One of the most important aspects of becoming a successful DJ/producer is to be careful and professional when you make/sign contracts.
In this article, we will share the 5 most common contracts musicians should know about. Many times in our lives we ought to make a decision. Intelligence is defined as the capability to make fast decisions in the most complicated situations. On the other hand, having a strong base of knowledge will make you self-confident and better in everything you do.
The combo of these intelligence and knowledge results in pure success. Because of that, we will try to share the most common contracts that you should pay attention to:
Live Promoter – Artist Contract
This is an agreement whereby a promoter engages an artist to perform at an event, on a particular date and for a specified length of time. The promoter agrees to remunerate the artist for the satisfactory performance of the engagement and to help arrange transport and accommodation if required.
Be flexible with this kind of agreement. You may receive various offers, some of them too good, some of them not. However, if you are a beginner in the business, you should be prepared to do anything to get on a popular gig. Be aware that some smart DJs even make their own investments ( pay for the transport, accommodation, gear etc.)- making new contracts open new horizons.
Merchandising Rights Contract
This is an exclusive agreement whereby an Artist grants merchandising rights to a company which allows the latter to use the Artist’s name, logo, likeness, picture, artwork, trademarks etc., throughout a defined territory in connection with manufacture and sale of products of any kind.
This should be your milestone, but don’t rush! Be ensured that you’ve already established a decent label and, after you have your own fan base, launch this contract.
This is an agreement whereby a promoter hires a venue for a particular date in exchange for payment of a fee. The Venue will guarantee the promoter certain capacity and opening times as well as reasonable technical requirement required by the artist performing at the event
See this as a permanent investment. If you intend on becoming a popular producer/DJ and that’s your life purpose, then you have to make material sacrifices. You can find so many ways to promote yourself- our advice, as we already said, is to focus on social media promotions. That’s the most important step in building good reputation.
In the end, we would like to mention that your own progress is determined by the risk you take. Sooner or later you will see if it worked, but never ‘surrender’. You have to accept the fact that there is a huge competence and only the most determined will succeed.