A complete performance contract is a document that outlines the various terms and conditions that are agreed upon regarding a private or commercial venue. This type of contract is typically used when an artist or entertainer has agreed to perform at an event, like a concert.

When Are Complete Performance Contracts Used?

Popular types of events that often require the use of a complete performance contract include:

  • Family reunions,
  • Concerts,
  • Weddings,
  • Corporate events.

Most of the time, this type of document is used to help a performer become familiar with what is expected of him or her during the event. Some performers, however, choose to create their own performance contracts, or they will have their agencies create one for them. For example, a singer at a wedding may decide to use a performance contract to demonstrate to the client what he or she is willing to do at the event; this is especially beneficial because it helps the wedding planner organize the event.

Other examples of people that often use a complete performance contract include:

  • Dancers,
  • DJs,
  • Magicians,
  • Clowns,
  • Dance groups,
  • Artists.

In some instances, an entertainment venue will use this type of contract as a form of protection over their interests. It allows them to set forth terms and conditions relating to managing cancellations, how to approach unforeseen events, how to handle accidents, etc. All essential terms and conditions should be greatly detailed in the performance contract; this helps provide protection to all parties involved.

What Are Short- and Long-Form Complete Performance Contracts?

Both short- and long-term complete performance contracts are available, however, the terms set forth in both types are usually fairly similar and will include:

  • Budget information Obligation to prevent prohibited recording,
  • Extensive information relating to expenses,
  • Sound and lighting info,
  • Advertising plans,
  • Force Majeure.

In a short-version complete performance contract, you won't find as many details. Any information that is considered not absolutely pertinent will not be mentioned. This type of version is typically suited well for informal shows, like birthday parties or when a person is having a small acoustic performance performed at their own house. The longer version is much more precise than a short version, and the terms are easier to enforce. Additional duties expected of the performer are outlined in a long version as well as any customer duties.

What Is a Contract?

A contract, in the eyes of the law, is a document used that ties someone to a promise. The promises outlined in the contract must be kept or it means the party breaches the contract, and the consequences of doing this are usually outlined in the contract itself. There are, however, some instances in which a party may not be liable if he or she breaches a contract. When this happens, this is known as the party being released from its contractual duties.

What Is the Doctrine of Impossibility?

The doctrine of impossibility is a law that means something happened after the contract was agreed upon that makes it impossible for one or both parties to stay in compliance with the contract. There are several forms of legal impossibility.

For example, if an entertainer signs a complete performance contract to perform at a venue but he is involved in a car accident and breaks his leg the night before the event. This type of instance means the entertainer is released from his obligation to have to perform at the event the next day.

What Is the Doctrine of Frustration of Purposes?

There is also something known as the doctrine of frustration of purposes. This is used when the underlying reason for a performance is no longer applicable. For example, if someone agrees to sell a house to another party but there is no marketable title held by the selling party, the buyer is released from his obligation to pay for the house.

What Is the Statute of Frauds Doctrine?

In the state of Florida, there is a doctrine known as the Statute of Frauds, which governs how contracts can be enforced. This statute specifically states that some contracts have to be in written form in order for them to be enforceable. Not only does the contract have to be in written form, but it must be signed by all parties involved.

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