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COVID-19 Killed My Tour – Rights and Obligations – Part 1 – Venues

We all want to limit health risks at home and in the communities that we visit on tour. As we consider the effects of COVID-19 on the live music industry and our individual roles, here is part one of a series of blogs to address some considerations likely on your mind, and a few others you might not have thought of.

What are your rights and obligations related to the venue you expected to play?

  • Do you have a written agreement with the venue, either as a formal agreement or an email exchange?
  • If you were already paid a guarantee, what would give the venue the right to demand part or all of it back? If the guarantee was not paid, what would give the venue the right to withhold or reduce the payment?
  • Is there a cancellation policy? Does it give the venue the ability to cancel your show, without liability, a certain amount of time before the show takes place? What if the show needs to be cancelled for a reason outside of the venue’s control? For our blog on Force Majeure, click here.
  • What if the venue insists on the show proceeding but you don’t want to perform due to health concerns?

 If you have an agreement, some or all these considerations may have been settled.

If your shows are months away, you may want to get these and other typical venue agreement deal points straightened out, to ensure there is a clear understanding with the venues on your tour.

Before you agree to the cancellation of a show, check your agreement to see if your entitlements are affected by whether you consent to the cancellation.

For part two of this blog, regarding rights and obligations with your partners, from your band to your manager, click here.

Edwards PC, Creative Law is a boutique law firm provides legal services to Music, Film, Animation, TV, Digital Media, Game, and Publishing industry clients. For more info and blogs, please visit www.edwardslaw.ca


Regarding music law, Byron Pascoe works with musicians, producers, managers, and music companies to assist with record label agreements, publishing contracts, distribution deals, producer agreements, etc.


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* This article is for general informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice. Please contact Edwards PC, Creative Law or another lawyer, if you wish to apply these concepts to your specific circumstances.

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