The Internal Band Agreement – Are You Protected? | Replogle Law Office, LLC – Dayton, OH

Posted: July 9, 2014 by Kimberly Weiss in Support, Promo, & Tips
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RepAvatrDisputes among band members are not new, and when they happen, they can be ugly.  Recently, STP (Stone Temple Pilots) sued former singer Scott Weiland, who then counter-sued STP for various issues involving their written band agreement.  The good news is they had an agreement to fall back on.  The bad news, of course, is that regardless of the agreement, emotions on both sides are high and this particular dispute may take years of court battles to resolve.

Many bands skip having a written agreement with each other.  The most common excuse is that it’s too “business” like and takes the fun out of making music.  But if you are collaborating with another person or multiple people, it’s important to have a written agreement that defines the rights and responsibilities of each member. 

Here are a few important areas to include in your band agreement:

  • What contribution is each person expected to make?  That includes time, money, and property.
  • Can members make loans, such as equipment, to the band?  And if so, does that member get the equipment back if they leave the band?
  • Who “controls” the band, and is each member allowed to vote?  For example, can member “A” bring in a new member without consulting the other band members?
  • Who does the band name and logo belong to?  You wouldn’t want to allow each individual member to continue to use the name and logo after the band breaks up.
  • Who do the songs belong to?  If a member leaves the band, can they continue to perform those songs?
  • How are the profits (and losses) divided up?

These are just a few important areas to cover in your band agreement.  While no one likes mixing business with pleasure, having a tight band agreement in place from the beginning can help prevent an ugly dispute later on.

MelissaReplogleMelissa Replogle, Esq.
Replogle Law Office, LLC
28 E. Rahn Rd., Suite 101
Kettering, OH 45429
p. 937.369.0177
f.  937.999.3924
melissa@reploglelawoffice.com
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