The Pennsylvania Talent Agency Law protects performers from being taken advantage of by talent agencies. The law requires that all talent agencies operating in the state be licensed by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.
All talent agencies must post a surety bond in the amount of $10,000 before they can be licensed. The bond is to protect performers from being cheated out of their earnings by the talent agency.
The law requires that all contracts between a performer and talent agency be in writing. The contract must state the name and address of the talent agency, the name of the performer, the duration of the contract, and the nature of the services to be performed by the talent agency.
The law prohibits talent agencies from charging performers any upfront fees. Talent agencies are also prohibited from promising work to performers in exchange for money.
If you are a performer who has been the victim of a talent agency that has violated the Pennsylvania Talent Agency Law, you may be able to file a complaint with the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. For more information on talent agency law in Pennsylvania, or to speak with an attorney about your specific situation, please contact a licensed attorney in your area.