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a group of United Methodist pastors from the North Texas
Annual Conference who join with other gifted musicians to
perform tribute concerts to raise money for missions. Our
venues are largely United Methodist churches, which
publicize and host the shows in a coffeehouse format.
To schedule a show, we ask the host church to agree to the
following items. Please return a signed copy of this
covenant to Rev. Rusty King at FUMC Allen 601 S Greenville Ave. Allen, TX 75002. 972-727-8261 FAX 469-854-3701).
To support our United Methodist connection, serve the
church, and build community through evenings of quality
** To perform quality "tribute" shows that honor the
artists we love.
** To raise funds and awareness for United Methodist
missional causes that help alleviate human suffering.
** To serve the church and build community with the shows
** To provide an outreach tool that is inviting to those
beyond the church's traditional ministry.
Band asks hosting groups to covenant to the
a Crowd of 250 Persons:
Our experience has shown the love offering to be an effective and fun way to raise donations for missional causes, especially when the audience learns that our musicians are all volunteers, committing to countless hours of preparation. Because we care about our beneficiaries, our own time, and achieving our band’s goals, we have found that small crowds can result in disappointing offerings.
In keeping with the goals of the "Imagine No Malaria" program, some churches may issue a challenge to audience members to make a three-year pledge instead of just a one-night "love offering."
We can provide posters, if that would be helpful. Our concerts with highest attendance have been promoted both within the church family as well as in the local community.
We are happy to provide a publicity schedule and sample
posters, if that would be helpful. Our concerts with
highest attendance have been promoted both within the
church family as well as in the local community.
If you believe you will have trouble meeting this
attendance threshold, you may consider hosting with another
church. If that is not an option, let us know your best
estimate of audience size, and we can consider the options
for our Sound Engineer:
The band’s only required payment is for our sound engineer, since he is providing his professional time. These fees are to be paid at least two weeks prior to the concert date and may not be taken from the proceeds of the concert’s love offering. Venues within 20 miles (one-way) of Spring Valley UMC are considered “local.” All others are subject to the non-local fees. For venues outside the D-FW metroplex, additional mileage costs may apply.
Rates for 2011 Shows
Make check payable
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engineer uses state of the art equipment and is experienced
with us enough to get a great sound from our large band.
Should your church have its own staff/volunteers, they may
be involved at some level, but we request that the
technical decisions of our engineer be
Dress Rehearsal Space Night Before or Day of the
It will be our goal to rehearse in your space the day of the event. We ask that you provide any available carts or dollies so that we can quickly and efficiently unload and reload our instruments and equipment.
will need full access to the room eight hours before show
This is to allow our engineer and band adequate time to set
up and rehearse.
We ask that you provide any available carts or dollies so
that we can quickly and efficiently unload and reload our
instruments and equipment.
Meal for the Band and Crew:
On the show date, between the sound check and show, we ask
the host church to provide a light meal for our band,
typically 1 1/2 hrs before showtime. We are not picky
eaters, and the meal does not have to be elaborate. (Nor do
we usually stuff our faces just before shows...) This is
very helpful, as we have found that we do not have time to
eat elsewhere and make it back in time for the show.
Provide a “Green Room”:
With such a
large band, we need a secure, quiet place to gather before
the show. This could be the same room where we eat.
a Team of Volunteers to Set-Up/Decorate the
We cannot help with decorating, as we must be getting ready
to play. We find that coffeehouse-style settings of round
tables work well, as this is the best format for our love
offerings and audience participation. Any other theme or
decorations you wish is up to you.
a Team of Volunteers to Bring
We find that this atmosphere lends itself to church volunteers bringing desserts and drinks, and the audience sharing them around tables during the show. We strongly encourage you to set up "coffeehouse style" if at all possible. You can provide them any way you wish (buy, donate, etc...) but we request that volunteers staff the refreshment tables, too.
2-4 Strong Bodies to Help with Tear
After the show, it takes a while for us to tear down our
equipment. We ask that you designate between two and four
of your members to be honorary roadies for the night. The host church is responsible for restoring the concert space to its pre-concert condition.
that 100% of the Concert’s Donations Benefit
All of our musicians offer
their time to rehearsal and performance with no payment, so
that all of the proceeds can be given to our mission
recipient (either UMCOR or Imagine No Malaria). Host churches
agree to pay other expenses, including sound engineer, meal
for band and crew, refreshments, etc., out of separate
church funds. Throughout the concert, we invite the
audience to make contributions to the baskets we provide at
each table. We ask that the host church provide staff to
count the offerings twice during the concert so that
receipts can be announced to the audience.
The host church agrees to remit the entire love offering to
the office of the Conference Treasurer within 30 days of
Our agreed upon attendance goal is: ___________________
Our agreed upon fundraising goal is: ___________________
We understand and have read the above requirements for
Our church/venue agrees to abide by them:
of church date of show
of contact person contact
person phone and email
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(Covenant last updated on: 1/1/11)