The Enterprising Musician’s Guide to Performer Contracts is an empowering resource that provides detailed, plain-language explanations of the clauses commonly found in legal agreements such as engagement (gig) contracts, artist-management contracts, and producer agreements. Musicians from all musical styles will be able to decipher contracts offered to them and improve terms to their benefit. In clear detail, David Williams dissects the most common clauses in performer contracts, revealing how to avoid pitfalls and properly amend content to address each musician’s needs.
Seasoned performers, emerging artists, and music students of all levels will find this handy volume an invaluable compendium of conflict-free guidance as they navigate their careers in the music industry.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
David R. Williams is a former professional musician with a doctorate in music and in law. He has lectured on music industry law at Yale University, Tanglewood Music Center, Manhattan School of Music, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Crane Institute for Music Business and Entrepreneurship at SUNY Potsdam, among other institutions. He also serves as company manager for TriCities Opera in Binghamton, New York. Visit www.EnterprisingArtistConsulting.com to learn about his workshops and consulting work and to explore additional resources.
Table of Contents
Foreword - Stephanie Blythe
PART I: CONTRACT LAW AND THE AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM
Chapter OneA Brief Overview of the American Legal System
Chapter TwoContract Basics
Chapter ThreeBreach of Contract (When Things Go Wrong)
PART II: THE NUTS & BOLTS OF CONTRACT INTERPRETATION
Chapter FourInterpreting Contract Language: 8 Tips for Getting Started
Chapter FiveClauses Commonly Found in Musicians’ Contracts
Chapter SixA Step-by-Step Guide for Analyzing Your Contracts
PART III: PERFORMERS’ CONTRACTS
Chapter SevenMusicians’ Engagement (“gig”) Contracts
Chapter EightPersonal Representation
PART IV: RESOURCES
Chapter NineSelf Help