Making money singing: Part three-The religious market
Music plays an important role in special events- and especially those events at churches. Weddings and funerals and regular services offer many opportunities for singers. The music can be instrumental, vocal, or a combination of both. Of course, our interest here is vocal.
For example, in the Christian church market, singing is part of the Friday, Saturday and Sunday services as well as with virtually every wedding and funeral. The music often will feature a vocalist.
Vocal work within a church is as simple as learning the songs, and then finding the contact within the church that is responsible for contracting the music. This person may be in the position to employ you on a regular basis in the role of singer as events are scheduled.
This hiring contact may be the organist or pianist, or someone in charge of music and/or the choir, Often the pastor, priest, minister or deacon who conducts the services is responsible for hiring the singers
Beyond the regular services on Friday through Sunday, there are Holy days as well as the seasons such as Christmas and Easter.
Some of the songs are traditional liturgical songs, but there may be a custom song list that is requested by a church patron for a specific event.So you must be open and flexible to learn new material.
The combined number of services along with the number of churches that exist, results in a tremendous potential for work opportunities in this market.
To begin the search, pick your geographic area, and search churches online.
Contact each church and introduce yourself as a singer. Identify the individual responsible for music in the church and make contact with them.
Here it is essential to have a business card, demo and ideally a website with which you display your singing abilities and availability. It will also be quite helpful to provide any references.