The State of Georgia recognizes the inherent value of talent agencies in fostering and developing the careers of performing artists. To that end, the state has enacted a law to protect both artists and agencies from unfair practices.
Under Georgia law, a talent agency is defined as any person or company engaged in the business of securing employment for artists or assisting in their advancement in their careers. Talent agencies are required to be licensed by the state in order to operate.
The law prohibits talent agencies from engaging in a number of unfair practices, including charging artists any fees for services rendered, accepting kickbacks from businesses that employ artists, and misrepresenting the terms of an employment contract to an artist.
The law also requires talent agencies to maintain a bond with the state in order to protect artists from financial loss in the event that an agency fails to fulfill its contractual obligations.
If you are an artist who has been the victim of an unfair practice by a talent agency, you may file a complaint with the Georgia Department of Labor. The Department will investigate the complaint and, if it finds that a violation of the law has occurred, may order the talent agency to cease and desist from engaging in the unlawful conduct. The Department may also impose a fine on the agency of up to $5,000 for each violation.
This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. For more information on talent agency law in Georgia, or to speak with an attorney about your specific situation, please contact a licensed attorney in your area.