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Old 02-17-2012, 09:49 AM   #1
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Anyone in a Band?

Anyone in a paid music band? I have some questions.

Have you set up a ficticious business name for financial purposes (banks require a ficticious business name if you want to accept checks under the band's name)? I'm thinking it might be a good idea for keeping track of the financial dealings of the band (equipment, etc).

What do you typically charge for a gig? My guitar instructor said he charges $100 for an hour for each member of the band, plus $100 if he has to set up his own PA, plus $0.33/mile for travel expense if it's far away. If they ask for 2 hours, he'll usually only charge and extra $100 (not per member). Does that sound about right? You can PM me if you want to keep your fees it private.

The band I'm starting with has 3 singers, myself on bass or guitar (depending on the song), a keyboard player and a percussionist. So we'd be looking at charging $700 for an hour if we set up our own PA system, $800 for 2 hours.

Are there any issues with getting paid for copyrighted material? I was looking at BMI licensing and it looks like their focus is on the establishment vs the band. Any issues with posting videos of a performance on Youtube?

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I was, then got kicked out....I think they are famous now....Band is called Mumford & Sons. or something like that.
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I made way more as a front of house engineer than I made as a musician.
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:38 AM   #4
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Ive been in a paid band for a few years now. everything ur instructor saI'd is pretty much on the dot. Travel and per-player sounds good.

My band never really opened an account until just a year ago. We dealt things the old fashioned way. But now it's just under one of my side accounts. No fake name.

U can get paid f
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...for playing other peoples music, as long as u don't claim it as ur own.

You wOnt have any problems with YouTube.
Hope I helped!
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