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Set the right stage: Make compliance a part of your talent agency script
Business entities involved in arranging employment for actors or other entertainers must hold a talent
agency license before offering their services. Although only California, Florida, and
New Jersey currently require talent agency licenses, agencies doing business in other states may be
required to hold a general employment agency license instead.
Talent agencies must register with the secretary of state office prior to filing an application for a
talent agency license. In addition to the license application, states require applicants to submit
affidavits of character, provide sample contracts and fees, and meet a bonding requirement. A
dedicated compliance expert
can help you keep track of varying jurisdiction requirements and updated laws.
Overview By State
Looking for talent agency certification requirements in a particular jurisdiction? The following table
summarizes employment service firm licensing requirements across the United States. Click on any state
for the licensing information specific to that state.
Employee Leasing Company - Enter into leasing contracts with other businesses that require labor. The leasing company loans its workers to the lessee while still providing specified responsibilities, such as workers compensation insurance, to the employees. This includes long term (6 months or more) temporary arrangements but often excludes temporary help arrangements. Unlike professional employer organizations, employee leasing companies are contracted when an employer needs to hire staff and does not want to handle human resources responsibilities.
Employment Agency - An entity that, for compensation, procures or attempts to procure employment for a person.
Professional Employer Organization - PEOs take on the human resources role for businesses and act as a co-employer in the sense that the client company's workers are administratively employees of the PEO but functionally these employees are controlled by the client company. Unlike employee leasing companies, PEOs are contracted when an employer already has staff and does not want to handle human resources responsibilities.
Staffing Agency - An entity that procures temporary or part-time employment for a person who then works under the supervision of a worksite employer.
Talent Agency - An entity that, for compensation, procures or attempts to procure employment or placement for an artist. (Certain art forms are excluded)
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