Why have a contract?
You’re on the same side (band/promoter)
Is it worth anything at the end of the day?
How can it avoid disputes? (Pre-arranged issues
such as backline, promotion, accommodation)
What can it protect you from? $$$$$
Why is it essential? Protection
Who writes the contract?
How much does it cost to write one?
360 degree contracts
Know the fine details
A good music promoter contract will cover the important issues:
The date of the show
The venue (name, address, phone number, website)
The position of the band on the bill (opening act? headliners?)
The length of the set required (how long should/can the band play?)
Soundcheck times and lengths
Will accommodation be provided? If so, will the cost be charged back
to the band?*
Will the band be able to sell merchandise?
Is the band to provide posters and promo materials?*
Last but not least, the deal*
See class forum for sample contracts or visit
Notes for the band
Bands - What You Must Do
Maintaining good relationships with promoters is absolutely
Be realistic about your expectations when you go into a show.
If your band is in the building stages, you may play many very
small shows which don't earn you any cash, and in fact may
actually cost you money.
If that happens to you, make sure it is REALLY the promoter's
fault before you burn that bridge.
A good promoter can help you out A LOT, and even if your
particular show wasn't a sell out, if you have a good attitude, that
promoter will work with you again.
Be professional, and remember that every show is a promotional
tool for you.
Notes for the promoter
Promoters - What You Can't Do
Here's the truth - being a promoter is hard work, and when you
are just getting started, you may lose money on a lot shows.
What you CAN'T EVER do, however, is ask a band to pay you
back for your expenses if the show did not make enough money
for you earn it all back. That's the risk a promoter takes.
There may be the odd special case, such as renting a ton of
special equipment, in which you could ask the band to cover the
cost, but 99% of the time, if you lose money on a show, you lose
money on a show.
Keep a close watch on your expenses and the bands you book,
and you'll find a formula that works for you.