The Widget

Independent Record Label

We have prepared a set of the standard documents that record labels use on a regular basis, and which form the backbone of a label’s business. The documents use traditional label contract wording where appropriate, and are updated to reflect the latest legal and commercial developments. All the contracts contain standard accounting and audit rights (where necessary), warranties, indemnities, termination rights and the appropriate boilerplate.

Catalogue Licence

A long form contract under which you license your catalogue (or parts of your catalogue) to an overseas licensee in return for a share of net receipts. You can specify exactly which rights are granted and which are reserved, and any restrictions you want to place on the licensee. You can determine your share of net receipts and the basis of payment, and you have full audit rights.

Compilation Licence (in)

A short form licence for licensing in an outside track for a compilation you are producing. The template records all the licence terms, the amount of the royalty and how it is paid.

Compilation Licence (out)

A short form licence for licensing a track in your catalogue to a third party compilation. You can specify all the licence terms, the amount of the royalty and how it is paid.

Master Use Licence

A multi-purpose master use licence that can be used for synchronisation in any type of production, whether a film, TV programme, computer game, advertisement or other. A wide or narrow range of rights can be granted, and you choose the licensed term, territory and the credit to be given. In the boilerplate you can select your preferred termination and assignment provisions.

Producer Contract

A contract to engage a producer to produce for an album. You can choose the consideration payable: any combination of a production fee, an advance and a royalty. The contract contains a standard assignment of copyright and all performers' rights, and accounting and audit rights, controlled composition provisions, warranties, indemnities, termination rights, and the appropriate boilerplate.

Performer Release

A short letter agreement for obtaining a buyout of rights to a performer's services on a one-off basis.

Photographer Agreement

A short form contract under which you engage the services of a photographer to carry out a photo shoot for artist publicity shots, or for an album cover or other purposes. You can specify all the commercial terms including the fee, cancellation fee, delivery date and expenses payable. The photographer grants to you an exclusive licence to use the shots taken, and the contract also contains a confidentiality provision, a right to crop and edit, and all necessary warranties from the photographer.

Recording Contract (profit share)

A contract to engage the exclusive recording services of an artist in return for the payment of a share of net receipts. You specify how net receipts are calculated. The artist is engaged for one fixed period plus your choice of option periods, and must deliver one album per period. The artist assigns copyright in the recordings to you in perpetuity (to the extent owned by the artist). You can specify your release commitment and the remedies for non-release. There is provision for the payment of advances if agreed, and you select the profit share. You can determine how controlled compositions are treated in North America, and there are leaving member provisions. The contract contains standard accounting and audit rights, warranties, indemnities, termination rights and the appropriate boilerplate.

Recording Contract (royalty points)

A contract to engage the exclusive recording services of an artist in return for the payment of royalties. The artist is engaged for one fixed period plus your choice of option periods, and must deliver one album per period. The artist assigns copyright in the recordings to you in perpetuity (to the extent owned by the artist). You can specify your release commitment and the remedies for non-release. There is provision for the payment of advances if agreed, and you select the royalties payable. You can determine how controlled compositions are treated in North America, and there are leaving member provisions. The contract contains standard accounting and audit rights, warranties, indemnities, termination rights, and the appropriate boilerplate.

Sample Licence

A short form licence for granting the right to sample a recording in your catalogue to a third party in return for a royalty.

Single Track Licence (in)

A short form licence for licensing in a single for digital release, with an option for one further single. The template records all the licence terms, the amount of the royalty and how it is paid.

Video Production Contract

A contract to use when commissioning a video director or video production company to produce a video of any kind. The contract allows the parties to specify all the essential terms of the commission up front, including budget, payment terms and stages, approval rights, delivery dates, termination rights and kill fees. The contract also includes all the other standard boilerplate clauses necessary. As recommended by Radar Music Videos.