Where and How To Promote as a Catholic Artist


First off I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Benjamin Brekke and I am a Catholic musician from Saint Paul, Minnesota.  My music is not meant for Mass settings but rather to encourage listeners in their faith life.  My songs are very vulnerable and honest as I use my own experiences in my faith journey to inspire those around me.  I truly feel that God has blessed me with a talent and I want to share it with as many as I can.  Please feel free to check out my music at my website:  www.benjaminbrekke.com  my music is also available on iTunes and CDBaby 

My goal is not to be famous or have this be my full time job.  However, I want to inspire others and showcase this music for those who will listen.  My question is, especially as a Catholic musician, I have hit many roadblocks.  I have been told "you are obviously very talented, but we are not sure we want to go into the Christian music direction" or "we think your music is very good but we are concerned that your content might offend some of our non-Christian customers".  Unfortunately, I have not had much luck getting concerts at Catholic churches or festivals, in fact, most church festivals seem to be stuck on the idea of jam bands instead of music that glorifies God - but thats another topic.  My music is played on the Catholic Music Express, articles in The Catholic Spirit and The National Catholic Register, a small article showcasing the kickstarter campaign I did for my album on The Catholic Playlist but I haven't been played on their program.  I have sent out emails to a number of various bloggers, CD reviewers, internet radio stations, etc.  but most of the time, I do not get a response.  I'm stuck promoting myself on Twitter and Facebook but the audience is extremely limited and most of those people already know about me.  What else can I do to get the word out about my music?  The only places I have been able to play is at local coffee shops.  Especially as a Catholic artist, I feel that I am very pigeon-holed into what I can do - even more so than a typical Christian artist would be.

Any suggestions would be very welcome,  I'm not in this to make money but rather to make enough to continue recording music and having the chance to go around the nation and share my music and story with others.

- Benjamin

Let's keep promoting new Catholic music

Here's another shout-out to site members and visitors. I welcome comments here about your experiences and hopes concerning promotion of new Catholic music. Are there some brilliant initiatives you've seen? Have you encountered roadblocks similar to what Benjamin Brekke describes in his lead post above? Does your heart gravitate more toward contemporary Christian music, hard rock, acoustic folk styling, multi-voice hymnody or simple traditional chant? What apps or devices do you use to listen to Catholic-Christian music? Are you are a creator or consumer of music – or both? 

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

Promoting Catholic Artists

Have you played at NET Ministries events? I'd like to work with you to get a youth concert series going around the Twin Cities. You have my email contact info. I know St. Matthew's, St. Michael's and Our Lady of Guadalupe will be looking at New Evangelization initiatives. They recently purchased a CCLI license. Have you submitted your songs to CCLI SongSelect? I wonder if the Knights of Columbus, (West St. Paul and/or St. Paul Councils) would be interested in sponsoring gigs where you and I would play. I could set a time for you to meet Council 4184 (of which I am a member). I'll put you in touch with a couple Catholic performers I know who play out regularly in cafes. They might be able to steer you to venues that would be tolerant a faith-based lyrics. I play guitar and sing at Masses and sacramental preparation services. Would you like to join me sometimes as part of the ensemble? I'm especialy thinking of St. Matt's on the West Side.

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

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