The Lesser Light Collective (TLLC) Internship FAQs
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Who can apply?
Any vocalist, 18 years or older willing to travel to Orlando, FL for the weekend training as well as book and perform at least 3 concerts within 6 months of the training.
How many interns will there be in the program?
The internship will consist of just 3-5 interns. We want to keep this program small to ensure quality support for the interns.
How long is the internship?
The training begins with a weekend event in Orlando, FL from May 25, 2018 - May 28, 2018. After the training, interns are expected to book and perform at least 3 TLLC concerts within 6 months of finishing the training (by the end of 2018).
What does the Internship Cost?
The internship is free, however, it will require a financial commitment. Interns must be prepared to pay for the following:
Travel to and from Orlando, FL for the weekend training
Travel to and from their concert locations and any other concert related expenses
One physical copy of both The Lamb Wins and The King Dreams
If interns decide to sell TLLC products at concerts, then they will need to be prepared to purchase the products at a wholesale discount of 40%. It is highly recommended to do so, but is optional.
Depending on how much individual concerts make, 25% of concert love offerings and honorariums will go to TLLC (See Will the interns make money?)
How would the experience benefit the intern?
The interns will receive in person training on how to conduct a music ministry from Lee & Hillary Givhan, and Jennifer Jill.
The training, meals, lodging and rides to and from the Orlando, FL airport will be free for the training weekend.
TLLC products will be available to interns at a wholesale discount, so that they can make a profit from the products. This sets interns up with a full product line for their concerts.
Interns will also get to keep a portion of the love offerings and potential honorariums they receive at concerts (see more on how this works by reading Will the interns make money?).
Regular coaching calls with Lee and Hillary for the duration of 2018 to help you get started as a musicianary
Interns will receive a guidebook with course materials and samples of various booking document templates. This is a unique toolkit that most musicians don’t receive when starting out!
An additional benefit we pray to see is that at the end of this program, interns will have a clearer understanding of how God is calling them to use their musical gifts as well as more confidence to carry out His plans for them!
Can interns perform some of their own music at their TLLC concerts?
Yes, 1 or 2 personal songs are reasonable to open the concert, but interns must share their songs first with the internship instructors to make sure it will flow well with the rest of the program.
Where would the concerts be performed?
Local churches provide the most accessible and supportive concert venues. Adventist churches, because of our love for prophecy, tend to be highly receptive. Adventist Schools are generally receptive. Other Christian churches and schools are also worth approaching, especially if you know someone there. Elderly care facilities are receptive, but don’t generally pay; the same is true of outdoor concerts. Busking is great, too. Basically, we’ll share what has worked for us and you can get as creative as you want. We strongly encourage you to use your local support network to find venues that are willing to host a vespers or worship concert.
Will the interns make money?
Yes. Between product sales, honorariums, and love offerings, concerts typically yield between $200 and $500 per concert, conservatively. Interns can buy TLLC products at wholesale price to sell at concerts (a 40% discount). In addition, if the total gross income from the concert (love offering + honorarium + product sales) is at least $200, then the intern will be expected to share 25% of the love offering and honorarium with TLLC. The time investment is usually between five and eight hours per concert, depending upon travel time, etc. We predict that the typical net income of the intern would be between $100 and $300 per concert, conservatively.
What is the intern’s responsibility to TLLC?
Interns will be required to attend a training weekend at the Abiding Place Farm guest house in Orlando, Florida (May 25, 2018 - May 28, 2018). Interns must cover their own travel costs and purchase one physical copy of both The Lamb Wins and The King Dreams CDs as part of their training materials. Before attending the training, interns will be expected to make certain preparations in order to ensure that the training time is used as wisely as possible.
Interns will also be expected to attend bi-weekly calls after the training for continued support and troubleshooting until the end of 2018. Interns should book and perform at least 3 TLLC concerts by the end of 2018 (approximately 6 months after the training).
At the close of each concert, interns will fill out the Concert Sales Accounting Sheet and send an image of it to TLLC. Interns will also be expected to send a PayPal payment for the total owed to TLLC after each concert, if necessary. The rest is yours to keep!
Interns are expected to maintain a basic biblical lifestyle and Christian conduct. Interns are also expected to limit selling to non-Sabbath hours.
Can interns collaborate with one another to give concerts?
Yes. However, only the intern who books the shared concert will have it counted as part of their 3 concerts. TLLC’s portion of concert proceeds will remain the same, but interns are free to split the rest of the proceeds between themselves as they see fit.
How do I apply?
The application process has several parts. There is the online application (click here), video submission of a vocal recording, and video interview. These aspects are detailed on our online application page and below. All applications are due by March 1, 2018. Only complete applications will be considered. All interns will be selected by April 1, 2018.
What do I do after I submit my online application?
Upload a Music Sample: Send us a recording of you singing over a track for a song from The King Dreams album. You may choose any song from the album. Email thelesserlightcollective (at) gmail.com to request the track for the song you would like to sing. A video recording from your phone is acceptable. Send the recording to thelesserlightcollective (at) gmail.com
Contact References: Let your references know that we may be calling them soon.
Video Interview: As we review applications, we will begin to narrow down the eligible participants. If we think this internship may be a good fit for you, we will be reaching out to set up an online video interview with you to get to know each other a little better.
Applications will not be considered if they are incomplete. A complete application includes online submission of the application and email submission of a music sample. Complete applications are due by March 1, 2017. All interns will be selected by April 1, 2017.