Our singer/lead guitarist is booking our gigs. He isn’t asking for a percentage for doing this and our band agreement is we’re all equal members of the band, with equal pay. We split the tip jar three ways and the gig money three ways. What’s the typical procedure for getting this done after the gig is through and the gear is loaded up?
- Our singer likes to tell the band he’s getting a $10 out of the tip jar to tip the waitress. But no one actually follows him to see if he actually pays the waitress.
- We don’t have any rule who or when the tip jar money gets counted. Tonight I grabbed the tip jar to take it out to the guys who were chilling out back, but in view of the stage. They let me count the money on my own with no one around. I could have cheated (I didn’t). I’m perplexed why they didn’t request we all sit around and count it - $75 - $10 = $65. (That was a lot of money sitting alone in front of an empty stage, so I didn’t feel right leaving it to go join my band mates)
- Our singer runs a tab for food and drinks for the band. Tonight was the first time the venue didn’t throw in free food and drinks. I didn’t get to see the receipt from the venue owner, so I don’t know exactly what the bill was. Am I supposed to take the singer’s word it was $65? Is it preferable to run a tab in the hopes of the venue covering it at the end?
- Tonight was the first time our singer wanted to take another $10 out of the gig money to tip another waitress. I wasn’t asked to share in that burden because I wasn’t drinking during the gig.
- The venue owner gave us all a free whiskey shot and a beer at the end of the gig.
- The venue owner paid the singer in cash, but it was at the end of the bar and I couldn’t see where his hands went after he took the money, then strolling to us through a crowd of bar patrons. Is it reasonable to suspect that a bookee would make prior arrangements with the venue owner to take a percentage higher than the band on the side?
- The behavior of our singer is kind of odd at the end of the gig. Subject matter trails off into a dozen different directions, never knowing what he’s up to. He walks off a lot to different areas of the venue. I often wonder if this is when the side deals are happening.