Charge fees as an entertainment and modelling agency

3. Fees for performers and workers

You can’t charge fees or deduct money from an entertainment worker or performer’s earnings until they agree to your terms and conditions.

Promotional fees for performers and entertainment workers (not models)

You can only charge upfront fees for listing the worker or performer’s details in promotional publications or on websites to help them find work.

Promotional publication includes listing information in publications or on websites and photographs or audio or video recordings.

You must give the worker or performer a chance to see any copies.

Other fees or commission for finding work normally come out of the worker or performer’s earnings from the employment that you found.

Fees for promoting performers

You can only charge fees 30 days after the start of the contract (if there is a fee for promoting a performer).

In that 30-day period the performer can cancel or withdraw from the contract without penalty and won’t have to make any payment.

You need to show the performer any promotional photographs, audio or video before its published. They then have 7 days to object to anything being used.

You can’t charge the performer until the 7 days is over or you’ve dealt with any reasonable requirement from the performer, whichever is later.

You can charge fees for the following performers:

  • actors
  • background artists
  • dancers
  • extras
  • musicians
  • singers
  • other performers

Fees for entertainment workers (except models)

If there is a fee for promoting a worker, you can only charge this 7 days after the start of the contract.

In that 7-day period:

  • the worker can cancel or withdraw from the contract without penalty
  • the worker doesn’t have to make any payment under the contract
  • the worker can say what information shouldn’t be included in the publication

This covers the following types of workers:

  • composer
  • writer
  • artist
  • director or producer
  • production manager
  • lighting cameraman, camera operator
  • make up artist, clothes, hair or make up stylist
  • film editor
  • action arranger or co-ordinator, stunt arranger
  • costume or production designer
  • recording engineer
  • property master
  • film continuity person
  • sound mixer
  • photographer
  • stage manager
  • choreographer or theatre designer

Refunds for promotional services

Work-seekers have the right to a refund if the promotional information isn’t made available to potential hirers within 60 days of a fee being paid.