Artist Contract Sample Form

ARTIST PRODUCER CONTRACT
Date:_______________
This shall serve as the sole agreement between _____________ ____ (herein a fter referred to as "Producer ")
for services in producing Master Recordings, (hereinafter referred to as "Masters") for and of the recording
artist(s) professionally known as ____ _________ ____ (herein after refe rred to as "A rtist").
1. The term of this agreement shall commence as of the date hereof and shall continu e until the
completion of Producer's services.
2. (a) Recording sessions for the Masters shall be conducted by Producer under this Agreement
at such times and places as shall be mutually designate d by Artist and Producer. All individuals rendering
services in connection with the recording of Masters shall be subject to Artist's approval. Artist shall h ave
the right and opportunity to have Artists representatives attend each such recording session. Each Master
shall embody the performance by the Artist of a single musical composition designated by the Artist, and
shall be subject to Producers approval as techn ically satisfactor y for the man ufacture, broadcast and sale of
phonorecords, and, upon Artists request, Producer shall re-record any musical composition or other
selection until a Master technically satisfactory to Artist shall have been obtained, provided additional
produ ction costs will be paid by Artist. Producer agrees to begin preproduction, rehearsals, and recording
on ______ _______________, 20____.
(b) Producer shall deliver to Artist a two-track stereo tape suitable for duplication and
manufacture of phonorecords for each Master. All original session tapes, rough mixes and any derivatives
or reproductions thereof shall also be delivered to Artist, or, at Artists election, maintained at a recording
studio or other location designated by Artist, in Artists name and subject to Artists control.
3. All Masters produced hereunder, from the inception of the recording thereof, and all phonorecords
and other reproductions made therefrom, together with the performances embodied therein and all
copyrights therein and thereto, and all renewals and extensions thereof, shall be entirely Artists property,
free of an y claims whatsoever by Produ cer or any o the r person or person engag ed in the production of the
Masters. (It bei ng un derst oo d t hat for copy right p ur p oses P ro d ucer an d all persons re nderi ng ser vi ces in
connection with such Masters shall be Contr act ors f or hire).
4. (a) Conditioned upon Producer's full and faithful performance of all the terms and provisions
hereof, Artist shall pay Pro ducer, as an advance recoupable by Artist from any and all royalties payable by
Artist to Producer hereunder, the sum of $ ________________ DOLLARS payable upon commencement
of record ing, and the balance upon the delivery to you of the Masters.
(b) Notwithstanding anything contained in (a) above to the contrary:
(i) in the event the Masters ar e released on any label other than ___________
or it's subsidiary or affiliate label or labels, Producer shall not receive a royalty in connection with the sale
of s uch records;
(ii) in the event the Masters ar e released on the ______________ label or a subsidiary or
affiliate label, Producer shall be paid in respect to the sale of such phonorecords a royalty rate of three
percent (3%) of the suggested retail price of each phonorecord sold and paid for in the United States.
Payments of royalties from foreign sources shall be ONE HALF of the United States royalty rate. All fees
paid to Pro ducer hereunder shall constitute recoupable advances which shall be recou ped prior to furth er
payment of royalties.
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