My band is having a minor debate, and I was wondering if anyone could offer some input. Better yet, if anyone is aware of the specific legalities involved in a situation like this... EVEN BETTER. I play in a six-piece indie pop band. We earn money from shows, we do some touring, and sell music through all the usual sources (itunes and other tunecore affiliates; cd's at shows)... but most of our income has been from television placements. We have a partnership agreement, and the money is kept in a joint business account. Generally, in the past we've invested most of what we've made back into the band for recording, touring, and other expenses, with occasional payouts (split evenly between all members). Recently, however, we had to fire our drummer. Not because he breached a contract or anything so dastardly, it had to do with long-running technical issues that seemed to be getting worse, and his attitude seemed to be going downhill as well. So the 5 of us voted him out of the partnership (as our contract allows), and he was given 1/6 of the band funds minus tax preparation costs. About 3 weeks after he got the axe, we got another television placement for one of the songs off our last album, which he was a part of. Per our contract, he is entitled to his "share of the profits, minus band expenses". The issue here, is the definition of what those expenses should include. I'm a stickler for fairness, and I say the expenses should basically only be actual expenses related to the acquisition of this money. Our lawyer will be negotiating the master agreement for the placement, and taking a percentage of our fee, and our publishing company will be taking a slightly larger chunk of the sync fee, as per their contract. Those expenses he's clearly going to share. And tax preparation / accounting costs for this as well. But my bandmates argue that his payout should also be counted against our continuing band expenses (or our "cost of operating")... which doesn't seem right to me. By this I mean tour-related costs and other day to day band expenses, which my bandmates argue is "the band investing in itself in order to earn all of us additional profits". I take issue with it since our drummer doesn't have any input into those decisions of how "his" share of "our" money is spent. Maybe its an ethical debate, or maybe its a simple matter of legality, but if anyone has any advice, I'd greatly appreciate it!