INDIE Standard Terms & Conditions
To reflect the varying conditions in the Indie Theatre sector, ADC has developed 4 INDIE Contract Templates. The parameters of each are outlined below.
The provisions of the (New) Standard Terms and Conditions for Independent Producers (2019-2023) are publicly available for download HERE (effective July 1, 2019). This document replaces the previous Handbook for Independent Producers.
The (New) INDIE Fee Table (2019-2023), which outlines the minimum fees which must be paid for all house categories including Profit Share, is available for reference and download on our INDIE Fee Table page.
New Contract templates for the INDIE I and INDIE 2 Base/Schedule 1+2 agreements are available as of January 1, 2019. These templates include ADC's new HST number and changes to all calculations as a result. The new templates must be used for any new contract with an ADC designer going forward. Please contact the office to receive a copy.
INDIE 1 Contract
INDIE 2 Contract
This is the most comprehensive of the agreements used to engage ADC designers by independent producers with a project budget and/or an annual budget in excess of $50,000. It provides fee guidelines based on box office potential, clearly sets out parameters for royalties, provides details of the production schedule and budget, makes provision for a residency period, accommodation and travel expenses, clearly states the responsibilities of both the designer and producer, and upholds the designers’ intellectual property rights. Each design discipline has a separate Schedule to outline the parameters in detail.
The Indie 1 also makes provision for ADC to hold a bond (typically equivalent to 34% of the entire design fee) to minimize the designers’ fiscal risk. This bond may be waived if the producer pays the designer in full upon contract signing, or in other special circumstances as determined by ADC.
This agreement is used to engage ADC designers by independent producers with a project budget and/or an annual budget of $50,000 or less, and which have a box office potential of $17,000 per week or less. This hybrid agreement allows for more modest fees in exchange for a share of the box office. In addition to outlining the financial arrangements between parties, the designer is accorded Right of First Refusal for any future iteration of the production and a new contract and new fee shall be accorded in lieu of royalties.
The Workshop Contract was recently created for use when ADC members participate in a workshop. Fees are to be negotiated in addition to any negotiated for the final production design. Eligible workshops and readings include either the development of a new work, a new translation or adaptation of an existing work, or the reading of an existing work. The focus of workshops and readings is clearly understood to be on process rather than on production, with emphasis on the development of the work, not on the performance or production values of any presentation.
No defaulting engager may participate in an ADC-approved Workshop Contract.
This agreement was recently developed to respond to the evolving needs and producing models of the Canadian theatre community. It is to be used by ad hoc unincorporated entities that do not receive operating funding for projects where all members of the collective are full and equal business partners. It may not be used when a PACT theatre or established producing entity is hosting the production as part of their season, or for any co-production. In addition to naming all parties to the agreement and their share of box office proceeds, the designer is accorded Right of First Refusal for any future iteration of the production and a new contract and new fee shall be accorded in lieu of royalties.
To request an INDIE contract, please contact us and provide the following information:
Which Contract you require
Relevant Design Discipline(s)
Name of Designer