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The Musician's Guide: Band Partnerships And Legal Issues
5.0( 2 REVIEWS )
1h 54m
J Anthony
J Anthony

This course is designed for those interested to learn the basics of how bands work together, band name and identity, and how bands divide profit and losses.

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1h 54m


J Anthony
J Anthony

Jason Allen is a PhD in music, and was recently named one of the semi-finalists for the Grammy Foundations "Music Educator" award.

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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • This course is perfect for anyone who is doing any kind of musical collaboration. Not just bands, but producers, songwriters, and any other creative partnership for music.
  • Anyone who has ever wondered about how a band is organized from the legal and business perspective.

What you’ll learn: 

  • Creating a contractual agreement between band members
  • How bands divide profits (and losses)
  • Writer splits
  • How bands pay for things
  • Adding band members
  • Intellectual Property
  • Band name and identity
  • Band publishing agreements
  • Financing a band
  • Raising money
  • Getting a loan as a band
  • Breaking up the band


  • Nothing is required to take this course. You will learn everything there is to know about how bands operate, both in the startup phase and more successful bands.

Welcome to the “Musician’s Guide” Series!

This series is pulled directly from the courses I’ve created for my university position in Music Business. All of these courses are designed for the everyday musician – amateur or professional – who has little or no knowledge on the topic, but wants to master it.

This class is all about Band Partnerships and Legal Issues. In other words: How bands (and any musical collaboration) work together. In this class, I’ll give you a template for a typical agreement between band members, and walk you through what everything means.

It is ideal for anyone who is in a band or wants to start a band. Especially:

  • Musicians: If you are making music with other people, you need to understand your rights and come to some understanding.
  • Producers: If you are producing for other musicians, you should have them under contract. In this class, I’ll walk you through the entire contract, and give you a template to use.
  • Curious Minds: Anyone interested in how bands operate is invited to be a part of this class.

We will start by talking through what bands “have.” That is more than just the PA that they bought together – it is also all their intellectual property – like songs, albums, any recordings, the band name, logos, flyers, and more. Then, we will look at a typical band agreement (I’ll give you a copy to use with your own band), and I’ll walk you through every step of the agreement so you fully understand what is being asked.

The goal of this class is for you to understand how bands work together, and how to keep from suing each other once you start making money!

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned how bands work together.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Introduction And Overview
Introduction 00:00:00
What We Are Covering Here 00:00:00
Tools You Will Need For This Class 00:00:00
Disclaimer: I Am Not A Lawyer 00:00:00
Section 2 - What Is A Band Partnership?
What Bands Have 00:00:00
What Can Go Wrong 00:00:00
The Band As A Business 00:00:00
Operating Agreements 00:00:00
Example Template 00:00:00
[Download] Band Partnership File 00:00:00
Section 3 - Property
Real Property Issues 00:00:00
Intellectual Property Issues 00:00:00
Outside Collaborations 00:00:00
Right To Use The Band Identity 00:00:00
Publishing 00:00:00
Email Lists, Social Media Accounts, And Contacts 00:00:00
Section 4 - Changes In Members
Firing A Band Member 00:00:00
What They Are Entitled To 00:00:00
Adding A Band Member 00:00:00
Valuation Of The Band 00:00:00
Section 5 - Leaving Members And Recording Agreements
Obligation To Record 00:00:00
Section 6 - Financing
Bootstrapping Finances 00:00:00
Money From Members 00:00:00
Outside Financing: Investors 00:00:00
Outside Financing: Loans 00:00:00
Accounting, Accounts, And Audits 00:00:00
Section 7 - Other Agreement Provisions
Profits And Losses 00:00:00
Meeting And Voting 00:00:00
Breaking Up The Band 00:00:00
Arbitration 00:00:00
The Answer Is In The Agreement 00:00:00
Section 8 - Wrap Up
What Comes Next? 00:00:00
Thanks For Watching! 00:00:00

Course Review


2 Ratings
  1. Anonymous
    Detlef Randerath June 16, 2022 at 22:35 PM

    Very informative


    Even if not all variations and possibilities are discussed here, this course offers a very good insight into contract law and the difficulties that can be associated with it.

  2. DAVID VELÁSQUEZ April 3, 2022 at 19:12 PM