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3 Keys to Transform Musicians Life Backstage

Key to transforming musicians lives

All around the country, communities of local musicians are the voices of their city’s music scene. Through their music these artists shape the cultural identity of their city. United in their experiences of being misunderstood, or feeling judged by the church, these local artists congregate in bars and clubs, music venues and concert halls—spaces where they feel welcomed and at home.

In addition to local artists, touring musicians typically spend more time on the road than they do at home. Their communities are their fellow bandmates and the other bands they tour with. When they return from long months on the road, touring musicians find it difficult to assimilate into the norms of life back home. They come back to find that life has gone on without them—often straining even their closest relationships.

In light of this reality, we’ve identified, and committed to focus on, 3 Keys to Transform Life Backstage:

1. Connectedness – The emptiness and isolation musicians often experience creates a need for genuine trustworthy relationships—relationships where they are given the opportunity to stop performing and simply be.

2. Sacrificial Service – The musician community needs servant-hearted individuals to identify and respond to the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of artists.

3. The Love of Christ – Musicians who’ve lost their way, or those who are struggling to find it, are in desperate need of hope and truth. They need to be encouraged in the midst of their doubts, and reminded about their true identities.

If you resonate with the importance of these keys we invite you to partner with us by joining the RYFO FAM. For as little as “Five-a-month” you can become a Key Holder in transforming life backstage.

Are you a Key Holder?

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All donations are tax deductible. RYFO is a ministry of CRM (Church Resource Ministries), a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Anaheim, California. CRM is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), which provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that demonstrate compliance with established standards. 

A Campaign for the Whole Artist

Whether on the road or rooted in the local music scene, the musician community is a world clouded with hopelessness. For many musicians the glamour they project from the stage life in stark contrast with the realities of their lives backstage. Too often life backstage is characterized by deep emptiness and isolation. In search of something to fill the void; drugs, alcohol, pornography, and other sexual exploits are common among faith-based and secular musicians.

So this year-end we’re inviting you to partner with us in caring for the Whole Artist: Mind, Body & Spirit.

THROUGH THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIP; YOU CAN TRANSFORM MUSICIAN’S LIVES


3 ways to partner

Purchase a limited edition RYFO T-shirt from our friends at Modfund: Click Here

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Stay caffeinated with The RYFO Blend from our friends at Pneuma Coffee: Click Here

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Join the RYFO FAM, to be a part of our committed team of financial partners who give a minimum of Five-A-Month: Click Here

Members of the RYFO FAM receive a RYFO Key, as a symbol of our partnership, and our FAM booklet which tells the ‘Serving the Voices’ story

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How We Will Be Serving the Voices in 2015

RYFO Serving 2015

By: Simeon Lohrmann (Team Leader)

Serving the Voices the past 6 years has broadened our understanding of family and taught us about the power of sacrificial service.

As a staff we are continually amazed by the families we are blessed to partner with through our Host Home program. Some of these families discovered RYFO through an advertisement, others stumbled upon us while browsing online, and still others were referred by someone to check us out. Regardless of the way in which they happened upon our ministry, God was at work in every case, directing these radical families to join us in Serving the Voices.

As it stands today RYFO has Host Homes in 26 States and 1 Canadian Province. We are a growing network of servants who understand the needs of touring musicians, and who have said YES to the call to respond to those needs.

One of our most tenured families, the Lubs, recently reported that over the past 5 years they’ve hosted 239 different musicians, served 1,214 individual meals, and made 564 beds. Can you imagine the conversations they’ve had during those meals, and the friendships that have been formed with bands who have stayed with them during multiple tours? It’s truly amazing. These families are portraying the love of Christ through Radical Hospitality.

I count myself blessed to be leading this amazing ministry and I’m excited to share a snapshot of what’s ahead in 2015.

The RYFO FAM

Last week we mailed gift packages to the 30 individuals/families who currently make regular financial investments in our ministry. We’ve chosen to name this committed group The RYFO FAM. Without their partnership our ministry could not exist. FAM is about transforming the lives of musicians who are outside of the local church, by providing backstage access for the Gospel and discipleship.

In the coming weeks we will begin extending an invitation for others to join this group by committing to invest a minimum amount of “Five-A-Month.” Through the expansion of The RYFO FAM we are confident that in 2015 we can begin investing more resources back into our Host Homes than we currently allocate towards our administrative expenses. This financial transition will enable us to actively recruit and better equip our Host Home network, as well as improve the platform we developed for bands to connect with our homes while on the road.

A RYFO Tour

We firmly believe that the best step forward is to go deep with the Host Homes we are currently partnered with. In order to do that we need to invest time being with them. So we devised a plan to do just that.

This coming summer my family and I will be traveling around the country to deepen our relationship with RYFO’s existing Host Homes, and to raise awareness for our ministry. We plan to cover as much of the country as possible, including areas where RYFO is looking to expand by recruiting new Host Homes.

RYFO Chaplains

After many years of dreaming about serving musicians in ways that extend beyond Host Homes, 2015 is the year for that vision to take form. Last week our staff began the process of developing a Chaplaincy program for the musician community. This program will be relevant to both local and touring musicians. Chaplains will proactively bring truth and hope backstage in venues and concert halls around the country, while also being available to connect with bands as they come through town. Some Chaplains may even find themselves on tour with a band. The options are as diverse as the needs for which they exist.


If you are interested in any of these initiatives we would love to hear from you

You can contact us by emailing info@ryfo.org