Booking and Live Contracts for Musicians

The legal aspect of the Music Industry is not an easy one. To get legal representation it costs you money and specifically, to get legal representation to draft agreements for any potential business dealing that pertains to the music industry is also as costly.

Here’s everything to know about booking and live contracts for musicians.

There are about 5 contracts musicians should know about when booking a live show. Let’s chat about them!

Live Promoter – Artist Contract

This is an agreement whereby a promoter engages an artist to perform at an event, on a particular date and for a specified length of time. The promoter agrees to remunerate the artist for the satisfactory performance of the engagement and to help arrange transport and accommodation if required.

The artist agrees to perform the engagement to the best of his/her ability and to provide promoter with materials, photographs, biography, CV and recordings for the promotion of the engagement.

Both parties agree to pay their own tax contributions and to comply with all rules, regulations and agreements relating to health and safety. Agreement useful for promoters looking to have a document in place that comprehensively covers all of the most common issues related to live engagements.

Merchandising Rights Contract

This is an exclusive agreement whereby an Artist grants merchandising rights to a company which allows the latter to use the Artist’s name, logo, likeness, picture, artwork, trade marks etc., throughout a defined territory in connection with manufacture and sale of products of any kind.

Company accounts fifty percent (50%) of income to artist after recouping manufacturing and transport costs. Useful for labels or manufacturing companies looking to get an exclusive license to artists’ intellectual property for the manufacture of goods.

Promoter-Venue Contract

This is an agreement whereby a promoter hires a venue for a particular date in exchange for payment of a fee. The Venue will guarantee the promoter certain capacity and opening times as well as reasonable technical requirement required by the artist performing at the event.

The promoter agrees to be solely responsible for all costs related to the promotion and marketing of the event and to be liable for any fines imposed on the venue related to said promotion.

Both parties agree to act in a professional manner at all times to not act, omit or operate negligently or recklessly resulting in the impossibility to carry out the event. The contract can be customized to allow the promoter to provide his/her own bar stock, sound engineers and security for the event.

DJ-Promoter Contract

This is an agreement whereby a promoter engages a DJ to perform at an event, at a particular date and for a specified length of time. The promoter agrees to remunerate DJ for the satisfactory performance of the engagement and to meet certain requirements as requested by DJ (including a safe performance area, electrical outlets and crowd control personnel). This agreement is useful for promoters looking to have a document in place that comprehensively covers all of the most common issues related to live DJ music engagements.

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