State of Hawaii Talent Agency Law

The State of Hawaii talent agency law is designed to protect the interest of both clients and artistes. The law requires that all talent agencies operating in the state to be licensed by the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. The licenses are renewed every two years.

All talent agencies must maintain a bond with the department, in an amount not to exceed $5,000. The bond must be for the benefit of any person who suffers any loss by reason of the talent agency's violation of chapter 445B, Hawaii Revised Statutes, or regulations adopted thereunder.

Any person who operates a talent agency without being duly licensed under this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Upon conviction, the person shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

A person commits the offense of unlicensed talent agency activity if the person knowingly and intentionally does any of the following:

(1) Acts as a talent agent without being licensed under this chapter;

(2) Employs an unlicensed person to act as a talent agent on the person's behalf;

(3) Solicits, advertises, or otherwise holds the person out to be a licensed talent agent without being so licensed; or

(4) Fails to maintain the bond required by this chapter.

Unlicensed talent agency activity is a misdemeanor. Upon conviction, the person shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

A licensed talent agent who violates any provision of this chapter or any rule adopted pursuant thereto shall have the license suspended or revoked by the department after a hearing held in accordance with chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

The department may suspend or revoke the license of a talent agency if the department finds that the talent agency has:

(1) Committed any fraud or misrepresentation in obtaining a license;

(2) Failed to maintain the bond required by this chapter; or

(3) Engaged in any unfair trade practice as defined in section 445B-4, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. For more information on talent agency law in Hawaii, or to speak with an attorney about your specific situation, please contact a licensed attorney in your area.

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