Bishop Isaiah Mbuga, the lead pastor of Christ heart Church international used his Facebook account to send out a strong message to Media houses and Churches that do not pay gospel artists.
He is a respected broadcaster with more than 15 years of TV talk show hosting and a media professional. The preacher is often consulted on issues regarding broadcasting and advocacy. He has preached the gospel for over 26 years and has recorded several gospel music albums.
Based on his experience while he studied in England and worked in media houses in the UK, Japan, Liberia Bishop Isaiah, says that there is an imbalance in the media fraternity in Uganda. For example, while he studied in England, he was paid to play instruments in the church he attended.
The preacher who is also a gospel artist, Bishop Isaiah expressed his disappointment in church leaders in Uganda who do not pay the musical instrumentalists in church and even most artists receive a ‘God bless you’ message in return for their ministry, ‘ It is wrong!’. He said.
‘Recording a song and shooting a video costs a lot of money,’ He continued. ‘it’s absurd that most media houses use gospel music in adverts to promote their products, events, and media shows without compensating the gospel artists. I am a recording artist and I know how much investment is made to produce a song and that’s why I pay for every broadcast on all my channels and church.’
As the bible states in 1 Corinthians 9:13, Do you not know that those who work in the temple eat of it’s food, and those who serve at the altar partake of its offerings? The same way the pastor is paid is the same way other people in the church should be paid. He added
Media houses must understand that recording artists invest a lot of money to produce their songs. There should be a policy where once a song is requested on TV or radio, at least a certain amount of money is contributed to the artist or else don’t play their songs on air.
‘I Isaiah mbuga, stand with every word that I have spoken and pledge my allegiance to advocate for gospel artists to be paid’ He concluded