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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 singer or musician contract?

A singer's contract (sometimes known as an artist management contract) is a legal document between a singer (a music business or independent contractor) and a music agency, promoter, or venue. 

The content of a singer contract template can vary, but it usually details issues like copyright infringement, booking and delivery expectations, payment terms, royalties, and other details that are relevant to the two parties. It's usually signed by the singer, agent and record company, or another contracting party.

Artists aren't always business orientated or aware of the business side of the music industry, and documented high-profile feuds between singers and their labels might make a singer hesitant to sign any document presented. 

Sometimes the complex legalities of a contract keep singers from using them, but this can negatively affect both parties. Artists might not deliver the services as agreed; agencies or event hosts might refuse to pay royalties owed to the artist. For this reason and to protect both parties, a singer's contract is required. 

Since the advent of streaming, the music and entertainment industry has changed dramatically. You can download music on YouTube, social media, and on-demand streaming platforms like Spotify. While these channels are great for promoting the work of talented singers and musicians, it also is vital to protect their creative rights through formal agreements and contracts.

A singer or musician contract protects a singer and agency/hosts against piracy and non-delivery, provides guidelines and standards to collect royalties, defines intellectual property rights, what happens in the event of ​​force majeure, and ensures that all parties are compliant with any existing governing law relevant to the entertainment industry. 

Note: Do you need a singer contract template? Sign up to Bonsai and create a singer contract using an easy-to-understand, comprehensive template in minutes. 

Why is a singer or musician contract template necessary?

Contracts are essential to protect the performer's rights and the record label, agent, or host. A contract protects the artist's name and other trademarks and streamlines their role and responsibilities for gigs. An agreement between the singer and the relevant music agency, promoter, venue, or individual enables a smooth music business relationship.  

Different types of singer contract

Several singer contracts exist, depending on whether the person is a background singer, one of a group of band members, or a solo artist. The content will usually be the same, although rights can be complex when collaborating creatively with other artists. Contracts could include: 

Recording artist exclusively

Recording contracts usually occur between the artist and the recording label or recording studio. They deal with the rights of the master recording, its distribution, and how royalties are paid whenever the recordings are publicly released. 

Contract for band members

If a singer is part of a band or a musical collaboration, they should have a contract in place for the joint venture. This document will stipulate information about the distribution of income, naming rights, songwriting rights, withdrawal, voting rights, and the possession/handling of equipment if a dispute arises. 

Performance contract

If a singer needs to perform on stage, they need a contract between themselves and the promoter. This contract will include the particulars of the gig in question, including the location, payment, and duties. 

Event contracts

If a singer performs at an event, they need a musician contract with the event host. This contract should stipulate the act's location, duration, and technical requirements. It should also specify costs, logistics, cancellation clauses, insurances, and other potentially liable fees. 

Record company contract

Artists can transfer ownership of their recorded tracks to a music label in exchange for royalties. The record label, in turn, is responsible for production, volume, duration, and certain rights inside the record deal. 

Record distribution company contract 

The recording company should compile an agreement with the artist and a music distributor. This contract deals with the marketing and distribution of the recorded album made by the artist. 

Producer contracts

Singers and producers of record labels sometimes form a contract to get remix rights or original recording rights of tracks featuring the singer. This contract conveys information about royalties, exclusive rights transfers, and adaptations. 

What to include in the singer or musician contract template

If you are a freelance singer or hiring a freelance singer for an event or musical collaboration, it's essential to include specific details in a contract to ensure that the gig goes as smoothly as possible. 

Before you sign a contract or modify a contract template, both parties should familiarize themselves with the terms and conditions and make sure that they understand what each clause means. 

Names and contact info

The singer and the hiring party's names must be detailed on the contract, along with a clause covering the cancellation or replacement of a comparable performer if they become unavailable. Similarly, a cancellation clause should state what will happen if the event is canceled. This clause usually allows the singer to retain the deposit, or part of it, to compensate for the lost booking. 

Payment terms and schedule

The payment terms should include any deposit amounts required and the terms for settling the balance. The balance is usually due on or several days before the actual show. It's also important to include provisions for overtime rates. 

The payment schedule should include how and when payments could be expected, the total fee to use the singer, the payment details (e.g., payment methods, bank account), and the terms of payment. Singers usually charge one price for the show or by the hour. 

Travel, accommodation, and meals 

If a singer has to travel a long distance to an event, the contract should stipulate who pays transportation, parking, and accommodation costs incurred. Similarly, if it is a private or corporate function or a wedding, the setting up of equipment and the length of the show may overlap with lunch or dinner. The contract should detail whether and when a meal will be served. 

Singers at live events should also stipulate that they require a break after a specific interval (usually forty-five minutes). If continuous music is needed, there may be an additional charge. The contract should indicate how long the break will be and whether or not the singer will be responsible for providing background music during the interval. 

Equipment, amenities, and other requirements 

Outside events may require additional equipment to protect the singer and their sound equipment from the weather. They may also need generators, power sources, or specific sound equipment to perform. The singer should state whether or not they will supply their power cables, microphones, backing tracks, or sound system.

The singer and hirer should be clear on what will be provided to the singer, including:

  • Which party is responsible for furnishing the stage
  • Whether or not dressing rooms are required and would be provided
  • Free parking with access to the backstage area
  • Security and protection for the singer's property 
  • Passes or other access forms for the singer and any of their assistants 


The contract should include details of the duration of the musician's contract and how long the deal will last. It should contain information on the number of hours/songs the singer will be expected to perform within the stipulated time frame. 

Cancellation rights

Cancellation rights in a contract outline the conditions for terminating or canceling the contract. They protect the singers and the second party's rights. 

Recording, reproduction, or transmission of the performance

When singers perform in public, there's always a chance someone will film it. Singers can stipulate that organizers should take every precaution, to the best of their ability, to restrict others from recording the version of the event without written notice. If the event organizers intend to film the performance, there should be a clause dealing with the singer's rights over their image and vocals. 

How to write a singer contract template

A singer's contract template is often based on proposals submitted to various clients. Writing a compelling contract can go a long way towards securing a gig in the future. Freelance singers who want to perform at festivals or live music venues may be requested to submit written proposals and contracts before auditioning.

You not only have to provide the correct information, but you also have to wow the promoter or organizer upfront. 

Deliver what the client wants 

Singers can avoid contract disputes through clear and exact communication with the person wanting to hire them. If you are a singer, find out precisely what the client is looking for and then decide whether they are willing and able to deliver the service required. This information can be found through a simple conversation, either in person or over the phone. Cover all aspects of the performance from genre of music, equipment required, duration, and payment terms. Even if you aren't a good match, it's best to find this out early in the process. 

If you believe that you are a good match for the client, your contract should reflect why. It is similar to a cover letter you'd attach to a job application. What is it about you and your type of performance that meets their needs? What can you deliver that others can't? If the terms appeal to the client, they'll be eager to sign the contract. 

Highlight what sets you apart

It's often not enough to meet expectations—you should always try to exceed them. Your contract should highlight the many ways you are different from other competing singers. Do you supply your instruments and sound equipment? Do you waive cancellation fees if the event is canceled? Are you classically trained? It's always good to highlight your unique qualities and offers upfront. Artists should market themselves like any other business, so decide what your unique differentiators are upfront and lead with that. 

Describe yourself and your program

If you are writing a contract to perform at a concert or festival, you need to describe how many songs you will perform and how long they will be. You can express your ideas for promotion, your qualifications, where you have performed in the past, and any promotional materials you may have to offer on the day. 

It's also a good idea to describe your current marketing program—your social media following, your album (if you have one), posters or promotional photos you may have, and how many fans you usually draw to an event. Festival organizers are much more likely to use singers to lure a crowd of their fans to an event. 

Creating a singer contract template is simple with Bonsai. 

Even with these instructions, it's not a good idea to draft a contract entirely from scratch without help. The Bonsai singer contract template is legally vetted, which means it will hold up if there's a legal dispute (although we don't provide legal advice and we are not a law firm). Just fill in the blanks with your job and personal details, and you're good to go!

Use the auto-fill feature to complete the contract with payment, timing, and scope of work details. You can send, sign and store your legally-binding online contracts on the Bonsai platform and send auto-reminders to your client for their signature. You’ll also receive notifications when it has been signed.

Bonsai offers more services than just contract templates—it will help manage payments, too, so that clients can make a payment as soon as a contract is signed. 

Ready to get started on your singer contract? Simply:

  1. Sign up to Bonsai for free
  2. Choose the singer contract from our template gallery
  3. Edit the blank spaces to suit your project
  4. E-sign and send your contract. Job done

Singer Contracts FAQs

How much can singers charge? 

Several variables will determine the price you can charge as a singer. A skilled amateur singer can expect between $50 and $300 per performance, but a professional singer can command between $1,000–$2,500 for the same work. If you belong to a musician's union, they should provide music industry benchmarks to guide you. 

How can I avoid common mistakes in a singer contract template?

There are common mistakes made when drawing up a singer contract. Ensure that to avoid these mistakes, adhere to these bullet points.

  • Get everything in writing—don't leave out any details
  • Don't be ambiguous with terms and boundaries 
  • Update the contract when things change 
  • Read the contract thoroughly
  • Add a new clause for any additional requested service

What makes a contract legally binding?

Contracts become legally binding when both parties agree to an offer made by one party, and the other party accepts the offer. Both parties must exchange something of value, e.g., a service rendered and payment made for the service. All parties must sign the contract for it to be considered valid. Save money and use Bonsai instead of a costly law firm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about this template.

How much does a singer make?

Singers make money through their talent. The answer to how much depends on their popularity with a range of $140,000 annually up to millions with albums and novelty rights.

Are singers in-demand?

Local singers are in-demand to events, bars and restaurants. The popular ones through albums, concerts and appearances

Who writes a singer contract?

Singer contracts are usually provided by the client fr the artist to sign. For famous ones, they have managers handling this for them. Try Bonsai's free contract templates to kickstart your agreement between a client.