DIY Contracts for Freelance Recordists: Protect Yourself Without Being a Jerk

As recording continues to become a predominantly freelance profession and as more artists decide to operate without the aid of record labels, setting our various agreements into writing is even more important. These days there are fewer standard practices in place to guide us, and fewer people to put things into writing on our behalf.

Okay, fine - we all kinda know that. But most of us still have questions:

  • Where do we begin to get agreements that work?
  • In the delicate environment of record-making, how do we talk business without "ruining the vibe" and losing trust and rapport with our clients?
  • Is this something we should manage ourselves without legal help?
  • Are there already standardized contracts for recording scenarios, and how do we leverage them?

Senior Tape Op contributor Allen Farmelo takes a pragmatic nuts-and-bolts approach to answering these questions in his Tape Op #73 tutorial.

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