If you are an artist hiring a studio to record your tracks, you need to have an agreement with the studio to make sure you own your masters and the terms of your relationship with the studio are clear. (Read this article to see why a written agreement with the studio is essential for ownership of your masters.)
This six page agreement covers the services the studio will provide and at what costs, delivery specifications, the legal language you need to ensure master ownership, and more.
This agreement comes with instructions on how to complete the agreement and can be used repeatedly for work with different studios.
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This Studio Agreement has been prepared by an attorney licensed to practice in the State of California for California residents and under California laws. If you are a resident of another state besides California, the laws of your state may differ from those reflected in this Studio Agreement and you should retain an attorney in your state to advise you and draft a studio agreement on your behalf, and/or review this Studio Agreement template before you use it.
The purpose of a Studio Agreement is to delineate the terms of the relationship between the artist and the recording studio, specifically designating ownership of master recordings to the artist, as well as the obligations and services of each party, and attempt to avoid later disputes over those issues. It is impossible, however, to anticipate all issues that may be arise between the parties, and this template Studio Agreement does not cover or purport to cover every issue that the parties might encounter. The template also is general and is drafted to address common terms in studio agreements, not terms specific to your relationship that is the subject of this Studio Agreement. This template (and Indie Artist Resource, www.indieartistresource.com, and Erin M. Jacobson, Esq.) do not purport to provide and are not providing you with legal advice or acting as your attorney. If you would like advice about the terms of your situation, you should consult with a lawyer licensed in your state who can give advice directed specifically to your needs and issues.
This Studio Agreement template is made available for self-help purposes. The availability of, or your download of use of this Studio Agreement template is not legal advice or the practice of law. There is no attorney-client relationship created between you and Indie Artist Resource, Erin M. Jacobson, Esq., or any other attorney or employee at Indie Artist Resource and the parties listed herein are not acting as your attorney. You should not rely on, act, or fail to act, upon this information without seeking the professional counsel of an attorney licensed in your state.
By using this Studio Agreement, you understand and agree to these conditions and shall not hold Indie Artist Resource or Erin M. Jacobson, Esq. liable for any potential or actual liabilities or losses incurred from your use of this Studio Agreement.