Re: Contracts for The Pros
Well, if it's a leader/sideman relationship, the leader gets the WHOLE share, and sidemen get a pre-determined fee. I, too, have cringed thinking about how miniscule our pay is when playing for a large crowd paying high ticket prices, but the same person who keeps it all is the one who takes the risk, and in business, risk is rewarded.
This of course just applies to live/studio work. It's often a point of contention how to divide the pie among an entire band. I believe live work is often split evenly, but publishing needs to be negotiated, since usually one or two do most of the writing and want a bigger share. Many huge groups, like KISS, give the appearance of being a group, but business-wise, it's Gene and Paul plus two sidemen.