February 1, 2018

Hey Fletch … Someone suggested that we record some songs during our worship service and create a CD from them. Any thoughts on this?

DRF—Off the top of my head, I can think of three issues. First, you will have to pay royalties if you perform a published song (see a lawyer). If the song was created in-house, you will want to have an IP agreement in place, if you want the composer to be paid. Second, there are plenty of technical challenges. These can be contained in a studio, but your worship space may have mixing and recording issues. Have you thought about noise from the crowd? Third, to sell a CD requires a market that wants to buy it. What will be your unique edge that will encourage someone to pay $9.99 or $14.99 for your music?