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
|9 and above
Foreign performing artistes are not subject to source country restriction.
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.