Agreement of Limited Partnership : Please fill out the following form. Please print your completed form if you would like to have a copy for your records.
This Agreement of Limited Partnership is entered into and effective as of the __th day of __________, 199_ by and between _________________ the "General Partner" and __________ the "Limited Partner".
ARTICLE I FORMATION OF LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
1.01 PARTNERSHIP FORMATION AND PURPOSE : The parties hereto hereby form a limited partnership (the "Partnership") pursuant to the Uniform Limited Partnership Act (the "Act").
1.02 PURPOSE : The purpose of the Partnership is to enter into exclusive recording, publishing, and songwriter agreements with musical talent, to record, publish, manufacture, and distribute phonorecords to the public for profit . The Partnership anticipates the recording, release, and promotion of at least 2 (two) long playing albums per year. The Partnership anticipates the acquisition of the copyrights for at least 50 (fifty) musical compositions per year. The Partnership shall be the sole owner of the copyrights for all musical compositions acquired by the Partnership. In addition, the exclusive services of___________(Artist)________ shall be rendered unto the Partnership for the term of this Agreement. The Partnership shall hold sole possession of these musical copyrights unless assigned or sold to another publishing concern. The purpose of the Partnership is to acquire, produce,
1.03 NAME : The name of the Partnership shall be __________. The Partnership shall do business under this and no other name.
1.04 ORGANIZATION CERTIFICATES : The parties shall cause to be executed and filed:
(a) Certificate of Limited Partnership in connection with Section 3(a)(1) of the Act;
(b) Certificates as required by the Assumed Name Act in each jurisdiction in which the Partnership has a place of business; and
(c) All such other certificates, notices, statements, or other instruments required by law for the formation and operation of a limited partnership.
1.05 AFFILIATIONS : The Partnership or its publishing arm shall be an affiliate of both Broadcast Music Inc. (B.M.I.) andthe American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (A.S.C.A.P.) for the purpose of collecting royalty payments due it's artists and publishing concerns.
1.06 PRINCIPLE PLACE OF BUSINESS : The principle place of business of the Partnership shall be _(street)_________________,__(city,state)_______________, or such other place as the General Partner may, from time to time, designate by notice to the Limited Partner. The Partnership may maintain such other offices at such other places as the General Partner may determine to be in the best interest of the Partnership.
ARTICLE II DEFINITIONS :
The following terms, when used herein, unless the context indicates otherwise, have the meanings assigned to them in this Article II:
(a) "ADMINISTRATIVE AND OVERHEAD EXPENSES": Those customary, routine, and necessary costs and expenses incurred or generated by the General Partner which are associated with or attributable to administration of the business of the Partnership.
(b) "AGREEMENT": Shall mean this Agreement of Limited Partnership.
(c) "CERTIFICATE": Shall mean the Certificate of Limited Partnership.
(d) "COMMENCEMENT DATE": Shall mean the date of execution of this Agreement.
(e) "CONTRIBUTION PERCENTAGE": Shall mean the percentage which each Partner's respective Capital Contribution bears to the total of all Capital Contributions.
(f) "GENERAL PARTNER": Shall mean _______________________.
(g) "LIMITED PARTNER": Shall mean _______________________.
(h) "CAPITAL CONTRIBUTIONS": Shall mean the initial contributions of the Limited Partner which shall aggregate not less than $____________(dollars).
(i) "PARTNER": Shall mean both the General Partner and the Limited Partner.
(j) "PARTNERSHIP PROPERTY": Shall mean all property owned or acquired by the Partnership.
(k) "PAYOUT": Shall mean the date as of which the Limited Partner has received cash distributions from the Partnership aggregating 100% (one hundred percent) of his Capital Contributions.
(l) "SHARING PERCENTAGES": Shall mean the percentage in which each Partner shares in the costs, revenues, and items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit arising therefrom and cashand/or property distributions of the Partnership, as more particularly set out in Articles IV, VII, and VIII of this Agreement.
ARTICLE III TERM OF THE PARTNERSHIP :
3.01 The Partnership shall be effective as to the General Partner and the Limited Partner from andafter the date first above shown and shall continue in existence until December 31, 1999, at whichtime it shall terminate unless sooner terminated pursuant to any provisions of this Agreement.
ARTICLE IV SHARING PERCENTAGES OF PARTNER :
4.01 TAX LOSSES PER FORM 1065:
(a) The Sharing Percentages of the Partners from commencement date until losses as per Form 1065 equal the amount of their respective capital contributions shall be:
GENERAL PARTNER 20%
LIMITED PARTNER 80%
(b) The Sharing Percentages of the Partners from the date the losses as per Form 1065 equal the amount of their respective capital contributions until Payout shall be :
GENERAL PARTNER 50%
LIMITED PARTNER 50%
(c) The Sharing Percentages of the Partners after Payout shall be:GENERAL PARTNER 50%LIMITED PARTNER 50%
4.02 TAXABLE INCOME PER FORM 1065
(a) Prior to Payout:
GENERAL PARTNER 40%
LIMITED PARTNER 60%
(b) After Payout:
GENERAL PARTNER 60%
LIMITED PARTNER 40%
ARTICLE V CAPITAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF PARTNERS :
5.01 CAPITAL CONTRIBUTIONS. The Capital Contributions of the Partners shall aggregate not less than $51,000 (fifty one thousand dollars) shall be made as follows:
(a) GENERAL PARTNER $ __________
(b) LIMITED PARTNER $ _________ payable upon execution of this Agreement.
5.03 ASSESSMENTS AND ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS. No assessments ofadditional contributions shall be required of the Partners.
ARTICLE VI CAPITAL ACCOUNTS :
6.01 CAPITAL ACCOUNTS. Capital accounts shall be established and maintained for each Partner and shall be adjusted as follows:
(a) The capital account of each Partner shall be increased by:
(1) The amount of his capital contribution to the Partnership;
(2) The amount of net income from operations allocated to such Partner pursuant to Article VII.
(b) The capital account of each Partner shall be decreased by:
(1) The amount of losses from operations allocated to such Partner pursuant to Article VII;
(2) All amounts of money and the fair market value of property paid or distributed to such Partner pursuant to the terms hereof (other than payments made with respect to loans made by such Partner to Partnership.
6.02 CALCULATION OF CAPITAL ACCOUNT. Except as may otherwise be provided herein, whenever it is necessary to determine the capital account of any partner, the capital account of suchPartner shall be determined after giving effect to the allocation of the gains, income, loss, deductions, contributions and distributions as of the last day of the preceding calendar quarter.
6.03 WITHDRAWAL OF CAPITAL. A Partner shall not be entitled to withdraw any part of his capital account or to receive any distribution from the Partnership except as herein.
6.04 INTEREST ON CAPITAL ACCOUNTS. No interest shall be paid on any Capital Contribution to the Partnership.
ARTICLE VII INTEREST OF PARTNERS IN INCOME AND LOSS :
7.01 DETERMINATION OF INCOME AND LOSS. At the end of each Partnership fiscalyear, and at such other time as the General Partner shall deem necessary or appropriate, each item ofPartnership income, expense, gain, loss and deduction shall be determined for the period then endingand shall be allocated among the Partners in accordance with the applicable Sharing Percentages asset forth in Article IV.
7.02 RECAPTURE. In the event that the Partnership recognizes income, gain or additions to tax byvirtue of the recapture of any previously deducted or credited item, such recaptured income or gainor addition to tax shall be allocated to such Partner as were allocated such item at the time of itsdeduction.
ARTICLE VIII INTEREST OF PARTNERS IN CASH CONTRIBUTIONS :
8.01 GROSS INCOME AND NET INCOME. "Net Income" shall mean the total gross incomeof the Partnership, less cash operating expenses, debt service, interest, and principle on loans madeto the Partnership and all other cash expenditures of the Partnership. For purposes of determiningNet Cash Flow, "Gross Income" shall mean proceeds from any source whatsoever, but excludingany Capital Contributions of the Partners.8.02 DISTRIBUTION OF CASH. Subject to the terms of this Agreement, the General Partner shall make distributions of cash out of Partnership income, to the extent deemed available, in thefollowing manner:
(a) CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS. Except as provided in Article 6a.
(b) AS PER ARTICLE IV. Cash distributions shall be distributed in accordance with the appropriate Sharing Percentages as set forth in Article IV hereof.
(c) PROCEEDS AVAILABLE FROM DISSOLUTION. Upon dissolution and termination of the Partnership, the proceed from the sale of all or substantially all of the Partnership Property shall be distributed in the following order of priority:
(1) There shall be distributed to the Partnership creditors (other than partners) funds to the extent available, sufficient to extinguish current Partnership liabilities and obligations, including costs and expenses of liquidation;
(2) Any loans owed by the Partnership to the Partners shall be paid; and
(3) The balance shall be distributed to the Partners in accordance with the proper Sharing Percentage as set forth in Article 4.02.
ARTICLE IX OWNERSHIP OF PARTNERSHIP PROPERTY :
9.01 OWNERSHIP OF COPYRIGHTS. The Partnership shall own for a period of fifty (50) yearsall musical compositions which were written by ________________________ or any othercopyrights acquired by the Partnership under the term herein.
9.02 COPYRIGHT REVERSION. The ownership of copyrights exclusive of all musicalcompositions written by _____________________, or other artist, and not commercially releasedon a phonorecord during the term of such Agreement shall, in some cases, automatically revert backto the Songwriter upon termination of the Songwriter Agreement and any extensions or renewalsthereof. Ownership in and to any musical composition which is commercially released to the publicby the Partnership shall remain Partnership property subject to the terms contained in this Agreementand the Songwriter Agreement.
9.03 The Partnership shall own all master tape recordings produced by the Partnership for promotionor resale.
ARTICLE X OPERATION OF PARTNERSHIP :
10.01 ADMINISTRATIVE AND OVERHEAD EXPENSES. The Partnership shall reimburse the General Partner for Administrative and Overhead Expenses incurred by him on behalf of the Partnership.
10.02 INDEPENDENT SERVICES. All costs and charges of outside professional services, if any, which are related to the Partnership business, including legal fees and any independentaccounting and auditing fees and fees incurred in connection with preparing Partnership federal income tax returns, shall be performed under the direction of the General Partner and shall becharged to the Partnership in accordance with generally accepted accounting procedures and practices.
ARTICLE XI ACCOUNTING :
11.01 ELECTIONS. The Partnership shall elect as a fiscal year the calendar year and shall elect tobe taxed on such method of accounting as the General Partner shall determine. The Partnership shallnot elect to be taxed other than as a Partnership.
11.02 BOOKS. The Partnership shall be kept at the General Partners office in__(CITY/STATE)__. The Limited Partner shall, at all reasonable times during regular businesshours, have access to such books for the purpose of inspecting and copying them. The accounts shallreadily disclose all items which each Partner is required to take into account separately for incometax purposes. As to the matter of accounting not provided for in this Agreement, generally acceptedaccounting principles shall govern.
11.03 BANK ACCOUNTS. The Partnership shall maintain separate accounts in its name in one or more banks and the cash funds of the Partnership shall be kept in such accounts as determined by the General Partner.
ARTICLE XII RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF LIMITED PARTNERS
12.01 PARTICIPATION IN MANAGEMENT. The Limited Partner shall not have the right,power, or authority to participate in the ordinary and routine management of Partnership affairs or tobind the Partnership in any manner.
12.02 LIMITED LIABILITY. The Limited Partner shall not be liable for losses, debts, orobligations of the Partnership in excess of his Capital Contribution.
12.03 RIGHTS TO ENGAGE IN OTHER VENTURES. The Limited Partner (or any otherofficer, director, shareholder or other person holding a legal or beneficial interest in any LimitedPartner) shall not be prohibited from or restricted in engaging in or possession of an interest in anyother business venture of like or similar nature.
12.04 SPECIFIC RIGHTS. The Limited Partner shall have the same rights as the General Partnerto:
(a) have the Partnership books kept at the principal place of business of the Partnership and a formalaccounting of Partnership affairs whenever circumstances render it justifiable and reasonable;
(b) have on demand true and full information of all things affecting the Partnership and a formalaccounting of Partnership affairs whenever circumstances render it justifiable and reasonable.
12.05 LIMITS OF TRANSFERABILITY. The interest of the Limited Partner may not betransferred without the express written approval of the General Partner.
ARTICLE XIII POWERS, DUTIES AND LIMITATIONS OF GENERAL PARTNER :
13.01 MANAGEMENT OF THE PARTNERSHIP. The General Partner shall have full,exclusive and complete discretion in the management and control of the Partnership. The GeneralPartner agrees to manage and control the affairs of the Partnership to the best of his ability and toconduct the operations contemplated under this Agreement in a careful and prudent manner and inaccordance with good industry practice. The General Partner shall only be required to devote suchpart of his time as is reasonably needed to manage the business of the Partnership, it beingunderstood that the General Partner shall not be required to devote his time exclusively to thePartnership.
13.02 COMPENSATION TO THE GENERAL PARTNER. The General Partner shall receiveup to _____(Amount/Optional)_____ dollars per month as an advance against his share in cashdisbursements of the partnership. Any portion of such cash advances to the General Partner from thePartnership shall be deducted from the General Partner's share in cash disbursements.
13.03 ADMISSION OF LIMITED PARTNERS. No additional Limited Partners shall beadmitted to the Partnership without the consent of the Limited Partner.
13.04 SPECIFIC LIMITATIONS. The General Partner shall not, except as herein provided, without written consent of the Limited Partner:
(a) Do any act in contravention of this Agreement;
(b) Do any act which would make it impossible to carry on the ordinary business of the Partnership;
(c) Confess a judgement against the Partnership;
(d) Possess Partnership property, or assign its specific rights in specific Partnership property, for other than a Partnership purpose;
(e) Admit a person as a General or Limited Partner.
13.05 SPECIFIC POWERS. The General Partner shall have the following power and duties:
(a) With the approval of the Limited Partner, to cause the dissolution and winding up of thePartnership;
(b) To collect all monies due the Partnership;
(c) To establish, maintain, and supervise the deposits and withdrawals of funds into bank accounts of the Partnership;
(d) To employ accountants or prepare required tax returns. The fee for preparation of such tax returns shall be an expenses of the Partnership.
(e) To employ attorneys for Partnership purposes. Any such attorney's fees and expenses incident thereto shall be an expense of the Partnership.
13.06 AMENDMENTS. Amendments to this Agreement may be proposed by the General Partneror by the Limited Partner.
13.07 LIMITATION ON DUTY. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in thisArticle or elsewhere in this Agreement, the General Partner shall have no duty to take affirmativeaction with respect to management of the Partnership business or property which might require theexpenditure of monies by the Partnership or the General Partner unless the Partnership is thenpossessed of such monies available for the proposed expenditure. Under no circumstances shall theGeneral Partner be required to expend personal funds in connection with the Partnership business.
13.08 PRESUMPTION OF POWER. The execution by the General Partner of the contracts oragreements relating to Partnership business shall be sufficient to bind the Partnership. No persondealing with the General Partner shall be required to determine his authority to make or execute anyundertaking on behalf of the Partnership, nor determine any fact or circumstances bearing upon theexistence of his authority nor to see the application or distribution of revenue or proceeds derivedtherefrom, unless and until such persons have received written noticed to the contrary.
13.09 OBLIGATIONS NOT EXCLUSIVE. The General Partner shall devote such time as isreasonably necessary to manage the Partnership's business, it being understood that the GeneralPartner may engage in other employment and other transactions for his own account and for theaccount of others. General Partner shall not engage in any employment or transactions that would bein direct conflict of interest to the Partnership.
13.10 INDEMNIFICATION OF GENERAL PARTNER. The General Partner shall beindemnified and held harmless by the Partnership from and against any and all claims of any nature,whatsoever, arising out of or incidental to the General Partner's management of Partnership affairs;provided, however, that the General Partner shall not be entitled to indemnification hereunder forliability arising out of gross negligence or willful misconduct of the General Partner or the breach bythe General Partner of any provisions of this Agreement.
13.11 LIMITATION OF TRANSFERABILITY. The interest of the General Partner may not betransferred without written approval from the Limited Partner.
ARTICLE XIV DISSOLUTION, TERMINATION AND LIQUIDATION :
14.01 DISSOLUTION. Unless provisions of Section 14.01 are elected, the Partnership shall bedissolved and it's business shall be wound up on the earliest to occur:
(a) December 31, 1999
(b) The death, resignation, insolvency, bankruptcy or other legal incapacity of the General Partner orany other event which would legally disqualify the General Partner from acting hereunder; or
(c) The occurrence of any other event which, by law, would require the Partnership to be dissolved.
14.02 CONTINUATION OF COPYRIGHT OWNERSHIP. The dissolution of the Partnershipshall not effect the rights in and to the copyrights owned by the Partnership.
14.03 OBLIGATIONS ON DISSOLUTION. The dissolution of the Partnership shall not releaseany of the parties hereto from their contractual obligations under this Agreement.
14.04 LIQUIDATION PROCEDURE. A reasonable time shall be allowed for the orderlyliquidation of the assets of the Partnership and the discharge of liabilities to creditors so as to enablethe Partnership to minimize the losses normally attendant to a liquidation.
(a) Upon dissolution of the Partnership for any reason, the Partners shall continue to receive cashdistribution, and provided in Article XIII, subject to the other provisions of this Agreement and to theprovisions of subsection
(b) hereof and shall share income and losses for all tax and other purposesduring the period of liquidation.
(c) The General Partner, as liquidator, shall proceed to liquidate the Partnership Properties to theextent that it has not already been reduced to cash unless the General Partner elects to makedistributions in kind to the extent and in the manner herein provided and such case, in any, andproperty in kind, shall be applied and distributed in accordance with Section 8.02 (b).
14.05 DEATH OR INSANITY OF THE LIMITED PARTNER. The death or insanity of aLimited Partner shall have no effect on the life of the Partnership and the Partnership shall not bedissolved thereby.
ARTICLE XV MISCELLANEOUS :
15.01 NOTICES. Notices or instruments of any kind which may be or are required to be givenhereunder by any Partner to another shall be in writing and deposited in the United States Mail,certified or registered, postage prepaid, addressed to the respective Partner at the address appearingin the records of the Partnership. The Partners may change their address by giving notice in writing,stating their new address, to the other Partner.
15.02 LOAN TO THE PARTNERSHIP. If the Limited Partner shall, in addition to his CapitalContribution to the Partnership, lend any monies to the Partnership, the amount of any such loan shallnot increase his capital account nor shall it entitle him to any increases in his share of the distributionof the Partnership, but the amount of any such loan shall be an obligation on the part of thePartnership to such Partner and shall be repaid to him on the terms and at the interest rate evidencedby a promissory note executed by the General Partner, except that the General Partner shall not bepersonally obligated to repay the loan, which shall be payable and collectable only out of the assetsof the Partnership.
15.03 By the execution of this Agreement, the Limited Partner does irrevocably constitute andappoint the General Partner his true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent to effectuate and to act inhis name, place, and stead, in effectuating the purposes of the Partnership including the execution,verification, acknowledgement, delivery, filing and recording of this Agreement as well as allauthorized amendments thereto, all assumed name certificates, documents, bills of sale, and all otherdocuments which may be required to effect the continuation of the Partnership and which the GeneralPartner deems necessary or reasonably appropriate. The power of attorney granted herein shall bedeemed to be coupled with an interest, shall be irrevocable and survive the death, incompetence, orlegal disability of a Limited Partner.
15.04 ___(STATE)____ LAWS GOVERN. This Agreement shall be construed in accordancewith the laws of the State of ________ .
15.05 COUNTERPARTS. This Agreement may be executed in multiple counterparts, each ofwhich shall be an original but all of which shall constitute an instrument.
15.06 BINDING EFFECT. This Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit ofthe Partners and their spouses, as well as their respective heirs, legal representatives, successors andassigns.
15.07 PARAGRAPH TITLES. Paragraph titles are for descriptive purposes only and shall notcontrol or alter the meaning of this Agreement as set forth in the text.
EXECUTED as of the date herein first above stated.
LIMITED PARTNER :
GENERAL PARTNER :
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