Considering there are topics on the forum related to family or relationship issues, I figured I'd throw this out there. How family friendly is your band? I'm not talking about your shows, but your stance on family members of your bandmates. IME, I have had family/relationship issues such as divorce break up or halt momentum more often than drugs, day jobs, etc. So, I try to be accomodating to band members' family needs and join bands that are that way as well. The things that I have found to be family friendly: - Not too many practices, so that you don't cut too much into family time. - Paying gigs, so that it can help out the family budget. - A deep bench of available subs, so if you need to take a gig off, you can without it being a huge deal. - Little to no touring. IME, travel for any type of job is hard on a relationship or family. - Reasonable behavior on the gig and afterwards. I'm not saying that all bands should follow this, or that it's the best way for making a band succesful. It's just what I consider "family friendly", and what works for me. So, how family friendly is your band? What do you do to accomodate band member's families?