To set the record straight, Emcee N.I.C.E. thinks Christian artists should be paid for their work. The emcee said that people sometimes get caught up with the “Christian” label because they are being an artist for Christ, they should be offering their services for free. While doing jobs for free is ok, work is still being put in.
“At the end of the day, I think it should be looked at from the standpoint of ‘if you’re making money off it, then I should be making money off it’. That’s the bottom line,” N.I.C.E. said. “If you are charging tickets and charging this and that, then that artist should get something automatically. It shouldn’t be ‘we’re going to collect a donation at the end’.”
What artists should be paid depends on their value, Emcee N.I.C.E. explained. When it comes to performing at a show, an artist’s value is based on how many people they can attract to a venue. N.I.C.E. warned, however, that many artists over-value themselves because they base their attraction based on their streaming numbers. Venue location also matters as well.
“I had to battle with a couple of people in debates. We were booking for the [God’s House of Hip-Hop 20/20 Summer Fest], and people were like, ‘well why didn’t I get on? Why didn’t you contact me?’ People have to keep in mind we pay attention to what is your draw in Los Angeles? It ain’t just about being popular. Have you even been to the city? Have you been on the radio in the city?”
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