Apply for a child performance licence
You may need a performance licence or an exemption letter if you're putting on a performance or producing a show.
About performance licences and exemptions
If you’re producing a performance which involves a child of school age you may need to apply for a performance licence or an exemption letter.
School age lasts until the last Friday in June of the school year in which the child becomes 16 years old.
Children who perform and take part in TV, film, theatre or modelling work must be looked after by a chaperone. This can be a parent, carer or a registered chaperone.
You don't need a performance licence or an exemption letter if the child is taking part in a school play organised by the school.
When you’ll need a performance licence
You need to apply for a performance licence if the child will:
- be absent from school as a result of the performance
- take part in TV, filming, modelling, sport or theatre work
- get paid for the performance, or their parent or carer will get paid
- be broadcasted on TV, radio, or online
When you’ll need an exemption letter
You need to apply for an exemption if the performance will not be broadcast on TV, radio or the internet, and if the child:
- will not get paid for the performance
- will not miss any school
- will not perform for more than four days within a period of six months, including the performance
Apply by email
The child’s agency or the person in charge of the event should apply at least 7 working days before the date of the performance.
Download one of the applications below:
- Child performance licence application (PDF 357KB)
- Child performance exemption application (PDF 133KB)
- guidance for your application
Send the completed application to:
- by email to email@example.com
Incomplete and late applications
Any incomplete or missing paperwork is the responsibility of the person or agent applying.
If an application is received late it may be declined.
If the child is absent from school due to the performance, a school authorisation letter must be sent with the application.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01273 293 580 for more information or if you have an urgent request.
- Visit the National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment website for legislation and guidance.
- Go to the NSPCC website for advice on keeping children in music, drama, dance, television and theatre safe.