Models for sharing band revenue

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Lowness, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. Lowness

    Lowness Inactive

    Mar 13, 2015
    Healdsburg, CA

    Could people please share their models for sharing band payments?

    I am looking at how to share payments once received - not how to get money from an club owner. My particular example is a 3-piece (singer/guitarist, bassist and drummer) but it doesn't have to be my example.

  2. 1/3 each.

    Until someone thinks they deserve more......then you break up.
  3. To be serious though….

    In my 5 piece band we usually get $600 a night.

    Split is $130 for myself and the guitarist. Between us we supply all sound and lights, he books gigs I do promo.
    Drummer & Keys get $120
    Singer gets $100.

    We go through a lot of singers for some reason. I’d be happy with an straight 5 way split, but the Guitarist/BL thinks we should get a bigger cut.
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  4. aaronious


    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    Sounds fair to me.
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  5. Lowness

    Lowness Inactive

    Mar 13, 2015
    Healdsburg, CA
    The way I am think is that my band effectively comprises 4 responsibilities - guitar, vocals, bass, drums.

    So, I am thinking 1/4 for each responsibility - hence guitarist / vocals gets half, the rest of us a quarter.
  6. devnulljp


    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    There's 4 of us. We split any $$ 4 ways.
    Doesn't matter who books the gig, who owns the PA, who owns the practice space, who writes what, who makes the posters and who buys the beers.
    Everyone pulls their weight, so we split everything evenly. I think it would put a wedge in if we started nickel and diming it.
  7. Lowness

    Lowness Inactive

    Mar 13, 2015
    Healdsburg, CA
    Yes, I am not trying to get to the dollars / dimes - just a broad approach. If someone is not pulling his / her weight, they are out of the band.
  8. If you’re going to pay the singer/guitarist twice, I’d be more inclined to find 2 separate people who specialise in singing or guitaring.

    The biggest attraction of a 3 piece band is only paying 3 people.
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  9. Lowness

    Lowness Inactive

    Mar 13, 2015
    Healdsburg, CA
    Maybe - though he is shouldering twice the performance load of everyone else.
  10. Lowness

    Lowness Inactive

    Mar 13, 2015
    Healdsburg, CA
    The alternative is that he says "f!ck it. I'll just play guitar and do less work". I end up with the same money but with a bigger band to organise and not have the fun of a three piece.
  11. Lowness

    Lowness Inactive

    Mar 13, 2015
    Healdsburg, CA
    I am thinking about this structure for a 3-piece:

    1/4 to each of the guitarist, drummer and bassist + pro rata share of 1/4 for however many songs a person sings.
  12. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i was the singer and bass player in a 3 piece not because of paying only three people but because it's easier to deal with less people... if you have the right people. well, that and we couldn't find a singer we were happy with.
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  13. Lowness

    Lowness Inactive

    Mar 13, 2015
    Healdsburg, CA
    Hell yes. 3 is hard - I'd hate to deal with 4.
  14. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    What I usually do in money based bands :
    1 for each musician
    1 for the PA owner/soundguy if any
    1 for whoever booked the gig
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  15. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member

    Mostly, with bands I've been in it's been even splits. I've been in one three-piece that was even splits for a $300 gig, above that there was a bonus for the one who booked it - a $400 gig would be 120/120/160, a $500 gig would be 150/150/200, like that. Another band was a four-piece where we split gig money five ways - the fifth share went half for the PA (which meant to the drummer) and half to a band fund for promotion and such (banner, tshirts, flyers, etc.).
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  16. We split it evenly 4 ways after giving $200 to the sound man.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2016
  17. father of fires

    father of fires Commercial User

    Nov 29, 2006
    Chief of Medicine at Damnation Audio
    What about a band fund too?
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  18. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    I've always done even splits. It seems to keep people happier longer. Of course, I've never played somewhere that didn't supply a PA.
  19. BlueShox

    BlueShox Registered Turtle Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2007
    West Columbia, SC
    Every group I've been in has always had an extra slit for band funds. So, for a 4 piece group, money was split 5 ways evenly with the 5th going to general band expenses. T-shirts, website, recording, trailer rental if we have to travel, etc etc. If the band pot ever starts to get ridiculous full, like way more than we would need for upcoming expenses, we've scooped some off the top and divided it as sort of like a bonus. For example, around Christmas we had like $3,000 in the pot, we took out $1,000 and everybody got a nice $250 Christmas bonus.
  20. Lowness

    Lowness Inactive

    Mar 13, 2015
    Healdsburg, CA
    This is all very interesting.