Churches, synagogues and other houses of worship work with limited funds, with large portions of the money going to staff, property expenses, program costs and charitable giving. How much goes to the musical program will vary greatly. But if you’re in charge of the music at your house of worship, you’re probably operating on a pretty tight budget. With that in mind, here are three tips to help you maximize your house of worship music dollars to get high-quality instruments, equipment and gear for your choir, band and/or congregation.
1. Buy bundles and kits
Buying in bulk can help you get more for less. Many retailers, including Woodwind & Brasswind, offer bundles of items like music stands, microphone stands, reeds, cables and many other musical items. You can also find kits that combine everything you need into one convenient package. These kits are often more economical than purchasing each individual item separately.
Here are some great bundles and kits we offer:
Proline 6-Pack Professional Orchestral Music Stand with Manhasset Music Stand Short Storage Cart – This pack of Proline music stands offer a wide, metal shelf with a one-knob adjustable tilt that supports music sheets, books, manuscripts, or even stringed-instrument bows. Comes with a cart that holds 12-13 stands.
On-Stage Mic Stand Package – this complete mic stand package includes 6 On-Stage tripod microphone stands with booms and a mic stand bag.
Yamaha PSR-E363 61-Key Portable Keyboard Package – this Yamaha keyboard package offers everything you need to get started, including a bench, stand, headphones and even batteries.
Behringer PMP6000 B215XL Powered Mixer Mains and Mics Package – get great value from this package of Behringer pro audio that will help you monitor, capture, mix, and project your live performance. It includes all the accessories you need to complete the setup.
2. Take advantage of discounts
As a house of worship, you are eligible for incredible discounts on everything from print music (20% every day!) to instruments to pro audio equipment. Make sure you take advantage of these discounts to help every dollar go farther. Our musical experts can help you put together your wish list and then provide a quote with our best-available pricing.
Woodwind & Brasswind staff can also help determine if there are any open box deals you can take advantage of. You can often find gently used instruments and equipment that are in great condition, but at a significantly lower cost. This is especially useful for high-ticket items like digital pianos, brass and woodwind instruments or mallet percussion.
3. Utilize financing or leasing options
A third option to make the most of your budget is to utilize financing or leasing options. This can help you get the instruments and equipment you need for your congregation while spreading the cost over several years, minimizing the upfront burden on your budget. Woodwind & Brasswind offers an attractive house of worship lease/purchase program with flexible two- to five-year leasing periods with annual payments. And the best part about our program is that your house of worship owns the merchandise when the lease period is over! This type of program offers significant benefits – if you’re interested, our staff can explain the details and help you get started.
Make your dollars do more
We understand that it can be challenging to get everything you need for your house of worship musical program within your budget. But by buying in bulk, taking advantage of discounts and exploring leasing options, you can provide your choir, band and congregation with everything they need to make beautiful music a part of their worship routine.
We’d love to hear from you – call us at 800.346.4448 to discuss how to stretch your budget.