Proposal presented to: Roger Smith, Downham Community Church “ Passion” Band
Received vision from God while singing in shower one morning (about 5am).
Thought it was a joke at first, but meditated on it (prayed and read the word ) and felt God was serious, so decided to look at it seriously myself.
God’s Vision For Band
“ Passion” for praising and worshiping God is the key.
God wants committed band members, so you can use your talent to the MAX!
No Age limits , in terms of band members. Just required to have musical talent.
Open and free (unhindered) worship.
Musical Style / Ideas
Genre – Rock (Light, Medium, Heavy), but not “Heavy metal”.
Jazz to be used in “creative” sessions so that improvisation can be explored.
Initially, “Jam” sessions to be used to create and Gel band together, and see who is particularly talented, or God wants ti use for what part in the band.
Complete fluidity / interchange
Male / Female leads.
Lead / backup
Different instruments leading (e.g. Lead guitar, Keyboards, Voice etc)
Psalms (God’s word) sung with “modern” spin.
Genre – Light, Medium, Rock
Start with lively Praise and Worship from existing sources (e.g. Hill song, Parachute band, Abundant life church, Graham Kendrick etc)
Stage 1 & 2 – Trust with three trustees being:
Downham Community Church elder (e.g. Ian)
Band member – voted on (e.g. me)
Independent Christian Musician (TBA)
NB All monies to Trust to be distributed to Trust’s nominated charities on % or nominal basis.
Trust continues for non commercial activities
Company for Intellectual Property rights of individuals (e.g. Royalty purposes etc)
Perform once a month in Church and take Praise and Worship (P&W) - band are likely to be members of existing team.
Band still expected to play in P&W team at Church as and when required.
Need to find rehearsal venue suitable and “central” to where band members are located.
Band provide, instruments, equipment (borrow churches at start), and buy bits as we go along, transport etc.
Look to “reach out” to youth in Downham Community by holding gigs at church (need to arrange in advance with police, and hire security to ensure no alcohol or drug presence) . Idea is for youth to have a great time dancing and socialising, and then opportunity to enter into a “personal” relationship with Christ (i.e. Altar call).
Expand on Stage 1 and look to play to larger audiences such as:
Other new frontiers churches in local area
New frontiers conferences
Other “youth” events
Other mainstream band events, where we can get the Christian message via music more widely recognised.
At this stage need access to own sound equipment (mikes, mixer etc), so some funding needed to practice and get sound really “tight” and sounding professional as a unit.
Stage 3 (Three to Five years from now, if ever)
Own composed music, bordering on professional musicians therefore need to consider commercial implications
Set-up formal company – Shareholder structure to be agreed in advance.
Intellectual property implications – pay royalties to people where due (i.e. composed / performed music etc).
Separate from more community orientated activities in Stage 1 &2 where all monies earned would go to a trust.
Professional kit required. Band members able to upgrade to better quality instruments.
Professional status (i.e. not working at old jobs- will vary from person to person).
Stage 1 – very little.
Own kit etc
Maybe £200 - £500 for year.
Stage 2 – more expensive.
Need more professional kit
Mikes £200 each = £1000
Mixer = £1000
Professional Roadies ???
Stage 3 – funded out of company profits
Other community funding (e.g. Bromley / Lewisham councils
Downham Community Church (partial)
New Frontiers (Partial)
Band members contribute . Certainly this would be the case in early days (i.e. own instruments, sheet music etc)