Arts Law is a strong advocate for the better treatment of artists and performers working in the Australian entertainment industry, particularly through the regulation of those acting as agents in that industry. Arts Law recognises that artists are often in a weak bargaining position, reluctant to take legal action and disadvantaged by a conflict of interest arising when their representative acts both for them and for a venue. Arts Law advocates greater protection for artists through reforms to the legislation regulating the entertainment industry. Such reforms include maximum agent fees, use of trust accounts, disbursement of money within fourteen days, improved record keeping and provision of financial statements, expansion of contract and information requirements and improved dispute resolution mechanisms.
Arts Law support the introduction of a mandatory Code for performer representatives. ALCA is pleased to provide its submission on the draft Code to the NSW Industrial Relations Office and commends the State Government’s ongoing commitment to engage with the arts community in this consultation.
We support the Government’s objective of amending the legislation and implementing an industry code of conduct in order to provide greater protection for artists. However, in order for legislative changes to achieve any form of practical success it is imperative that artists within the industry are educated about their rights and responsibilities, and that there is effective enforcement of the Act and any Code of Conduct.
Apparently NSW Industrial Relations should soon complete its review of that State’s Entertainment Industry Act.