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DJ Contract

First Name
Last Name
Acme LLC.
First Name
Last Name
Corporation Corp.

This contract (the "Agreement") provides details for the services provided by Acme LLC (the "Performer") for Client (the "Client" and together with Performer, the "Parties"), dated as of [DATE BOTH PARTIES SIGN]. The services will be provided at the specified place (the "Venue") at the time and date described below (the "Event").

As a condition of the Client hiring the Performer and other valuable considerations, the Parties to this Agreement agree as follows:

Client Name:

Client Email: [EMAIL ADDRESS]

Event Title: [EVENT NAME]

Event Date: [EVENT DATE]

Venue Location: [EVENT ADDRESS]

1. Performance

The Client is hiring the Performer to provide the following services at the Venue:


2. Event Details

The Performer will provide services based on the following timeline at the Venue. This may include time for setup, sound check and cleanup.

Pre-Show Setup: [EXPECTED TIME & DATE]

The Performer will arrive 3 hours before the Event begins for setup and sound check.

Event Performance: [EXPECTED TIME & DATE]

The Performer will provide entertainment for [X HOURS].

3. Payment

A non-refundable retainer fee of [PAYMENT AMOUNT] is due upon signing this agreement. In the event of cancellation by the Client, the retainer paid is non-refundable due to the Performer reserving their date on behalf of the Client.

If the performance is postponed due to any Acts of God, natural disasters or government law the Performer will reschedule the session at a later date that works for all parties. The retainer shall be applied towards the total cost of the service to be rendered unless this Agreement is cancelled under the termination conditions.

If the full payment is not received by the Performer by [DUE DATE], the Performer will not be expected to perform at the Event.

4. Expenses

The Performer may request payment from the Client for any agreed-upon, non-cancellable expenses or deposits. Expenses must be confirmed by the Client in advance if additional payment is required.

5. Event & Venue Changes

In the event that there are changes to the Venue, Event or Performance, the Performer reserves the right to require additional payment or change fees. They may terminate this Agreement at their own discretion if they are unable to perform due to these changes.

Any changes must be approved by the Performer, either verbally or in written form. If the Client requires changes that the Performer is unable to provide, the Client is not entitled to any non-refundable fees.

6. Termination

This Agreement may be terminated at any point by the Client or Performer before completion. Either party may end this Event for any reason by sending an email or letter to the other party, informing the other party. If the Client chooses to terminate this Agreement of their own volition, the Client is not entitled to any non-refundable fees.

7. Non-Performance

The Performer agrees to provide services under the terms of this Agreement unless subject to legitimate incapacity due to sickness or unforeseen accident.  In the event that the Performer is unable to meet the terms of this Agreement or cancels this Agreement of their own volition, the Performer will return any and all fees previously paid by the Client to the Performer.

8. Recording

Recording or transmitting of the Performance by anyone through any means whatsoever will not be allowed under this Agreement without the written permission of the Performer. It is the responsibility of the Client to enforce this provision unless consent has been explicitly given by the Performer in advance.

9. Force Majeure

Neither the Performer nor the Client will be held liable for any failure to perform its obligations under this Agreement where such breach is due to any of the following: war, invasion, natural disaster, national or regional emergencies, acts or regulations of public authorities, labor difficulties or strike, Acts of God, epidemic or any other legitimate cause beyond the reasonable control of the Performer and the Client.

When and to the extent such failure or delay is caused by or results from acts beyond the impacted party's reasonable control, the impacted party will give notice within 30 days of the Force Majeure Event to the other party. The impacted party shall resume their obligations of this Agreement as soon as reasonably practicable after the removal of the cause. In the event that the impacted party's failure or delay remains uncured for a period of 30 days following the notice given, the other party may thereafter terminate this Agreement upon notice.

10. Other Terms & Conditions

Any permits, licenses, approvals or other variances required by the Performer at the Event to provide services will be provided by the Client.

The validity, interpretation, construction and performance of this document shall be governed by the laws of the United States of America.


First Name
Last Name
Acme LLC.
First Name
Last Name
Corporation Corp.

Free Simple DJ Contract Template

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Free Simple DJ Contract Template

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Date: March 8th 2023



Acme LLC.

Corporation Corp.

This Contract is between Client (the "Client") and Acme LLC, a California limited liability company (the "Coach").

The Contract is dated January 23, 2023.


1.1 Project. The Client is hiring the Coach to develop a coaching relationship between the Client and Coach in order to cultivate the Client's personal, professional, or business goals and create a plan to achieve those goals through stimulating and creative interactions with the ultimate result of maximizing the Client's personal or professional potential.

1.2 Schedule. The Coach will begin work on February 1, 2023 and will continue until the work is completed. This Contract can be ended by either Client or Coach at any time, pursuant to the terms of Section 4, Term and Termination.

The Coach and Client will meet by video conference, 4 days per month for 2 hours.

1.3 Payment. The Client will pay the Coach an hourly rate of $150. Of this, the Client will pay the Coach $500.00 (USD) before work begins.

1.4 Expenses. The Client will reimburse the Coach's expenses. Expenses do not need to be pre-approved by the Client.

1.5 Invoices. The Coach will invoice the Client in accordance with the milestones in Section 1.3. The Client agrees to pay the amount owed within 15 days of receiving the invoice. Payment after that date will incur a late fee of 1.0% per month on the outstanding amount.

1.6 Support. The Coach will not be available by telephone, or email in between scheduled sessions.


- A coaching relationship is a partnership between two or more individuals or entities, like a teacher-student or coach-athlete relationship. Both the Client and Coach must uphold their obligations for the relationship to be successful.

- The Coach agrees to maintain the ethics and standards of behavior established by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

- The Client acknowledges and agrees that coaching is a comprehensive process that may explore different areas of the Client's life, including work, finances, health, and relationships.

- The Client is responsible for implementing the insights and techniques learned from the Coach.


3.1 Overview. This section contains important promises between the parties.

3.2 Authority To Sign. Each party promises to the other party that it has the authority to enter into this Contract and to perform all of its obligations under this Contract.

3.3 Coach Has Right To Give Client Work Product. The Coach promises that it owns the work product, that the Coach is able to give the work product to the Client, and that no other party will claim that it owns the work product. If the Coach uses employees or subcontractors, the Coach also promises that these employees and subcontractors have signed contracts with the Coach giving the Coach any rights that the employees or subcontractors have related to the Coach's background IP and work product.

3.4 Coach Will Comply With Laws. The Coach promises that the manner it does this job, its work product, and any background IP it uses comply with applicable U.S. and foreign laws and regulations.

3.5 Work Product Does Not Infringe. The Coach promises that its work product does not and will not infringe on someone else's intellectual property rights, that the Coach has the right to let the Client use the background IP, and that this Contract does not and will not violate any contract that the Coach has entered into or will enter into with someone else.

3.7 Client-Supplied Material Does Not Infringe. If the Client provides the Coach with material to incorporate into the work product, the Client promises that this material does not infringe on someone else's intellectual property rights.


This Contract is ongoing until it expires or the work is completed. Either party may end this Contract for any reason by sending an email or letter to the other party, informing the recipient that the sender is ending the Contract and that the Contract will end in 7 days. The Contract officially ends once that time has passed. The party that is ending the Contract must provide notice by taking the steps explained in Section 9.4. The Coach must immediately stop working as soon as it receives this notice unless the notice says otherwise.

If either party ends this Contract before the Contract automatically ends, the Client will pay the Contractor for the work done up until when the Contract ends. The following sections don't end even after the Contract ends: 3 (Representations); 6 (Confidential Information); 7 (Limitation of Liability); 8 (Indemnity); and 9 (General).


The Client is hiring the Coach as an independent contractor. The following statements accurately reflect their relationship:

- The Coach will use its own equipment, tools, and material to do the work.

- The Client will not control how the job is performed on a day-to-day basis. Rather, the Coach is responsible for determining when, where, and how it will carry out the work.

- The Client will not provide the Coach with any training.

- The Client and the Coach do not have a partnership or employer-employee relationship.

- The Coach cannot enter into contracts, make promises, or act on behalf of the Client.

- The Coach is not entitled to the Client's benefits (e.g., group insurance, retirement benefits, retirement plans, vacation days).

- The Coach is responsible for its own taxes.

- The Client will not withhold social security and Medicare taxes or make payments for disability insurance, unemployment insurance, or workers compensation for the Coach or any of the Coach's employees or subcontractors.


6.1 Overview. This Contract imposes special restrictions on how the Client and the Coach must handle confidential information. These obligations are explained in this section.

6.2 The Client's Confidential Information. While working for the Client, the Coach may come across, or be given, Client information that is confidential. This is information like customer lists, business strategies, research & development notes, statistics about a website, and other information that is private. The Coach promises to treat this information as if it is the Coach's own confidential information. The Coach may use this information to do its job under this Contract, but not for anything else. For example, if the Client lets the Coach use a customer list to send out a newsletter, the Coach cannot use those email addresses for any other purpose. The one exception to this is if the Client gives the Coach written permission to use the information for another purpose, the Coach may use the information for that purpose, as well. When this Contract ends, the Coach must give back or destroy all confidential information, and confirm that it has done so. The Coach promises that it will not share confidential information with a third party, unless the Client gives the Coach written permission first. The Coach must continue to follow these obligations, even after the Contract ends. The Coach's responsibilities only stop if the Coach can show any of the following: (i) that the information was already public when the Coach came across it; (ii) the information became public after the Coach came across it, but not because of anything the Coach did or didn't do; (iii) the Coach already knew the information when the Coach came across it and the Coach didn't have any obligation to keep it secret; (iv) a third party provided the Coach with the information without requiring that the Coach keep it a secret; or (v) the Coach created the information on its own, without using anything belonging to the Client.

6.3 Third-Party Confidential Information. It's possible the Client and the Coach each have access to confidential information that belongs to third parties. The Client and the Coach each promise that it will not share with the other party confidential information that belongs to third parties, unless it is allowed to do so. If the Client or the Coach is allowed to share confidential information with the other party and does so, the sharing party promises to tell the other party in writing of any special restrictions regarding that information.


Neither party is liable for breach-of-contract damages that the breaching party could not reasonably have foreseen when it entered this Contract.


8.1 Overview. This section transfers certain risks between the parties if a third party sues or goes after the Client or the Coach or both. For example, if the Client gets sued for something that the Coach did, then the Coach may promise to come to the Client's defense or to reimburse the Client for any losses.

8.2 Client Indemnity. In this Contract, the Coach agrees to indemnify the Client (and its affiliates and their directors, officers, employees, and agents) from and against all liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) related to a third-party claim or proceeding arising out of: (i) the work the Coach has done under this Contract; (ii) a breach by the Coach of its obligations under this Contract; or (iii) a breach by the Coach of the promises it is making in Section 3 (Representations).

8.3 Coach Indemnity. In this Contract, the Client agrees to indemnify the Coach (and its affiliates and their directors, officers, employees, and agents) from and against liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) related to a third-party claim or proceeding arising out of a breach by the Client of its obligations under this Contract.


9.1 Assignment​. This Contract applies only to the Client and the Coach. Neither the Client nor the Coach can assign its rights or delegate its obligations under this Contract to a third-party (other than by will or intestate), without first receiving the other's written permission.

9.2 Arbitration. As the exclusive means of initiating adversarial proceedings to resolve any dispute arising under this Contract, a party may demand that the dispute be resolved by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its commercial arbitration rules.

9.3 Modification; Waiver. To change anything in this Contract, the Client and the Coach must agree to that change in writing and sign a document showing their contract. Neither party can waive its rights under this Contract or release the other party from its obligations under this Contract, unless the waiving party acknowledges it is doing so in writing and signs a document that says so.

9.4. Noticies.

(a) Over the course of this Contract, one party may need to send a notice to the other party. For the notice to be valid, it must be in writing and delivered in one of the following ways: personal delivery, email, or certified or registered mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested). The notice must be delivered to the party's address listed at the end of this Contract or to another address that the party has provided in writing as an appropriate address to receive notice.

(b) The timing of when a notice is received can be very important. To avoid confusion, a valid notice is considered received as follows: (i) if delivered personally, it is considered received immediately; (ii) if delivered by email, it is considered received upon acknowledgement of receipt; (iii) if delivered by registered or certified mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested), it is considered received upon receipt as indicated by the date on the signed receipt. If a party refuses to accept notice or if notice cannot be delivered because of a change in address for which no notice was given, then it is considered received when the notice is rejected or unable to be delivered. If the notice is received after 5:00pm on a business day at the location specified in the address for that party, or on a day that is not a business day, then the notice is considered received at 9:00am on the next business day.

9.5 Severability. This section deals with what happens if a portion of the Contract is found to be unenforceable. If that's the case, the unenforceable portion will be changed to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable, unless that change is not permitted by law, in which case the portion will be disregarded. If any portion of the Contract is changed or disregarded because it is unenforceable, the rest of the Contract is still enforceable.

9.6 Signatures. The Client and the Coach must sign this document using Bonsai's e-signing system. These electronic signatures count as originals for all purposes.

9.7 Governing Law. The validity, interpretation, construction and performance of this document shall be governed by the laws of the United States of America.

9.8 Entire Contract. This Contract represents the parties' final and complete understanding of this job and the subject matter discussed in this Contract. This Contract supersedes all other contracts (both written and oral) between the parties.



Acme LLC.

Corporation Corp.
Table of contents

What is a DJ contract?

A DJ contract is a binding agreement between a DJ and their client. When you’re booking a gig, a solid contract agreement is going to protect your rights and secure your musical entertainment for the event.

Why you need a DJ contract and template

You’ll never know how important a contract is until you meet a stubborn client. As a disc jockey (or collectively referred to as DJ), creating your own contract template is a sure-fire way of getting what you want out of a gig. A contract that clearly outlines your terms and conditions is going to help you with this, and at the same time, legally protect your rights as a professional DJ.

DJ’s are known to be especially passionate about their work, so a contract is crucial when the time comes to book a gig. This is going to make sure you can focus on what makes you passionate, instead of worrying about a situation where you’re not being paid on time.

With a DJ agreement contract, both you and the client will know what to expect from each other and what services you’re required to perform on the night. These may seem simple or obvious, but if they’re not clearly outlined in the DJ contract agreement, there could be disagreements in the performance contract template when the time comes to perform or when payment is due.

Luckily, you don’t have to spend a lot of time and effort creating and designing your own DJ contract. With Bonsai, you can create your own free contract template in minutes. All you need to do is to give it a few tweaks to improve and fine-tune it to match the gig and event requirements.

Note: Want to start creating and designing your own DJ contract? Sign up to Bonsai for free and have it ready in minutes.

What should be included in a DJ contract template?

Detailed descriptions of the work

This is one of the most important parts of a DJ contract. As a freelancer, you should use this section to outline what DJ services you provide. Keep in mind that this is an agreement between you and the client, so your scope of work should be in line with the client’s specific needs. That means you should have a good idea of the gig or the event details before drafting your DJ contract. Make sure you’re pretty clear about this and answer questions like:

  • Which freelance DJ services do you promise to offer?
  • Are there any exceptions?
  • If so, what are they?

You don’t want to end up performing extra tasks that the client isn’t prepared to pay for. So, to be on the safe side, let them know what the entire agreement does and doesn’t cover. It’s always a good idea to agree to an hourly rate should you need to perform and charge for unforeseen tasks.

Don’t be shy from highlighting the services that may go beyond your work scope. You’re out to boost your income, and there’s no harm in charging for extra work. Make sure your DJ contract template includes such details.

Duration, date, and venue of the event

This section will be pretty clear-cut for both you and the client. You’ll want to agree on and include general statements about the duration of the event or gig involved, the date or dates they’ll be, and the venue address. When creating your contract template, this section will be easy to edit as the only things that will change are these three topics.

It’s also a good idea to outline any requirements you think are necessary for the venue, such as space requirements or power outlets and other electrical requirements. If you’re a mobile DJ, include the route you’re taking, what vehicle, and the company address of your client.

Payment terms

Your DJ contract payment terms will need to answer:

  • How much are you charging for your DJ services?
  • Do you offer any discounts or the rates are fixed?
  • Do you have a preferred payment method?

As a professional DJ and freelancer, it’s your responsibility to either quote the total fee or provide an hourly rate to your client. Remember to be cautious when it comes to total fees, as your client won’t like it if you need to charge them extra for unexpected costs along the way.

So, be sure to mention any extra charges that the client may need to pay for in case additional work is done.

If you expect to book more gigs, having a DJ invoice template ready for you to use is a good idea too.

Deposits and refunds

All DJ’s need to be clear about deposits and refunds. Failing to cover this in your contract can be a big mess. You need to state if there’s a non-refundable deposit needed to be paid before you begin the work. Many freelancers ask for 50% upfront, however, this depends on the amount and client involved.

Remember that your client is a perfect way of networking, as they’ll refer you to others, rehire you for future events, or leave you a good review. No DJ wants a bad review, so protect your hard-earned reputation by being as detailed and clear as possible about deposits and refunds in your contract.

Termination of contract

There’s no guarantee that things will run smoothly. Sometimes gigs and events are cancelled, which means either you or the client will need to terminate the DJ contract. So, in the case of this, what’s next? Do you refund monies previously paid or does the client pay a cancellation fee? Mention what happens if the DJ cancels and if there are any reasons the contract can be terminated early without any disputes arising.

Your DJ contract will also need to include when the contract ends naturally. This can depend on the governing law of your country, but it will usually be on a specific date, after the gig or event, or after the final payment is received.

Other factors

Depending on the gig, what country you’re in, or the client involved, you may want to list other factors that require more detail.

A good clause to include would be around finding a suitable replacement DJ should you need to cancel. Who’s responsible for organising the replacement DJ or is there a certain amount of time prior needed to find one? These questions and more are what you’ll need to answer in your DJ contract.

Free DJ contract sample

If you’re interested in what a DJ contract looks like, take a look below at our free sample. With that, you can have a good idea of what’s expected in a DJ contract and how one from Bonsai will look like.

What's the benefit of using Bonsai, instead of editing a template yourself?

You can spend a lot of time, money, and effort creating and designing your own personal DJ contract. But, we all know you’d rather be spending that time sampling tracks or practising your next set. If that’s the case, Bonsai has a free DJ contract online that's ready for you to download and use.

Our DJ contract templates are vetted by legal experts and many freelance DJ’s, so you don’t have to worry about spending money on legal advice and fees to make it a verified document.

How to create a DJ contract with Bonsai

1. Select Your Template

Choose our specialized contract template, or start with a blank template. Add your client name, project name, preferred currency.

2. Add Your Basic Info

Next, fill in your basic information. This includes your location (country and state/province), your legal entity (if you operate via an LLC), and your client’s legal name (company or person), and contact details.

3. Add Your Scope of Work

Describe the scope of work in as much detail as possible. You can also attach a separate statement of work file here if you wish.

4. Add Your Payment Info

Determine how and how much your client will pay you for your marketing services here. You can choose from a flat fee, milestone payments, or hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or per-word rates.

You can also outline payment terms (net 15 days for invoices, for example), late fees, and contract start and end dates here.

5. Review & Sign Your Final Contract

You’re ready to review your fully fleshed-out and vetted DJ agreement. If you want to make any edits to the template, you can do it at this stage. If you want more information about signing and contracts, you can check out our guide on how to sign a contract online.

If you’re happy with the finished contract, you can click “SIGN CONTRACT” to e-sign it with legally binding electronic signatures from both parties.

As we said, it’s simple! Now you can return to your Freelance Dashboard to track when the contract has been delivered, opened, and signed.

DJ contract FAQs

What is a fair hourly rate for DJs?

For DJ’s in the U.S, the average hourly rate is between $40-60. Of course, this is highly dependent on your experience (and even fame) in the musical entertainment business, as well as what state or country you’re in, and the client involved.

Sign up to Bonsai today and get started on creating your own free DJ contract

Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about this template.

Do DJs have contracts?

No matter how big or small the occasion and venue - a DJ contract is required. It ensures you and your client have the same expectations. Are you getting ready for a gig? Make your own personalized, professional contract using Bonsai's free dj contract template today!

What should I include in my entertainment contract?

You want to cover all the basics like the schedule, costs, responsibilities etc. If you and your client have a clear mutual understanding of what is expected then disputes are less likely to happen later on. Check out Bonsai's free DJ contract template today to ensure you don't miss out on that important information!

How do I create an entertainment contract?

It is important you use a reliable platform to create your DJ contract, as you want it to be legally reviewed and clear. Try using Bonsai's free contract template to make sure you outline all the essential elements and everything runs smoothly!