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Artistic Enterprises

Definition:
An artistic firm or a commercial private institution that recruits foreign artists. The latter preform in shows, exhibits, or an artistic achievement of some sort, in Lebanon.
 
Artist:
A person that performs professionally in fine arts, or on a superior level in arts and craft, or any applied art (such as music, theater, cinema, dance, televised animation, radio, circuses, shows, imitations, advertisements, paintings, drawings, photograph, tattoo, engraving, sculptures, and decorations).
 
The required documents:
  • Certified copy of the investment permit
  • An extract of commercial register
  • A certificate of registration held by the firm
  • An extract of financial register
  • A financial statement
  • A certified copy of the ID card held by the owner of the firm
  • A certified copy of the ID card held by the guarantor, if the latter exists.
  • A proxy done via a notary
  • Singers, musicians, animators, circus artists, dancers, as well as more cultural artists such as international orchestras, ballet dancers, sport show artists, water-skiing artists, figure skating artists, theater, are exempted from artist taxes. They are granted a touristic visa, except the sport players, and coaches, that come to work In Lebanon for a period superior to one year.
 
The latter have to have In hand the related contracts, and work documents required, that conform to foreign regulations.

Singers:
Arab or foreign singers, that are filming a video clip, or a promotional clip, a or music video, are exempted from artist taxes as well, and are granted an entry visa by the general security - public relations bureau.
 
The artists that wish to work in Lebanon, have to have an entry visa in hand that has been delivered by the general security – artist bureaus. The interested party has to apply for this visa, whether it’s the firm or the convener, they must specify the date and duration of work, as well as the remuneration of the artist.
 
NB: these artists cannot work for more than 6months, without interruption. They can eventually return to work after an absence period equivalent to their last professional stay in Lebanon.
Arab artists, and members of international artistic groups are exempted from this.
 
Actors of advertisements: that play in promotional videos, as well as televised advertisements, newspaper and magazine advertisements, and billboards.

NB: These artists cannot work for more than 6months, without interruption. They can eventually return to work after an absence period equivalent to their last professional stay in Lebanon.
Arab artists, and members of international artistic groups are exempted from this. Advertisement actors can work in Lebanon as artists, or models but the opposite remains untrue. In fact, if a model wants to work as an actor, he needs a previous authorization granted by the general security after a request submitted by the enterprise(production enterprise, advertising enterprise, touristic enterprise)

Models : that work in touristic institutions except night clubs. Their entry requires a visa granted previously by the general security. These artists cannot work for more than 6months, without interruption. They can eventually return to work after an absence period equivalent to their last professional stay in Lebanon. A model cannot work as such, if she has already worked as an artist. As for the artists, they can work as models in Lebanon. Artists which have previously worked in Lebanon, can't come for purposes related to tourism, without a previous authorization granted by the general security.

Requested documents when it comes to artists:
- Two filled applications
- A guarantee engagement
- A work contract that has been dated and signed by both interested parties, containing the duration, and location of the show, as well as the remuneration given to the artist.
- A work attestation delivered by the interested firm
- A financial guarantee of 2 000 000 L.B.P for each artist
- A certified copy of the ID card held by the convener
- A certified colored copy of the passport held by the artist
- An ID photo of the artist (4x4)
- A fiscal stamp
- An investment license held by the firm or the restaurant where the show will be performed
- The official stamp of the enterprise on all documents
 
For models and communication / advertisement artists:
- Two filled applications
- A guarantee engagement
- A work contract that has been dated and signed by both interested parties, containing the duration, and location of the show, as well as the remuneration given to the artist.
- A work attestation delivered by the interested firm
- A certified copy of the ID card held by the guarantor
- A certified colored copy of the passport held by the artist
- An ID photo of the artist (4x4)
- Four fiscal stamps
- The official stamp of the enterprise on all documents
- A financial guarantee of 2 000 000 L.B.P for each artist / model
- Parental authorization for minors
- A certified proxy done via a notary when it comes to the procedures done at the general security bureaus.
 
Acceleration the above-mentioned procedures: (48hours)
The interested party applies for an accelerated visa (an emergency visa). He has to hand out the requested documents, and then wait for a response from the general security. His records are analyzed and a response is given, if the latter is positive, he must show up at the bureau of public relations, to pay the requested fees. A receipt is given to him, which he will later have to bring to the artist bureau. The records will be reviewed, before granting the visa in a 2 day period.
 
The owner / his representative, and the artist / dancer have to show up at the general security – artist division, 4 days before the end of the first month. They must have in hand 2 ID photos that conform to norms and regulations, as well as the passport of the artist.
 
The arrival of the artists-model-advertisement actors:
The role of the border points: (upon entry)
  • Research and legal investigations: if he has an artist record, investigations are conducted to verify everything, if the former has an artist visa that conforms to norms, then his passport shall be stamped with an entry visa valid for 48hours.
  • If he does not have an artist visa, a tourism visa shall be granted to him, he cannot work as an artist though without showing up at the bureau of artists – general security.
     
     
    Medical exams:
    Arab and foreign dancers must endure medical exams, and laboratory exams, when their stay exceeds one month. They have to repeat those every 3 months. Advertisement artists have to follow the same terms. As for models they do not endure any medical exam.
     
    Work contract:
    Models / Artists must sign a contract within 48hours of their arrival to Lebanon, at the department of Arabs and foreigners – artists division, general security.
    This contract is done between the model and the owner of the agency. The work hours shall be specified, as well as the durations, dates and locations of the show. The remuneration of the artist / model as well as the address of her stay is also specified.
     
    Entry Visa:
    The artists and models are granted an entry visa equivalent to the execution period mentioned in the contract (30days). The latter is renewable every month, upon agreement of both parties. A 3month visa can be granted according to the contract if the fees have been paid.
     
    Fees:
    25 000 L.B.P – every month for each artist if the location of the show is in the class B (1 or 2 stars)
    50 000 L.B.P – every month for each artist if the location of the show is in the class A (3 stars or more)
    Modeling agencies are exempted from fees appointed to artists, when it comes to fashion shows, for a period of one week at the most, 2 times a year.
     
    Models that participate in fashion shows during the month of sale promotions, and summer festivals, are exempted from artist fees.
     
    Fees are required at each additional entry, and every time her stay exceeds the previously appointed duration. This is the case, every time her stay exceeds on week, or the month of sale promotions, as well as the summer festival.
     
    The model has to show up at the general security before departure to be granted an authorization to do so, having in hand a financial statement, and her passport. The firm notifies the general security of the date of departure, if the model cannot show up at the artist division in order to sign the cancelation of the contract and pay the fees.
    During the month of sales promotions, as well as the summer festivals, and the 2 weeks given, the model shall be notified a deadline to leave.
     
    General instructions: military retirees must no work at pubs, night clubs, or massage / physical therapy institutes.
     

    G.S. Addresses

    Central Direction
    Central Direction
    Phone number
    Adlyeh - Sami el Soleh street
    01/386610 - 01/425610
     
    Adress 
    01/612401/2/5
    Adlyeh - Sami el Solesh
     
     
    Headquarter at the Border
    Headquarter at the Border
    Beirut International Airport
    01/629150/1/2 - 01/628570
    Port of Beirut
    01/584400
    Port of Jounieh
    09/932852
    Port of Tripoli
    06/600789
    Arida
    06/820101
    Aboudieh
    06/815151
    Bakiha
    06/860023
    Kaa
    08/225101
    Masnaa
    08/620018
    Port of Sour
    07/742896
    Port of Saida
    07/727455
    Nakoura
    07/460007
    Port of Jiyeh
    09/995516
     
    Beirut
    Beirut
    The department of Beirut
    01/429061 - 01/429060
     
    North
    North
    North
    06/431778
    Tripoli
    06/625572
    Menieh
    06/463249
    Zgharta
    06/661671
    Bchareh
    06/671199
    Al koura
    06/950552
    Batroun
    06/642384
    Al danieh
    06/490798-06/490877
    North (second bureau)
    06/695496
    Mechmoch
    06/895182
    Halba
    06/690004
    Kobayat
    06/350028
    Bebnin
    06/470687
     
    Beqaa
    Beqaa
    The department of Beqaa
    08/803666
    Zahle
    08/823935
    Jeb Jannine
    08/660095
    Rachaya
    08/590620
    (The department of beqaa (second bureau
    08/370577
    Chmestar
    08/330106
    Hermel
    08/200139
    Der el Ahmar
    08/321136
     
    South
    South
    South
    07/724890
    Saida
    07/735534
    Sour
    07/741737
    Jezzine
    07/780501
    Jouyah
    07/411891
    (South (second bueau
    07/760727
    Nabatieh
    07/761886
    Bent Jbeil
    07/450010
    Marjaayoun
    07/830301
    Hasbaya
    07/550102
    Jbaa
    07/211418
    Tebnin
    07/326318
     
    Mount Lebanon
    Mount Lebanon
    05/920090
    05/920090
    01/471912
    01/888647
    09/934425
    09/945868
    05/533005
    04/392281
    05/501926
    05/554864
    05/431142
    05/503529
    07/242047