The State of Florida regulates talent agencies through the Talent Agency Act. The purpose of this act is to ensure that talent agencies operate fairly and responsibly, and to protect the rights of both clients and performers.
All talent agencies operating in Florida must be licensed by the state. To obtain a license, an agency must submit an application to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The application must include the name and address of the agency, as well as the names and addresses of all owners, partners, officers, and directors.
The agency must also provide a surety bond in the amount of $5,000. This bond protects performers from any losses they may suffer due to the agency's misconduct.
Once licensed, a talent agency may not charge a performer any upfront fees. The only exception to this rule is if the performer is represented by the agency on an exclusive basis. In that case, the agency may charge a one-time exclusive representation fee, not to exceed $250.
Talent agencies are also prohibited from engaging in a number of other unfair practices, such as promising employment that does not exist, misrepresenting the terms of an employment agreement, or failing to pay performers for their work.
If you believe that a talent agency has violated the Talent Agency Act, you may file a complaint with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Florida Statutes, Chapter 468, Part IV
Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Talent Agencies FAQs
This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. For more information on talent agency law in Florida, or to speak with an attorney about your specific situation, please contact a licensed attorney in your area.