Thursday, February 14, 2013

The New Contract Rider

Contract Rider image from Bobby Owsinski's Music 3.0 blog
A new contract rider that's being inserted into recent artist concert appearance agreements might surprise you. It's a condition that prohibits the artist's show advertising from appearing on a pirate site or any site that exploites artists in any way.

Another provision sets the condition that any show advertising can't confuse the artist's brand with one not consistent with the artist. That means that if the artist doesn't like firearms or tobacco or even Republicans, then the advertising for their concert can't be associated with those people, places and things in any way.

As far as brand association, this is just good business. If you're Taylor Swift, for instance, you don't want to be associated with a site that's biker oriented, and if an artist is a proponent of a vegan lifestyle, then being joined at the hip with Ted Nugent just wouldn't work either. This probably wouldn't happen to begin with since any adverts would be badly missing the target market and be just a waste of money, but the contract language now ensures that it won't.

That said, both the promoter and artist are trying to sell tickets any way they can, and let's face it, it's tough going in most markets these days. While all artists hate to be pirated, the fact of the matter is that at least some of the piracy is the reason for the visibility of the act in the first place.

Still, the new contract language just goes to show that everything in the business, including the agreements, is evolving as our media technology progresses.

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1 comment:

Orion Hellraiser said...

I think I might not like that, IMO I think music is universal, and as stupid as Ted Nugent can be, I really love his musica, that doesn't mean that I like him as a person but as a Musician, because a lot of musicians or artists are a complete different person than the one people idealize and should learn how to separate the artist from the person.

Music should be universal, where people choose what, when or how to hear it, that is not supposed to be controlled

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