Once you have gone through contract negotiations a few times, you'll be far more prepared to deal with an industry veteran. As a freelance engineer working in commercial studios, sometimes I have to communicate the studio's policies to my clients. When I explained that I was hoping to avoid some logistical confusion like we'd had on the previous record together, my client said, "Oh yeah. Either the Narrator or the Publisher may terminate this Agreement at any time and for any reason by providing the other party with written notice before the Podcast’s receipt of the Narration. I don't always get a deposit as an engineer, but with new clients or clients from those whom I get "that feeling," I often ask for a percentage up front with the rest to be paid at the end of the session. I'm sure there are many stories of attempting to get things in writing backfiring, but in most cases a little awkwardness before sessions begin can prevent friction while recording (when you need it the least). Upon completion of the Narration, the Narrator acknowledges they have no right or interest in any copyright or publication right to the Narration, or other materials resulting from the services performed under this Agreement. That's true. Creating mutual contract terms can and should be collaborative and non-confrontational. Note that the music industry is constantly changing and that many reference materials can become swiftly outdated. At least once these emails have exposed a misunderstanding between me and a client. Working with an attorney to craft a workable agreement that you can adapt for specific purposes should be viewed as a learning experience and an investment in your professional business dealings. You should get something for that." Be sure to check publishing dates and use all references as points of departure and learning tools, rather than concrete resources. © 2020 Escape Artists Inc. All rights reserved. Upon request, the Narrator shall provide the Publisher with a photograph of the Narrator and appropriate biographical material for such use. The Narrator shall use their own production facilities to record and edit the Narration in accordance with guidelines provided by the Podcast editors. Your email address will not be published. Split letters can also be attached as an exhibit or addendum to agreements for production services. Please note that this contract is a template for informational purposes only, and all the details will be filled out at the time we arrange a narration. It's square. The Narrator grants Publisher the right to use the Narrator’s name, image, likeness, and biographical material for all advertising, promotion and other marketing use of the Narration. I recently had a client balk at my asking for a written agreement for a lockout. Some audio engineers also use commercial or proprietary tools to integrate their sound effects into the game code. But in cases where someone is taking advantage of your time, it's important to uphold any policies you may have. I have split letters at every session because I never know what's going to happen. In order to prevent a situation where asking for a written agreement backfires, the best advice I have is to be upfront and sincere about why you're asking. The Narrator shall provide “podcast quality” digital files of the Narration, subject to the approval of the Podcast’s editors. A split letter spells out the agreement on the division of ownership of the copyright © in the composition between the songwriters, and is independent of any copyright regarding the recording, which is often owned by a label. I’d recommend starting with the people you’ve met while working at the recording studio — call or email them, and let them know you’re looking for a job, and ask them for any recommendations about who to meet or where to apply.