In NY, 6000 child performers are permitted to work with 500 productions.

Child Performers Coalition was formed in 2010 in response to regulations proposed by the New York Department of Labor that we believe would have created unsafe working conditions for child performers and increased costs and challenges for NY film, television, and theatre productions. After two years of advocacy and several controversial revisions to the proposed regulations, Child Performers Coalitions, along with SAG, AFTRA, Actor's Equity and On Location Education, met with the Department of Labor at the Governor's Office. The final regulation became effective on April 13, 2013. Although safer child performer regulations are now in place, we are still committed to keeping kids safe.

About

Our mission is to work with the Department of Labor, industry organizations and individuals to encourage film, television and theatrical productions to do business in New York and protect the physical, mental and financial well being of child performers. Our immediate goal is to table the proposed rules before Christmas Day when they could take affect.

learn more about how it all began and the groups involved

Media

One NYC television news feature. Two NYC radio interviews. Print and online reporting by NY Daily News, The Hollywood Reporter, Backstage Magazine, and local and national bloggers. And one of three distinct industry advocates to speak at a NY State Senate Press Conference in support of regulation reform for all state agencies.

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Issues

Increases in costly and burdensome regulations for productions and for performers, change to the "sight and sound" practice that would deny parents access to children six and older, extreme inference with doctor/patient relationship, children supervised by an "unvetted responsible person," no meaningful changes to protect earnings, educational concerns and no protections for models and dancers.

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Hearing

The Department of Labor's first hearing was suspiciously set for two days after Christmas and took place even though NYC was shut down due to a snow storm. We cried fowl and Labor agreed to a second hearing that took place on January 10, 2011, with an overflow room to accommodate the crowd. The final hearing was held on January 31st.

Watch or read our NY State Department of Labor Testimony

Advocacy

The New York State Department of Labor failed to notify child performers of their proposed changes to the rules that regulate working conditions. Instead, news spread through public and private chat rooms, newsletters, blogs, news reports, a NY Senate Press Conference, social media, a petition, and good old fashion word of mouth.

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The Regs

While the legislative process provides some semblance of transparency and accountability, the process of adopting regulations affords very little such safeguards. As a result, an agency with very little industry expertise, which may not be aware of industry nuances and industry leader agendas, can adopt sweeping rules that can be game changers for companies, employees, and citizens.

read the law and regulations