THE MUSIC IS THE MISSION

 

Throughout history, music and art have been the product of private funding or institutional commission. Creating such art and delivering it to an industry or world standard requires the full concentration of the artist. The Bible says, "if you don't work, you don't eat ". In other words, un-finished art does not pay the bills, while in the meantime, creating, arranging, performing, recording, mixing, mastering, and marketing music is a full-time job. The more funding available to make it, the less time needed to trade doing something else to stay afloat. I will be the first to admit that I am not so sure of how it is done today in the music industry, but in the not-so-distant past, this is how it went down. A recording label approached an artist to produce a product they believed they could market and sell. Understanding the enormous amount of time, skill, and concentration it took for the artist/producer to deliver such a project, they developed a production budget and an artist fund. The budget paid to produce the product and the artist fund as compensation for the artist's time so that the artist could work exclusively on the project, without worrying about trading their time elsewhere to pay the bills. Every artist has their reasons for making music, some nobler than others. Mine however is, and always will be for the sake of ministry because faith-inspired music is anointed and has served as a powerful tool of conversion and inspiration to those spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ across the globe. The music and its unique effect upon the listener is the mission.  

Every year, churches around the world raise funds for missionaries and their families to spread the gospel, while missionary-minded musicians and their families are left with having to dance with wolves so to speak to accomplish theirs. And, because of these associations with such entities not operating under a 501C3, they are seldomly perceived by much of the church as doing true missionary work. This leaves them little choice but to turn to secular-owned Christian-faced companies who are not mindful of the artist’s mission and more focused on selling a product. The Christian music industry is a business, and we are all a part of a free capitalist republic (at least for now) that needs to sell and market products to continue to function. So, for missionary-minded musicians to accomplish their underlying goal of reaching as many unsaved people as possible, they must collaborate with the mainstream business world. The problem with this is that most of the time, record label deals and/or recording contracts are simply just independent contractor business loans that are designed to maximize profit for the label while leaving and an enormous amount of debt for the artist/missionary and their families to pay back. The result: Great music, struggling music missionaries. Therefore, some independent artists like myself are taking a stand by cutting their unequally yoked dependency upon such companies and taking the reins of their ministry into their own hands and turning to God for provision. 

We saw this with the recording artist Keith Green who miraculously got out from under his deal with Sparrow Records to form a music-based ministry under a 501c3 so that he could fulfill his unique musical missionary calling. While others received funding and grants for their music by aligning themselves with various charitable organizations who are accepted by the body of the church as doing missionary-type work. However, I have found that with my own unique calling, I must be careful not to involve myself with causes that demand that I spend more time away from making music which to me is my mission and ministry that God has called me to. I found this out the hard way when I committed myself to managing a Christian music radio network and forming a 501c3 that used a thrift store to fund a cause that left little or no time to make music, resulting in a seven-year hiatus as a music artist. Enough is enough, it is now time for me to focus on my calling and my mission which is the music itself. What I am prayerfully working towards is recruiting enough support from the Body-of-Christ to carry on with my mission. I have hundreds of songs that need to be recorded and distributed worldwide that not only have the ingredients to inspire those who are called to serve Christ but also have the unique ability to win souls simply by being heard. 

Now, if there be any doubt as to the validity of what I have written here, let it be verified through the thousands of e-mails and letters I have received over the years from around the world that would testify otherwise. Therefore, I am in the process of forming a new 501c3 in the state of Nevada that will serve as a fund-raising mechanism that will allow me to carry on my work as a music missionary. What I would like to ask of you as a believer in the Body-of-Christ is to pray about whether my work is important to you and to the world. And if so, how can you help to support this mission. This is what I am about, this is what jongibson.com is about and this is what this campaign is about. So, with no further stones to turn, I want to thank you from my heart for your support of this mission, and may God bless you abundantly for your participation in helping to supply the Gibson foxhole here at jongibson.com, somewhere upon the hills of The Good Fight.