When you’re just starting out in the entertainment industry, getting any contract can feel like you’ve struck gold. But before you sign on the dotted line, you’ll want to make sure the contract works in your favor, not just the business you’re contracting with. This often means taking the time to negotiate the terms of your contract before things are set in stone. If you’re relatively new to the industry, you might not know where to start. Here are a few tips that your Nashville entertainment lawyers want you to know about negotiating contracts.

Make Sure Everything Is in Writing

While oral contracts are typically enforceable under Tennessee law, it’s best to get your contract and all supporting terms in writing. This makes it easier to review the terms and make sure you fully understand what’s expected of you and what the individual you’re contracting with is responsible for. Even better, having things in writing gives you the ability to hold people accountable for their actions more easily. 

Know Your Must-Haves and Your Negotiables

The key to negotiating contracts lies in knowing what you need and what you’re willing to be flexible on. Before you start reviewing your contract, take some time to figure out what you want from the agreement and which terms you feel are absolutely necessary. This might include features like pay, the number of performances you’re expected to give, and other similar terms. Your negotiables may include things like accommodation or meals. With these things in mind, you’ll be better prepared to work with the business owner to come to an agreement that works for both of you.

Review the Contract in Detail

There’s a temptation to sign new contracts almost as soon as you receive them. But if you do, you could miss key terms that may impact your performances and the compensation you receive for your work. Go through the contract in detail before signing on the dotted line. Make sure you understand and agree with all of the terms and be prepared to negotiate on the terms that you’re not comfortable with.

Consult With a Nashville Entertainment Lawyer

Contracts can be incredibly complex and difficult to understand even if you’ve been in the industry for decades. Rather than trying to piece things together yourself, work with an experienced entertainment lawyer from the beginning. They’ll be able to review the contract and explain the terms to you. And if you have terms you disagree with, they can represent you and help you negotiate terms that you feel are fair. 

Schedule a Consultation With Brassel Law

Working as an entertainer is a great way to share your passions with the world, but you’ll still want to approach it as a business. And that means taking your time and reviewing any and all contracts you receive before you sign. If you’re worried about misinterpreting the terms of a contract or just want an experienced professional to look at the contract and make sure it’s fair, Brassel Law is here to help. Contact us to schedule an appointment and let an experienced Nashville entertainment lawyer take the stress out of contract reviews.