I have wrote several commentaries over the last several years; one questioning whether the Southern Gospel industry/fan base actually care about its history (here). And another six part series several years ago talking about Southern Gospel’s impending irrelevance (Part 1), (Part 2), (Part 3), (Part 4), (Part 5), (Part 6).
I am not going to spend my time re-hashing the irrelevance series, thus the reason for the links. Instead I want to take a look at whether the Southern Gospel music industry as we know it now will still exist in five years.
As a member of the business world (day job), anytime you’re interviewing candidates to fill a certain position, you tend to ask the question; ‘where do you see yourself five years from now’? So, I am throwing that question out to the Southern Gospel music industry; ‘where do you see Southern Gospel music in five years’?
Instead of me blubbering on about this particular question; it is time for you, the reader, to sit in the interview chair and answer this question. You are the individuals who are still listening, still attending concerts, still purchasing product.
A few things to think about while coming up with your answer:
- How will continued concert attendance declines affect this five-year forecast?
- What creative ways can artists come up with to continue to thrive in this kind of declining market?
- Will the thinning out of artists because of financial constraints actually help Southern Gospel because of less over saturation?
- Do you believe you will still be listening/supporting Southern Gospel music in five years?