Contracts can be confusing to get your head around. This information sheet is an introduction to contract basics.
This information sheet explains the requirements for a legally binding contract and discusses some contractual pitfalls, when terms are implied in contracts and the rectification of omissions of terms.
This information sheet contains a list of some of the more common legal terms that you might come across in negotiations as well as words and expressions that may appear in an agreement.
This sample Cast Agreement (without deferred fees) should be used when a producer who is not a member of Screen Producers Australia (SPA) is engaging cast members for the production of a low budget film or video. If the Producer is a member of SPA they are obliged to contract…
Volunteers play an important role in nearly every collaborative art project whether making films, organising festivals or putting on a major exhibition. A written agreement is important to ensure the volunteer understands his or her responsibilities and the policies and protocols that must be respected. This is particularly important if…
This sample Music Commission Agreement should be used when a filmmaker (Producer) wants a composer/musician/band to create or adapt music for use in the filmmaker’s film (Film). More specifically, under the agreement the person composing the music (Composer) grants the Producer the rights to make a recording
This guide outlines the basic concepts of a recording agreement. It explains the different types of recording contracts and briefly states the formalities of forming and negotiating a deal with a record company. The checklist also has a glossary of common terms which will help you understand what is being…
This checklist provides an overview of some of the most important issues you will need to consider when organising a festival. It can be used as the basis for putting together a business plan or your own checklist to be used when putting together the festival.
Corporate sponsorship is assuming an increasingly important role in the arts. This guide outlines the different forms of sponsorship that an artist or arts organisation may need to seek from a commercial organisation and what should be included in a sponsorship agreement.
The Commonwealth government has introduced new laws regarding unfair contract terms in standard form consumer contracts. These new laws came into effect on 1 July 2010.
You may have wondered what the difference between a contract and a deed is, or whether a heads of agreement is binding. Here is a brief summary of some of the more common forms of documents in the arts, and the differences between them.
Making films with a very low budget or no budget at all is a challenge which faces lots of Arts Law's clients. Films are made with borrowed cameras, friends step in as actors and technicians, the script is a one page plot line that evolves as filming progresses, and often…
Actress and Artistic Director Rachael Maza talks about Ilbijerri Theatre and the potential complexity sometimes involved in negotiating a fair contract between artists involved in the production of a performance work.
Let the Indulkana Tigers (as painted by Vincent Namatjira) teach you about contracts, why it's good to have one and how they help you.
Learn about contracts in Yolngu Matha
At the request of Desart, AITB undertook to assist in the preparation of standardized contracts and employment conditions for art centre staff in the Western Desert area.
We referred Michael to one of our external pro bono lawyers with book publishing expertise. The free advice session provided to Michael as part of his Arts Law subscription was so helpful that Michael decided to engage that lawyer on a private basis to negotiate with the publisher on several…
Well Placed Cactus specialises in the development of interactive games and apps that include serious cognitive testing games and gamified motion-sensing experiences. Well Placed Cactus approached Arts Law because they wanted to amend their standard contracts to better control the intellectual property they retained in their work, especially in the…
This must read for everyone involved in the visual arts and crafts includes new chapters on sponsorship, working from home, hobbyist vs professional and the role of design in serial production, while information on income tax, copyright, finance, marketing, selling, pricing and costing have been updated and expanded.
A completely revised and updated third edition of Shane Simpson’s seminal book, The Visual Artist and the Law.
Here you can download the MOBI versions of publication Visual Artists and the Law. To go back to the PDF versions click here.