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

Buying Your First Microphone

One of the first pieces of equipment every band needs to purchase is microphones. So, you pile in the van and head off to the local music store… only to find a huge, ginormous selection and “helpful” sales people speaking a language you do not understand… you ask yourself, “Do these sales clerks get paid … Read more

Press Kit Contents: Putting It All Together

Press Kits are Like Résumés The press kit is the main form of advertising used to get work for musicians. Think of the press kit as a résumé. The jobs available without a résumé are typically low paying, such as fast food service, retail sales clerk, or housekeeping. Jobs that require a résumé usually pay … Read more

Every Band Needs a Business Card – But They Don’t Have to Be Boring

Old School ALERT! Some old school things are better left in the past: spandex, big hair, 8 track tapes—you know what I mean. Other things become classics because no one has created anything better. Band business cards fall into that category. Business cards have been around since before the Victorian era because they work. They … Read more

Does Your Band Photo Pass the Test?

You know the saying: “A picture is worth a thousand words”. Before anyone reads a word of your bands press kit, they will see the band photo. This band photo gets plastered everywhere—posters, the band website, promoters and venues websites, and CD’s. So, what does your current band photo say about your band? Can you … Read more

How to Book Your Band at State and County Fairs

Most State and County Fairs start booking in December, about 9 to 10 months before the fairs. Your Christian band may also be able to get gigs at fairs due to cancellations at the last minute. Check back with the fairs your Christian band is most interested in playing one or two months before the … Read more

Recommendation Letters for Press Kits

People who book bands love to hear good things about the band from other people who book bands. They especially love to hear from people they respect and from similar venues. The best way to do this is with recommendation letters in the press kit. Recommendation letters about the band help fulfill all the objectives … Read more

Band Ministry Outside Church Walls

Where does your band play when you can’t find any Christian venues? We want to get out there and bring people closer to Jesus, so what can we do? The first step is to make sure your band is focused on ministry. An easy to understand definition of ministry is actions that have the motivation … Read more

Find a Place for Your Band to Practice

Band practice is where most of the really hard work of a band happens; it can be challenging. Finding the right place to practice can help reduce the stress of relationships within the band, or make them more difficult. Here’s the transcript from the video: Today we’re talking about finding a place for your Christian … Read more

How to Make the Most of College Campus Gigs

Part Two of College Campus Booking for Christian Bands In Part One of College Campus Booking for Christian Bands we learned how campuses book and how to go about getting your band campus gigs. If, after reading Part One, you have decided that campus shows are right for your Christian bands ministry, there are several … Read more

College Campus Booking for Christian Bands

Several nationally famous secular bands and comedians started their careers playing on college campuses.  There is certainly some money to be made and some exposure to be gained on campus. But playing college campus gigs, as everything else in life, it’s not always as wonderful as it appears to be.  Before your Christian band spends quite … Read more

Appropriate Cell Phone Usage at Gigs

This post should not have to be written, in fact I feel a little silly even discussing this topic. But apparently common sense doth not prevail… I was there… I saw it happen… it’s true… The drummer took a phone call after the first song of the set! WHAT?!? OMGosh… you gotta be kiddin’ me! … Read more

Performing Cover Tunes – Performance Rights and Licenses

“Is it legal for my Christian band to perform cover tunes at live gigs?” and “Do I have to get a license or pay royalties?” are two very common questions Christian performers ask. Despite information to the contrary… Yes, in most cases it is legal to perform cover tunes and most of the time you … Read more

Business Card Holders for Your Christian Band’s Merchandise Table

Business card holders are one of those fairly innocuous items that we usually don’t put much thought into buying. Many Christian bands either do not put their business cards on the merchandise table or put their cards on the table but do not put the cards in a business card holder. Both are mistakes. Business … Read more

Where to Find New Members for Your Christian Band

My inbox almost always contains several requests to help a band find a musician or a musician find a band.  The consistency of these requests tells me that this is not a seasonal problem, nor are Christian bands exempt from losing members.  It seems to be just a fact of band life that from time … Read more