Gospel Musician, Joyce Blessing has asked people who claim gospel music is a ministry and singers should not charge for their services if gospel musicians should do the work of God on an empty stomach.
According to her, music is a business in itself and therefore there is need for it to be approached with all the seriousness needed.
She said “It is good. You must charge for performing because everything about music is money. Yes, it is ministry but you exchange money; so it’s business. You pay for the video to be shown on television. 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? Piracy is on the ascendency. So for us to be able to continue with the work, we must charge you. Christians should understand that we have to put in more efforts in spreading the gospel. There should be investment. Why do people sponsor even boxing but are reluctant to sponsor gospel shows?”
There has been an unending debate about whether gospel musicians should charge when they perform at shows. Although some pundits believe that Gospel music is a ministry and should not be sold, some have argued that music is business and that everything about music is paid for hence the need to charge for services rendered in order to keep one in business.