I have gotten sucked into a newly established project where the maestro/leader is considering written agreements with members. This is in particular with regard to recordings to be released for download.
The content is 50% original, 50% covers, and the originals are all written by the maestro/leader. Everything is written down. Every single thing. Every note, every dynamic. The horns all play sheet music with staff notation and every note must be correctly communicated by us (or we'll surely hear about it later). The music is difficult and at times challenging - requires a lot of practice to get it right. None of us participates in the songwriting, although we do arrange covers occasionally for some of the longer gigs.
Oh, and recording. Endless recording, in the rehearsal studio. The maestro sets up a separate time for the horns to arrive, then sets a recording loop in the recording software. And it loops, and it loops, and we record take after take after take... multiple sessions, some songs I swear we've done 30 takes.
There have been high-profile gigs, at upscale venues. There was definitely money earned - but nothing paid. I wake up one morning to an email that "most of you have agreed to forgo payment so the money can be put back into the music for recording etc"... or some such thing like that. Well, I don't ever remember agreeing to that. In fact I distinctly mentioned that I have sitter costs that I need to cover.
So I am naturally very interested in whatever agreement this maestro comes up with. In addition to a flat rate per-set for a performance, i def want something in there for the recording time. What do you think is reasonable? I am not asking for songwriting royalties. I do not write in this band, and I never will (my choice). But is it customary to get more than a recording credit in this situation, i.e. for downloads?
I haven't even considered a tour or anything like that. I don't think we're ready for that yet. We're a pretty big group, 8-9 people at times.