Mostly A for us, though I've given the other members the option of buying it for the band. Same goes for a lot of our other equipment, just the reality of me having the most disposable and steady income out of all the members.
That's what I meant by "fee". I charge $90 for gigs up to 200 audience, then $160 for larger gigs. I have to pay increased travelling costs due to higher fuel consumption hauling the rig & lighting. The band is getting tremendous value for money at those rates.I know it's splitting hairs, but for some reason "rent" rubs me the wrong way. Rather than charging your band mates rent, I would just agree that you'll be taking a larger percentage from gigs where the PA is used.
the small PA belonging to the singer without fee makes absolute sense. It's their "instrument" reinforcement after all. A bigger rig that all band members use is a different matter IMO. That's shared expense, & one way or another, has to be paid for. My PA/lighting rig represents a $30,000 + investment, there's no way they, or anyone else, is getting that for free. Any charges I make to the band are more than covered by the increased fee we achieve at such gigs. That means yes, each band member gets a smaller cut, but from a bigger pot. It's just businessOur band has a couple of different pa options. One is a full band pa, and one is a Bose pa for small, acoustic shows. I think the singer owns both. We just use whatever we need for the show. There is no 'fee' or 'rent' involved. Lol....I'd probably dope slap the singer if he even brought that up.
I meant that in terms of depping a gig only. When I'm a member of a band then quite happy to make a contribution to the PA, but not when depping for a couple of gigs as it isn't my problem.For small bands that tour locally, this isn't a problem. When you're working a coast, like Portland Maine to Daytona Florida, the band has to cover the expenditures. In this case, the band can either rent a PA from a sound and lighting company, or they can rent a PA from one of the members at a huge discount.
This either needs to be accounted for in the buy-in, or it needs to come from the earnings.
The OPs other option was to sell partial ownership of the gear. That's a bad idea because it gets messy when half the band leaves/quits/dies/gets fired, goes to jail, goes into debt, etc.
Our singer owns a small PA which he brings to our gigs, which are never loud enough to warrant micing anything but vocals. So the PA is his gear. The rest of us paid for our gear (which, as you know, ain't cheap!) and he pays for his. I found that more decent than some singers, who just invest in a couple of mics and a stand.Although the PA is a necessity for the singer(s), It isn't always for a drummer unless the drums are mic'ed, right? So the drummer gets a pass on having to pay for the band to use it. That seems fair, right?