Understanding Work-for-Hire Agreements

The work-for-hire agreement is used to protect your rights and copyrights when working with creative collaborators. Musicians, engineers, background vocalists, photographers: this is the all-important contract you need to have in place with them.

Included in this course

Estimated Length: 3h50m
38 modules across 4 lessons
2 animated videos
5 interactive learning checks
Certificate of Completion

About this Course

Work-for-Hire agreements are paramount to retaining ownership and control over your music. Anytime you collaborate in a creative endeavor—with a studio musician, sound engineer, mixer, art designer, even a close friend singing back vocals on your tracks—you need to have a work-for-hire agreement in place. It doesn’t matter if you’re paying them or not, it all about retaining ownership of your recordings.

This CI Agreement Course examines the Work-for Hire contract clause by clause and explains how, when, and why you need to use it. It also comes with a quality Creative Intell Work-for-Hire agreement you can download and adapt for your own purposes. There’s a lot more to hiring creative collaborators than simply paying them for their work. This course explains it all.

What You'll Learn

  • Identify what the work-for-hire agreement does and who uses it.
  • An understanding of the legal language in work-for-hire agreements.
  • Which business terms should be included in your agreement.
  • How to use boilerplate clauses to define the administration, operation, and interpretation of your agreement.
  • Know what to do after your agreement is completed.

Course Breakdown

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Inside This Course

Meet the Intells

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The music industry has never been so easy to learn! 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-digest segments that can be watched individually or as part of the course content. Follow along as Cristaal and Cairo negotiate their own work-for-hire agreement with a session musician.

Level Up Your Understanding with Interactive Learning Checks

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

Don’t Lose Control of Your Work

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Anyone who performs on your recordings remains the owner of that performance unless they’ve signed a work-for-hire agreement passing their rights to it over to you. Same thing with photographers shooting cover art, or any other creative contributors you work with. Work-for-hire agreements are crucial to protecting your rights, music – and money.

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.

Protect Yourself

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Our courses at CI Academy 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.

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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 $uicideboy$

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Post Malone

Lil Tecca

The Killers

Imagine Dragons

Bad Bunny

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