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Artist Booking Contract

A Brief Introduction About the Artist Booking Contract

An artist booking also referred to as an artist booking agreement contract is utilized when you are booking a performance through a musician, artist, band, or another performer. This form of contract might be initiated by either the performer or by the individual or organization hiring the performer. This contract ensures that the performer honors his contractual obligations to appear and perform the art for which he was hired. The client is usually a venue service which promises to pay the artist a certain amount of money for his performance. When you choose to book artists for events, the remuneration may be determined by the time spent at the venue or the total number of people who have come for the venue.

Who Takes the Artist Booking Contract?

The client, usually a venue or an event management service, enters into the agreement with an artist for performance on a particular date at a particular venue for a particular period of time.

Purpose of the Artist Booking Contract

The main purpose of the contract is to define what the performer is expected to do as part of the contract. The calculation of remuneration plays an important role in this contract. Therefore, this contract helps in clarifying the rights and responsibilities of each party during the term of the contract.

Contents of the Artist Booking Contract

An artist booking contract must contain the following clauses while choosing an artist for the event which includes:

The Artist’s team: Ideally an artist should have 4 different entities working in the artist team: a manager, a record label, a publicist, and an agent. Each should handle a separate aspect of the Artist’s business. However, with the advance of technology and changes in how people operate globally, including the music sector, there has been a major shift towards roles and functions overlapping, with some businesses offering 360-degree services.

Artist Selection and Planning: This is the creative process of booking your line up. It includes profile line-up’s, getting ideas through music outlets and networks.

Incoming pitches: This will require seeking to find specialists in the genre and actively using data from record labels, finding out how sales were the last time the band played, how long ago it was, what the streaming numbers are, whether they will be releasing new music, whether the band has been in the media lately or won an award, etc.

Budget: includes what the artist would charge, that is a performance fee, but there are other artist-related costs that you are required to factor into your budget.

Artist requirement:  Many artists have personal requirements that would be listed in an artist rider as part of your contract with the artist.

The venue capabilities: include where you’re holding your event. How much does the venue charge for it, etc

Audience interest: includes that you must look for artists that are relevant to your target audience and match your event’s goals.

Local Competition: includes the associated competitors available.

Artist requirement: Many artists have personal requirements that would be listed in an artist rider as part of your contract with the Artist.

How to Draft the Artist Booking Contract?

While drafting the booking artist contract one must keep in mind some factors, which includes;

  • Scope of Agreement: This states the work that is to be performed.
  • Duties of the Agent: The duties of the Agent must be clearly defined. It is a basic description of the job that the Agent is likely to perform for the Artist.
  • Rights of the Agent: This permits the Agent to know what they may or may not conduct and what is expected in return from the Artist.
  • Compensation of the Agent: This lets the Agent know the particular monetary sum he would be paid and when he would be paid. It contains the details on compensation and the percentage of all earnings the agent shall receive.
  • Expenses: This allows the Agent to know what he shall be reimbursed for in accordance with the services he is providing towards the Artist.
  • Duration and Term: This part states how long the contract would run and if and how it could be extended.
  • Authority: This specifies what the Agent has the authority to execute for the Artist.
  • Definitions: This specifies various terms that are contained within the contract.
  • Independent Activities: this lets the Agent render the Artist services to anyone else as agreed upon by the Artist.
  • Exclusivity: The Artist agrees not to involve any other person to act within the capacity that the Agent was contracted for.
  • Assignment: this state for the transfer of the agreement to other parties as necessary.
  • Breach and Cure: If the contract is violated the terms for a cure are set forth in this area.
  • Legal Representation: The Artist acknowledges his right for lawful representation.
  • Notices: Gives the address where all notices and payments should be sent for both the Agent and the Artist.
  • Jurisdiction: This states where this agreement has been executed. The laws of this State would apply to this contract.

In an artist booking contract, most artists shall quote a specific fee for a performance, but it may be up for negotiation. One must include details about any artist development support you could offer. Once you have reached an agreement with the artist’s booking agent, make sure you put everything in writing.

Benefits & Drawbacks of the Artist Booking Contract


If you are planning to hold an event that needs a performer, then an artist booking contract must be entered in advance of each event. This allows time for both parties to negotiate the terms of the event and understand their responsibilities prior to, during and after the performance. It is vital that everyone is aware of what each party expects before the performance to avoid any conflict over expectations later on.


Booking artists for your events could also be a daunting task. It is even harder if you are not familiar with the procedure or don’t know all the details that go into an artist booking contract.

[ Also Read: Side Artist Agreement]

What Happens in Case of Violation?

In case an Artist has canceled the show(1), the Client might pursue legal action against the Artist. The Artist is required to pay the Agent the equivalent of the Clients’ booking deposit in 7 days as a penalty fee. Also, the Artist should reimburse the Client for cost differences between the fee for their performance and any substitute artist arranged through the Agent or Client. If the Client has canceled the booking, cancellation fees would be applicable.

When the cancellation fees are not paid within the stipulated days the Artist and/or the Agent might take legal action and might refer the sum to a debt recovery company.

In an artist booking contract, the Artist agrees towards employing the Agent to book performances for the Artist. The client here means the individual or company who wishes to hire the Artist through the Agent to perform at their Event.