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Studio Waiver

Post by Z MINOR SOUND » Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:01 pm

Greetings

I come in peace in hopes that the tape op elders will bless me with their benevolence and wisdom.

I've utfsf with key words waiver and contract and haven't found anything useful.

Here's the deal. I will be opening the doors of a modest yet much needed studio in the next month. As I'm plugging in pres to converters, I begin wondering about the necessary legal documents I will need to have customers sign to cover my self. I recall the times I've signed waivers in the past assuming liability for damage, that I understood the laws of the studio, and so on and so forth. And I was wondering if anybody had a general guideline or copy of such documents for me to use or get an idea from.

Thanks in advance for your time and knowledge.

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Post by chris harris » Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:32 pm

I guess I'm not really familiar with the laws of the studio.

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Post by ott0bot » Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:22 pm

I'd go to your state's business regulation website or office. They usually (at least in AZ they do) have generic contracts you can print out, and you can add in the information you want or exclude and make you're own contract. Of coarse now that I'm looking for it I can't find it! I think I've got it in my notes from music business from like 2 years ago. i'll see if i can find the link.

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Post by cgarges » Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:19 pm

For whatever it's worth, I've never signed a contract with a studio as a freelance engineer OR as a musician. I have signed waivers and contracts on a VERY small handful of projects where artist management wanted me to sign them in order to get paid, but that's it.

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Post by Z MINOR SOUND » Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:00 am

So nobody has their customers/clients sign an agreement of some sorts prior to recording?
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Post by chris harris » Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:41 am

Z MINOR SOUND wrote:So nobody has their customers/clients sign an agreement of some sorts prior to recording?
What do you want them to agree to in writing?

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Post by Z MINOR SOUND » Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:46 am

I guess my question is what are other studios having people agree to in writing?
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Post by cgarges » Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:02 am

Like I said, I've never signed a contract with a studio in 28 years of dealing with studios. Honestly, I think a studio that would make me sign some kind of waiver for me to pay them to record me would make me uncomfortable and there are too many comfortable studios around.

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Post by Z MINOR SOUND » Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:22 am

Thanks Chris!

I know what you mean, the 3 studios I've signed waivers at were kinda up tight and I never went back to finish my project at their facilities.

I appreciate your input.
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Post by Gentleman Jim » Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:55 am

If someone doesn't honor the terms of the 'waiver,' (really a contract or written agreement), are you really going to enforce it in court for a broken microphone or $500 worth of unpaid recording time? Because that's what it's for. And while I'm sure that there are a few horror stories floating around about bands or labels ripping off studios for tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, I imagine those situations are rare. And it's not like in a situation like that one couldn't sue without a signed paper.

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Post by Z MINOR SOUND » Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:06 am

Thank you sir. Great insight. Come to think of it, the places I've had to sign a waiver all made a bulk of their business off of local wanna be rappers.
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Post by DrummerMan » Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:42 am

Gentleman Jim wrote:
Screen your clients, trust your gut, and keep karma on your side.
and also make sure you're insured.
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Post by Z MINOR SOUND » Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:44 am

I've got commercial liability insurance which is mandatory with the lease and personal property insurance. Is there something I'm missing?
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Post by Z MINOR SOUND » Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:52 am

I'm also looking at security cameras for the front door, back door and parking lot.

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Post by jmiller » Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:14 pm

cgarges wrote:For whatever it's worth, I've never signed a contract with a studio as a freelance engineer OR as a musician.
What about work orders with brief terms on them?

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