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Setting Up an Entertainment Company

Area of Entertainment

Do you have any specific area of entertainment you'd like to focus on with your company? For example, would you be interested in:

  • Film and television production: Developing, producing, and distributing movies, TV shows, documentaries, or web series.

  • Music production and management: Signing artists, producing music, booking tours, and managing careers.

  • Live event production: Organizing and managing concerts, festivals, theatrical productions, or other live events.

  • Talent management: Representing and booking actors, models, musicians, or other entertainers.

  • Digital entertainment: Creating and distributing video games, online content, or other digital media.

Setting Up an Entertainment Company

Starting an entertainment company in Singapore can be an exciting adventure, but navigating the legal and logistical aspects can feel daunting. To help you on your journey, let's break down the key steps involved:

1. Business Structure:

  • Choose your company structure: The first decision is to decide on a suitable legal structure for your company. Options include sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability partnership, or private limited company. Each has pros and cons in terms of liability, administration, and taxes. Consulting with a business advisor or lawyer can help you make the best choice.

2. Register Your Company:

  • Incorporate your company: Once you've chosen the structure, register your company with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) of Singapore. This can be done easily online through BizFile+.

3. Licenses and Permits:

  • Obtain necessary licenses and permits: Depending on your specific entertainment activities, you'll need relevant licenses and permits. Common ones include Public Entertainment License (Police Force of Singapore), Copyright Permit (Composers and Authors Society of Singapore), and Arts Entertainment License (Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth). Consult the relevant websites for details and application procedures.

4. Set Up Your Operations:

  • Open a bank account: Find a business bank account that suits your needs and facilitates financial transactions.

  • Get business insurance: Consider liability insurance, property insurance, and other relevant coverage to protect your business against risks.

  • Lease premises (optional): If you need physical space for your operations, rent suitable office space, studios, or performance venues.

  • Hire staff (optional): Depending on your scale and needs, recruit and onboard talented personnel for administration, marketing, talent management, or other roles.

5. Business Essentials:

  • Register for taxes: Register with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) for GST and income tax purposes.

  • Develop a business plan: Create a comprehensive business plan outlining your vision, target market, strategies, finances, and budget.

  • Marketing and branding: Craft a solid marketing and branding strategy to reach your target audience and distinguish your company in the vibrant Singaporean entertainment scene.

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With careful planning and execution, your Singaporean entertainment company can thrive in this dynamic and vibrant market.

Seek Professional Help from Bestar 

Navigating the legal and administrative aspects of setting up an entertainment company in Singapore can be quite complex, and seeking professional help is a wise decision.

Bestar is a great option to consider for this kind of assistance. We have experience in helping businesses comply with Singapore's regulations and can guide you through the process of:

  • Choosing the right business structure: As you mentioned, the optimal structure (sole proprietorship, partnership, etc.) depends on your specific needs and goals. Bestar can help you weigh the pros and cons of each option and make an informed decision.

  • Registering your company: We can handle the company registration process with ACRA, ensuring all necessary documents and procedures are followed accurately.

  • Obtaining licenses and permits: Depending on your chosen entertainment activities, Bestar can advise you on the relevant licenses and permits required and assist with the application process.

  • Tax compliance: We can help you register for taxes with IRAS and understand your tax obligations, ensuring you remain compliant throughout your operations.

  • Other legal and accounting matters: Bestar can provide ongoing support with various legal and accounting aspects, such as payroll, contracts, financial reporting, and more.

Here are some additional benefits of working with Bestar:

  • Experience and expertise: We have a proven track record of assisting businesses in the entertainment industry and understand the specific challenges you might face.

  • Efficiency and time-saving: Our expertise can save you valuable time and effort by handling complex paperwork and procedures on your behalf.

  • Peace of mind: Knowing that your legal and administrative matters are in good hands can give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on building your company's core business.

While seeking professional help comes with an added cost, remember that it's an investment in ensuring your business operates smoothly and avoids any legal or financial setbacks.

If you're looking for experienced and comprehensive support, Bestar is definitely a worth considering. Contact Bestar today!

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