Actors, circus performers, musicians, dancers and other live performers may have performers’ rights in their performances, read on to learn more about these rights.
Performers such as actors, conductors, singers and musicians have rights which are separate from the rights of the authors, filmmakers, composers and songwriters who create the works that are performed. In this information sheet, we discuss the rights of musical performers that recognise the creative connection between musicians and the…
A basic run down of copyright as it applies to music and lyrics.
Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) is a collecting society that grants certain licences relating to sound recordings and music videos. As of 19 April 2008 all PPCA licensors must have direct licensing guidelines in place. These sample Direct Licensing Guidelines have been developed to assist small record companies and…
This sample agreement should be used when a performer is being contracted by someone else to perform in a production. If the performer is being engaged as an employee rather than a contractor, Arts Law's Employment Agreement for Performers is more appropriate. Clauses in Contract
This sample WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION DEED should be used when a person takes part in a workshop in which they will create copyright material, for example by writing text, composing music, creating new dance movement or coming up with new lines for a play, and possibly performs the material created. The…
This resource includes information on partnerships, including key issues to be considered within a partnership agreement, and a checklist for business partnerships.
This checklist outlines issues which musicians and bands need to consider before entering into a management agreement. It is recommended for use in negotiations, before artist and manager sign a written agreement (updated May 2011).
This document is a guide to the key issues that performing musicians should be aware of and should consider when organising gigs (updated May 2011).
Composer and solicitor, Serena Armstrong, examines some contractual matters relevant to her collaboration with musicians when recording her composition Illawarra Sea Stories.
Ryan McConville provides an overview of three recent cases relating to the copyright in music.
James Heller gives some tips for securing music online and discusses the shift in Digital Rights Management (DRM).
Tanya Hendy is a filmmaker who approached Arts Law for advice about including an excerpt of an instrumental version of a very well-known 80’s pop song in her film.
Sometimes you just don't know if a contract is right for you, and this case study shows just how important it is to have your agreements checked out before you sign.
Lara Travis is a singer/songwriter and recently composed a song about domestic violence called Dead Girls Don’t Lie. Lara wasn’t sure if she was allowed to use the audio grabs and photographs that she had downloaded from news media so she approached Arts Law for assistance.
The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) has substantially subsidised this publication for artists, now only $5.00 A practical guide for artists and arts organisations, this book provides a user-friendly guide to the different business structures and governance for arts organisations.
A user-friendly guide to the insurance world for artists and non-profit arts organisations. It outlines the various types of insurance cover available and offers tips on what to look out for when buying insurance, reducing insurance costs, public liability and insurance for volunteers, where to shop for insurance and how…