Music Group Agreements

A group agreement (sometimes called a partnership agreement) is proof on paper that there is an obligation within your group to deal with the day-to-day realities of a professional musical act. The group agreement is perhaps the most important document a group of musicians can have to ensure that things go well in the band, as their career progresses. Whether you are a new or a well-established group, you need this agreement. Most of the legal issues I meet at my office could have been avoided by a formal agreement. Managers and booking agents work as separate companies that work on your behalf and support your business after entering into a contract with you. They often need special legal authorization. Managers play the best reference role between music creators and their business partners, such as labels, distributors, publishers and news organizations, while a booking agency specializes in the research and organization of shows. In these contracts, it is important to ensure that, if necessary, you transfer rights, act on your behalf and enter into contracts with third parties. But if you feel like you don`t need a group agreement, okay, forget it. Leave everything to an unspoken agreement, a sense of fairness, chance.

If you read the summary of the typical problems of the group agreements below, after reading each point, say, « Well, that will not be a problem in my group. » Perhaps, if you sing enough, you can create a musical genius that will protect you from jealousies, egos and money problems that cause band breaks and disputes. Who owns the name of your group? Or why not leave the members? You never thought about it, did you? You`ve done better. There were hundreds, if not thousands, of complaints from group members who split up and then argued about who could continue to use the names of the groups. This could be resolved at a group meeting after the end of a regular rehearsal, not in court. Consider the following options: Complications and disagreements will undoubtedly occur in your group`s career, so that an agreement will be useful if you need to smooth things out. For example, how are important volume decisions made? Is it an equal vote or do some Members have more say? What are the consequences if a band member misses a certain number of shows or rehearsals? Think about the types of problems that could affect your group at some point, and do your best to find a compromise on the best ways to deal with them. I get a lot of calls from my musician clients all over the country. Often, when a member stops complaining, or simply refuses to let the other members continue as a group. Once you feel like the group is « stable, » you should talk to everyone about what commitment really is. Put the idea of a group agreement on the group.

Explain why it`s important and how it`s going to help. (In fact, it might make people happy to know exactly what they are guaranteed as a member of the group.) Then choose a time to work out the details. Spending money and hiring other businessmen What type of vote does he need to spend money on the group? What type of vote do you use to hire a lawyer, agent or manager to bring in a new musician? Again, the two fundamental options are majority or unanimous.