David Bawiec

Looking for a free musician session player release agreement template? You’ve come to the right place! Use this PDF document in all your studio recording sessions to establish that a performer on your recording is not a co-writer or bandmate, but instead is a session player.

A session player is anyone who comes on board to play during a “session” on stage or in the studio, but who is not part of the main act or band. In other words, anyone who makes a “one-off” contribution should be considered a session player.

The big difference between a bandmate and a session player is that usually a session player is paid a one-time flat fee for performing and is not entitled to any additional payments after.

You can use and modify this agreement to apply to live performance situations as well, like having a musician, background vocalist or other performer join you on tour.

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