The Work Permit for performing artistes allows foreign performers to work in public entertainment outlets such as bars, hotels and nightclubs. Find out about the requirements and how to apply.
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Get an overview and key facts about the Work Permit for foreign performing artistes to work in public entertainment outlets.
Key facts about the Work Permit for performing artiste:
|Who it is for||Foreign performing artistes working in eligible public entertainment outlets.|
|Who can apply||An employer or appointed employment agent needs to apply for the permit.|
|Qualifying salary||No minimum required.|
|What is the duration||Up to 6 months.|
|Is it renewable||No. Pass holders cannot get any type of Work Permit until 1 year after the last one expires or gets cancelled.|
|Passes for family||Not available.|
|Quota and levy||Yes. Employers are subject to quota and levy for each Work Permit holder.|
|Medical insurance||Employers must provide medical insurance.|
|Relevant legislation||Conditions of Work Pass|
Employment of Foreign Manpower Act
Eligible employers can hire foreign performing artistes to work in public entertainment outlets such as bars, hotels and nightclubs.
Who can apply
If you want to hire a foreign performing artiste to work in Singapore, your business must:
- Have a CAT 1 Public Entertainment Licence issued by the Singapore Police Force.
- Operate at least 6 hours a day.
- Be classified as a bar, discotheque, lounge, nightclub, pub, hotel, private club or restaurant.
- Employ at least one local full-time employee who is making CPF contributions.
Quota and levy
The number of performing artistes that you can hire is limited by a quota and subject to a levy.
You can employ up to 8 foreign performing artistes. Larger outlets can employ up to 12 foreign artistes on a case-by-case basis.
You will also need to pay a foreign worker levy for each artiste, depending on how many you hire:
Number of artistes
|First 8 artistes||$450|
|9 and above||$750|
Foreign performing artistes are not subject to source country restriction.
Age when applying
The minimum age for all non-domestic foreign workers is 18 years old.
Maximum period of employment
The maximum duration of the Work Permit for performing artistes is 6 months.
Foreign performing artistes are not allowed to hold another Work Permit (even for another occupation) for 1 year after they stop work as a performing artiste.