This document is an agreement between an artist and a music producer, wherein the
producer agrees to provide his or her services to the artist for a fee and royalties. This
document contains standard language, such as a section for defined terms, the
responsibility of the producer to produce completed master recordings, payment
provisions, and a mediation and arbitration clause. This document also contains
opportunities for customization in order to fit the needs of the drafting parties.
MUSIC PRODUCER AGREEMENT
This agreement (the “Agreement”) is effective on this ______ the day of ____________, 20__
by and between ______________, with its place of business at, _______________________,
(hereinafter referred to as "Music Producer") and _________________________, with an
address of _____________________, (hereinafter referred to as "Artist") and collectively
referred to herein as the “Parties.”
1.1 Artist hereby engages Producer’s personal services as a producer in connection with the
production and recording of _________ (____) musical compositions (“Compositions”) to be
performed by Artist for a future musical recording project to be released and distributed
commercially (the "Product"). Producer hereby accepts such engagement on the terms and
conditions set forth herein.
1.2 The term of this Agreement shall commence as of the date hereof and shall continue until
the completion of Services.
2.1 The rights herein granted to Producer and the obligations of Artist shall be for the world.
3.1 For the purposes of this Agreement, the following definitions shall apply:
A. "Master Recordings" -- The equivalent of a single song intended for use in
the manufacture and sale of records. Any recording of sound, whether or not coupled with a
visual image, by a method and on any substance or material, whether now or hereafter known,
which is intended for use in the recording, production and/or manufacture of records and which
embodies the performance of Artist. A complete list of the Master Recordings is attached herein
as Exhibit A.
B. "Products" -- A standard format long play record, compact disc, laser disc,
mini disc or standard format digital or analog cassette tape containing not less than 32 minutes of
playing time. Products are further defined to include all forms of sound recording and
reproduction now known or which may hereafter become known, whether embodying sound
alone or sound synchronized with visual images (e.g., "sight and sound" devices), including
delivery of music over the internet, by computer, electronic, digital, satellite or other means.
C. "Delivery," "deliver" or "delivered" -- The actual completion by Producer
of completed, fully mixed, leadered and edited Master Recordings comprising the Compositions
and ready for manufacture and distribution, together with all materials, consents, approvals,
licenses and permissions.
D. "Fees" shall be the fees assigned to the development, creation, production
and recording of the Master Recordings which are [Instruction: Insert the fee negotiated by the
Parties. This can be a per Composition fee or a fee for the entire project].
E. “Controlled Composition” shall specific mean any Master Recording
wholly or partly written, owned or controlled by Producer.
F. “Company Mechanical Rate” shall mean a royalty for the mechanical
license of Publisher’s share of all Controlled Compositions on all Products manufactured for sale
or commercial distribution pursuant to this Agreement at One Hundred Percent (100%) of the
minimum compulsory license rate applicable in the country of manufacture. The applicable
minimum statutory rate shall be determined as of the date of the commercial release of the
G. “Distribution” shall mean the marketing, promotion, sale and distribution
of the Product to the public through any means now known or hereafter developed in the form of
home use devices by Artist, including but not limited to any successor in interest, appointee,
agent, subsidiary, third party, division of, who now owns or might acquire the distribution rights
in whole or any part thereof to the Master Recordings and/or Product.
H. “Retail Price” shall mean the suggested retail selling price of any Product.
IV. PRODUCTION OF MASTERS:
4.1 Artist and Producer agree that Producer shall receive credit in the packaging and artwork,
and within any advertising related to the Product as follows: “Produced by ___________.”
4.2 Producer shall be responsible for the production, arranging, and musical direction of the
Master Recordings until complete. Producer shall deliver to Artist, ___________ (___) fully
mixed and mastered Master Recordings on a single CD upon completion of the production.
Producer acknowledges full payment by Artist for all production work to date regarding the
5.1 Artist shall Pay Producer the Fees set forth in Section 3 D above, one half at the time of
execution of this Agreement, and the balance upon Delivery of the Master Recordings.
5.2 Artist shall pay Producer in respect of Net Sales of all Product sold by Artist or its
licensees, a basic royalty computed at _____ Percent (___%) of the suggested Retail Price of
each unit of Product sold.
5.3 Artist will pay a royalty for the mechanical license of Publisher’s share of all Controlled
Compositions on all Products manufactured for sale or commercial distribution at the prevailing
statutory mechanical rate. Mechanical Royalties shall not be payable with respect to musical
compositions of one minute or less in duration. Artist shall be responsible to negotiate the
applicable mechanical royalty rate on all non-owed controlled compositions and on non-Artist
share of controlled compositions.
5.4 Artist shall provide statements and make payments to Producer on a quarterly basis.
Such statements and payments shall be mailed no later than Sixty (60) days following the end of
each calendar quarter. In the event that Artist has licensed the tracks to a distributor, record label
or other third party who will be responsible for the commercial exploitation of the Product, Artist
shall request that Producer’s Royalties be paid directly to Producer.
5.5 Producer shall have the right to audit Artist's books relating to the Master Recordings and
the Product, with reasonable notice, during regular and normal business hours, once every year.
In the event that Producer’s Royalties are being paid directly to Producer from a third party,
Artist will cooperate with Producer in arranging an audit of the third party’s books pertaining to
5.6 Producer shall receive directly his Producer’s share of any public performance royalties
directly from his own performing rights society.
VI. CONSULTATION SERVICES: [Optional]
6.1 In the event that Producer secures a third-party recording agreement or licensing
agreement, and/or a distribution agreement for the commercial distribution of the Master
Recordings and/or Product that is accepted by Artist, Producer shall be entitled to receive a
producer royalty of ____________ (____ %) of the first ______________ Dollars
($___________) of gross revenue generated from any source [Instruction: Producer’s royalty
may be tiered based on increased revenue] or received by Artist as a result of said third party
agreement, including advances, royalties, etc. The term “secures” shall be defined as an
introduction to any party not already known to Artist prior to Producer’s involvement that results
in the execution of a recording agreement, licensing agreement, or distribution agreement
involving Artist, the Master Recordings and/or Product. Said royalty payments will be made
pursuant to the schedule outlined in Section 5 above.
7.1 All notices hereunder shall be in writing and served personally or by registered or
certified mail, return receipt requested, at the addresses set forth below:
If to Producer: [Insert address]
If to Artist: [Insert address]
VIII. EVENTS OF DEFAULT; REMEDIES:
8.1 As a condition precedent to any assertion by Artist or Producer of any default or breach
under this Agreement, or of any warranty, representation or covenant contained herein, Artist or
Producer shall first notify the defending party, reciting the nature of such default or breach and
the specific facts upon which such claim is based. The defending party shall have a period of
thirty (30) days from receipt of such notice within which to cure such breach or default. In the
event that the alleged default relates to a monetary obligation, then the cure period shall be
reduced to ten (10 days). During such (30) or ten (10) day period, no default or breach of this
Agreement shall be deemed to be incurable.
9.1 Modifications of this Agreement shall only be effective if in writing and signed by both
9.2 This Agreement sets forth the entire agreement between the Parties with respect to the
subject matter hereof. No modification, amendment, waiver, termination or discharge of this
Agreement shall be binding upon either party unless confirmed in writing. Should any provision
of this Agreement be adjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction as void, invalid or
inoperative, such decision shall not affect any other provision hereof and the remainder of this
Agreement shall be effective as though such void, invalid or inoperative provision had not been
contained herein. It is agreed that all grants made herein shall survive and continue beyond the
expiration or earlier termination of this Agreement.
9.3 Should any term or provision of this Agreement is construed to be or adjudged invalid,
void or unenforceable, such clause may be severed from this Agreement, and the remaining
terms shall remain in full force and effect.
9.4 If a dispute should arise under any provision of this Agreement, the Parties agree to first
attempt to resolve the dispute with the assistance of a mutually agreed upon mediator in the State
of ____________. The Parties shall share any costs and fees associated with the mediation
equally; however, each party shall bear its own attorney’s fees. If the Parties through the use of a
mediator do not achieve a mutually satisfactory solution, the Parties agree to submit the dispute
to binding arbitration in __________ County, __________, to be conducted under the rules of
the American Arbitration Association. Any decision or award as a result of any such arbitration
proceeding shall include the assessment of costs, expenses and reasonable attorney’s fees and
shall include a written determination by the arbitrator(s). Absent an agreement to the contrary,
an arbitrator experienced in the business practices and law applicable to the music industry shall
conduct any such arbitration. An award of arbitration shall be final and binding on the Parties
and may be confirmed in a court of competent jurisdiction. The prevailing party shall have the
right to collect from the other party its reasonable costs and attorney’s fees incurred in enforcing
9.5 This Agreement shall be deemed to have been made in the State of ____________, and
its validity, construction and performance shall be governed by ____________law. The Parties
are to submit to the jurisdiction of the federal or state courts located in ___________ County in
any action which may arise out of this Agreement.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties hereto have executed this Agreement on the day
and year first above written.