There have been issues between gospel artistes and a section of the public over whether it is right or wrong for gospel musicians to charge fees before performing at events, but gospel musician Joyce Blessing has said point blank that there is no way she will perform for free, Kumikasa.Com reports.
Speaking on Shalom Fm’s ‘Lunch Hour’ show with host Ike De Farmer, Joyce Blessing said, gospel music is a business and should be treated as such. And there is no way her management will allow her to perform for free.
” Yes, it is ministry but you exchange money; so it’s business. You pay for the video to be shown on television and for your songs to be played on radio as well. If you argue that it is ministry so we should not charge, at the end of the day, how can we continue with the work? We need money to push God’s work. You must charge for performing because everything about music is money. Even Churches take offerings. Aside everything I’m under Zylofon Media. NAM1 has invested into my music career so how do you expect him to make returns? There is no way I can perform for free because my management won’t allow me”, Joyce blessing reveals.
Joyce Blessing however, advised her colleague gospel musicians to take their charges seriously.