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China Mandates Qualification Exams for Performing Artists, Including Those from Taiwan

The Chinese authorities have introduced new rules to discipline the performing arts industry, requiring performing arts agents to pass a qualification examination by March of next year. This law also applies to Taiwanese who want to engage in the performing arts business in mainland China. The candidates must support the mainland “constitution” and exhibit good “political quality.”

On December 24, China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued a revision of “Measures for the Management of Performing Arts Agents.” It stated that the purpose of the new version is to further strengthen the management and regulation of performing arts agents and clarify the required professional qualifications.

The “Measures” specify how the qualification examinations are organized. They will be carried out nationwide on an annual basis; and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism will then issue qualification certificates.

There are four prerequisites for the exam takers: 1) Citizenship in the People’s Republic of China. 2) “Upholding the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China and exhibiting good political quality, business skills and moral character.”3) An education level of senior in a secondary school, or secondary professional school or above. 4) A natural person at least 18 years of age with full civil capacity.

The “Measures” provide that the regulation applies to “Chinese citizens of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Macao Special Administrative Region and residents of Taiwan in order for them to participate in the performing arts agent qualification examination.”

Source: Radio France International, December 26, 2021