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- resource for singers and singing teachers

Regardless of how long you've been friends for or how well you get on, a group of musicians should
always draw up a 'Band Agreement' to identify what happens if various events occur and to protect your
interests.

Just like any other contract, the band agreement is a set of rules or conditions that each member agrees
to stick to. This should be discussed as soon as possible; even if the band has just formed it should cover
some or all of the following:


 

Hiring & Firing - who does it, for what reason, individual or group decision
Quitting - reasonable notice, equipment & fund split, sales, merchandising, royalties

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Aims - performing, recording, publishing, fun?
Limitations - working with other bands, rules, barriers & resolutions.
Band Names & Logos - who owns them, who keeps them.

  

Group Monies - whats the split, how much goes in the kitty, what it's used for, who decides, who has
access & where it's kept!

 

Who Writes Them - who owns them & how will royalties be split.





 
- decisions, mediation, voting, independant arbitration.

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- all or majority agreement, revisions, updates.

A simple agreement written between the group is fine, although the final copy should be drawn up by a
music solicitor. Add or exclude anything you like, cover as much as possible and make sure everyone
agrees to stick to it.

Signing a formal agreement makes it harder for anyone to go against the group decision, it also helps to
highlight potential problems and focus the goals and aims of the band.

Regardless of whether the band is run by one individual or by group decision, an agreement between all
members prevents future misunderstandings and provides guidelines in the event of a dispute. Always
get someone independent to witness your signatures when signing the agreement.

A wide collection of Music Business Contracts can be purchased from A2Z although please note these
are US orientated and will need adjusting to reflect your countries requirements.
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