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Eligibility for Work Permit for performing artiste

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 employee who earns the Local Qualifying Salary.

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 Monthly levy
First 8 artistes $450
9 and above $750
If you fail to maintain at least 1 local employee, you will be charged higher levy for all your artistes.


Source countries/regions

Foreign performing artistes are not subject to source country/region 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.

Other restrictions

  • 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.
  • Foreign performing artistes must only perform jobs related to stage performance, such as singing and dancing. They cannot be deployed to carry out any other jobs within the same business.
  • There are also specific activities that are not allowed under SPF’s Entertainment Licensing Conditions, such as mingling with customers.