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Sample Contracts

Theatre Forum is committed to promoting good employment practices in the performing arts. For many years, members have been able to download and adapt sample contracts for their production, so our sample contracts have been widely shared and circulated.

More recent legislative changes, a focus on cancellation clauses during Covid as well as fee negotiations now involving streaming and Video On Demand meant that all Theatre Forum’s sample contracts drafted pre-Covid needed updating.

Last year, we took the opportunity to work with solicitor Andrea Martin of MediaLawyer Solicitors to draft new sample contracts and take all the legislative, contractual, and employment changes in our sector into account.

Performer and Designer Sample Contracts
For artists and arts workers, two new contracts are now available. The Performer Sample Contract is a contract of service and the Designer Sample Contract is a contract for services. Both are now available to download, edit and customise for any production. They replace all previous versions but as they are samples, they will always require customisation for your production.

We would like to thank everyone who has already contributed their expertise to updating these contracts. We hope that you and your colleagues find them useful.

Performer Sample Contract

Download Performer TF Sample Contract

This contract of service is a Fixed Term one where the Performer is an employee or on payroll, with PAYE, PRSI and USC being deducted at the applicable rates.

With significant amendments, this contract could also be issued to a performer who is self-employed, an independent contractor paying their own tax and recognised by Revenue to be a self-employed, Schedule D taxpayer.

Sound Designer Sample Contract

Download Sound Designer TF Sample Contract

This contract is for use where the services of a self-employed Sound Designer, recognised by Revenue to be a self-employed, Schedule D taxpayer, is being retained for a production. It’s also suitable, subject to amendments to the terminology as well as the contract’s Special and General Conditions, where the services of a Set Designer, Lighting Designer, or Costume Designer are being retained.

For productions where designers contract through a limited liability or loan-out company, this Designer Sample Contract requires amendment and legal advice.

Sound Designer and Composer Services combined

The Sound Designer Sample Contract contains an Addendum which allows the contract and fee to be split into a part Sound Designer, part Composer one, clarifying the license and royalty payment agreements.

Resources
Rules determining Contracts of Service for employees and Contracts for Services for self-employed workers are clearly set out by Revenue.

Here are the relevant links:
Determining the employment status of an individual

Pages 6-9 of Code of Practice on determining employment status

Revenue Guide to self-assessment

Venue Sample Contracts

For arts centre and venue directors, negotiating and contracting with production companies and promoters has always been a key and important task. During Covid a sharp and urgent focus on Force Majeure cancellation and clauses as well as guarantees, safety, insurance, and indemnification suggested that most pre-Covid contracts needed updating.

We have worked with solicitor Andrea Martin of MediaLawyer Solicitors to draft new sample contracts for venues contracting with production companies and promoters. We expect that these Venue and Production Company and Venue and Promoter Sample Contracts will cover most venue agreements. They replace all previous versions of Theatre Forum sample contracts which you may have used in the past. They are available to download, edit, and are designed to be easily customised for your agreements with sample clauses that you can include, amend, or leave out.

We would like to thank the many Arts Centre and Venue Directors and Producers who have already contributed their experience and expertise to help us update these sample contracts. We hope that you and your colleagues find them useful in future negotiations.

Venue and a Production Company Sample Contract

Download Venue and Production Company TF Sample Contract

A sample contract containing base-line terms that apply to most Venue / Production Company agreements with the option of adding specific detail relevant to a particular production.

Venue and a Promoter Sample Contract Sample Contract

Download Venue and Promoter TF Sample Contract

A sample contract containing base-line terms that apply to most Venue / Promoter agreements with the option of adding specific detail relevant to a particular production.

 

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