A guide to purchasing Arts Law sample agreements

Arts Law's sample agreements are designed to cover a variety of common relationships in different arts sectors. They include the most common terms which the parties to a given relationship, for example a visual artist and a gallery, or a film producer and director, need to consider and agree to.

The series of sample agreements is not meant to be exhaustive, and Arts Law does not warrant that it has a sample agreement to cover your needs. If you are unsure whether a sample agreement is appropriate for your purpose or whether Arts Law has a sample agreement to cover your needs, contact Arts Law for advice.

Sample agreements are composed of two parts:

  • An information part for reference. This part provides general information on the sample agreement, including how to use it, as well as explanatory notes which explain some of the law governing the relationship and the meaning of the individual clauses of the sample agreement; and
  • The sample agreement itself, which you must complete with the missing information. You might also need to change the document to meet your specific circumstances.

You must have your draft agreement reviewed if you have made material changes to the sample agreement, i.e. if you have changed the meaning of any clause. Arts Law is not responsible for any loss suffered as a result of any change to the wording of the sample agreement. To the extent permitted by law, Arts Law excludes any liability, including any liability for negligence, for any loss, including indirect or consequential damages arising from or in relation to any change to the wording of the sample agreement.

Which version should you purchase?

There are 3 different types of Arts Law sample agreements for purchase to suit your needs and your situation as a user of any of those documents.

1. PDF version, non-editable

The sample agreement is in PDF format and cannot be copy and pasted. You need to type up the main part of the agreement and complete all the details. You do not need to type the instructions and explanatory notes as these are for your information only and are not part of the sample agreement.

2. Word version, editable (subject to availability) 

The sample agreement in editable Word format allows you to create a new document by saving the document you purchase on your computer. Sample agreements are formatted in such a manner that the numbering of clauses will be automatically updated if you insert new clauses or delete existing ones, for instance where you are requested to choose between two clauses. The cross-referencing will also be updated.

The Word version is more expensive than the PDF version because you do not have to type the text of the sample agreement once you purchase it.
You are responsible for having your draft agreement reviewed if you have made material changes to the sample agreement, i.e. if you have changed the meaning of any clause.

3. Word version, editable (subject to availability), or PDF version, non-editable, for legal professionals.

If you are a legal professional and intend to use the sample agreement for your legal practice, you are required to purchase this version. The comments above regarding the PDF and the Word versions apply similarly to this version. Unlike versions 1 and 2, which are intended for non legal professionals and are subject to a single use licence, legal professionals obtain a multiple use licence when purchasing version 3.

Arts Law is a not for profit company which relies on income from the sale of its publications to continue to provide low cost advice, services and publications to Australian creators. Arts Law's sample agreements have been created to assist low income creators and organisations in drafting agreements suitable for their needs. Arts Law relies on legal professionals purchasing the version for legal professionals of any sample agreement for use in their legal practice.

The Terms and conditions for the use of documents of the Arts Law Centre of Australia govern the use of sample agreements and you must ensure that you have the appropriate licence for the proposed use.

Educational institutions or other organisations that intend to provide sample agreements to related third parties, such as students, members or clients for use in their own dealings with others, must purchase one licence for each third party.

Contact Arts Law for possible deals on the purchase of multiples licences.

How to purchase your sample agreement?

1. If you are paying by cheque or money order:

  1. Download the order form from the Shopping Cart page (the download link is in the right column). Print and send your completed order form to Arts Law with your cheque or money order. Postage and handling fees will apply.
  2. Once your payment has been processed successfully you will receive an invoice via e-mail, which contains a link to the sample agreement you have purchased.
  3. Arts Law cannot process your order if you have not ticked the box to confirm that you agree to the Terms and Conditions for the Use of Documents of the Arts Law Centre of Australia at the end of the order form.

2. If you are paying by credit card:

  1. Add the sample agreement you wish to purchase to your Shopping cart. To add a sample agreement to the Shopping Cart you must first go to the information page of the sample agreement you want to purchase and click on the "+ Add To Shopping Cart" button.
  2. Complete the Shopping Cart form by ticking the box for the publications listed, adding in your details and process, as well as the "I agree to the Terms and Conditions for the Use of Documents of the Arts Law Centre of Australia".
  3. Once your credit card has been processed successfully you will receive an invoice via e-mail, which contains a link to the sample agreement you have purchased.

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How to use a Sample Agreement

1. Choose/Buy

Choose and purchase the sample agreement that is appropriate for your specific situation.

Please note that the non-editable PDF version cannot be copy and pasted from.

2. Edit/Complete

Complete and edit the sample agreement to reflect the details of your transaction by following the instructions in the 'HOW TO USE THIS AGREEMENT' section of the sample agreement.

3. Sign/File

Once all the details of your transaction are finalised and you have agreed on all the terms of your contract with the other party, all the parties should sign the contract and keep a copy for their files.