The purpose of performance agreements is to clarify the relationship between the venue and the performer and to bring to light all the issues that are important to each party.
Even a casual agreement to show up and play for free is a contract and each party should be fully aware of the other’s expectations. Agreements can be oral or written, but putting it in writing is preferred. Performance agreements often consist of the agreement itself, including the basic terms, and a rider, which states additional terms and conditions. When a formal agreement is not signed by both parties, the following sample can serve as a checklist of issues that should be discussed prior to the gig.