Terms and conditions for booking artists
1. Booking fees
a) Permitted use
Unless agreed otherwise and included on the booking confirmation, booking fees provide an entitlement and right for the client to use one image via a single published medium for one year from the date of the booking, in the United Kingdom only, for the initial permitted use. Please note that such permitted use and entitlement is strictly subject to payment in full of all fees owed to the Agency.
b) Daily/hourly rate
Booking fees are charged by the full day, (9 hours), half day (4.5 hours). Details will be set out in the booking confirmation. Standard rates are charged during Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 18:00 or 10:00 and 19:00 excluding bank and public holidays.
Overtime rates apply at any time in excess of any 8 hour period including any time outside 09:00 and 17:00 or 10:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday and on all bookings lasting longer than 9 hours. Overtime rates will be charged as follows:
I) Work on Saturdays between 09:00 and 24:00 is charged to the client at one and a half times the standard hourly rate. Work on Sundays and bank and public holidays is charged to the client at double the standard hourly rate.
II) An hourly Overtime Rate of 1.5 x hourly rate for standard rated artists is charged on top of the hourly fee if, say, a booking runs over and applies before 09.00 and after 18.00 hours, Monday to Friday.
III) A special rate is negotiated for night work between 2400 and 0900 hours.
e) Additional expenses
All expenses incurred by the Agency on the clients’ behalf will be charged to the client.
f) Location bookings
When a location booking is made, a client must provide transport for the artist both to the booking location and back again unless agreed otherwise. If the client fails to provide such transport then the Agency shall be entitled to re-charge the cost of the transport procured for the artist in accordance with section 1e). If a artist on location is prevented from returning to their base city to work, half the daily fee will be charged to and payable by the client.
2. Additional fees
To be agreed at the time of the booking or before any additional usage
Additional fees are payable for the right to use the artist’s image or reproductions, or adaptations of, or drawings derived from that image, or any other representation of it, either complete or in part whether alone or in conjunction with any wording or other images, photographs, drawings or anticipated purposes other than the initial permitted use, details of which will be set out in the booking confirmation form, e.g. packs, posters, showcards, record covers, swing tickets etc. Unless otherwise agreed, the additional fees cover the right to use one image for one year from the date of booking, in the United Kingdom only, for the permitted use or uses or purposes agreed between the Agency and the client. Under no circumstances will each additional usage fee be less than the artist’s advertising day rate as determined by the Agency unless determined otherwise by the Agency in its absolute discretion.
Additional fees are also payable for the right to use the artist’s image or reproductions etc, as set out in section 3a) above for all known or anticipated territories other than the United Kingdom. Unless otherwise agreed the additional fees cover the right to use one image for one year or one season (as determined by the Agency at the date of booking) from the date of booking, in the territory or territories agreed and stipulated on the booking form. Under no circumstances will each usage fee be less than the artist’s advertising day rate as determined by the Agency unless determined otherwise by the Agency in its absolute discretion.
c) Other services
Additional fees are also payable for other services to be supplied by the artist, for example, personal appearances for PR purposes. Fees for such services will be negotiated on a case by case basis.
3. Agency Fees
a) All bookings apart from equity contract TV commercials
The agency charges a supplement of 10% on all fees including without limitation hourly, daily and overtime fees and all fees for the right to use and all fees negotiated for any other service to be supplied by the artist. Both agency fees and artist fees will be invoiced by the Agency. Unless otherwise agreed at the time of booking the artist disbursement is included at 75% and the agent’s fee at 25% of the invoice total.
b) Equity contract TV commercials in the United Kingdom
The fee negotiated by the Agency is the artist’s fee from which an agency commission will be deducted at 25% of the invoice total.
c) Non equity contract TV commercials worldwide
The artist disbursement and agency fees will be charged in accordance with 4a) and applies to all commercials shot for use outside the UK irrespective of where the fee is paid.
d) Value added tax
All sums payable under these terms and conditions are exclusive of VAT and any other similar or equivalent taxes or duties which shall be payable in full without set off by the client.
On all invoices payment is required to be made by the client within 30 days of the date of the invoice unless an alternative period is agreed in writing by the Agency. In all cases, the person booking the artist is the client, who will be invoiced and solely responsible for payment, unless otherwise agreed in writing at the time of booking. The Agency reserves the right in its discretion to invoice the ‘ultimate client’, (eg. designer/ manufacturer/owner of the product in question). For example, this may be done if the client is booking on behalf of the ultimate client, in which case the client and the ultimate client are jointly and severally liable to pay all of the fees and settle the invoice accordingly. All fees for usage are for the right to use the artist’s image and, once agreed, are payable whether or not the right is exercised. Unless the Agency specifically agrees otherwise, in writing, no usage for the artist’s image is permitted until payment is made in full. The agency reserves the right to alter payment terms if it deems appropriate, prior to booking.
If the client fails to pay in full on the due date any amount which is payable to the Agency, without prejudice to any other right or remedy of the Agency, the amount outstanding shall bear interest both before and after any judgment at five per cent per annum over Barclays Bank plc base rate from time to time from the due date until up to and including the date that payment is made in full and such interest shall be compounded and accrued on a daily basis.
5. Exclusivity fees
Unless agreed otherwise the artist is supplied to the client by the Agency on a non-exclusive basis and the artist shall be free to provide similar and/or competing services to any third party and/or competing product or brand of the client. An additional fee will need to be agreed when the use of the artist’s image or the service to be supplied by a artist in relation to a product is required on an exclusive or semi-exclusive (for example sector specific exclusivity) basis which precludes supplying services or allowing the use of the artist’s image for competing and/or particular sector of products or within a particular territory. A artist can supply services to and allow use of the artist’s image by any competitor unless such an exclusivity fee is negotiated and paid by the client. It is the client’s responsibility to carry out any research and check whether the artist supplied has undertaken or is booked to undertake any conflicting work.
6. Provisional bookings
Provisional bookings will be automatically cancelled if they are not confirmed by the client within 24 hours of the proposed booking.
Cancellation of booking by the Client
Within 24 hours of the booking call time the full booking fee and agency fee will be charged and payable by the client unless the same artist is booked within 24 hours of the cancellation in which case half the booking fee and agency fee will be charged and payable by the client.
Outside 24 hours of the booking call time but within 48 hours of the booking call time of the booking date then half the booking fee and agency fee will be charged and payable by the client.
The full agency fee will be charged and payable by the client for bookings of more than three days duration: within a 30 day period of the booking. Saturdays, Sundays and bank and public holidays are included for the purpose of determining the cancellation notice period.
Cancellation of booking by the Agency
Should the Agency want to cancel a booking then it shall use reasonable endeavours to provide the client with reasonable notice, take steps to offer to the client a suitable replacement and/or substitute and take such other reasonable steps as are reasonably practicable to mitigate against such cancellation.
In any event the Agency shall be entitled to cancel a booking at any time and for any reason prior to the booking date without liability to the client and the client will procure the necessary insurance cover to protect against such cancellation and any associated liability.
8. Weather related cancellations
On the first occasion of cancellation half the booking fee is charged and payable by the client unless the client fails to cancel in time to prevent the artist’s attendance in which case the full booking fee is charged and payable by the client. On the occasion of the second cancellation and any subsequent cancellations the full booking fee is charged and payable by the client.
Clients are responsible for the provision of all meals and beverage requirements of the artists (taking into account dietary requirements) whilst the artists are providing services to the client on all bookings (see section 2d).
10. Artist care and safety
The clients shall ensure that the artist is treated with respect and professionalism and that the client takes all steps necessary to ensure that the safety, health and well being of the artist is protected and maintained at all times whilst providing services to the client. Such steps shall include without limitation:
a) ensuring that the venue for the provision of the services and the working conditions are safe and secure and allow the artist to provide the services in compliance with all health and safety standards, regulations, codes and laws;
b) allowing the artist to take suitable and regular rest periods, to ensure the artist is able to maintain suitable amounts of rest and refreshment whilst delivering the services;
c) providing adequate levels of insurance cover to safeguard the health and safety and future earnings of the artist whilst the artist is delivering the services and travelling to and from the client’s venue as if he/she were an employee of the client;
d) ensuring that all of the people and organisations which are engaged by the client in relation to the delivery of the services are suitably qualified, experienced and professional;
e) ensuring that no one imposes upon the artist any action or activity which is either dangerous, degrading, unprofessional or demeaning to the artist;
f) ensuring that the services are delivered and the artist is treated in accordance with The Association of Artist Agents’ Code of Practice; and
g) providing the artist with an appropriate changing and dressing area to ensure that the artist can prepare for the provision of the services and also maintains his/her privacy.
Always include a credit as “artist’s name” @ME&Co”, wherever a credit is applied.
a) The client warrants and represents to the Agency that:
I) it has full capacity to enter into these terms and conditions and perform its obligations under these terms and conditions;
II) the booking is executed by a duly authorised representative of the client;
III) it will take all steps necessary to ensure that the artist is protected and treated in accordance with all applicable laws, good industry practice and section 11 above;
IV) it has all necessary permits, licences and consents to enter into and to perform its obligations under these terms and conditions and such obligations shall be performed in compliance with all applicable laws, enactments, orders, regulations, and other similar instruments; and
V) it will promptly disclose to the Agency in writing all necessary information (including without limitation the location and length of the shoot and requirements for any foreign travel) and details relating to the provision of the services to enable the Agency to ensure that the artist is suitably prepared and able to perform the services.
12. Fashion shows
Catwalk bookings provide the client with the right to make use of a artist’s services on the catwalk for the specified show and the right to allow photographers to be present to take photographs and videos of the show on the basis that all such material (or reproductions etc. as set out in section 3b above) is exploited for reporting purposes only. The client is responsible for ensuring that all photographers present are aware of this condition and the client will procure that they abide by these conditions. If any other usage is required it must be negotiated and agreed with the Agency at the time of the booking.
13. Music videos, Promotional films
All fees will be negotiated, structured and paid by the client for on a case by case basis. In normal circumstances there will be a fee for the shoot plus an additional buyout fee payable by the client. If not booking direct, the client (usually the music company) will be invoiced by the Agency as the ultimate client (see section 5).
14. Test and experimental photography
When the Agency agrees to allow a photographer to take test or experimental photography the photographer is not entitled to use, or allow others to use, test and/or experimental photographs or test commercials for commercial purposes unless specific arrangements have been made before the photographic session.
15. Intellectual property rights
The photographer and/or the client and anyone obtaining rights from or through the photographer/client is not entitled to use any images for any usage beyond that agreed or permitted under sections 2a), 3, 12, 13 and 14 above. The client will procure that the photographer/client agrees to restrict the use and exploitation of the copyright content of the photograph or any other intellectual property rights. If the client is not the photographer, the client is to draw all these terms and conditions (1-22) to the attention of the photographer and procure his agreement to them before the shoot commences. All rights not expressly granted to the client under these terms and conditions are hereby reserved to the Agency and/or the artist as appropriate. In particular, the client acknowledges and agrees that the Agency is the owner or licence holder of all commercial rights and intellectual property rights relating to the artist and the Agency and the client shall not be entitled to exploit or enter into any commercial or other agreement to exploit any rights relating to the artist or the Agency other than the rights specifically granted to the client under these terms and conditions.
16. Liability and insurance
a) No party excludes or limits its liability under these terms and conditions for:
I) death or personal injury caused by its negligence;
II) fraudulent misrepresentation; or
II) any other type of liability which cannot by law be excluded or limited.
b) Subject to section 17a, the Agency limits its liability under these terms and conditions, whether such liability arises in contract, tort (including without limitation negligence) or otherwise, so that the maximum liability of the Agency for all claims under these terms and conditions shall be limited to and shall not in aggregate exceed the total amount of the fees paid or payable to the Agency;
c) the Agency shall not be liable for:
I) loss of business, use, profit, anticipated profit, contracts, revenues, goodwill or anticipated savings;
II) product recall costs;
III) failure by the artist to attend a booking for whatever reason;
IV) damage to the client’s reputation; or
V) consequential, special or indirect loss or damage;
even if the Agency has been advised of the possibility of such loss or damage
d) The client shall effect and maintain (and shall require its ultimate client, if any, to maintain) throughout the continuance of this terms and condition insurance policies which provide appropriate coverage adequate enough to cover all liabilities and risks of the client that may arise under these terms and conditions. Such insurance policies shall include without limitation:
I) cancellation insurance to protect against the potential liabilities which the Agency and the client may incur as a consequence of the provisions of sections 8 and 9;
II) insurance to protect the artist and the Agency should any damage, injury or loss be caused whilst the artist is providing services to the client; and
III) travel insurance to cover the activities of the artists whilst travelling to and from the location of the services.
17. Contract and authority
All matters relating to the use of the artist’s image, any other services supplied by the artist and all fees must be negotiated and agreed only with the Agency. The client shall not attempt to negotiate, nor allow others to negotiate, with the artists directly. If the client or the photographer or any other person on their behalf or connected with them obtains the artist’s signature on any document or the artist’s purported verbal agreement to anything, that is not binding on the artist or the Agency unless and until it is agreed in writing by the Agency (such agreement to be determined in the Agency’s absolute discretion).
18. Complaints and disclaimer
Any cause for complaint must be reported to the Agency by the client as soon as it arises. Complaints cannot be considered and/or dealt with effectively after the services have been delivered. Whilst the Agency will use reasonable endeavours to ensure that the artists provide a satisfactory and efficient service to clients, as the agent, the Agency cannot be held responsible for a artist’s conduct or behaviour whilst delivering the services and in this regard the Agency shall not be held liable for any costs, expenses or losses suffered as a consequence of the behaviour or conduct of any artist.
19. Force Majeure
The Agency’s shall not be liable to the client for any delay in performing or failure to perform any of its obligations under these terms and conditions which is due to any cause beyond its control and which is unknown to, and cannot reasonably be anticipated by the Agency including without limitation fire, flood or catastrophe, acts of God, insurrection, workforce action, war or riots, (an “Event of Force Majeure”) and the Agency’s obligations under these terms and conditions shall be suspended for so long as the Event of Force Majeure continues and to the extent that it is so delayed.
20. Interpretation of terms and conditions
a) For the purpose of the relationship between the client and the Agency the client acknowledges, accepts and agrees that the Agency is the supplier of services which shall be strictly and exclusively governed by these terms and conditions. These terms and conditions apply to every offer, quotation, acceptance, purchase order, confirmation order, specification and/or contract for the sale and supply of services or goods (including services ancillary thereto) by the Agency and supersede any other terms of the client and take precedence over and override and exclude any other terms stipulated or incorporated or referred to by the client whether in the booking confirmation form or in any negotiations and any course of dealing established between the Agency and the client. The client acknowledges that there are no representations, statements or promises made or given by or on behalf of the Agency outside these terms and conditions which have induced the client to enter into these terms and conditions (which expression shall include any contract of which these terms and conditions form part).
b) If there is any conflict between any of these terms and conditions and the booking confirmation agreement then the terms of these terms and conditions shall prevail without detriment to the remaining unaffected terms of booking confirmation agreement.
c) The booking confirmation forms part of these terms and conditions and shall have effect as if set out in full in the body of these terms and conditions. Any reference to these terms and conditions includes the booking confirmation agreement.
d) For the purpose of these terms and conditions the words “agreed”, subject to section 1, means agreed in writing in the booking confirmation form and or electronic mail.
a) If any of the terms, conditions or provisions of these terms and conditions or the booking confirmation are determined by any competent authority to be invalid, unlawful or unenforceable to any extent, such term, condition or provision will to that extent, be severed from the remaining terms, conditions and provisions which will continue to be valid to the fullest extent permitted by law.
b) Any termination of all or part of these terms and conditions shall not affect the coming into force or the continuance in force of any provision of these terms and conditions which is expressly or by implication intended to come into force or continue in force on or after such termination.
c) Except as otherwise expressly provided in these terms and conditions, all representations, warranties, undertakings, agreements, covenants, indemnities and obligations made or given or entered into by the client and the ultimate client under these terms and conditions are assumed by them jointly and severally.
d) Nothing in these terms and conditions shall render any party a partner or agent of the other. Except as expressly permitted by these terms and conditions, nothing shall allow a party to purport to undertake any obligation on behalf of the other nor expose the other party to any liability nor pledge or purport to pledge the other’s credit.
e) No failure to exercise and no delay in exercising on the part of either party of any right, power or privileged under these terms and conditions shall operate as a waiver of it. Nor shall any single or partial exercise of any right, power or privilege preclude the enforcement of any other right, power or privilege. Nor shall the waiver of any breach of a provision be taken or held to be a waiver of the provision itself. For a waiver to be effective it must be made in writing.
f) Except as and to the extent expressly otherwise specified in these terms and conditions, the rights and remedies contained in these terms and conditions are cumulative and are not exclusive of any rights or remedies provided by law or elsewhere in these terms and conditions.
g) The parties agree to keep, and to instruct its agents, employees, advisers and sub-contractors with knowledge hereof to keep these terms and conditions strictly private and confidential and not to disclose any details relating to the same, subject to disclosure in the following circumstances;
(i) to enable enforcement of the party’s rights under these terms and conditions;
ii) with the prior written consent of the other party; and
(iii) as required by any applicable law.
h) These terms and conditions and the booking agreement constitute the entire agreement between the parties and supersede any previous agreement or arrangement between the parties relating to the subject matter of these terms and conditions.
i) No variation or amendment to the terms of these terms and conditions shall be valid and binding unless in writing and signed by an authorised representative of each party.
j) Except where these terms and conditions expressly provides otherwise, a person who is not a party to these terms and conditions has no right under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any term of these terms and conditions but this does not affect any right or remedy of a third party which exists or is available apart from under that Act. The client acknowledges, accepts and agrees that the Agency has entered into these terms and conditions for the benefit of itself and the artist and accordingly the artist shall be entitled to enforce these terms and conditions as if he/she were a party to these terms and conditions.
k) The parties agree that these terms and conditions and its provisions will be governed by and construed in accordance with English law and the parties hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.
22. Non Solicitation
Neither party shall, either on its own account or in partnership or association with any person, firm, company or organisation, or otherwise and whether directly or indirectly during, or for a period of six months from, the end of the term of this agreement, solicit or entice away or attempt to entice away or authorise the taking of such action by any other person, any key executive of the other party who has worked on the services provided under this agreement at any time during the term of this agreement other than by means of a national advertising campaign open to all-comers and not specifically targeted at such executives of the other party.
As the supplier of services these terms and conditions take precedence over any terms and conditions which may be received from the client, even if those terms and conditions have a clause similar to this.