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For questions regarding contracting and copyright, or for general legal inquiries the Guild recommends contacting:

McKercher LLP Regina Office
500-2220 12th Avenue
Regina, SK S4P 0M8




The Arts Professions Act and the Art of Contracting

As of June 1, 2010, The Arts Professions Act requires written contracts to be used between professional artists of all types, including performers and anyone wanting to hire, engage or contract them for their work or performance. The Act also recognizes the artist as a professional and, as a professional, emphasizes the importance of fair compensation.

Written contracts help protect artists and engagers by spelling out what is to be done, agreed upon fees, deadlines, termination clauses, transfer of rights, etc. This ensures a clear understanding of the transaction with the aim of preventing contract disputes down the road.

Written contracts are an effective business practice as they help solidify the business relationship by providing a clear understanding of the transaction. They also provide an extra measure of protection to both parties compared to a verbal or literal handshake. Written contracts are prescribed by The Arts Professions Act, helping to implement the new cultural policy:Pride of Saskatchewan. Useful contract resources include the following:
Tools and Resources
FAQs: Are you looking for some basic information?  The FAQs provide a good overview to general questions on the new Act and contracting.

This statute is part of Pride of Saskatchewan: A Policy Where Culture, Community and Commerce Meet and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport’s plan to support a vibrant and growing arts and culture sector.

There are many contract resources and tools available. If you want more information or you are new to contracting and are looking for tools to help you start using written contracts, please visit:

By protecting both parties, written contracts make business more straightforward and profitable.

 Contract Workshop: Industry Associations are always hosting workshops on various business practices, including contracting. Be sure to check back regularly to find out when the next workshop is.

Contract Checklist: If you have an existing contract and want to make sure it complies with the law or want to write your own contract the Contract Checklist is a great resource.

Professional Artist Checklist: Developed in consultation with the art community in Saskatchewan, this checklist (that is prescribed in The Arts Professions Act) outlines criteria for a professional artist.

Information Packages: To help spread the word about the importance of written contracts, the Act and the new cultural policy (Pride of Saskatchewan) we have developed various information cards. If you work with artists or engagers, provide special event or festival advice, are holding a workshop or event related to culture in Saskatchewan or are just and are wanting to spread the word about the new Act, Pride of Saskatchewan or the importance of written contracts, please contact us and we will send you free information cards.

Free Contract Templates: If you are new to contracting there are lots of templates tailored to specific industry needs that can help you get started.

Live Performance Contact Template (created by SaskMusic): useful for both artists and venues

Please note that contract templates are only model agreements and should not replace professional legal advice. 


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