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Making a Musician Contract

  • What is a Musician Contract?

    Typically, Musician Contracts are drafted to describe the terms and payment details for representation that will be provided to a musician or band by a music agent or agency. As a result of forming this agreement with each other, all signers will know what to expect. Unlike many other websites that you may stumble upon, there is a lot more that Rocket Lawyer offers besides templates. In the event of nonpayment or any other issue, your membership provides optional access to Document Defense® support from an attorney in our network.

  • 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.

    If you've got any hesitations about the process, you can ask a lawyer. You might also like to take a look at more business legal documents in our library.

  • 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 On Call 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.

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