The Showcase Trap

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I heard about another conference coming up soon. So I went to check out the details. The price for the showcase threw me for a loop. For 15 minutes they charged $300. It sounds like a good idea on the surface, but let’s look a little deeper, shall we?

First have a look at the audience: Will there be people there from the community? Did the organizers advertise to just the music community? Will the people in the audience be there just awaiting their turn on stage? Continue reading The Showcase Trap

The Definition of Success

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I just heard a wonderful talk by Earl Nightingale. It’s called “The Strangest Secret”. In this talk Mr. Nightingale gives us the best definition of success that he’d found. “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal”. What is he talking about here? What is a worthy ideal? Mr. Nightingale talks about the worthy ideal as being a goal. Any goal. It could be more money, but it also be a better education or more well-behaved children. At any rate it’s intentionally working towards something. A direction and a destination. Success in life comes from reaching our goals. Continue reading The Definition of Success

Should the gospel industry be in bed with the secular music industry?

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Guest post by Kevin James

I got a call last night telling me about a conference that supports independent artists so I went to check it out. They are giving away a single deal sponsored by a local label. However, the label is not gospel. If you look at the label’s Facebook page, there are naked women and women drinking and other photos that one would not consider positive for a Christian artist. Is this where a Christian artist should be? Why would the host of this conference, who is in the gospel industry, have that label a part of his or her conference? Do you think gospel artists should be a part of a label like that? Continue reading Should the gospel industry be in bed with the secular music industry?

Stand Strong!

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A friend told me this morning that he has given up. He’s tried, he’s prayed, he’s cried, but God won’t answer. So he’s giving up. He’s going back to the life he had before God entered his life. At least in that life he had friends. At least in that life he had money.

What can I tell him? I’ve seen his struggle. From the outside looking in, it looks like he has nothing. No real home, no money, no independence. What can I tell him? Should I just say goodbye and good luck? Continue reading Stand Strong!

Hello World!

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Welcome again to the ECHE Blog.  I’m Simone and I’m a programmer by profession. As a programmer, the first output from a new program is usually “Hello World!” So here it is!

I’ve been using the “Bible in a Year” podcast and lately the reading includes passages from Jeremiah. If you’ve never read Jeremiah, let me tell you it can be a depressing book. God instructs Jeremiah to tell the people that because they’ve rejected Him, the land will be ravaged and pillaged by the Babylonians. Many of them will be killed. Others will be carried as captives to Babylon. Families will be separated. Battles will be lost. On and on. Continue reading Hello World!

Future of Music Coalition Summit 2013 Day 1: Recap

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Stuff I didn’t know:

  • This may seem obvious, but I didn’t realize how bad the music industry is for artists. Check out the stats below. Has anyone ever said to you “Forget music and get a REAL job!” Well if you look at the stats, you can see why they say that. Artists are not making money in the music business. Especially independent artists. Times are hard and it’s not about the recession or the government shutdown. It’s because of the new business models and digital methods of distribution. It’s not that there’s no money in music because there is. Look at Apple. “Apple generated $4.3 billion in revenues from iTunes music downloads last year,” Spotify made about $500 million last year and Pandora brought in over $500 million in subscriptions and advertising.
  • I thought artists made most of their money on the road by touring, but the fact is that most artists lose money on the road.

Continue reading Future of Music Coalition Summit 2013 Day 1: Recap

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