When the Band Stops Playing
The importance of having a band member agreement before the opening act.
So, you and your buddies have formed a band. You're stoked to play and chase that record deal. Ready to take on the world and collect those royalties! Wait! Have you discussed how you are going divvy up those royalties? Will all band members be sharing publishing income if only some are writing the band's music? How you will make decisions when that deal comes along? Have you even thought about what happens if one band member isn't pulling his or her weight by not showing up at rehearsals or gigs? Or if a band member leaves, what continuing payments is he or she entitled to?
Originally published in Performer Magazine - October 2015
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