Art Commission Contract

A Simple-To-Use Contractual Agreement Template

Think of the CODAworx Commission Contract as the foundation of your artwork commission. This interactive tool clearly spells out the agreement between the entity commissioning a work of art (architect, designer, developer, art consultant, public art agency, non-profit organization, etc.) and the artist or company hired to create the commission. Our document is straightforward, direct, and lets you customize our unique template to create a contract that can accommodate your variables.


Easily customizable format

The CODAworx Commission Contract has a simple format. Think of it as a checklist that covers the main points of the agreement between the art commissioner and the artist or creative team. Included in the main body of the contract are the key terms and conditions of your agreement. Details such as final design descriptions, timelines, compensation to the artist and payment schedules are all included.

Additionally, there are five (5) exhibits to the document that spell out the important, specific details of the commission:

  1. Final Design
  2. Artist’s Tasks and Responsibilities
  3. Commissioner’s Tasks and Responsibilities
  4. Stages of Work, Time-Frame, and Compensation
  5. Intellectual Property and Related Rights and Obligations

CODAworx provides some suggested language for these exhibits. It is also where you can fully customize the template to reflect the uniqueness of your commission and to implement the outcome of negotiations with the artist. Remember the all-important point of building a good relationship – there should be no surprises!

Who should purchase the Commission Contract?

This document is intended to be purchased and completed by the commissioning entity and provides a simple, straightforward way to finalize an agreement with the commissioned artist/company. By putting in writing all of the key elements, with each party reviewing it before starting the process, consensus can be reached. The document can be referred to over time if problems arise.

Once a solid foundation is laid that is based on understanding of all details surrounding the commission, the magic of creation can begin!

The CODAworx Commission Contract is one of a suite of services for commissioners. CODAworx is providing the licensee a one-time right to use the Commission Contract and its content solely for purposes of entering into a single artwork commission agreement. CODAworx retains all other rights in and to the Commission Contract and its content, including all copyright.


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The CODAworx Commission Contract does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. Please be advised that the law is different from state to state. You may want to seek independent legal counsel in your state to review the contract before finalizing.