“Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” – the importance of written band agreements
So you’re all best friends now and, in any case, it’s all about the music, man! However, as members of The Smiths would probably tell you, it’s worth taking some time to think about your legal relationship with your fellow band members, preferably before the band is making any serious money. In fact, this can be a very positive and reassuring exercise, helping to clarify issues which may be at the back of all the band members’ minds. It may also stop unwanted tensions from creeping in and, once a written band agreement is drawn up, prevent or reduce future disagreement between band members.
As a result of English partnership law, various legal rights and obligations are implied when a band starts to write or perform together. Although it is possible to amend many of these by a written band agreement, in the absence of such an agreement the following…
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