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 fol