Recording Studio (Hire Agreement)

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This ‘RECORDING STUDIO AGREEMENT’ (this “Agreement”) is made by and entered into between [NAME] (the “Studio”) and [NAME(S)] (the “Client”), and is executed as a binding agreement as of the Effective Date (Studio and Client are sometimes herein referred to collectively as the “Parties” or individually as a “Party”).


WHEREAS, the Parties desire to book the Recording Studio for the Client purposes and use.

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises and other good and valuable consideration considered hereinafter, the receipt and sufficiency of which are acknowledged by the Parties, the Studio and the Client agree as follows:




Client hereby acknowledges and agrees, as follows:

(a) To pay for studio time at either: the hourly rate of [$AMOUNT] ([$##]) (minimum booking is [HOURS] ([#]) hours); [$AMOUNT] ([$###]) each day at [NUMBER] hours per billable day; or [$AMOUNT] ([$####]) for the entire project.

(b) That a non-refundable deposit of [$AMOUNT] ([$###]) is required to confirm first-time bookings. (deposits for future bookings are not required unless the Client has failed to show up on time for a reserved booking).

(c) To be responsible for all monies due to Studio, and shall make a payment of at least half in advance and the other half before the next session begins. If last payment is not made a new session cannot be scheduled. In addition no media can be released before all services are paid for in full (A [PERCENT] PERCENT ([##%]) late charge will be added to any balance after [DAYS] ([##]) days.).

(d)  That at the conclusion of each project, one (1) CD or DVD will be burned free of charge; and each additional CD or DVD shall cost [$AMOUNT] ([$#]).

(e)  That upon completion of work a flat fee of [$AMOUNT] ([$##]) per song will be required to archive. (This archiving fee covers the cost of CDs, DVDs, hard drive space, and time.)


Client hereby understand, acknowledges and agrees, as follows:

(a) The Studio will provide studio time and the services of a recording engineer for the duration required by the Client. All future studio time will be charged at the rate in effect at the time of the booking. Any additional services, including, but not be limited to, mixing, mastering, creating additional tracks, and adding to or modifying tracks when done outside the studio time agreed to may require additional fees.

(b) If the Client requires the service of session musicians or backup singers, the client will be responsible for arranging for and paying said musicians or singers. If the Client requests the Studio to arrange for session musicians to be at the recording session, the arrangement will be between the musician and Client. The Studio will not be responsible for the failure of musicians to show up on time nor for the performance of the musicians. In most cases, payment for such musicians will be expected at the time of services.

(c) The Client’s project files will be backed up to another hard drive after each recording session. Onsite hard drive storage will be maintained for one month after the last recording session. After that time, files may be permanently deleted unless other arrangements have been made. Files for ongoing projects booking time on a regular basis will not be deleted.

(d) The Client shall reimburse the Studio for any damages done to the Studio by the client or anyone the client brings into the studio; and the Client releases the Studio from any harm or damage that may occur to any person in the Client’s party or to equipment belonging to the Client.

(e)  The Studio will not be responsible for any agreements made between outside producers, songwriters, musicians, engineers, or any technical advisors.



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