In Ohio, Talent Agencies are regulated by the State of Ohio. The following is a summary of the key provisions of the law.
It is unlawful for any person to engage in the business of a talent agency without first obtaining a license from the Attorney General's Office.
A talent agency is defined as any person, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity engaged in the business of procuring, offering, promising, or attempting to procure employment or engagements for an artist or artists. This includes talent agents, managers, and booking agents.
The law requires talent agencies to maintain a bond in the amount of $10,000 with the Attorney General's Office. The bond must be in the form of cash, a cashier's check, or a surety bond.
Talent agencies are required to keep records of all contracts entered into with artists and to make those records available for inspection by the Attorney General's Office upon request.
The law prohibits talent agencies from charging artists any upfront fees. Talent agencies are also prohibited from guaranteeing employment or engagements.
The law provides for a number of penalties for violations, including revocation or suspension of a talent agency's license, and imposition of civil fines.
If you have any questions about the law or your rights as an artist, you should contact an attorney or the Attorney General's Office.