Whether you're just starting out or have an established career in the industry, as a musician or composer, you'll face specific legal and business issues. Knowing where you stand with things like copyright, licensing, contracts, distribution, band partnerships and business structures is essential to protecting your work and building a sustainable businesss.

On this page, we've gathered together the highlights from our extensive range of resources, info sheets and articles to help you get the legal stuff sorted so you can focus on the music!




We've developed a range of affordable, easy to use contracts designed specifically for musicians and composers. Check out our full range here

Last year alone, we helped over 300 musicians and composers with legal advice. Take a look at some of their stories here



Got questions about your music? We've got loads of answers. Take a look at our free and very helpful info sheets here







Holden and Tennyson Nobel of The Lovely Days have been making music together since they were kids, but lately things have been really taking off; the boys are supporting Thirsty Merc on their upcoming 'Good Life' tour! They sat down to talk about how Arts Law's Band Partnership Agreement set them on the path to making The Lovely Days a more professional outfit.


sample agreements


This sample Sponsorship Agreement can be used by artists or arts organisations who are obtaining sponsorship for a particular event or activity, such as a festival, performance or exhibition.  A sponsorship agreement sets out the contractual relationship between a sponsor and the organisers of the event being sponsored. Find out more here.


This sample Venue Hire Agreement can be used to hire a venue for a short-term event, such as a half-day seminar or an exhibition run over a number of weeks. Find out more here.



This sample Session Musician’s Release (the Release) should be used when a musician is being hired by a third party to perform a musical work as part of a recorded music session. Find out more here.




information sheets

Protecting your ideas Performers’ rights Liability and Insurance Copyright 


Direct Licensing Guidelines Agency Agreements