How Do Bands Divide Their Earnings?
This question is for those who have played professionally or semi-professionally. I have only worked for any length of time in a duo, where we split our earnings 50/50. I’ve sometimes played in larger formations, but these were one-off arrangements. I’m wondering about the division of earning in bands which regularly play for payment, where there may be a lead singer or lead instrumentalists playing fiddle or pipes (or whatever), and some simply playing backing guitar or bodhran (and probably others in between). It could be argued that the former deserve a greater reward as they are bringing greater skills and contributing more essential sounds, but I have no idea whether that is reflected in payment. So I’d be interested to hear about your experience and practice. Do bands tend to be egalitarian, with equal shares of earnings, or are there cases where some singers or musicians earn more than other band members?