I also need one for venues. I'm also not sure about the terms. We originally agreed to be paid the same but I am planning, marketing, fundraising and performing so I need something in writing to clarify that as well as come up with other fair terms for both parties.
You need a lawyer to help you, one with experience in touring related matters. Most of the time, however, the venues will propose a contract to you, which you may alter a bit with a rider with your special requirements...so long as they don't cost a lot. The days of rock n roll acts being able to request only blue M&Ms are largely over, though.
Enjoy it, it can be lots of fun!
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This does not seem to be an actual question. Yes, you need a lawyer to prepare suitable agreements for both sides of your transaction-- talent and venues. Please do yourself a favor and do not just find some forms online and copy them. It will cost you much more in the long run. Also, have you looked into carrying insurance? If someone gets hurt at a show that you are producing, yes, the venue would probably be liable, but you may be sued as well. Insurance would cover that cost of defense. Speak to a qualified insurance agent as well.
Yes, agreed you need an experienced entertainment attorney to prepare and negotiate the agreements with both the talent and the venues.
You've posted your message on the Q&A part of AVVO, where attorneys answer general questions. Since your post isn't a question, we can assume that either you're hoping a) an attorney will come forward and offer to help you, or b) someone will post a link to some contract forms (or c), you're just telling us what you're doing, but that's highly unlikely). We don't like to do "b", and we are not permitted to do "a" on here. But you can find an entertainment attorney in the AVVO legal directory or, if you like someone who answered your questions and they do that kind of work, contact the person. All the best to you with the tour. I did a little standup in my younger years, as well as managing a club part time for a bit, and it was the most fun I ever had.
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