’s get started.

After the summer fests are over, the back to school gigs have been played, and shows begin to slow down for a couple months, just before the holidays is the time to wisely to plan your Christian band’s success for next year. The place to start your plan is by first evaluating where you are, and then set goals for where you want to be in a year. After that, you can create steps and a budget to get you on track for your best year ever! Start by assessing the physical assets of the band.

Equipment

● Do you have equipment that is damaged? Will it be more cost effective to repair or replace it, hopefully with an upgrade?
● Did you lose equipment this year? Was it stolen or forgotten? Was it appropriately labeled? Do you need to replace that equipment? Be sure to check cords—they get lost or damaged one at a time and we generally do not pay attention to how many we are actually losing.
● Do you need to purchase new equipment? What pieces have top priority? Can you reduce the costs through endorsements or buying used?
● How well are your supplies stocked? Batteries? Duct tape? Solder and soldering iron?
● Don’t forget to check your road cases. Do you have enough and are they the right size? Are they in good condition? Are they labeled?

 

Merchandise

● How much did you sell of each item?
● What do you need to reorder?
● What should be sold out and then discontinued?
● Should you try new items? If so, what?
● Was merchandise damaged? If so, is there something you could do better to see that it does not get damaged again?
● Are your merchandise cases working well and in good shape? Do you have enough? Should they be replaced or upgraded?

 

Merchandise Displays

● Is your table and display in good condition?
● What worked well, and what was hard to use or difficult to transport?
● What should be redesigned, replaced, or upgraded?
● Does your display fit with the overall look and brand of the band?
● Does your cash box work well for you? Do you process credit cards? If so, does that work well for the band?

 

Vehicles

● Are your vehicle and trailer adequate for your band’s needs?
● How many times did you break down? How can future breakdowns be avoided?
● Are your first aid kit and tool kit fully stocked?
● What repairs and maintenance should be done?
● Do your vehicles need a good cleaning—inside and out?
● Do you need to purchase a different trailer or vehicle? If so, what is the most cost effective way to do that?

 

Office Supplies

● Is the main computer the band uses adequate and in good condition? Are all your files backed up and the backup stored in a different location than the main computer?
● Do you have a pretty good stockpile of the supplies you use all year long? Sharpies? Paper? Toner or ink cartridges? Folders, binders, etc?
● Does the band have an orderly area to work?
● Examine telephone usage if you do your own booking. Do you have a good phone? Do you need a different plan—smaller or larger?

As you are evaluating, be sure to value each person’s opinion. Everyone sees things from different perspectives and has different priorities. Talk it out and try to prioritize expenses; set up a budget and brainstorm on potential ways to reduce costs. Realize that this is not an easy process because the band has limited finances. Do your best to come up with an actionable plan. Remember that evaluation of physical assets is only part of your overall evaluation and this plan will have to fit in with the rest of the band’s evaluation.

Don’t forget to click the link below to get your free PDF Band Evaluation Checklist. As a special bonus this checklist includes the topics for the next session, which is Part Two:

Evaluating Your Band’s Intangible Assets.

CLICK HERE to move on to that session.

Get the Band Evaluation Checklist

Sign up here so I can send you the Band Evaluation Checklist by Email.

Signing up here enters your e-mail onto the Christian Band Help mailing list. We know you hate spam—we do too. We don’t have a newsletter and we don’t send e-mails every day. We only send e-mails when we have something important to say that we think you want to hear, not usually more than 2 per month. Plus there is always an unsubscribe button on the bottom of every e-mail. We don’t share or sell e-mail addresses to anyone, ever. Powered by ConvertKit

Prefer to listen to this article?
Here’s the SoundCloud link: 

The Christian Band Handbook

This article is an excerpt from The Christian Band Handbook.

Do you want to bring people closer to Jesus through your bands music without wasting time or money?

The Christian Band Handbook

is a valuable resource to help manage your Christian band effectively.

CLICK HERE

to get your copy today!

 

Get Your FREE Christian Band Booking Calendar

Christian musicians need places to play to be able to do their ministry.

Sign up to get a FREE booking calendar that shows you which booking tasks to do each month. Know what to do and when to do it to get more gigs so you can do more ministry.

Signing up here enters your e-mail onto the Christian Band Help mailing list. We know you hate spam—we do too. We don’t have a newsletter and we don’t send e-mails every day. We only send e-mails when we have something important to say that we think you want to hear, not usually more than 2 per month. Plus there is always an unsubscribe button on the bottom of every e-mail. We don’t share or sell e-mail addresses to anyone, ever. Powered by ConvertKit