Article 2. Advance-fee Talent Representation Service of California Labor Code >> Division 2. >> Part 6. >> Chapter 4.5. >> Article 2.

No person shall own, operate, or act in the capacity of an advance-fee talent representation service or advertise, solicit for, or knowingly refer a person to, an advance-fee talent representation service.
(a) "Advance-fee talent representation service" means a person who provides or offers to provide, or advertises or represents itself as providing, an artist, directly or by referral to another person, with one or more of the following services described below, provided that the person charges or receives a fee from or on behalf of an artist for photographs, Internet Web sites, or other reproductions or other promotional materials as an artist; lessons, coaching, seminars, workshops, or similar training for an artist; or for one or more of the following services:
  (1) Procuring or attempting to procure an employment opportunity or an engagement as an artist.
  (2) Procuring or attempting to procure an audition for an artist.
  (3) Managing or directing the development of an artist's career.
  (4) Procuring or attempting to procure a talent agent or talent manager, including an associate, representative, or designee of a talent agent or talent manager.
  (b) "Advance-fee talent representation service" also means a person who charges or receives a fee from, or on behalf of, an artist for any product or service required for the artist to obtain, from or through the person, any of the services described in paragraphs (1) to (4), inclusive, of subdivision (a).
A person who violates Section 1702 is subject to the provisions of Article 4 (commencing with Section 1704).
This article does not apply to the following:
  (a) A public educational institution.
  (b) A nonprofit corporation, organized to achieve economic adjustment and civic betterment, give vocational guidance, including employment counseling services, and assist in the placement of its members or others, if all of the following conditions exist:
  (1) None of the corporation's directors, officers, or employees receive any compensation other than a nominal salary for services performed for the corporation.
  (2) The corporation does not charge a fee for its services, although it may request a voluntary contribution.
  (3) The corporation uses any membership dues or fees solely for maintenance.
  (c) A nonprofit corporation, formed in good faith for the promotion and advancement of the general professional interests of its members, that maintains a placement service principally engaged to secure employment for its members with the state or a county, city, district, or other public agency under contracts providing employment for one year or longer, or with a nonprofit corporation exempted by subdivision (b).
  (d) A labor organization, as defined in Section 1117.
  (e) A newspaper, bona fide newsletter, magazine, trade or professional journal, or other publication of general circulation, whether in print or on the Internet, that has as its main purpose the dissemination of news, reports, trade or professional information, or information not intended to assist in locating, securing, or procuring employment or assignments for others.
  (f) A public institution.