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California Talent Agency Bond

How much does a talent agency bond cost in California?

The California Department of Industrial Relation’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement’s Licensing and Registration Unit requires talent agencies and fee-related talent services to post a surety bond worth $50,000 before becoming a licensed professional.

These bonds are subject to underwriting consideration, so the price you’ll pay depends on a review of your personal credit report. Qualified applicants could pay as low as 1% of the bond amount, or just $500. Request your free bond quote now!

Bond Type Bond Amount Cost*
$50,000 Talent Agency Bond $50,000 Starts at $500 Apply Now
$50,000 Talent Agency Bond Fee-related Talent Service Bond $50,000 Starts at $500 Apply Now
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What is a talent agency?

A talent agency refers to any individual, company, society, firm, partnership, association, corporation, limited liability company, manager, agents or employees that manage clients in the entertainment industry. Talent agents work to procure employment for the artists assigned to them and are tasked with shaping the image of their clients in the entertainment industry.

Artists could refer to actors and actresses working in legitimate productions for motion pictures, radio and music, theatre and other entertainment industries according to Labor Code section 1700.4(b).

The State of California requires all talent agencies to receive a license before providing or advertising for talent services according to Labor Code section 1700.5. To become a licensed agency, the organization must also purchase a talent agency bond.

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Why do I need a talent agency bond?

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Talent agency bonds in California ensure that principals (talent agents) comply with the provisions of Chapter 4, Part 6, Division 2 of the California Labor Code and pay all sums due to any individual or group when the principal or his/her representative or agent receives the sums.

Fee-related talent service bonds in California are required by section 1703(a)(3) of the Labor Code and ensure that principals (talent services) conduct business lawfully and ethically.

If a principal fails to comply with these terms, the bond protects harmed parties from financial loss up to the full amount of the bond. The principal must reimburse the surety for all damages paid out.

How long does a California talent agency bond last?

Both California talent agency and fee-related talent service surety bonds remain in full force and effect until terminated or canceled. The state (acting through the Labor Commissioner) reserves the right to terminate the bond by giving written notice of termination to the surety. The surety can terminate the bond according to the provisions of Section 996.320, Section 995.440 or Section 996.310, respectively, of the Code of Civil Procedure of the State of California.

How to obtain a talent agency license in California?

To become licensed as a talent agency in California, applicants must complete a licensing application package that can be obtained by:

Applicants must submit the following documents with the completed application package:

All applicants must also pay a $25 filing fee due at the time of license application. License holders will also need to pay annual fees including a license fee of $225 and a $50 fee for each office branch held by the agency in California.

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Additional Resources

State of California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Labor Standards Enforcement Talent Agency Bond form

State of California Department of Industrial Relations How to Obtain a Talent Agency License

Labor Code Section 1700.5-1700.22

State of California Department of Industrial Relations Talent Agency License and Fee-Related Talent Services

State of California 2009 Legislation Affecting “Fee-Related Talent Services” and “Advance Fee Talent Services