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2017/02/21

Registration FAQ-important notes for oversea productions

Other questions #1 What are my tax liabilities?
#2 Can I apply for government subsidies to cover costs associated with my performace?
#3 Do I need to do anything if one of my performers is under 18?
Important notes for oversea productions #1 What about visas, and do I need a work permit?
#2 As a non-resident performer, how do I go about signing a contract with ArtsTicket (official TFF ticketing system)?
#3 During the registration process, am I required to use a local bank to transfer the venue deposit and registration fee?
#4 Putting on a performance in a language other than Mandarin Chinese, is there anything that I should keep in mind?


Other questions:

問題 解答
What are my tax liabilities?

If you are applying as an individual: ticket sales tax, entertainment tax and income tax. 

If you are applying as an incorporated performing group: ticket sales tax, entertainment tax, and annual company income tax.
Can I apply for government subsidies to cover costs associated with my performace? The Taipei Fringe Festival is an event organized by the Taipei City Government. Due to administrative regulations regarding redundant allocation of government funds, you will not be eligable to apply for additional subsidies for your Fringe performances. However, you may apply for other non-directly related programs such as creative subsidies, rehearsal space rental or for grants for outstanding performance arts groups.
 
Additionally, if your performance plan includes performances in other, non-Fringe, venues, or repeat or encore performances not involved with Taipei Fringe, you are free to apply to the above-mentioned agencies for funding.
Do I need to do anything if one of my performers is under 18? If your performance includes a participant under 18 years of age, you must provide a signed “Parent or Legal Guardian Consent Form” for the minor performer to the Foundation.  You can bring this form to the July tech coordination meeting and give it to us then. In the case of minors, please pay special attention to the safety of the work environment.


Important notes for oversea productions

問題 解答
What about visas, and do I need a work permit? While foreign performers may enter Taiwan on a visitor or tourist visa, they must however obtain a mandatory Performing Artist Work Permit to legally perform within the country. These work permits have to be applied for locally via the Ministry of Labor. A Taiwanese performing arts group is needed to act as a sponsor for this application process. While the Foundation cannot not supply work permits to artists directly, it will work with foreign artists to find local proxies to can help apply for the necessary work permits. If you require this service, please contact us at enginfo@taipeifringe.org.
As a non-resident performer, how do I go about signing a contract with ArtsTicket (official TFF ticketing system)?

All artists participating in the festival, regardless of their nationality, must report taxes on ticket sales. To make tax collection and reporting easier, all artists will be required to sell their tickets through our online ticketing system: ArtsTicket (兩廳院售票).  To sign up for this service, you must have a local bank account. If you need help finding a proxy to assist with this step please contact the us at enginfo@taipeifringe.org

During the registration process, am I required to use a local bank to transfer the venue deposit and registration fee? Yes and no.
 
If you are a foreign artist living outside of Taiwan, then no you don't have to have a Taiwanese bank account. For you it is possible to pay the fee and deposit(s) by credit card.  Please see FAQ “How much do I need to pay for the security deposit and registration fee?  What method should I use to pay them?” for more information.
 
If you are a resident of Taiwan, then yes, you must use a Taiwanese bank account. As TFF is a government-sponsored event and our accountants are diligent government accountants, we have to follow the government rules on this one.
Putting on a performance in a language other than Mandarin Chinese, is there anything that I should keep in mind? While the majority of Taiwanese are conversational in English, we do recommend either subtitling or offering some form of interpretation for dialogue heavy performances.

 

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