Over the years we have heard some very interesting questions. Here are some that you may find helpful.
Q: I think I want to bring in an artist, speaker, or put on a ministry event. Where do I begin?
A: Decide what you want to accomplish with your ministry event. Once you set a direction and purpose for this event, decide which of our artists, bands, worship leaders, speaker might work for this event. Give one of our ministry event specialists a call to walk you through the specifics of planning and setting up your event. If you are not sure which artist, speaker, etc. would be a good fit for your event, one of our ministry event specialists will be able to asses your needs and walk you through the entire process of planning a great event.
Q: When do I know an event has been booked?
A: Once both parties agree to a set date, time, location and honorarium specifics, a date is booked. A contract will be issued and emailed to the event sponsor by the next business day. The contract should be signed and faxed back to us immediately. The deposit should be issued and mailed right away. It is very important to follow the instructions that are sent with the contract.
Q: How much does it cost to book an artist, worship leader and/ or speaker?
A: Costs vary depending on which ministry you’re interested in. Most artists, worship leaders, speakers and events range between $500-$5000 a day. This amount depends on the type of event, sound needs, and travel involved. Be sure to know what kind of budget you’re working with when you call. Ultimately, our commitment is to work with local ministries, while at the same enabling speakers, artists, and worship leaders to be able to have a full time ministry and honor God by supporting their families. We work really hard to keep our creative ministries affordable to local ministries. For example, we recently had a local ministry call us after finding out that another artist they wanted to be a part of their event was going to cost them tens of thousands of dollars.
Q: What other costs will I be responsible for when booking a date?
A: You should consider the additional cost of hotels and meals. Specifics can be found in each artists/ ministry rider and can be sent to you per request. Most of the time the needs are for 1 to 2 hotel rooms at a modest hotel (ex; Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hyatt Place) or private accommodations at the retreat or conference center where your event is held. Please be sure and check with the Ministry Event Specialist to get the specifics for your event.
Q: Will your artists do reduced cost shows or play for love offerings?
A: It is our mission to provide ministry regardless of cost. However, due to family responsibilities, the artist does have a budget that needs to be reached. We have budgets set out so that ministries are able to continue. From time to time artists will play these shows for a reduced rate or for a love offering. This is determined on a case-by-case basis. One of the main issues with this is many times our primary audience is youth or college students, they are not known to be able to be able to give enough to support a ministry on the road.
Q: How is my honorarium used?
A: After the band/artist’s road expenses for the month have been paid, the money goes to pay the monthly budget for the band. Each artist and ministry has established a monthly budget. This budget is made up of basic living expenses. This is the band’s/ artist’s/ minister’s paycheck to make their ends meet. Any extra money once the monthly budget is met will be used to further their ministry.
Q: Why are you doing events in public schools?
A: Our country’s public schools are a HUGE mission field. We have learned that only 12% of all middle and high schoolers attend church (even in the bible belt)! These numbers floored us and we decided to create an event that would allow us access to public schools so we could be ministering to kids right where they are at!
Q: What to you want be do when you grow up?
A: Grow Up? Come on! Why would we want to do something like that?
Q: I have booked a show, how do I promote my event?
A: That is a very good question. We are glad that you asked. One of the 1st things that you need to understand is that promotion is a VERB. It requires work on your part. We will do our best to provide you with as many tools as possible to make your event a success. One of the best ways to let people know about event is to tell them using good old word of mouth. Although flyers are a huge help, you can’t just say, “Make a flyer and they will come”. People come to things cause something exciting is going on. HYPE! Be excited about the event that is going on and get your key leaders on board. Excitement is contagious! I remember somehow my youth pastor got me excited about a Steve Green concert… please don’t ask!
Q: Do you have promotional tools that I can use?
A: YES! Each of our artists and events has various promo photos, music and flyers that you can download and use to help promote your event. You have access to these tools after filling out the booking form or one of our Ministry Event Specialists can provide you with the direct link. We encourage you to use these tools as much as you would like for your event!
Q: What makes you ministry so different?
A: Our mission is to provide the local church with affordable ministry tools and ministers that are both ministry driven and worship focused. Those that are ready to plug into the ministry that is taking place on a local level. We work with people that work with us to keep them plugged into accountability and focused on their mission rather than their album sales. Ultimately we want to be able to come into your town and worship with you and have that continue long after the event is over; not just in songs that are sung, but in lives that are changed. Click this linkhere to see our Ministry covenant that we sign together with local ministries to set the tone that the only agenda is God’s glory and nothing else.
Q: What are these resources that you are talking about?
A: We are currently developing partnerships and assembling ideas to provide you with cutting edge resources to elevate the Savior and engage a generation.
Q: Who do I contact if I have a problem with fulfilling the rider?
A: Please call the ministry event specialist you have been communicating with about your event. Sometimes modifications can be accommodated, if made in advance. We have made every effort to keep the needs in the rider as basic as possible.
Q: How much deposit will I have to pay?
A: Typically the deposit will be 20% of the artist’s/ minister’s honorarium. This is due upon receipt of the contract. If you have an issue with the due date that is set on the contract, please call your Ministry Event Specialist right away!!!
Q: I have a question that was not answered here. What do I do?
A: If you have any other questions please contact us and we may add your question here.