In this post we are going to review in a general way the essential clauses when hiring a musical artist.

Before, a little reflection on the importance of the contract. Yes, email serves to close deals, but generally does not require as much level of detail on the number of possibilities that can be given after reaching a pact with a musical artist.

Personally I have come across unspecified possibilities after a contract that, at the time of signing, were unimaginable to me. For example, in a contract with a percentage of profit on tickets sold up to X number of tickets, how does that percentage apply to tickets sold at the door?

It is no secret that in the world of live shows a multiple number of conflicts derived from little nuanced agreements.

It is convenient for each professional to make a model contract with an unnecessary number of clauses and, depending on which case, delete and / or modify the clauses that he considers necessary.

The 9 most important are:

  1. Economic agreement: It is usually a fixed + transportation and accommodation expenses, or only fixed, or fixed + a percentage of the money collected from the tickets from a certain number, or a percentage of the billing and point. It is important to clarify who assumes each responsibility: take the flights and hotels, pay for the promotion, etc.
  2. Ticket sales: Where we specify the channels through which they will be sold, who will take care of it, the number of tickets that can be sold, etc. It is key because ticket sales will often be low and, when we investigate, we may realize that we have only put tickets online for an adult audience that is not comfortable using the Internet, for example.
  3. Catering: Where it is more common that there are complaints, since some expected one thing and others another. It is one of the cheapest and easiest things to do well. It should be specified in detail.
  4. Suspension: This clause is significant, as there are many variables when suspending an event.
  5. CIA obligations (of the artist)
  6. Technical rider.
  7. Merchandising area
  8. Invitations: How many people can artists invite and how many promoters / room / festival.
  9. SGAE: If the artist has an agreement with SGAE or it is not important, you may have cast your beads spinning very fine but have an unpleasant surprise the day of the event.