Music contracts:
What to look for BEFORE you sign


Though they may not be as fun as writing a new song or performing for an audience, contracts are a big part of the life of a musician

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It doesn’t matter if you’re setting up your music on a streaming platform or gearing up to work with a label. If you’re a musician, at some point you’re going to have to sign on the dotted line.

The contracts you sign will have a big impact on how you’ll get paid, when you’ll get paid, who owns your work, and more. 

However, navigating the legal terms of a contract can be tricky, to say the least. There’s plenty of jargon involved, and with pages and pages on end to read, it’s easy to get lost.


Your guide to navigating music contracts

We’ve teamed up with Sam Padbidri, WHABBY! Music’s consulting lawyer, to give you the inside scoop on music contracts. As a fellow artist, lawyer, and record label owner, there’s nobody better placed to help indie musicians navigate the legal-speak and pitfalls that come with contracts.

In this eBook, we cover:


When you need a music contract


The importance of signing a contract


The most common types of music contracts out there, from record contracts to distribution and performance deals


The anatomy of a good contract, and what to keep an eye out for in each section

Sam also sheds light on common mistakes that artists make when signing contracts, along with real-world examples from some of his clients.

A must-have guide for all musicians

Spending time learning about music contracts is single-handedly the best investment you can make for the future of your music career. 

Whether you’re trying to get signed or looking to distribute your music online, this eBook is a must-read if you want to understand what you’re reading in a contract, and what to look out for before you sign.


Note: The information contained in this eBook is a general guide and should be used for reference only. It’s important to seek legal advice from an entertainment lawyer before signing a contract.


This eBook is part of our series exploring the legal side of the music industry. Be sure to check out our other eBooks:

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