Rhetorical question - I'm not actually looking for an answer. All the recent talk about BL-vs-Partnership business plans reminded me of a past situation. The band in question imploded several years ago. It was your standard 'voting democracy' organization with 5 members. The guitar guys thought they were in charge and always voted together when they could be bothered to respond. We're discussing booking a gig. I tell everyone I'm open for every date except one, for which I have a prior commitment and have for months. So naturally, that's the day they decide to pick; I reminded that I've told them for months I was not available. They said "go get a substitute." I said no. "You pick a date you know I'm not available, _you_ get a sub. If I have to cancel after I've agreed to a date, _I_ get the sub." Well it turned out that the "voting democracy" members had never bothered to establish any connections outside our own little band; they were clueless on the local scene. Moral of story (among many others): If you're going to do everything by committee and consensus, "the band" better know how to contact a sub. I expect most actual BL types have some kind of list of contacts for every position in the the band. So how does it work in your band? Is it your responsibility to hire a sub for your position even if it's because the band decided to go on without you?