Contracts for the Freelance Harpist:  Harpists spend many hours learning to play the harp…BUT…of equal importance as a performer is running a business. It is also an art learned over the years from successes but also from mistakes.  A well written contract is critical to the running of any business and is beneficial for both parties, insuring a satisfied client and a ‘happy harpist’.  This article by harpist and harp technician, Karen Gottlieb, combines input from successful professional harpists in the San Francisco Bay Area to make the information as complete as possible.  Download this comprehensive resource of recommendations regarding contracts for freelance harpists.


American Harp Society

Silicon Valley Chapter American Harp Society


Karen Gottlieb is a Lyon Healy & Salvi Harps – Certified Harp Technician. She is available for regulations, repairs, general maintenance, restringing as well as appraisals for insurance purposes, sales and purchases. For more info see: Contact info: 415-386-0702 or

Mike Lewis – aka the Harp Tech – is available for regulations, repairs, restringing, general maintenance and appraisals on all harps. Contact him at (415) 254-2434; Mailing address: 1032 Irving Street #513, San Francisco CA 94122, http://


Harps Etc. offers a wide variety of new and used lever and pedal harps for rent and sale. Ask about our Rent to Own Program and financing options available for qualified buyers. We carry most major brands of harps. 1601 N. Main St., Suite 106; Walnut Creek, CA 94596; 925-937-4277