Terms & Conditions – Recording Sessions

DEPOSITS
A deposit will be required to confirm all studio bookings. Such deposit is non-refundable and shall be equal to either 50% of the cost of the total time booked. “Big Jam Studios” reserves the right to waive or alter such deposit requirement in its unfettered discretion. Studio bookings for which no deposit has been received by “Big Jam Studios” shall not be held more than 24 hours.

DATES
Dates are offered to customers on a first come, first serve basis. The only way to secure a date is to pay a deposit to “Big Jam Studios.” In the event of a double-booking error by any of “Big Jam Studios” staff or booking software, a full refund or alternate date shall be offered.

CANCELLATION
Notice of a client’s intent to cancel a session must be received by “Big Jam Studios” no later than 7 days before such session. If notice is not received by “Big Jam Studios”, the deposit payment made will not be transferred or refunded. Sessions cannot be discounted for finishing early or starting late due to the clients wishes. The booked and agreed session time and duration with “Big Jam Studios” shall remain the full session fee.

REFUNDS POLICY
Deposits are non-refundable, management reserve the right to transfer deposits to alternative dates. All payments to Big Jam Studios are final and non-refundable.

PAYMENTS
Any balance payment for a session with Big Jam Studios is due in full on the day of the agreed booking and before any work commences on the session. Any additional charges incurred for extra time must be paid on the completion of the recording session.
“Big Jam Studios” shall not release recording files or copies thereof to the Client or Client’s representative until all monies due to Studio have been paid. Until full payment has been received the Client’s recording files will be left at the Studio. Upon complete payment of all monies due by Client, the Studio will transfer all recordings to the Client. All song writing copyrights will remain with the author of the work.
Payment can be made by the methods outlined on the payment request invoice.

IN SESSION
“Big Jam Studios” will provide studio time and the services of a recording engineer for the duration required by the Client (unless instructed otherwise) in the designated studio space booked. Any additional services, including, but not be limited to, mixing, mastering, creating additional versions, stems and adding to or modifying tracks require additional fees.
“Big Jam Studios” will always provide a qualified and experienced recording engineer for your session.

If the Client requires the service of session musicians or backup singers, the client will be responsible for arranging for and paying said musicians or singers. If the Client requests “Big Jam Studios” to arrange for session musicians to be at the recording session, the arrangement will be between the musician and Client. “Big Jam Studios” will not be responsible for the failure of musicians to show up on time nor for the performance of the musicians.
In most cases, payment for such musicians will be expected at the time of services. The Studio recommends signing a separate agreement with the session musicians or backup singers.

Studio time includes setup time, break downtime, and any breaks taken by the artist(s) or engineer. For sessions lasting 8 hours and longer the engineer will be allowed 30-minute meal breaks per session. All such time is on the clock

Client shall be responsible for any loss or damage to “Big Jam Studios” property incurred by Client, employees of Client, guests of Client, or agents of Client, as a result of misuse, negligence, and or carelessness.

Smoking of any type (cigarettes, marijuana type vapes, hookahs) is not allowed anywhere in the premises. Big Jam Studios reserves the right to cancel the session if smoking occurs during a session without any refund.

Disobedience of these terms and conditions by the Client or a guest of the Client will be grounds for removal of said person or persons from the property, immediate termination of this agreement, and loss of future use of “Big Jam Studios”. In the event of termination of this agreement due to such causes, there will be no refund of monies paid by the Client. Big Jam Studios or its representative will have the sole right to make such a determination.

Backing Tracks:

Backing tracks created by Big Jam Studio’s producer are only permitted to be used in conjunction with your song and vocals. Any use of the usage of the backing track or stems created by the producer in the following methods is strictly prohibited and breeches copyright of the producer.

1) Being sold individually, or collectively on sample pack websites
2) Being sold or licensed to other artists
3) Being uploaded publically in any form without the original vocal or backing vocals
4) Being renamed outside of the original artist’s own productions
5) Being licensed for sync as instrumentals

Studio time required to supply stems is chargeable at the regular studio time rate.

LIABILITY
No recordings in “Big Jam Studios” possession shall be released to clients until all open accounts have been settled. Clients assume all risks associated with storing equipment or files on or off the premises of Big Jam Studios. Big Jam Studios copies of sound recordings, video recordings, project files, raw recording files, digital data in any storage format including but not limited to audio, video, smpte, midi, or other file types, or equipment of any kind shall be held by “Big Jam Studios” for a period of 12 (twelve) months after the original recording session date related to the files. After that time, files may be permanently deleted unless other arrangements have been made. Files for ongoing projects or regular bookings will not be deleted
Clients shall hold “Big Jam Studios” harmless from any and all damage that might occur to said articles, sound recordings and files for any reason.
“Big Jam Studios liability with respect to “downtime” of any and all studio sessions as a result of equipment malfunction or availability, personnel, hired musicians, acts of nature or public utility companies, etc., shall be limited solely to the studio time of such booked session; and client(s) agree to hold “Big Jam Studios” harmless from any and all damages from such “downtime”.
“Big Jam Studios” makes no warranties either express or implied other than those contained herein. “Big Jam Studios” shall not be liable for unforeseen of consequential damages of any kind. Should “Big Jam Studios” be unable to conduct a booked session for any reason, then “Big Jam Studios” warrants that it shall re-book such cancelled booking at another time that is mutually available to “Big Jam Studios” and the client.
Rates, policies, and equipment may change without displayed, written or verbal notice.

COMPLAINTS
All complaints are dealt with seriously. In the case where Big Jam Studios are found to be at fault, we will offer to correct or replace the service that has been paid for. Complaints should be made in writing to kevin@bigjamstudios.co.uk, or to the studio address, FAO “Studio Manager”.

AMENDMENTS POLICY
Big Jam Studios will, at their discretion, honour requests for a single minor amendment to any given track. Where more than one amendment is required, or amendments are not minor, this service will be charged at the current studio rate.

PRIVACY
Big Jam Studios respects your privacy. Any information gathered will be used to provide you with the best service and will be discarded after your session with the exception of basic contact details. You can opt out of our mailing lists via a link in the email.
The Client agrees to allow its name, photographic image, and/or musical samples to be used on Big Jam Studios’ website, social media and/or for other promotional purposes.

COPYRIGHT
“Big Jam Studios” will not claim any further copyright to any recording made within a recording session at “Big Jam Studios” “Unless Big Jam studios” has undertaken a composition role that warrants a copyright share. Assuming all the intellectual property of a recording has been created by the client and its musicians/representatives, the copyright shall then remain with the client.

If “Big Jam Studios” is asked to create musical melodies, beats, lyrics or custom arrangements, a copyright or co-writing share must be agreed between the client and Big Jam Studios. Any copyright or co-writing share will be drawn up and signed by both parties in a separate agreement.

CCTV
As a security provision, CCTV is recorded and monitored throughout the premises.

This constitutes the entire agreement between the Client and Big Jam Studios, and may not be modified, changed, or terminated in any way unless there is a written agreement signed by both parties. By booking time at Big Jam Studios, the Client agrees that they have read and understood the terms and conditions of this Agreement and do hereby agree to the provisions.