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Contract Clauses Part 1

Small print

The contract clauses are generally the same for all performances. They highlight specific conditions that apply to all or most show. By highlighting certain conditions and obligations they remove doubt from the contract. This makes it easier to identify a breach in the contract.

The Payment Schedule

Cash register

When we make an agreement between the artists and the purchaser then both parties agree that a show will take place on a certain day in the future. If that show doesn’t happen, then a day is missed in the artists diary – this results in significant loss of potential earnings for the artist – and by extension the agency as well. A well considered Payment Schedule can reduce the likelihood of cancellation and assure payment where shows are cancelled.

Growing A Live Career – Video

Singer with old microphone

English Folk Expo got in touch in touch and asked me to give a lecture entitled Growing A Live Career. Here is the video of the lecture. You can also watch it from inside the Folk Talk Academy portal. Where you can also download my slides.

The Contract Particulars

Precision watch

The contract particulars are different for each show. They define the main points of the contract which apply to a specific performance in a specific place. They may seem self-explanatory, but that is not always the case; here we consider each in turn.

The contract signatories and their “skin in the game”

Woman with tattoos playing cards

It’s really important we consider the two parties of a show contract and how that relates to who is responsible for delivering and paying for a show. In this post I unpick that and discuss the importance of getting the thing signed!

Contracts must create clarity not confusion

King John

The language used in show contracts needs to be precise yet also readily understandable. Our clients are more likely to sign our contracts if this is the case. Also our contracts are living documents which need to be updated from time to time.

The deal memo is dead – Long live the contract!

Deal-memo and glasses

In this post I go into what we deliver to the purchaser when we confirm a show. I’ll touch on the contract, the invoice and the artists rider. Furthermore, I discuss why a deal-memo is a total waste of time and if anything, lays the agent open to mistakes.

Show contracts and why we always issue them

What is a contract? What constitutes a contract? When should promoters sign a contract? Why do we even need contracts?

Promoting a show and who should be doing it

Girl guitarist

An emerging band need to be great at self-promotion. It’s not enough to write great songs and deliver them. They also need to be great at drawing attention to themselves. They need to promote their shows because frankly, no one else is going to do it for them. Yet…

The Terms Of Business

Written agreement

A booking agency must issue its artists with their Terms of Business (Terms And Conditions) before they can charge them a fee. This must be agreed in writing… There are some things that must be included and others that the agency may choose to include.

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