Basics of Agreements

Do you really know how to read a contract? Understanding how agreements are structured and will work for (or against) you is crucial knowledge you’ll employ throughout your career. 

Included in this course

Estimated Length: 4h30m
40 modules across 5 lessons
12 animated videos
8 interactive learning checks
Certificate of Completion

About this Course

This course provides a foundational understanding of music industry agreements and explains boilerplate provisions found in almost every type of contract. Upon completion, you’ll be able to read and comprehend any agreement put in front of you, and be well on your way towards negotiating your own deals.

What You'll Learn

  • To identify when and why you may need an agreement.
  • The elements that make an agreement legally binding.
  • To navigate different types and forms of agreements.
  • To differentiate business terms from boilerplate terms.
  •  To identify the provisions typically included in music business agreements.
  • The tricks to watch out for in agreements.

Course Breakdown

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Inside This Course

Meet the Intells

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The Intells is an animated series that teaches the real business of music through storytelling. Each episode breaks industry topics down into fun, easy to understand segments and can be watched individually or as part of the course content.

The Art of Agreements

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Short-form, long-form, verbal agreements; how they work, what they do, their respective limitations, it’s all addressed here. Plus, everything you need to know concerning common agreement concepts like defined terms, implied acceptance, deal terms, and more is explained in easy-to-follow plain English.

Crystalize your knowledge with interactive learning checks

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Solidify your knowledge of music industry agreements with multiple-choice quizzes and drag-and-drop puzzles to help you remember what you've learned in a fun and engaging way.

Learn Legalese

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What’s all the Olde English about? This course identifies all the fine print typically seen in music business agreements and explains what it means and what it does. Legal language finally translated into English.

Inside the Real Music Industry 

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True stories of artists in real-life scenarios, often based on our own personal dealings with them, are peppered throughout the course.

Boilerplate Terms

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Common boilerplate clauses you’ll find in music industry agreements are broken down and deciphered. What they do, when you need them, and which ones to watch out for.

Go Deeper

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Each CI Academy course covers both basic and advanced concepts. Our courses are designed as a constant source of up-to-date reference material you keep coming back to.
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Protect Yourself

Our courses give you the knowledge and skills to protect your work and move forward in the music business with confidence. Based on real information from industry insiders, we help you make informed decisions, avoid costly mistakes, and protect yourself from unscrupulous actors. Sign up and invest in your career today.

Trusted By

Songwriters, Producers, Managers, Industry Executives and Lawyers

Austin Rosen, co-manager of Post Malone.
“For anyone wanting to get into the music industry, the Creative Intell Academy courses are the best to take. If you’re an artist, writer, producer or manager, this will change the game and the way you operate.”
Austin Rosen
co-manager of Post Malone
Lucas Keller, President and Founder of Milk & Honey
" The more informed the producer is on how the business works, the easier it is to manage their career.  Creative Intell Academy takes complex legal concepts, breaks them down, and makes them easy to understand. We recommend all of our clients take these courses now."
Lucas Keller
President/Founder of Milk & Honey
Dana Biondi, manager of Suicide Boys.
"Unlock your music career's fullest potential with the Creative Intell Academy. Avoid costly legal mistakes, sign smart contracts, and maximize your revenue. As a manager of platinum-selling artists, I confidently endorse the CI Academy. They've got you covered."
Dana Biondi
manager of $uicideboy$

Backed by the management teams of

Post Malone

Lil Tecca

The Killers

Imagine Dragons

Bad Bunny

Trusted by the biggest firms in the industry