Contract Agreements All Artists Should Know About

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The performing and visual arts often require a great deal of collaboration. Many creative professionals believe that contract agreements are only necessary for their biggest projects. Also, they believe that it will skip drafting agreements for the smaller ones. However,  that is wrong. Small jobs have the greatest chance of causing avoidable and inconvenient problems. No matter how big or small a project is, having a contract agreement is a must.

What Is A Contract?

A contract is a document that is used to protect all parties involved in an agreement. It does not necessarily need to be a thick document with lots of hard to understand legalese. It can be a simple outline of the terms and conditions under which an artist will work. The terms and conditions will normally specify what the scope of the work and any limitations. Aside from that, it also contains the deadlines and any contingencies in case of unexpected changes and potential misunderstandings.

Most Common and Important Types of Contracts for Artists

  • Booking Contracts
  • Billing Contracts
  • Employment/Hiring Services Contracts
  • Distribution Contracts
  • Assignment of Copyright Contracts
  • Commission of Artwork Contracts
  • Licensing Contracts (Foreign and Domestic)
  • Sponsorship Agreement Contracts
  • Releases/Indemnification Contracts
  • Merchandising Contracts
  • Investment Contracts
  • Promotional Agreement Contracts
  • Performance Contracts
  • Digital Rights Contracts
  • Confidentiality/NDA Contracts
  • Music Publishing Contracts
  • Recording Contracts
  • Co-Writer Contracts
  • Band Agreement Contracts
  • Radio Broadcasting Contracts
  • Photographic/Video/Film/Audio Recording Release Contracts
  • Artist-Producer Contracts
  • Royalty Agreement Contracts
  • Agent Contracts

Why Do Artists Need Contracts?

It is very important for artists to have contracts. Contracts allow creative professionals to know what they will be doing. A written agreement will also help artists to protect their rights. If not careful, when an artist sells their work or signs with an art company, they may be selling the rights to their intellectual property.

A clear contract agreement can provide help to both artist and related parties. Additionally, it also prevents and solves any problem that can possibly occur. Contract agreements stand as an objective document to fall back on. If it is an option, an artist should have a contract drawn up by an attorney who understands the art industry and interests. If hiring an attorney is not an option, there are plenty of templates that you can use.

Contract Template Resources

NOTE: These sample contracts are for checklist purposes only. You use these contracts at your own risk. Hathart will not be held responsible for any unfavorable outcomes associated with the use of these contracts.

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"Hello All! My name is Catherine Watts and I am the founder of Hathart. For 10 years I was trained as an opera singer. One of the biggest problems I found was that I could not find steady gigs or network with larger groups. Although Facebook and my personal contacts in the arts industry helped me, I found that I needed something more centralized and specialized. That's when I decided to create Hathart. I wanted to build a platform where artists could collaborate with each other and find work. With your help, I hope to grow Hathart into a one-stop shop for the arts and entertainment industry. Thank you for the support and please provide any feedback you can think of!"

Catherine Watts
Catherine WattsContract Agreements All Artists Should Know About