How to Create a Singing Group Contract

By Jonathan McLelland
Singing group contracts protect all members' finances and careers.

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Singing groups are defined as more than one individual performing musical numbers in any music genre. Some of the most popular musical acts were part of a singing group, and if you're interested in making your group official, you may create a singing group contract. While you may create this contract on your own, having an entertainment lawyer review and correct the contract ensures that all parties are equally protected.

Write down the name of each group member and his role within the group. Within this section of the contract, state who created the name of the group and who founded the group. The purpose of this section is to ensure that if the group disbands, only the person who created the name or founded the group is able to reform the group with different members, and it prevents any member(s) of the group who left from creating a new singing group under the same name. Within this section, outline the regulations for using the group's name if the group disbands. For example, if "Singer 2" leaves the group, she may not be able to mention the group name at all, or she may be able to inform the public that she was formerly a member of the group.

Outline the payment structure for each group member. This section of the contract must be clearly defined and must specify the exact percentage each group member receives. Typically, if one member of the singing group performs more work, such as securing gigs, he receives a higher percentage; however, if the members perform the same amount of work, the payment structure should be similar across the board. Within this section, outline the percentage each group member receives from sold merchandise, gig payments and other miscellaneous revenue.

Write out the process for attending rehearsals and gigs. Outline the number of rehearsals per week or month, and create a set start-time for each rehearsal. For example, "Rehearsals are held two times per week (Tuesday and Thursday) and are to start promptly at 7:00 p.m." Outline in specific terms the steps a group member must take if he/she is unable to attend a rehearsal. For example, "A group member must report to XXX at least 24-hours in advance if he/she is unable to attend the scheduled rehearsals." Include information for being unable to attend a gig and what disciplinary action may be taken against the member if he/she is unable to attend the booking. For example, "All members of XXX are required to gather two hours prior to a gig for rehearsing and preparation. If a group member is unable to attend a gig, he/she must provide other members a minimum of 48-hour notice. Any member unable to attend a gig forfeits his/her right for compensation from the missed booking."

Outline the disciplinary action if a group member does not follow the process for notifying group members if he/she is unable to attend a rehearsal or gig.

Outline the steps for paying a group member royalty payments if he/she leaves the band. This section of the contract may allow a departed group member access to a reduced percentage of income derived from his work within the group but no additional compensation for money derived from work performed after his departure. This section may also state that the departed group member will receive his normal percentage for a specified time frame after his departure or that no further compensation will be given.

About the Author

Jonathan McLelland has been a professional writer since 2005. He has worked as a story writer and editor for the international sitcom, “Completing Kaden,” as well as a proposal writer for various production companies. McLelland studied communication and theater at St. Louis Community College.

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