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Formalities and legal aspects of gigging

PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:48 pm
by scott1045190
So, my band has been playing some minor gigs for no pay. We are starting to be asked to play now by various local establishments for money.
So, what are the official, legal formalities that we should look at now? Do I need to approach this like establishing a small business and establish it as a formal business entity of some kind?

Re: Formalities and legal aspects of gigging

PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:45 pm
by t-Roy and The Smoking Section
Though technically a good idea, that's nuts to hire a lawyer for doing local gigs. Are you writing? Copyright law is a bit more complicated than playing gigs locally, but unless you're at the stage of signing away publishing that's not necessary yet either. However, you should apply for legal copyright to the Library of Congress to protect any songs you have written.

Contracts are nice, but at the local level you may not be able to get a venue owner to sign anything, thereby keeping you out of work. Locally, it's usually a matter of taking someone's word, and being good for your own word.

Go get a DBA form from the courthouse and register your name, a few bucks. It isn't actually a legal nationwide trademark but it might help establish your usage if you end up needing that in the future. Start saving all receipts to deduct from your taxes, maybe (just maybe) get a band bank account?

I'm sure there are other concerns but it really depends on how serious the band is about staying together and working professionally. If you think that it makes sense, you might even get a business credit card for gear emergencies or other payouts


Re: Formalities and legal aspects of gigging

PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:37 pm
by Montage
I started the protection processes when my band was having problems. Protect the name of your band. Open a Business account at your local bank. You'd open your account as a DBA account (Doing Business As). The cash flow change things up but as long as you're honest with the other bandmates you won't have any problems. Local Gigs, you really don't need any contacts, but long distance gigs need to be negotiated.