This performance agreement  is between , an individuala(n) (the "Performer") and  , an individual a(n) (the "Buyer").

The Performer is a .

The Buyer wishes to engage the Performer as an independent contractor for the purpose of performing at the premises known as (the "Venue").

The parties therefore agree as follows:


The Buyer hereby engages the Performer, and the Performer hereby accepts such engagement, to provide the performance and services described in section 3 (the "Performance").


  • (a) Performance Fee. As full compensation for the Performance, the Buyer shall pay the Performer by cash, or by money order or check made payable to a total sum of $  less any taxes legally required to be withheld by the Buyer, as set forth in section  (the "Performance Fee"). The Buyer shall pay the Performance Fee in full before the start of the full within  days after the Performance. In two installments as follows: (i) a deposit amount of $ (the "Deposit"), to be subtracted from the Performance Fee, payable no later than to secure the Performer for the Performance; and (ii) the remaining balance of the Performance Fee to be paid in full prior to the start of the full within days after the Performance.
  • (b) Additional Services. The Buyer may purchase the following Additional Services at the following rates: 
    • (i) additional performance time, if requested by the Buyer and agreed to by the Performer, will be provided at the rate of $ per minutes.
    • (ii) if the Venue requires extra set-up or take-down time, of if equipment must be carried by the Performer distances greater than feet, an additional labor fee of $ per minutes. 
    • (iii) .


In exchange for the Performance Fee, as set forth in section 2, the Performer shall provide the Performance as follows:

  • (a) Performance Venue. The Performance will be held at the Venue. The address of the Venue is , , .
  • (b) Date(s) and Time(s). The Performance will take place on the following date(s) and time(s): 
between and
between and
between and
  • (c) Length of Performance. The Performance will be no fewer than  minutes, and no more than  minutes  with -minute breaks every minutes.
  • (c)(d) Description of Performance. The Performer will provide the following Performance: .
  • (d)(e) Performance Content. The Performer shall have sole control and responsibility for all content and creative elements of the Performance. However, the Performance shall not include any of the following: .
  • (e)(f) Set-up and Take-down. The Performer may begin set up for the Performance hoursminutes before the Performance. The Performer shall complete take down for the Performance no later than hoursminutes after the Performance.
  • (f)(g) .


  • (a) Of the Performer. The Performer shall:
    • (i) provide the Performance, asset forth in section 3 above;
    • (ii) devote as much productive time, energy, and ability to the Performance and rehearsal of the Performance as may be necessary;
    • (iii) complete the Performance safely, with professional effort and skill, and using adequate equipment in good working order;
    • (iv) comply with any royalty fees, performance fees, or other obligations of any organizations, including unions, to which the Performer is subject, contractually or otherwise;
    • (v) arrive at the Venue at least hoursminutes prior to the Performance;
    • (vi) control and direct the production and presentation of the Performance;
    • (vii) supply all equipment and personnel necessary for the Performance other than the equipment and personnel to be supplied by the Buyer;
    • (viii) arrange any travel and lodging in connection with the Performance and pay for any travel, lodging, or other expenses incidental to the Performance, including meals;  and
    • (ix) provide the Buyer with the Performer's biographical information and photographs.; and
    • (ix)(x) .
  • (b) Of the Buyer. The Buyer shall:
    • (i) provide reasonable assistance and cooperation to the Performer to enable the Performer to complete the Performance;
    • (ii) take reasonable steps to secure the safety of the Performer and the Performer's property and personnel;
    • (iii) provide appropriate working conditions for the Performance, including suitable space, power, electricity, sound, and other services, as set forth in this agreement;
    • (iv) provide a stage feet by feet for the Performance and, on the request of the Performer, for no more than rehearsals;
    • (v) supply power, lighting, and sound as set forth in more detail in a technical rider signed by the parties and attached to this agreement as Exhibit A;
    • (vi) supply the following equipment: ;
    • (vii) supply  clean, well-lighted, ventilated, dressing room(s) with locks;
    • (viii) provide reasonable security to protect the Performer and the Performer's property on the stage and in any backstage areas, and ensure that no unauthorized people will have access to those areas. The cost of repairs, replacement, or medical treatment for any damages incurred to the Buyer's property, person, or personnel due to a lack of reasonable protection, except in the case of gross negligence on the part of the Performer, will be payable by the Buyer;
    • (ix) provide parking for vehicle(s) of the Performer for a period of hours, beginning hours before the Performance, at a location close to the Venue;
    • (ix)(x) supply personnel to assist with the Performance and the set-up and take down of the Performance as follows: ;
    • (ix)(x)(x)(xi) provide consecutively numbered tickets and offer tickets for sale for the Performance at whatever price it deems appropriate$ per ticket, ushers, ticket takers, and front-of-house staff. All revenue from ticket sales shall be retained by the Buyer;
    • (ix)(x)(x)(x)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xii)  provide complimentary tickets for guests of the Performer;
    • (ix)(x)(x)(x)(x)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xiii) provide an allowance of hot and cold beverages in the dressing room;and
    • (ix)(x)(x)(x)(x)(x)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xiii)(xiii)(xiii)(xiii)(xiii)(xiv) provide programs in sufficient quantity for the Performance.; and
    • (ix)(x)(x)(x)(x)(x)(x)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xi)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xii)(xiii)(xiii)(xiii)(xiii)(xiii)(xiii)(xiii)(xiii)(xiii)(xiii)(xiii)(xiii)(xiii)(xiii)(xiv)(xiv)(xiv)(xiv)(xiv)(xiv)(xv) provide meal(s) for the Performer.


  • (a) Term. This agreement shall become effective as of the Effective Date and, unless otherwise terminated in accordance with subsection (b), will continue until the Performance has been completed and the Performer has been paid in full for the Performance (the "Term").
  • (b) Right to Terminate. This agreement may be terminated and the Performance cancelled:
    • (i) by either party immediately on notice to the other party in the event of accidents, fire, earthquake, flood, explosion, strike, riot, war, terrorism, or similar legitimate event beyond that party's reasonable control (each a "Force Majeure Event"). In the event of a Force Majeure Event, both parties shall be released and discharged from any obligations and liabilities under this agreement, including the Buyer's obligation to make any payments to the Performer, and the Performer shall promptly refund the Buyer any payments, including the Deposit, already made by the Buyer in connection with the Performance;
    • (ii) by the Performer, if his or her ability to perform is demonstrably impaired by illness or injury. If this occurs, the Performer shall return any  Deposit or other payment to the Buyer; or
    • (ii)(iii) by the Buyer on written notice to the Performer. However,if the Buyer terminates the agreement after , the Buyer shall forfeit any payments, including the Deposit,  already made to the Performer in connection with the Performance, and immediately pay any remaining balance of the Performance Fee, to the Performer (the "Termination Fee"). After the Buyer pays the Termination Fee, the Buyer will be released from any obligations under this agreement; and
    • (ii)(iii)(iii)(iv) by the Performer on written notice if the Buyer fails to pay the Deposit. If this occurs, the Performer will be released from any obligations under this agreement.


The Buyer shall use reasonable efforts to prevent the photographing, recording, broadcasting, transmission, or reproduction of the Performance. The Performer and his or her representatives may record the Performance and use any recording of the Performance for any purpose. The Buyer shall have no interest in any of the Performer's recordings of the Performance. 


The Performer shall not accept any other engagement to perform within a -mile radius of the Venue between and without the Buyer's prior written consent.


The Buyer shall be responsible for all matters relating to the promotion and production of the Performance, and shall promote the Performance  as follows: . The Buyer shall forward all copies of clippings, reviews, and posters to the Performer. The Buyer shall have the right, during the Term, to use the Performer's name, biography, photographs, and likeness in connection with the promotion of the Performance  and in connection with the publication of programs for the Performance. The Performer may not use the Buyer's name in any promotional or advertising materials without the Buyer's prior written consent.


  • (a) Insurance Requirements. Before the Performance, the Performer shall acquire commercial general liability insurance coverage for personal injury, bodily injury, and property damage with a minimum combined single limit of $ per occurrence, $ aggregate. If these policies are cancelled or materially changed, the Performer shall provide 30 days' prior written notice to the Buyer. The Performer is solely responsible for paying premiums and deductibles for this insurance.
  • (b) Certificates. The Performer shall provide certificate(s) to the Buyer evidencing the insurance coverage in subsection (a), with a statement that the Buyer is an additional insured and that the insurance is primary insurance as to any other valid and collectible insurance in force, before the Performance begins.


  • (a) Sales. The Performer shall  not be entitled to sell any goods, products, merchandise,or services at the Venue before, during, or after the Performance.  have the right, at the Performer's option, to sell the following goods, products, merchandise, or services at the Venue before, during, and after the Performance:
  • (b) Location. The Buyer shall provide appropriate and prominent space, including table and chairs, to the Performer at the Venue to facilitate the Performer's sales.
  • (b)(c)  Revenue Sharing.  The Performer shall pay a fee of % of gross sales of all merchandise to the Buyer, payable to the Buyer within of the end of selling. The Buyer shall have no right to any portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Performer's merchandise.
  • (c)(d)No Other Sales. No other sales or distributions of merchandise including the Performer or his or her image or trademarks, may be made at the Venue.


The Performer reserves the right to end the Performance in the event of a legitimate threat or implied threat of harm to the Performer or any of the Performer's personnel or property. The Buyer shall remain liable for full payment of the Performance Fee, whether or not the Performer is able to resume and complete the Performance.


  • (a) Of Buyer by Performer. The Performer shall at all times indemnify the Buyer against any award, charge, claim, compensatory damages, cost, damages, exemplary damages, diminution in value, expense, fee, fine, interest, judgment, liability, settlement payment, penalty, or other loss (a "Loss") or any attorney's or other professional's fee and disbursement, court filing fee, court cost, arbitration fee, arbitration cost, witness fee, and each other fee and cost of investigating and defending or asserting a claim for indemnification (a "Litigation Expense") arising out of any breach of any of the representations or agreements made by the Performer under this agreement.
  • (b) Of Performer by Buyer. The Performer shall at all times indemnify the Buyer against any Loss or Litigation Expense arising out of any breach of any of the representations or agreements made by the Buyer under this agreement.


  • (a) Independent Contractor. The Performer shall provide the Performance under solely as an independent contractor. Nothing in this agreement maybe construed as creating a joint venture, partnership, franchise, agency, employer/employee, or similar relationship between the parties, or as authorizing either party to act as the agent of the other. The Performer is and will remain an independent contractor in its relationship to the Buyer.
  • (b) Taxes. The Buyer shall not be responsible for withholding taxes with respect to the Performer's compensation hereunder  except as follows: .


  • (a) Choice of Law. The laws of the state of  govern this agreement (without giving effect to its conflicts of law principles).
  • (b) Choice of Forum. Both parties consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts in County, .


No amendment to this agreement will be effective unless it is in writing and signed by a party or its authorized representative.


  • (a) No Assignment. Neither party may assign any of its rights under this agreement, except with the prior written consent of the other party. All voluntary assignments of rights are limited by this subsection.
  • (b) No Delegation. The Performer may not delegate any performance under this agreement, except with the prior written consent of the Buyer.
  • (c) Enforceability of an Assignment or Delegation. If a purported assignment or purported delegation is made in violation of this section, it is void.


If any one or more of the provisions contained in this agreement is, for any reason, held to be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable in any respect, that invalidity, illegality, or unenforceability will not affect any other provisions of this agreement, but this agreement will be construed as if those invalid, illegal, or unenforceable provisions had never been contained in it, unless the deletion of those provisions would result in such a material change so as to cause completion of the transactions contemplated by this agreement to be unreasonable.


  • (a) Writing; Permitted Delivery Methods. Each party giving or making any notice, request, demand, or other communication required or permitted by this agreement shall give that notice in writing and use one of the following types of delivery, each of which is a writing for purposes of this agreement: personal delivery, mail (registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, return-receipt requested), nationally recognized overnight courier (fees prepaid), facsimile, or email.
  • (b) Addresses. A party shall address notices under this section to a party at the following addresses:
  • If to the Performer: 
  • If to the Buyer: 
  • (c) Effectiveness. A notice is effective only if the party giving notice complies with subsections (a) and (b) and if the recipient receives the notice.


No waiver of a breach, failure of any condition, or any right or remedy contained in or granted by the provisions of this agreement will be effective unless it is in writing and signed by the party waiving the breach, failure, right, or remedy. No waiver of any breach, failure, right, or remedy will be deemed a waiver of any other breach, failure, right, or remedy, whether or not similar, and no waiver will constitute a continuing waiver, unless the writing so specifies.


This agreement constitutes the final agreement of the parties. It is the complete and exclusive expression of the parties' agreement about the subject matter of this agreement. All prior and contemporaneous communications, negotiations, and agreements between the parties relating to the subject matter of this agreement are expressly merged into and superseded by this agreement. The provisions of this agreement may not be explained, supplemented, or qualified by evidence of trade usage or a prior course of dealings. Neither party was induced to enter this agreement by, and neither party is relying on, any statement, representation, warranty, or agreement of the other party except those set forth expressly in this agreement. Except as set forth expressly in this agreement, there are no conditions precedent to this agreement's effectiveness.


The descriptive headings of the sections and subsections of this agreement are for convenience only, and do not affect this agreement's construction or interpretation.


This agreement will become effective when all parties have signed it. The date this agreement is signed by the last party to sign it (as indicated by the date associated with that party's signature) will be deemed the date of this agreement.


Each party shall use all reasonable efforts to take, or cause to be taken, all actions necessary or desirable to consummate and make effective the transactions this agreement contemplates or to evidence or carry out the intent and purposes of this agreement.


Each party is signing this agreement on the date stated opposite that party's signature. 

Date: _________________


Date: _________________



Attach technical rider with sound and lighting specifications.


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What's a performance agreement?

With so many types of live performances and so many details that go into making a show a success, it’s vital to have an agreement that covers the specifics of the costs, staging needs, tech requirements, set-up, take-down, and more. There are also business considerations such as deposits, cancellations, merchandising opportunities, etc. Start a great performance by having an agreement that sets you up for success. A performance agreement details the responsibilities and expectations for both the performer(s) and the party hiring them.

Here's the information you'll need to have handy to complete your performance agreement:
- Who it's coming from : Determine if a business or individual is sending the document and have the name and contact information ready.
- Who it's going to : Know who this document is going to and have the individual or business name and contact information ready.
- Subject matter : Be clear about the general subject and terms of the agreement, including the performance itself, as well as fees, deposits, and other financial considerations.
- Special circumstances : For a live performance, unique conditions are often required to allow the performer to give their best performance. Be prepared with information relating to details such as dressing room accommodations, electrical and other tech requirements, and additional personnel. This will take a little time, but it’s to protect your interests now so you don’t have issues later.
- Dates and times : Have your requirements for the date and time of the performance, but also the length of the performance, breaks (if any), and the time to set up and take down.