I Wish All Artists Would Read This!

In my opinion Lauralee Farrer has written a -wonderful- piece on core values for a Christian artist's life, regardless of art form or mode.

Seriously worth reading. Enjoy! -Glenn

http://cms.fuller.edu/TNN/Issues/Spring_2012/Open_Call_for_a_New_Amateur/

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Social Media Connections!

By now most of you know I have an increasing heart for the poor, homeless, prisoners and veterans in need.

All of these are being served daily at JPUSA's Cornerstone Community Outreach here in Chicago. So much to share and now more ways to read and interact if you should wish to.

Here are all 3 key networking sites for CCO. Please visit and tag, like, share via a Tweet and do pray. If so led, volunteer, visit, share financially.

Not "inaction"… rather Matthew chapter 25 -in- action..!

-Glenn

This Past Weekend

Great weekend of concerts!

One of my son-in-laws, Brian, came along to do merch on Friday night and we had good fellowship time.

The St. Matthews in Glendale Heights, IL crew were really sweet, Mike Kosmala and band were amazing, attendance was very good and the response was a bit over what I'd expected (to the positive).

Doing songs from "Cardboard Box"- pretty intense in terms of calling people to do something more for the poor, homeless and returning veterans -can be slightly upsetting. But folks were very, very kind in their applause and verbal response after the show.

We also projected 18 black and white photos from the cd jacket during the set. These are pics of people we work and have worked with at our shelter in Chicago.

Saturday my Wendi came along and we had a really fine time with the staff down in South Holland, IL and again the response was very, very good. Another kind and caring group of people who are making a difference in their area, in their case, with an attached drug rehab work. Spirit of God Fellowship rocks…

Tomorrow I link again with the Willow Creek Cook Co. Jail team by bringing a message to the bros. in CCJ. Looking forward to it.

Notice the pics here from St. Matt's (yep, all 3 of 'em 🙂

Thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

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Musician’s Booking Agent Checklist

The other day a musician friend and I talked about the importance of booking agent duties and their ability to task and organize details for each artist regarding each and every event they might do or are booked into.

I told him if I had such a job I'd have a checklist on my computers and online as well as making paper copies.

I figured I could come up with a list in about 20 minutes that would cover most of the details. He asked me to do it and email it to him. Then it occurred to me others might benefit from such a list… so here's what I sent to him along with a standard Bandize.com gig sheet for another template to consider (for a well-formed form). Perhaps this could be helpful for some visiting my site.

I'd also keep running notes as to when I phoned and/or emailed the promoter(s), and each time I tried to get through to them but couldn't as well. Then I and those I work for/with know I'm doing my job well.

Good and continual communication as well as patience -yet persistence -is all part (and sometimes the pain) of the work, but what a great gift a solid booking person is!

Note, this is -not- a contract, rather it's a detail list from which to work.

Thanks for visiting, -Glenn

MUSICIAN'S BOOKING AGENT CHECKLIST

Artist:

Show Day of Week, Date, Year:

Requested Date(s):

Confirmed Date(s):

Contract Sent Date:

Signed Contract Received Date (signed by both parties, filed by Agent):

City/Location:

Promoter(s) Name, Phone(s), Address, Mailing Address, Email Address(es), Website Info.:

How often does/has Promoter produced concerts? What acts, what was the attendance, etc.:

Publicity Means & Plans (Promoter and artist):

Communicate all Artist on-line/postal press kit, photo, interview and logistics information:

Name of Venue & Address:

Seating, Expected Audience "Guesstimate":

Sound System Details:

Lighting Details:

Soundcheck Time:

Opening act(s):

Time-length of Set:

Stage Plot info. (positioning gear, mic and amp placement, etc.):

Equipment Needed for Promoter/Venue to Provide:

Equipment Artist will bring:

Transportation Method(s):

Lodging Details, Address, Logistics (travel to-from venue, etc.) Plan:

Merchlist, Merch details (tables provided, lighting, merch person needed/not needed, venue and/or promoter percentage of sales or not, etc.):

Pre-shipped Merch and Unsold Merch Return Logistics Plan:

Agreed-upon Honorarium/Percentage/Ticket Prices, etc.:

NOTES:

REMINDER TO ME: BACK UP -ALL- INFORMATION ELECTRONICALLY AND/OR IN PAPER, FILED FORMS OR BOTH- ACCESSIBLE FROM BOTH OFFICE AND HOME!

Simple Yet Profound Recipe For Spiritual Growth

I have a few intellect-based friends… well, I have a few emotions-based friends also… but in any case, some of my rather "in the head" folks in my view often needlessly complicate (and sometimes worry over "mystery") matters of spiritual life- in my opinion.

If they can't "figure it out" in what they deem a satisfactory way, they get rather depressed and somewhat fearful.

Then again, some more extremely emotions-driven (or emotions-sensitive) folks I know seem to "leave their brains at the door" of the sanctuary or prayer meeting or wherever.

If they don't get the endorphin-buzz they expect (which they -always- figure is from the Holy Spirit) they get upset and wonder if God is involved in their lives… or hop to another church looking for the action.

In my view both extremes are understandable. Both groups of people need spiritual growth of course. So how can that happen?

I get a couple daily Bible devotionals in my email inbox, one being from pastor Dave Whitehead from Grace NYC. This morning's was one of the sort I really like. More on that in a moment…

When Jesus answered the question of what the most important command of God to us was, He replied by quoting an Old Testament verse (not uncommon for Him at all by the way): "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind???[a]; and, ???Love your neighbor as yourself."(Luke 10.27)

God gets our loving attention above all others… next we lovingly attend others. Simple. And of course the most difficult calling for any of us, and I'd bet these are also the two commandments we break/violate most often. I know this is true of me.

So this morning, pastor Dave's devo (nearly always solid, and always brief) included the following:

"Surrender leads to transformation, which leads to worship, which leads to a new way of living for God."

With all due respect to the multitude of ways people come to saving faith and personal discipleship/spiritual formation… much of which I find personally helpful… Dave nailed it.

1. Surrender to Jesus as Lord and Savior. Really, truly repent and give your life, dreams, hopes, despair, the whole of yourself to God and trust Him to do what needs to be done in you and for you- at very least to BE with you through the muddle and mess of this earthly life. Relationship where HE rules, you follow.

2. You'll be transformed by God the Holy Spirit… or if you don't surrender you can be sure you won't be transformed into greater Christ-likeness!

3. Worship: giving GOD the focus, the glory, the attention HE deserves means getting your eyes off yourself and in fact not only praying (both listening and talking -everything- out with Him… and singing alone and together on Sun. morning with other Christ-followers… and all the other stuff we connect with worship -but actually being so focused on Him and His will that we are about HIS work as opposed to sort of tithing 10 percent to God on Sun. morning and living the rest of the week for ourselves. In other words, putting as much and more into what He has called us to do in service as we would our favorite hobby. Worship is -not- about us. It's truly about Him. We simply get the benefits, the blessings from connecting intimately with Him in a genuine relationship.

4. If one will (and not by coercion, no arm-twisting or brow-beating from others) by their own choices choose such a path and walk it out over time, this "new way of living for God" thing indeed happens! Conversely, it will not happen without these.

Now I'm certain there are formulas that make some level of sense, I'm equally certain this "simple minded" recipe for spiritual growth and success in an authentic relationship with God may put some off… but I have seen the fruit of it over my own lifetime in countless numbers of my brothers and sisters in Christ. I have seen the grace of God work in me exactly in this way.

I truly dislike formulas as one can "drive trucks" through most of them, but this basic concept of life is more than a formula, philosophical ideal or theory for spirituality.

I've been there. Generally speaking and certainly within the parameters of my own imperfections, temptations and sins, I am there. It works, and it's the truth!

So- here's the link if you're interested in a good bros. daily devo.

http://www.thedailybibleverse.org/

And thanks for stopping by! -Glenn