Best friends or total strangers, putting your music business dealings
in writing is the only way to ensure consistent treatment over
Do you really want to leave your financial future up to someone’s
There are some that say business and friendship shouldn’t
mix. Most of the time that statement is 100% TRUE. That’s
because when you throw money into the equation, things get serious
and sometimes nasty. You can avoid all these troubles from the
start with a simple written music business agreement. Everyone knows what they
are getting into from the beginning because it’s spelled
out in black and white.
There are literally billions of dollars to be made in the music
business. To compete successfully in any business, you have to
behave in a business-like manner when you are dealing with money
or property (like songs, lyrics, recordings, or equipment).
This is an industry that eats amateurs for breakfast. If this
is more than a passing hobby for you, then you simply can NOT afford
to leave your agreements verbal. It doesn’t matter what your
role in the music business is: singer, songwriter, musician, composer,
manager, agent, DJ, recording engineer, lighting technician, roadie,
A&R representative, producer, or indie label owner. If it’s
in writing, there are no questions; everyone’s role is defined,
and who gets what and why is spelled out.
If you are just getting started, or a seasoned veteran, the more
professionally you present yourself, the more industry professionals
will take you seriously. Having a contract tells them you know
how to handle yourself, and you won’t let anyone take advantage
Sure, you can go get a lawyer and have contracts drawn up for
specific deals or for general purpose use. But Entertainment Law
is a narrow specialty, and not every lawyer is going to have the
expertise to think of all the contingencies or close all the loopholes.
The lawyer that handled your house purchase or your car accident
is not necessarily going to have the proper knowledge to provide
you with what you really need. Experienced Entertainment Lawyers
can cost $200.00 to $400.00 dollars an hour (or more!) if you can
even get in to see them.
This set of 101 Standard Music Business Contracts has been painstakingly
crafted and compiled to meet the needs of everyone in the Music
At these prices, you can’t afford NOT to! For the cost of
2 hours of rehearsal studio time, you can have standard music
for all aspects of your music career.