Purchasing Band Equipment with Tithe Money – Does God Approve or Not?

  Here’s the video transcript: Purchasing sound equipment is an expensive business investment. Occasionally a band will make enough profit from gigs to buy some equipment, but most bands are finding it difficult just to break even these days. So, unfortunately, one of the first places many bands look to get money to buy equipment … Read more

Get Money for Ministry by Selling Your Band’s Used Equipment

  Here’s the video transcript: Need more money for your Christian band’s ministry? One way to get it is to sell your band’s used equipment. After you’ve done your Christian band’s end of the year evaluation and set your goals for next year, you probably realize that your band does not expect to have enough … Read more

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. … Read more

Get Endorsements for Your Christian Band

  Here’s the video transcript: Every musician and band wants free stuff: instruments, sound equipment, lights, cases, and strings are expensive, and free is always better. Every band wants to feel important and say, “We’re endorsed by this famous company.”   You probably can get endorsements for your Christian band. They just won’t be the … Read more

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

Per Diems to Feed the Band

  Here’s the video transcript: “The band should pay for the band member’s meals (that are not provided by the venue) when on the road.” This sounds like an easy concept, but it has frequently caused problems within bands. For example, what happens when one member consistently orders appetizers and steaks while other members order … 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

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 … Read more

Save Money on Batteries for Musicians

Christian bands go through 9V and AA batteries quicker than the Federal government spends your tax dollars. There is not a lot you can do about the country’s spending habits. But you can cut your band’s expenses by purchasing batteries inexpensively and using them wisely. Here’s what does not work well: ● Using rechargeable batteries. … Read more

Performance Rights Organizations: Working with the PRO’s

Performance Rights Organizations are known as PRO’s, which is pronounced by saying each individual letter P.R.O.—like NPR for National Public Radio. Confusion can sometimes set in because ‘pro’ is the short term for professional. PRO’s do not necessarily mean pro (professional). This is important to know not only to sound professional when you are talking … Read more

Sales Taxes for Christian Bands

Should your Christian band be collecting and paying sales tax on the merchandise you sell? Most often, the answer is “Yes.” Sales taxes are not controlled by the Federal government, they are governed by states. So, each state gets to set their own rules. For bands that travel from state to state and sell merchandise, … Read more