Something I find interesting is the amount of Christian artists who are mildly successful offering their music for free via mp3s or whatever. It's a small amount, I can maybe count them on my one hand. (I'm not taking into account people that have little audience that couldn't make much of a profit anyhow-- that's not saying they wouldn't though.)It makes me sort of sad though. Keith Green & Don Francisco, are all I can think of.The people signed to big/medium labels I'm not taking into account-- they couldn't give away their music for free if they wanted to for most part at least online (if they bought the CD [which they can i'm sure for a large discount price] and gave it out they could, I suppose-- but most don't offer that as they'd be asked by a ton of people for it etc.-- that's normally just not on their minds) Of course offering your music for free doesn't mean you're somehow "all-that" spiritually-- but it is nice and puts a smile on my face when I see people do it. Doesn't happen often.I mean did Jesus charge people to come and listen to Him? Oh but he needed to eat every night, right!? Jeez. Where'd he get the food on his ministry trips? Man! Does this guy Jesus think money grows on trees? Hehe. The Way of Jesus is to depend upon the Lord for our provisions, whether we got a job or we got a full-time ministry traveling abroad or sitting at home inviting homeless folks to spend the night at our houses. So I think things should be free when they come from ministries such as these and preaching and teaching ministries. They should be when the person can provide them easily at least. I find it a metaphor for the decline of not necessarily songwriting (that's fine depending where you look) but just plain ole' dependency on God. Thoughts? Comments?--(I stress though that this isn't a thread really for the "decline" of Christian music or whatever-- that's been discussed in length before.)Edit: I'm expecting many people to chime in: "Well most Christian artists who are mildly successful are on labels that wouldn't dare allow them to put their music online for free!"-- True, I know. But isn't that the artist's fault?-- To get into a situation where that could happen, etc. It'd be like a preacher/teacher/prophet, say Katz, signing a book deal with a publishing company-- he gets wide distribution, but they won't let him put his book online for free for people to read (which he does). Jordan
I think the excuse that most Christian artists and record companies make is that 'Keith Green was the exception,' and that most Christian artists couldn't live on offerings alone.
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Interesting topic....It could be a heart problem.... lack of faith, unbelief, the love of money, but I really don't know.I have heard though of some churches trying to get "christian" bands to play at their churches, but werenot able to because the demands were too much. Thay wanted to get paid thousands of dollars for one show, be flown to and from the event first-class, be put up in the executive-penthouse suite at the local Hilton for the duration of their stay, be wined and dined, etc, etc. But these are just stories I have heard.It would be nice though to get a few comments from musicians in the industry.How about those "christian" bands that have ungodly agents? They want to make a buck too.How bout Christourlife's CD called Living Sacrifice.... Go to their [url=http://www.christourlife.ca/]website[/url], check it out, and download it if you want. It's awesome and it's free :-D ! Thanks ChristOurLife!!!Be blessed, Richie
Maybe the difference here is we are talking about artists vs people who share the gospel in song (and what do you call them?) An artist sells his work for a living whereas people who sing to minister do not share the gospel for material rewards. A person really interested in souls does not minister for profit, does he? Then you will get into the question of copyrights: should it be or not? To answer my own question, I believe every writer has the right to it in order to protect his work. To copyright it means no one can alter it to suit their philosphical viewpoint and thus make the original writer say something he/she never intended. Yet, most groups sing copyrighted songs do they not? And you know, it costs money to copyright your work.Brother, I am afraid this is a question for which easy answers are elusive. ginnyrose
I think this is an issue between the artist and the Lord. Keith Green gave his music away, and that was his conviction. He made a lot of artists back then very uncomfortable. But I've heard the argument go the other way... the artist is making a living. THey are producing a product. One difference between Keith Green and 99.9% of other artists is that Keith Green [b]was[/b] an evangelist and teacher... even thru his music.Most of Christian music is more about entertainment than ministry. I've been to enough concerts to know that there really isnt any real ministry going on. A quick "accept Jesus... He has a wonderful plan for life" prayer... and thats it. It's not even a scriptural prayer!So why not pay them for entertaining us? We pay to go to the circus, right?Krispy
I think this is an issue between the artist and the Lord. Keith Green gave his music away, and that was his conviction. He made a lot of artists back then very uncomfortable. But I've heard the argument go the other way... the artist is making a living. They are producing a product.
But the thing is, if you put your trust in God-- will he not provide? People lack such an understanding of God's ability to help us.