The contracts mentioned above relate to long-term projects for which roles are more clearly defined. But as we all know, the work of a record player takes place less formally over shorter periods. Let`s look at some of the less formal ways of making written agreements. I am often hired to mix discs, so I have a contract that was designed to mix. I worked with my lawyer to make this as short (just over three pages) and as free as possible from legal. It deals with the following topics: Another common contract is the release form, essentially the opposite of a shared letter. Sometimes I joke about the publication forms and I say, “Sign here to make sure you never get a penny back from your participation in this song.” It`s funny because it`s true. A publication form states that the undersigned did the “work for rent” and released ownership of the benefit, including a right to copyright or future compensation. These forms often involve the publication of a term of arrangement, a somewhat vague term, which can cross the blurred border towards composition. As you can see, there is a potential here for Murkiness, but it can usually be easily removed by using a standard release form.
In the United States, the federal Work for Hire Act requires such agreements to be signed before a party provides services, so it is best to sign them before a meeting begins. If you`re producing, it`s a good idea to have standard “Sideman” or “Sideperson” sharing forms handy for session players, although I`ve also signed them up as an engineer (mix is often considered legally a performance, and I sometimes play on meetings that I am, engineering). Professionals will know the routine, but among friends, the exit forms are perhaps the most unpleasant to bring, because they are the equivalent of saying, “You won`t get anything for your kind contribution.” As a consolation to this case, compensation for “work for rent” agreements often involves credits that are a means of adding value to the contract and giving creative egos incidental. Let me point out that they are also a good idea among friends, especially if the artist wants to sign a label market on the street, because the label wants to know that all performances are “free and clear”. If you openly explain why you ask them to sign a sharing form, friends will certainly understand, and you can always blame your request on your lawyer who ensures that you get those signatures. During the reception, we conclude many agreements, often quite informal, and many without clear oral agreement. Examples of my own career are things like, “If this record goes somewhere, we`re going to completely incision you.” Or: “This guitar part is a kind of big reef. You should have something for that. Or: “If we make our next record, you will produce it, no matter what. And my favorite: “We won`t be too agitated with the mixes, so there won`t be many revisions.” But that`s not even that much of an exaggeration, since we`re making more and more simple and subtle agreements. For example, you are hired to develop a data set and you assume that you will be paid at the end of the session, or you have mixed up a set of data and you assume that your name will be credited as such. Your client may assume that you are responsible for the recovery and archiving of the record. We make these kinds of assumptions all the time, and as long as the two (or more) parties have accepted the same things and everyone is following their promises, everything is fine in registering the land.