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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / Basic bar band contract



Earn while you learn
Jul 4th, 2019 05:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

I am looking for a basic band contract (think bar band) for a band that I am playing with.

Note: I am not the leader and do not want to get my hands any dirtier (more involved) than being a player.

I contract my ensemble on a weekly basis for weddings/corporate gigs (AFM contracts, deposits, etc.) and do not want to be responsible for any bar work.

The leader of the group/bar band thinks that a hand shake and a promise is good enough to secure a date.....

I want to suggest a signed contract for the leader to use but this is not an AFM (Musicians Union) band thus the document that I use for my booking is not applicable.

What do you use??


Juice Nichols
Contributing Member

Panama City, FL

I'm just a dude, playing a dude...
Jul 5th, 2019 07:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

For bars and restaurants we haven't been using anything. That's come back to bite us in the rear end a few times, so I can see where a contract could come in handy. The way I've dealt with a venue owner screwing me in the past is to just not play there anymore. The few times that it's happened to me(always a bar by the way), it was at a place trying to low-ball us anyway and I highly doubt they would have signed a contract in the first place. I would call it a "Performance Agreement" though. It sounds a little more benign than "Contract". If you Google performance agreement there are many templates available.

I'm not near as active gigging now as I was a couple years ago. I only play at about 6 different places currently. If I book a couple of gigs a month I'm happy and I have no worry of getting screwed by these folks. Festival gigs or gigs that I've played for the govt., I've always had a contract that they sent to me to sign. It mainly just stated the date/time of the performance, what gear I was expected to provide, weather, cancellation agreement, etc..

Edit: And most important item to list. Price agreed upon!

(This message was last edited by Juice Nichols at 09:52 AM, Jul 5th, 2019)

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