Producer - Artist Spec agreements

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  1. CasJams

    CasJams Guest

    Hello all,
    I have been producing and recording some artists and I was wondering if there is some kind of alternative to finding a lawyer to draw up a contract to protect my interest in these recordings. Basically, is there anywhere I can find a sample contract that I can edit and use instead of shelling out a couple hundred on a lawyer? I'm basically trying to obtain a producer - artist joint venture agreement.
  2. geckormf

    geckormf Guest

    Going to cost a couple of $'s but definitely cheaper than lawyer. However, having an attorney run over it to make any alterations you feel might be justified is always a good plan.
  3. BigTrey

    BigTrey Active Member

    Mar 22, 2005
    Grandville, Michigan
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    Hey CasJams:

    If you really want a sample contract I have a few examples of some that I would be willing to e-mail to you if you would like. It all depends on what you want to do. I have a contract that I use for development purposes, one that I use for full blown demo puposes, one that I use for a one-song only producer purpose, and about thirty others. Let me know if you woulld like for me to e-mail them to you, all you have to do is provide an address, just send me a private message. I am a legal assistant so I would definitely advise taking them to an atorney to at least look them over. I drafted all of the contracts myself so feel free to look them over. Let me know. It's a hell of a lot cheaper than paying an attorney or paying someone online.
  4. Damejedi

    Damejedi Guest

    looking for Producera free Artist Development Contract

    Hey big trey . Name is Damon ,new to this site, it seems great . I was wondering if you can send me a Producer Artist Development Contract . My Girlfriend is in law school. and I am trying to push her to getting into Entertainment law . I presently cant afford to pay to down-load this type of contract .I read above that you offerd to send one to another member so I said what the hell !Please help me . my patner and I are working on a developmental prodgect and need this badly . I know as soon as we cut this track , there will be all kind of sharks circleing . I just wanna protect my self. And it will be great fun for my Girlfriend who is just completing her first year at New england School of Law. Thanks D[/b]
  5. wrhj01

    wrhj01 Guest

    Re: looking for Producera free Artist Development Contract


    I'm very interested in those contracts. All of them. Could you send me a copy? My email is Thanks in advance.

  6. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    Mar 28, 2001
    no home brew contract is worth the piece of paper it's written on basically. If you or someone signs something like this, and later they or you have a disagreement over it..whomever gets a truly proficient lawyer will probably come out on top..depending on the particulars. If you are involved in something that you truly believe has financial potential, then you'll find a way to raise the money to interest a competent attorney. If the project is undeniable, you may find someone that will work on back end only. But you have to have the goods.
  7. Joe Crawford

    Joe Crawford Active Member

    Jul 11, 2002
    Shanks, West Virginia
    RecorderMan – I think the key words in your post are “competent attorney”. In every contract dispute someone loses, regardless of how much each side paid for their attorney. Sometimes you can do a lot better by downloading a time-tested contract document from the internet (assuming you can find one) than you can by paying some incompetent attorney to look one up in his “Contracts for Dummies” work book, retyping it, adding the names of the parties, and charging you two or three hundred dollars for it. But, I’d say you are totally correct IF you can find a good, competent, attorney that specializes in the area of interest.

    Joe Crawford
    Stony Mountain Studio
    Shanks, WV 26761
  8. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    Mar 28, 2001
    agreed. But my point is unless you actually have something that people are willing to pay/sue over don't sweat it. making a big deal over "paper" when you should be getting cash is a waste of time generally.

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