Always Revise This Contract Language

One of my earliest posts on ArtsHacker encouraged people to feel comfortable with altering and amending contracts.  Every organization operates in a different environment and has varying levels of risk tolerance that will determine what changes they might make to a contract. Always Revise In This Scenario One contract scenario I would urge people to never leave unamended is where the service provider can cancel with minimal cost but where you as the contractor have to pay in full, plus some extra, regardless of the reason for cancellation. The examples I am … Read more

Primer On Ethically Contracting Engagements

Primer On Ethically Contracting Engagements

In other posts here on ArtsHacker, we covered how contracts should be viewed as part of a communication process, preferably one of the final steps. Because the contract memorializes what has been discussed, it is important that the communication process be conducted in a clear and open manner. One of the recurring topics of discussion among artists, agents and presenters is the issues that crop up when people are trying to act in good faith and give the other party the benefit of the doubt, only to have a detrimental outcome. I … Read more

Parts of a Contract

What Are The Parts Of A Contract?

What Makes A Valid Contract? Believe it or not, there are only three basic elements required to form a valid contract: Offer, Acceptance, Consideration. Obviously there are almost infinite details which can constitute one of these things. It is also good to know what can be construed as a contract. It doesn’t necessarily need to be written down. It can be spoken agreement or even an email exchange in certain circumstances so take care to be clear if you are not ready to move ahead with an arrangement. Acceptance doesn’t necessarily mean … Read more

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