Ethical Music Contracts Pt II:

Autonomy and Intellectual Property

Clear and Concise Language

  1. Ask each person involved in the contract what their preferred language for contracts is. This may be different than the one you normally communicate with them in.
  2. If possible, have the contract professionally translated into this language. If this is not possible, set aside as much time as needed to go over the contract in detail with this person to make sure you both fully understand the contract and each other.
  3. Allow each person a day or two alone with the contract to make sure they have time to research anything they may need to.
  4. Speak to each party individually to see if they have any questions or suggested revisions. This is important as not everyone feels comfortable speaking out in a group setting.
  5. If there are more than two people or entities involved in the contract, speak as a group as well.
  6. In general, avoid unnecessary use of flowery or archaic language. This may be traditional, but it can be confusing and off-putting.

Adequate and Appropriate Compensation

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Stephanie is a Composer, Conductor, Soprano, and Activist currently living in Los Angeles, CA. Follow her on Twitter @StephSWilkinson.

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Stephanie is a Composer, Conductor, Soprano, and Activist currently living in Los Angeles, CA. Follow her on Twitter @StephSWilkinson.

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