Post # 1
I wanted to ask everyone’s advice. I have been emailing with a muscician in regards to our ceremony music. She sent me her contract which is currently very sparse. I have asked, based on wedding books I’ve been reading and my internet research, that she include in the contract:
1. A section detailing what would occur if, for any reason, her or her musicians could not play (sickness, illness, acts of God).
2.A section detailing that she and her group will be dressed appropriately
3. Overtime rates, and that she is or is not able to play overtime
4.The names of the three people who will be playing and their potential substitutes.
However, the muscician seemed insulted that I would ask her to change her contract. She says I should trust her because she plays weddings every weekend, and this is her business which she takes pride in. While I understand that she is a seasoned veteran of weddings and has great reviews, it makes me uncomfortable that she won’t change her contract. Do you think I should push the contract (particularly 1 and 3 which I think really are important!), find other musicians, or just let it go?
Post # 3
I would patiently explain that you would prefer to have those things in writing so you can keep them straight – if she just wants to tell you the info, offer to put it in the contract and then send it to her for approval (saving her the work).
Otherwise, I’d find someone else. Not because I think she’d try to screw you on any of these points, but because she should be more responsive to your questions.
Post # 4
Always get it in writing!! I do contracts for a living. Make all necessary changes you want & make sure they initial each change & written in thing.
If they have a problem with putting it in writing you have a problem. Move onto another musician!
Post # 5
I’d be polite but firm in requesting the changes. I agree that you can even add them in and have her sign. If she doesn’t want to do that, she’ll lose your business. Which is okay because she plays at weddings every weekend after all. 😉 Just kidding.
I’m sure she’s not out to get you. It sounds like everyone else she plays for is just not as attentive to what needs to be in a contract. But that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your peace of mind or what the services you’re obligated to receive.
When it comes to your wedding day, there’s no reason for you to work with a vendor who you aren’t able to have full confidence in. I’m sure she’s great at what she does, but there’s always a “what if,” and trust me, girl, you’ll have plenty of those to deal with, without having to have an extra worry that could be fixed with a simple contract addendum.