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What is an Artist-Agent Agreement?

Generally, the reason to draft an Artist-Agent Agreement is to record the terms and payment details for representation that will be provided. With the appropriate information, this essential legal contract may limit conflicts by ensuring that both signers are on the same page. Not just a generic agent agreement template, an Artist-Agent Contract under a Premium membership can be reinforced by optional Document Defense® support from an attorney.

When to use an Artist-Agent Agreement:

  • You're an artist seeking an agent for greater exposure.
  • You're an agent interested in representing an artist.

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Artist-Agent Agreement

 

THIS ARTIST-AGENT AGREEMENT is effective on , between (the "Artist"), residing at , , , and (the "Agent"), residing at , , .

 

Whereas, the Artist is an established artist of proven talents; and

 

Whereas, the Artist wishes to have an agents assistance in marketing certain rights enumerated herein; and

 

Whereas, the Agent is capable of marketing the artistic works produced by the Artist; and

 

Whereas, the Agent wishes to represent the Artist;

 

Now, therefore, in consideration of the foregoing premises and the mutual covenants hereinafter set forth and other valuable consideration, the parties hereto agree as follows:

 

Agency

The Artist appoints the Agent to act as the Artists exclusive representation throughout the World in all markets necessary to effectively market, sell and distribute the artistic works of the Artist.

 

The Agent agrees to use his or her best efforts in submitting the Artist's work for the purpose of securing assignments, sales and shows for the Artist. The Agent shall negotiate the terms of any assignment, sale or booking that is offered, but the Artist shall have the right to reject any assignment if the Artist finds the terms thereof unacceptable.

 

Promotion

The Artist shall provide the Agent with such samples of work as are from time to time necessary for the purpose of securing assignments, sales and bookings. These samples shall remain the property of the Artist and be returned within days of termination of this Agreement. The Agent shall take reasonable efforts to protect the work from loss or damage, but shall be liable for such loss or damage only if caused by the Agent's negligence. Promotional expenses, including but not limited to promotional mailings and paid advertising, shall be paid percent by the Agent and percent by the Artist. The Agent shall bear the expenses of shipping, insurance, and similar marketing expenses.

 

Term and Termination

This Agreement shall take effect on the , and remain in full force and effect for a term of years, unless terminated by either party by giving days written notice to the other party.

 

Commissions

The Agent shall be entitled to the following commissions:

 

(A)On assignments, sales and bookings secured by the Agent during the term of this Agreement, percent of the billing;

 

(B)On house accounts, percent of the billing.

 

For purposes of this Agreement, house accounts are defined as accounts obtained by the Artist at any time or obtained by another agent representing the Artist prior to the commencement of this Agreement and listed in Schedule A to this Agreement. It is understood by both parties that no commission shall be paid on assignments rejected by the Artist or for which the Artist fails to receive payment, regardless of the reason payment is not made. Further, no commissions shall be payable in either (A) or (B) above for any part of the billing that is due to expenses incurred by the Artist in performing the assignment, whether or not such expenses are reimbursed by the Client. In the event that a flat fee is paid by the Client, it shall be reduced by the Amount of expenses incurred by the Artist in performing the assignment and the Agent's commission shall be payable only on the fee as reduced.

 

Billing

The Agent shall be responsible for sending an invoice to Artist, which details all amounts corresponding to work done and commission due. No payment to Agent shall be granted without an invoice. When Agent is the caretaker of payment that is intended for Artist, Agent shall immediately remit such payment to Artist and shall not appropriate any sums for all himself/herself unless an invoice has previously been given to Artist and Artist has had days to review, validate or challenge said invoice.

 

Payments

The Agent shall make all payments due within days of receipt of any fees covered by this Agreement. Late payments shall be accompanied by interest calculated at the rate of per month thereafter.

 

Accountings

The Agent or representative of the Agent shall send copies of invoices to the other party when rendered. If requested, that Agent shall also provide the other party with semiannual accountings showing all assignments for the period, the Clients' names, the fees paid, expenses incurred by the Artist, the dates of payment, the amounts on which the Agent's commissions are to be calculated, and the sums due less those amounts already paid.

 

Inspection of the Books and Records

The Agent or a representative of the Agent shall keep the books and records with respect to commissions due at his or her place of business and permit the other party to inspect these books and records during normal business hours on the giving of reasonable notice.

 

Assignment after Termination

If the Artist receives assignments after the termination date from Client(s) originally obtained by the Agent during the term of this Agreement, the commission shall be payable to the Agent as defined under Commission and Payments in this Agreement.

 

This Agreement shall not be assigned by either of the parties hereto. It shall be binding on and inure to the benefit of the successors, administrators, executors, or heirs of the Agent and Artist.

 

Arbitration

Any controversies or disputes arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall be resolved by binding arbitration in accordance with the then-current Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association. The parties shall select a mutually acceptable arbitrator knowledgeable about issues relating to the subject matter of this Agreement. In the event the parties are unable to agree to such a selection, each party will select an arbitrator and the two arbitrators in turn shall select a third arbitrator, all three of whom shall preside jointly over the matter. The arbitration shall take place at a location that is reasonably centrally located between the parties, or otherwise mutually agreed upon by the parties. All documents, materials, and information in the possession of each party that are in any way relevant to the dispute shall be made available to the other party for review and copying no later than 30 days after the notice of arbitration is served. The arbitrator(s) shall not have the authority to modify any provision of this Agreement or to award punitive damages. The arbitrator(s) shall have the power to issue mandatory orders and restraint orders in connection with the arbitration. The decision rendered by the arbitrator(s) shall be final and binding on the parties, and judgment may be entered in conformity with the decision in any court having jurisdiction. The Agreement to arbitration shall be specifically enforceable under the prevailing arbitration law. During the continuance of any arbitration proceeding, the parties shall continue to perform their respective obligations under this Agreement.

 

Entire Agreement

This Agreement contains the entire agreement of the parties, and there are no other promises or conditions in any other agreement whether oral or written concerning the subject matter of this Agreement. This Agreement supersedes any prior written or oral agreements between the parties.

 

Severability

If any provision of this Agreement will be held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions will continue to be valid and enforceable. If a court finds that any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, but that by limiting such provision it would become valid and enforceable, then such provision will be deemed to be written, construed, and enforced as so limited.

 

Amendment

This Agreement may be modified or amended in writing, if the writing is signed by the party obligated under the amendment

 

Governing Law

This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of .

 

Notice

Any notice or communication required or permitted under this Agreement shall be sufficiently given if delivered in person or by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the address set forth in the opening paragraph or to such other address as one party may have furnished to the other in writing.

 

Waiver of Contractual Rights

The failure of either party to enforce any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver or limitation of that party's right to subsequently enforce and compel strict compliance with every provision of this Agreement.

 

Signatories

This Agreement shall be signed by and by on behalf of .

 

 

 

ARTIST:

 

 

 

By: Date:

 

 

AGENCY:

 

 

 

By: Date:

 

 

 

SCHEDULE A

HOUSE ACCOUNTS

 

 

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Artist-Agent Agreement FAQs

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  • Do agents always need to create contracts for artists?

    Even if this isn't your full-time job, creating a record of any agreements with the client is key. This list of benefits may be helpful for you to know:

    • There are no surprises about how long the relationship lasts
    • Payment-related information is well-defined
    • The agent and artist both understand the scope of their responsibilities

    In the end, if you decide not to make this document, you may not get to enjoy any of the associated benefits.

  • What do I need to cover in my Artist-Agent Agreement?

    The basic details that you may be prompted to cover in the Artist-Agent Agreement are:

    • The artist's full name and address
    • How payment will be made
    • What the start and end dates are
    • What specific tasks you will be doing once hired

    As you might expect from a contract like this, any Artist-Agent Agreement built with Rocket Lawyer will also contain the typical legal language with regard to the non-employment relationship, the protection of confidential information, liability for losses, and finally, dispute resolution. While making your contract, you'll also be able to designate the jurisdiction under which it will be governed. More custom alterations are permitted, if necessary.

  • Can I create my own Artist-Agent Contract online for free?

    Luckily, you won't have to start from scratch when putting your agreement in writing. With Rocket Lawyer, anyone should feel empowered to draft Artist-Agent Agreements online very easily. Your agreement will be assembled piece by piece, so you can be sure that it contains all of the appropriate information that you'll need. Normally, given the level of personalization, you could end up paying a traditional law firm fees in the hundreds of dollars, if not more.

    If you've got any particular hesitations or concerns about getting started, connect with an attorney , or browse our full library of contracts and other documents for business owners .

  • Will there be any additional actions that I should take after I draft my Artist-Agent Agreement?

    When you've completed your document using Rocket Lawyer, you'll have the ability to review it on any device, anytime. With a Premium membership, you may edit it, print it out, save it as a Word or PDF document, make copies of it, and sign it electronically with RocketSign®. Attached to each Artist-Agent Agreement there is a checklist of tips to follow while finalizing your document. You should make sure to give a copy of your signed agreement to the artist.

  • Will Rocket Lawyer check my Artist-Agent Agreement?

    Having someone review your contract might take longer than you would expect if you do it alone. An easier approach to consider is to go through Rocket Lawyer attorney services. Rocket Lawyer members can request guidance from an experienced lawyer or pose additional legal questions. As a business owner or operator, you can be confident that Rocket Lawyer is here to support you.

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