This conversation caught my eye although it was made a while back i just feel i should share the story.
So gospel musicians have been paid but not always do they get paid as theirs always a difference between a ministry and an industry. Some people prefer GOD Bless You! as they say a gospel musician is their to win souls and not their to earn.
Well a preacher by the name , Pastor Josh Laryea from Ghana shared that Gospel Musicians need to be paid Well.
His reasons is that :
Gospel musicians, like other musicians, invest substantially in their work but are often not paid enough for their sweat because they are perceived to be working for God and therefore need no material rewards in return.
“I am not saying that the quest for money should be the focus of gospel musicians in the country but just as other musicians go to the studio to pay money to record their songs, pay for production of quality videos, pay for publicity and promotion, so do gospel artistes.
“It is therefore unfair for the gospel musician to be told when he should be enjoying the fruits of his labour that he is working for God and that God will provide”.
He said such situations occur regularly at church events where church leaders expect gospel musicians to perform and only receive “God bless you” in the end because the artistes are working for the Kingdom of God.
“I don’t want to be misunderstood but just as money should not be the focus of a gospel artiste, we should also appreciate that he needs money to run show business which is different from the ministry”.
Quoting 1 Corinthians 9: 13 – 14 to buttress his argument, the 2005 Gospel Music Artiste of the Year said: “Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple, and that those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar?
“In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel. So if pastors are paid for doing their work, why shouldn’t gospel artistes also be paid for ministering at a church?”.