There's nothing better than getting together with friends and family and listening to some great music. A great community activity for the warm weather months is a concert that brings music lovers together. If you're a gospel music lover or an events planner who's looking to put together and all-day gospel concert, you have some work cut out for you. Although putting together a concert isn't the most difficult thing to accomplish, it takes research, effective planning and execution, effort, time and a great deal patience.
Establish what type of concert you'll be hosting. Typically concerts are either for a profit, free or fundraisers. Write down where you'd like your performance to be hosted and how long you'd like your concert to last.
Set an appointment with the city's Parks and Recreations Dept. to discuss your plans, ask questions about permits that need to be required and park or public location availability. Inquire about what services the department offers and what you'll need to make sure your concert stays within city regulations.
Obtain any permits and licensing needed, specific to your state, before going any further. Typically, after obtaining this documentation you may coordinate with the Park and Recreation Departments on how long, when and where you're event may be hosted.
Establish a performance and rain date/location. Rain dates help for increment weather in which the concert is moved inside or to another day.
Line up your gospel acts. Use talent websites, local newspapers job and gigs listing to audition gospel talent for your concert.
Contact popular local gospel entertainers and ask them to perform at your event or use your local church choir. While most bands charge for performances, some bands will perform free of charge for a charity event.
Visit other churches in your area and invite their congregations to attend your concert. Or send or email letters to area churches inviting them to your concert.
Post your event on website like the Gospel Music Channel, Gospel Entertainment Television and The Gospel and Our Culture to spread the word about your event in forums.
Use local websites to promote your event for free. New station or local magazine event sections usually have a free event listings section. While sites like Craigslist also allow users to post events. Make fliers and pass them around your community or get local businesses to underwrite the concert. You can also buy air time on the radio and promote your Gospel concert on the radio station.
Hire or appoint someone as the technical/backstage manager. This person should have a thorough understanding on communicating with musicians about their equipment needs as well be handy with handling contracting for services like lighting, sound and staging.