Sample Band Contract
The following is a contract that was drafted in the late 1970s (with the assistance of a lawyer) for general live performances. It has been altered slightly over the years and may not be as specific as current Vocalists, Musicians or Artists need, but, it should be a very usable starting point to work from. It may not apply accurately for performances outside of the United States.
I am not a lawyer, so I cannot make specific recommendations to anyone. If you have questions about how you might alter and use this document, Shavano Music Online cannot advise you and suggest that you contact a lawyer to assist you.
You are welcome to utilize this document to help you create your own legal contract for the services that you plan to provide.
I suggest placing the contract text into a Word Processor and adding a photo of the Vocalist/Musicians/Artists on one of the upper corners. Use `Times Roman' font for the text.
Make sure that you leave plenty of space between lines for people to fill in any handwritten text, as well as enough length to allow people to fill in the information that you need.
Normally, there are 2 copies - one for the place you are performing and your copy. Fill them both out identically and keep yours for your records once signed.
XXXX = is where the name of the musical effort was named.
YYYY ZZZZ (at the end of the document) was where the name (YYYY = first name, ZZZZ = last name) of the appropriate contact was listed, followed by their phone number (shown here as (999) 555-5555 - replace that with the right phone number).
XXXX; Contract for Services This contract for the personal services of musicians, made this ______ day of ____________ 19____, between the undersigned Employer (hereinafter called the 'Employer') and ______________ musicians (hereinafter called 'Employees'). Witnessed that the Employer hires the Employees as musicians severally on the terms and conditions below. The Leader represents that the Employees already designated have agreed to be bound by said the said terms and conditions. The Employees severally agree to render collectively to the Employer services as musicians as the band known as XXXX. Name and address of place of engagement: _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ Date of employment: _____________________________________________ Hours of employment: ____________________________________________ Set up time: _______________ Intermission(s): ___________________ Type of engagement (Dance, Stage Show, Banquet, Etc.) : _________ Wages agreed upon: ______________________________________________ To Be Paid: _____________________________________________________ This wage does include expenses agreed to be reimbursed by the Employer in accordance with the attached schedule, or a schedule to be furnished the Employer on or before the date of engagement. Additional Terms and Conditions If any members have not been chosen upon the signing of this contract, the leader shall, as an agent for the Employer and under his instructions, hire such persons and any replacements as required for persons who for any reason does not or cannot perform any or all services. Employer shall, at all times have complete control over the services of the Employees under this contract, and the leader shall, as an agent of the Employer, enforce disciplinary measures for just cause, and carry out instructions as to selections and manner of performance. The agreement of the Employees to perform is subject to proven detention by sickness, accidents, or accidents to means of transportation, riots, strikes, epidemics, acts of God, or any other legitimate conditions beyond the control of the Employees. The performances to be rendered pursuant to this agreement are not to be recorded, reproduced, or transmitted from the place of performance, in any manner or by any means whatsoever, in the absence of a written agreement between the Employer and the undersigned agent relating and permitting such recording, reproduction or transmission. -1-
If the Employer breaches this agreement, he shall pay the Employees, in addition to damages, 6% interest thereon plus a reasonable attorney's fee necessary for the enforcement of the contract. The undersigned agent is acting herein in order to secure employment and is not responsible to any party herein for any breach of this agreement by either party or for any damages or injuries arising out of said employment to either the Employer or the Employees and it is hereby specifically agreed by the Employer that the the agent is not responsible for the failure of either party to perform hereunder and all parties agree to hold the agent harmless therefrom. The Employer is signing this contract himself, or having the same signed by a representative, acknowledges his (her or their) authority to do so, and hereby assumes liability for the amount stated herein. ____________________________ XXXX Employer's Name ____________________________ ______________________________ Employer's Signature Leaders Signature ____________________________ ______________________________ Street Address Leaders Name ____________________________ ______________________________ City State Mailing Address ____________________________ ______________________________ Phone ____________________________ ______________________________ Special Instructions YYYY ZZZZZ (999) 555-5555
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