How do you dress in the church?

Where I come from in the south, going to church is like going to the grocery store. It’s a ritual. My grandmother always told me to make sure that I look my best when at church, but she was pretty cool on the dress code because being comfortable was always priority. She never stressed me out about wearing long sleeves in the summer or made me wear super long dresses so my full body was covered.

Here’s my story: On a hot summer day at 14 years old, I’m sitting in church on a Sunday morning with a summer dress that falls below my knees and has no sleeves. I am at my most comfortable space in my own world enjoying the service. All of a sudden my neighbor who  happens to be  a 72 year old lady leans over to my left shoulder and tells me that I should never come in church with my arms out. It is not appropiate and I should always have a sweater to cover my arms. “God wants you to be fully covered”, she said.

The air is hot and Lord, the spirit is moving. Mind you, I am tending to my own business in the Lord and this has never happened to me within my mature stage of my teenage life up until this point. I listened to her and leaned back over in my bench and kept paying attention to the service. But all along, I felt like I had did something wrong. I mean, my dress fell below my knees for God’s sake and now it was my skinny arms that was causing such a distraction? Come on now, either that was God speaking or the devil was angry.

How would that make you feel? Cause I know some of you out there would have given her a piece of your mind… Is there still a dress code in the church these days, because I’m sure it can go beyond extreme with short skirts, halter tops, etc. Please help me understand.

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Give me a break why don’t you

Some artists who have been in the industry for a long time have set a standard for what they will have or how they will be treated. Newer artist who are just entering the industry have to build their standard up, because believe me you will (at some point) change the way you do things and what you like and want. If you want people to respect you, you have to set limits and know what you want and what you don’t want. If not, then people will just give you whatever they feel you will take. We had so many experiences with churches or promoters who called to book the client. Every aspect that you can think of from booking airline tickets to knowing what foods the artist liked. From car pickups to what hotel they should stay in. I had a previous client who had gotten booked on this gig at a church and most of the planning for his arrival went pretty smooth up until the time he landed into the city.
Here’s his rendition of the story, “I landed at the airport and was able to get a hold of the driver when I arrived. My flight was miserable and all I wanted to do was just get to the hotel and relax. I get my bags and I am supposed to meet the driver out at the corner of the sidewalk from baggage claim. I waited for almost 30 minutes for them to get to the airport after I had already landed. So when they arrived, I am looking for maybe a black suv, sedan of some sort and these damn people ride up in a five passenger van with their kids in the backseat. My dignity just fell to the floor. The drive to my hotel was about 15 mins long and while the kids played and screamed in the background, all they did was ask questions about my personal life and it was very uncomfortable. How in the hell did this ever happen?” he asked.
 
What a story to hear from a client who is used to getting luxury and because of the economy he has to settle for this. Maybe there was a break down in communication or maybe the host just couldn’t afford quality transportation for the guest. He said if it wasn’t for them being on time with is deposit and at least professional, he would have literally walked passed the car and just took a taxi to his hotel. That was the day that God gave me a vision to give the not so proficient entertainment audience the opportunity to know what it requires to satisfy a client when they provide a service. The music artist is coming to your ministry to provide a service in the form of entertainment. If the hospitality for them is not up to par, it will effect their ministry performance.
Now many may argue that it shouldn’t be about the material things or money, but what they fail to realize is that if a person is not comfortable, they are not all together going to be focused. Yes, when that artist gets on that stage to bring the people into ministry and worship, all else should leave the door and God should be brought in, because it’s not about them anymore, it’s about allowing God to use them to minster to the people. That’s why this blog is created for you. Its time to give those artists a break and learn how to treat them with quality service. If you wanna learn more about what the average artist requires and how to host an artists or guest you are inviting, let us know and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Just don’t be afraid to ask questions, because its those questions that were never answered because they were never asked. No question is a stupid question when its your money you are spending. Amen

Music industry collapsing?

 

Does this topic make you think? I mean, the music industry is a very large and established industry to just say it is now collapsing and will be dwindling away very soon, but there is great news. That is not the case here folks. It may actually seem like every industry is hurting due to our ‘so-called recession’ but believe it or not things are really starting to pick back up like never before. The great news is that digital sales are continually rising every year in music industry and even though album sales are still down at a low, people are always looking for the next big song. Let’s face it, we love music and we love to karaoke to our favorite tune, whether it be in the shower, the club or the church. Music will forever be around and for some reason will actually become even more popular according to several music research companies.

According to Grabstats.com, 66 million digital albums were sold online in 2008. Ringtones downloads have skyrocketed to an all time high and people are just not feeling like getting in their car, driving to the store and waiting in long lines just to buy a cd anymore. It’s all at their fingertips, which brings us to online revenues in the music industry. Its amazing but here goes. US Recording Industry Revenues from Online (2006-2011) $1.1 billion(2006), $1.7 billion (2007), $2.2 billion(2008), $2.5 billion(2009), $2.8 billion(2010) and $3.0 billion(2011). Okay, do you get the picture? There is an increase in sale projections every year since 2006 in revenue from online sales, which menas every year for the last five years, people have been more prone to purchase or download an album on the internet in the comfort of their location and would rather just burn it onto a cd or add to their favorite mix tape of other hits.

Now, here’s the shocking part.

US Recording Industry Revenues from Physical (meaning on hand/in store, etc) (2006-2011)$9.7 billion(2006), $9.1 billion (2007), $8.0 billion(2008), $7.1billion(2009), $6.4 billion(2010) and $5.7 billion (2011). Are you getting this picture? Sales are continually decreasing every year in physical store revenue. I am not posting this to scare you but just to educate you because we all can learn a little more everyday about what is going on in the world and since we are in the music business, these statistics become instrumental to a company’s future goals, strategies, projections and more as they plan for years to come.

Now let’s face it, you’re never gonna stop buying music. The day that happens is the day African Americans start populating to China and we know that ain’t gone never happen, but its interesting to see the things that we love so much, how they take their form in society. Give us your thoughts, ideas, concerns, suggestions and look out for the next blog. We’ll be discussing the music industry in the urban communities like r&b, jazz, gospel and pop. Where is it going for years to come and is it something that we need? Until then, Expect a Miracle!

Welcome to the RKD Music Industry Blog

RKD Music Industry Blog is a typical blog that discusses issues, facts, concerns, stories and everything that has to do with the music industry. It is intended to spread the knowledge and uplift consumers as well as movers and shakers of the industry. As we proceed to give you what you need, please feel free to share your comments, thoughts, ideas, suggestions and concerns about the music industry that surrounds us.  RKD Music Industry blog is a branch of RKD Music Management, a premiere music and now talent management company serving the industry at large.