About Our Music Production Contracts

Music production contracts are used by producers, production companies, and music engineers to contract with an artist, record label, or other music company for the creation of master recordings. We offer professionally drafted contracts that you can edit to meet the terms of your specific deal. To ensure that our music production contracts are continually up to date, our seasoned entertainment attorney revises them on a regular basis. If you want to learn more about music producer contracts, different kinds of producers, how a producer gets paid, or the copyright ownership in music or recordings, visit our Blog

 
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MUSIC PRODUCER CONTRACT PACKAGE

The contracts contained in the Music Producer Package are used to help record producers set up and run their business. Most of the contracts can be purchased individually on this site. 

 

The Featured Artist Agreement or Side Artist Agreement is a contract used when a record label, artist or producer hires a musician, singer who is not part of the artist's group or band to perform on an artist's recording. In this Agreement the featured or side artist is not paid a royalty from the sales or exploitation of the recording, but does retain the rights to the percentage of their contribution to the song they made for writing lyrics and/or music. 

 

The Featured Artist Agreement or Side Artist Agreement is a contract used when a record label, artist or producer hires a musician or singer who is not part of the artist's group or band to perform on an artist's recording. In this Agreement the featured or side artist is only paid a one time fee and does not receive a royalty from the sales or exploitation of the recording, nor has any rights to the lyrics or music to the song. 

 

The Featured Artist Agreement or Side Artist Agreement is a contract used when a record label, artist or producer hires a musician or singer who is not part of the artist's group or band to perform on an artist's recording. In this Agreement the featured or side artist is paid a fee along with a royalty from the sales or exploitation of the recording. The featured or side artist also retains the rights to the percentage of their contribution they made for writing lyrics and/or music of the song recorded.  

 

The Featured Artist Agreement or Side Artist Agreement is a contract used when a record label, artist or producer hires a musician or singer who is not part of the artist's group or band to perform on an artist's recording. In this Agreement the featured or side artist is paid a fee along with a royalty from the sales or exploitation of the recording but does not have any rights to the lyrics or music to the song recorded.   

 

LETTER OF DIRECTION (TO RECORD COMPANY)

The Letter Of Direction is used when one party to a contract wishes to notify the other party to a contract to direct a payment of a fee or royalties to the producer.

 

MASTER USE LICENSE (AUDIOVISUAL WORK)

This Master Use License is used by a film, video or television producer to contract with the owner of a recording (Artist or Record Company) to use a song in a film, video, music video, television program, or television advertisement whereby the recording of a song is synchronized to the action on the screen.

 

MASTER USE LICENSE (COMPILATION)

The Master Use License (Compilation) is used when one record company wants to use a master recording owned by a different record company for a compilation record on its own label. This license would also be used by a film or television producer who wishes to include a recording of a song on a soundtrack compilation album associated with the film or television show.

 

MECHANICAL LICENSE

The Mechanical License is used when an artist or a record company on behalf of its recording artist wishes to record a song written by someone else (i.e.  cover song) for including on the recording artist's record for distribution and sale to the public.

 

The Parental Consent and Guarantee is a document that is used when a minor  (under the age of 18) is being signed to a contract and the contracting party wants a parent or guardian to provide both a consent for the minor to enter into the contract and an agreement to be liable for the performance of the contract.

 

PRODUCER AND ARTIST DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT

The Producer And Artist Development Agreement is used when an artist and a producer agree for the producer to provide services as a record producer for the artist on a speculative basis.

 

PRODUCER AND ARTIST PRODUCTION AGREEMENT

The Producer And Artist Production Agreement is used when a producer enters into a contract with an artist to produce one or more of the artist's recordings. This agreement works whether the artist will own and release the recordings or if the artist is signed to a record label.

 

PRODUCER DECLARATION

The Producer Declaration is used by a Record Label to obtain the ownership rights in the master recording when a producer signs a producer contract with the artist instead of the record label.

 

PRODUCER OF TRACKS AGREEMENT #1 (NO ROYALTY/SONG RIGHTS)

The Producer Of Tracks Agreement is a contract used by most producers of music recordings in the hip-hop, rap and pop markets.The producer creates the music and a recorded track for the singer/ rapper/ vocalist to sing or rap over and may produce the recording of the singer/rapper/vocalist over the music the producer created. In this contract the Producer is not paid a royalty from the sales or exploitation of the the recording but does retain song rights to the music created. 

 

PRODUCER OF TRACKS AGREEMENT #2 (NO ROYALTY/SONG RIGHTS)

This Producer Of Tracks Agreement is a contract used by most producers of music recordings in the hip-hop, rap and pop markets.The producer creates the music and a recorded track for the singer/ rapper/ vocalist to sing or rap over and may produce the recording of the singer/rapper/vocalist over the music the producer created.  This agreement sets forth terms whereby the employer (record company or artist hiring producer) will own both the recording and the rights to the song as a work made. Basically, the producer gives up all rights to the recording and song for a single fee.

 

PRODUCER OF TRACKS AGREEMENT #3 (ROYALTY/SONG RIGHTS)

The Producer Of Tracks Agreement is a contract used by most producers of music recordings in the hip-hop, rap and pop markets.The producer creates the music and a recorded track for the singer/ rapper/ vocalist to sing or rap over and may produce the recording of the singer/rapper/vocalist over the music the producer created. In this contract the Producer is paid a royalty for creating the recording and retains song rights to the music created. 

 

PRODUCER OF TRACKS AGREEMENT #4 (ROYALTY/NO SONG RIGHTS)

The Producer Of Tracks Agreement is a contract used by most producers of music recordings in the hip-hop, rap and pop markets.The producer creates both the music and a recorded track for the singer/ rapper/ vocalist to sing or rap over and may produce the recording of the singer/rapper/vocalist over the music the producer created. In this contract the Producer is paid a royalty for creating the recording but has no song rights. 

 

PRODUCER OF TRACKS LICENSE AGREEMENT (NON-EXCLUSIVE LEASE)

The Musical Track License or Lease (Non Exclusive) is used by hip-hop, rap or pop producers of music recordings. Some producers leasing their musical tracks on Soundclick.com have used this contract. The producer creates the music and a recorded track which  the singer/ rapper/ vocalist will sing or rap over.

 

RECORD COMPANY AND PRODUCER AGREEMENT

The Music Producer Record Company Agreement is a contract used when a producer enters into a contract with a record company to produce one of the its artist's it has under contract.

 

RECORDING ENGINEER AGREEMENT

The Recording Engineer Contract is used when a studio engineer enters into a contract with an artist, or a record label, for the engineer to provide services as a studio engineer on one or more of the artist's recordings.  When an artist is on a label, sometimes the artist's record label may request the artist to contract directly with the engineer. 

 

RECORDING STUDIO RENTAL AGREEMENT

The Recording Studio Rental Agreement is used when an artist or record label contracts with a recording studio for the use of the studio‚Äôs facilities and other services the studio might provided (i.e. recording engineer) for the recording of an artist's album. 

 

RELEASE AGREEMENT

The Release Agreement is a contract used when a producer of music, engineer or production company and an artist agree to release each other from the obligations under a contract previously signed by both parties.