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