What is a Musician Contract?
When to use a Musician Contract:
- You are an agent and need a contract to provide to your clients.
- You are hiring an agent and you need to provide them a contract.
- You want to restrict your artist from using another agent.
- Your band needs an agent to book engagements.
This Musician Contract is entered into effective by and between of , , (hereinafter referred to as the Musician and of , , (hereinafter referred to as the "Agent").
Scope of Contract
Musician hereby employs Agent and Agent hereby accepts employment as Musician's exclusive artist manager throughout the world with respect to Musician's services, appearances and endeavors as a musician. As used in this Contract "Musician" refers to the undersigned Musician and to Musicians performing with any band, orchestra or other group which Musician leads or conducts and whom Musician shall make subject to the terms of this Contract.
This Contract Begins on and Ends on .
Duties of agent:
(a) Agent agrees to use reasonable efforts in the performance of the following duties: assist Musician in obtaining, obtain offers of, and negotiate, engagements for Musician; advise, aid, counsel and guide Musician with respect to Musician's professional career; promote and publicize Musician's name and talents; carry on business correspondence on Musician's behalf relating to Musician's professional career; cooperate with duly constituted and authorizedrepresentatives of Musician in the performance of such duties.
(b) Agent will maintain office, staff and facilities reasonably adequate for rendition of such services.
(c) Agent will not accept any engagements for Musician without Musician's prior approval which shall not be unreasonably withheld.
(d) Agent shall fully comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations of governmental authorities and secure such licenses as may be required for the rendition of services hereunder.
Rights of agent
(a) Agent may render similar services to others and may engage in other businesses and ventures, subject, however, to the limitations imposed by this Contract.
(b) Musician will promptly refer to Agent all communications, written or oral, received by or on behalf of Musician relating to the services and appearances by Musician.
(c) Without Agent's written consent, Musician will not engage any other person, firm or corporation to perform the services to outlined in this Contract as responsibilities of Agent hereunder nor will Musician perform or appear professionally or offer so to do except through Agent.
(d) Agent may publicize the fact that Agent is the exclusive agent for Musician.
(e) Agent shall have the right to use or to permit others to use Musician's name and likeness in advertising or publicity relating to Musician's services and appearances, but without cost or expense to Musician unless Musician shall otherwise and specifically agree in writing.
(f) If Musician breaches this Contract, Agent's sole right and remedy for such breach shall be the receipt from Musician of the commissions specified in this Contract, but only if, as, and when, Musician receives moneys or other consideration on which such commissions are payable hereunder.
Compensation of Agent
(a) In consideration of the services to be rendered by Agent hereunder, Musician agrees to pay to Agent commission equal to the percentages, set forth below, of the gross moneys received by Musician, directly or indirectly, for each engagement on which commissions are payable hereunder:
(1) percent if the duration of the engagement is two or more consecutive days per week.
(2) percent for Single Miscellaneous Engagements of one day duration--each for a different employer in a different location.
(3) In no event, however, shall the payment of any such commissions result in the retention by Musician for any engagement of net moneys or other consideration in an amount less than the applicable minimum scale in the jurisdiction.
(4) In no event shall the payment of any such commissions result in the receipt by Agent for any engagement of commissions, fees or other consideration, directly or indirectly, from any person or persons, including the Musician, which in aggregate exceed the commissions provided for in this Contract. Any commission, fee, or other consideration received by Agent from any source other than Musician, directly or indirectly, on account of, as a result of, or in connection with supplying the services of Musician shall be reported to Musician and the amount thereof shall be deducted from the commissions payable by the Musician hereunder.
(b) Commissions shall become due and payable to Agent immediately following the receipt thereof by Musician or by anyone else in Musician's behalf.
(c) No commissions shall be payable on any engagement if Musician is not paid for such engagement irrespective of the reasons for such non-payment to Musician, including but not limited to non-payment by reason of the fault of Musician. This shall not preclude the awarding of damages by the International Executive Board or other governing agency to an agent to compensate him for actual expenses incurred as the direct result of the cancellation of an engagement when the cancellation was the fault of the member.
(d) Agent's commissions shall be payable on all moneys or other considerations received by Musician pursuant to contracts for engagements negotiated or entered into during the term of this Contract; if specifically agreed to by Musician by initialing the margin hereof, to contracts for engagements in existence at the commencement of the term hereof (excluding, however, any engagements as to which Musician is under prior obligation to pay commissions to another agent); and to any modifications, extensions and renewals thereof or substitutions therefore regardless of when Musician shall receive such moneys or other considerations.
(e) As used in this Contract, the term "gross earnings" shall mean the gross amounts received by Musician for each engagement less costs and expenses incurred in collecting amounts due for any engagement, including costs of arbitration, litigation and attorney's fees.
(f) If Musician shall so request and shall simultaneously furnish Agent with the data relating to deductions, the Agent within 45 days following the end of each 12 months period during the term of this Contract and within 45 days following the termination of this Contract, shall account to and furnish Musician with a detailed statement itemizing the gross amounts received for all engagements during the period to which such accounting relates, the moneys or other considerations upon which Agent's commissions are based, and the amount of Agent's commissions resulting from such computations.
Duration and Termination of Contract
(a) The term of this Contract shall be as stated in the opening heading hereof, subject to termination as provided below.
(b) In addition to termination pursuant to other provisions of this Contract, this Contract may be terminated by either party, by notice as provided below, if Musician:
|i) is unemployed for consecutive weeks at any time during the term of this Contract; or
|ii) does not obtain employment for at least cumulative weeks of engagements to be performed during each of the first and second (6) months periods during the term hereof;
|iii) does not obtain employment for at least cumulative weeks of engagements to be performed during each subsequent year of the term hereof.
(c) Notice of such termination because of default of either party shall be given by mail addressed to the addressee at his last known address. At such time the Musician will play out those engagements specified and contracted by Agent.
(d) Musician's disability resulting in failure to perform engagements and Musician's unreasonable refusal to accept and perform engagements shall not by themselves either deprive Agent of its right to or give Musician the right to terminate (as provided in (b) above).
(e) As used in this Contract, a "week" shall commence on Sunday and terminate on Saturday. A "week of engagements" shall mean any one of the following:
(1) a week during which Musician is to perform on at least four (4) days; or
(2) a week during which Musician's gross earnings equals or exceeds the lowest such gross earnings obtained by Musician for performances rendered during any one of the immediately preceding six (6) weeks; or
(3) a week during which Musician is to perform engagements on commercial television or radio or in concert for compensation equal at least to three (3) times the minimum scales of the A.F.M. or of any local thereof having jurisdiction applicable to such engagements.
No Other Agreements
This is the only and the complete agreement between the parties relating to all or any part of the subject matter covered by this Contract. There is no other agreement, arrangement or participation between the parties, nor do the parties stand in any relationship to each other which is not created by this Contract, whereby the terms and conditions of this Contract are avoided or evaded, directly or indirectly, such as, by way of example but not limitation, contracts, arrangements, relationships or participations relating to publicity services, business management, music publishing, or instruction.
Submission and Determination of Disputes to Arbitration
Every claim, dispute, controversy or difference arising out of, dealing with, relating to, or affecting the interpretation or application of this Contract, or the violation or breach, or the threatened violation or breach thereof shall be submitted, heard and determined by arbitration.
No Assignment of This Contract
This Contract shall be personal to the parties and shall not be transferable or assignable by operation of law or otherwise without the prior consent of the Musician. Theobligations imposed by this Contract shall be binding upon the parties. The Musician may terminate this Contract at any time within [10 Number of days] after the transfer of a controlling interest in the Agent.
Negotiation for Renewal
Neither party shall enter into negotiations for or agree to the renewal or extension of this Contract prior to the beginning of the final year of the term hereof.
Musician by executing this Contract does not obligate himself in any way to become a member of the American Federation of Musicians (A.F.M.), notwithstanding any agreement Agent may have with A.F.M.
This Contract shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the .
This Contract shall be executed by the Musician, and by the Agent, . The Contract shall be effective as of the date first written above.
Musician Contract FAQs
Why should an agent write a Music Contract?
Regardless of the scope of representation provided, it is valuable to keep track of your work with a contract. Making this document could be helpful for you because of the following list of benefits:
- Roles and responsibilities are understood by both the artist(s) and the agent(s)
- The duration of the agreement is established
- There is no confusion about fees charged
If you or the client decide against signing a Musician Agreement, you might not be able to enjoy all of the protections that come along with having one in place.
What should a contract for musicians contain?
Key details that you will need to include in your Musician Contract are listed below:
- The talent's full name and address
- What services will be provided
- What the start and end dates are
- What fees will be charged and when
As you might expect, the Musician Contracts that you make with Rocket Lawyer also contain the standard language regarding the independent work relationship, the protection of private information, and the method(s) of dispute resolution. In the process of building your agreement, you also will be able to determine the state under which it will be governed. Additional custom alterations are allowed, as necessary.
In the best situation, the agent books good-paying gigs and the commission is suitable to their efforts. In this win-win scenario, both parties increase their income and exposure.
In order to accomplish this goal, agents typically promote and publicize on the musician's behalf and manage business correspondence, including email, telephone, mail and social media.
How can I find a musician contract template for free?
Fortunately, you won't need to reinvent the wheel to get your contract in writing. When using the document tools on Rocket Lawyer, anyone can draft a free Musician Contract very easily. Your contract will be built piece by piece, as you enter more information throughout the process. Typically, given the level of customization, you could ultimately end up paying a conventional attorney fees in the hundreds of dollars, if not more.
What are my next steps next after writing my Musician Contract?
Attached to your Musician Contract, there's a checklist of next steps to take after your document is completed. You are encouraged to take any or all of these actions related to your contract: making edits, getting RocketSign® electronic signatures, printing it out, and/or downloading it as a Word or PDF document. Finally, you will need to give a final copy of the fully signed agreement to the other party.
Where can I get my Musician Contract evaluated by an attorney?
Depending on whom you reach out to, some lawyers will not even accept requests to review a contract if they did not write it. A more favorable approach might be through the On Call network. By signing up for a Premium membership, you can request feedback from an Rocket Lawyer network attorney with business experience or get answers to additional legal questions about your Musician Agreement. Rocket Lawyer is here to help.
How can I become a music agent?
While some agents earn degrees and train to become an agent, a formal education is not required. One of the most important skills is the ability to make connections. You need to be an excellent networker and be able to recognize what venues are most suitable for your clients. You need good negotiation skills and have the energy to work hard while everyone around you may be in "play" mode. Many agents start by working with a few bands they know well. However, even if you start by working with friends, it is still important to be professional and have a Musician Contract. You also may benefit from taking an entry-level job at an agency or venue. If you do not want to work for an established agency, you can incorporate your own business entity and operate solo or with trusted co-owners.