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The Musician’s Legal Companion, Second Edition by Michael A. Aczon

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Chapter 6. Performance Agreements

Ask music fans to name their most memorable live shows and they are likely to drift off to a magic place as they recall a piece of their lives surrounded by music, other people, and a musician on stage who was the center of their memory. Ask musicians the same question and they are likely to give you a similar answer, only from the point of view of the stage. Musicians’ live performances are a unique opportunity for them to create a special bond with an audience that could last a lifetime. This special relationship is the basis of the live music business, complete with its own cast of participants and unique twists in the law.

The basic components that make up the live music business are relatively simple and have ...

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