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Can a minor sign a contract for performing professionally as a singer?

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No. We have the contract now to be signed by “actor or agent.”

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Hello. Let me see if I can assist you. A minor in CA cannot sign a binding contract. The law does not recognize them as having the legal capacity to sign. Generally such contracts are signed by the parent or agent for the child. Please remember that even if the parent signs the contract "for" the child, the child can still walk away from the contract. CA law allows any child (under 18) to disaffirm (get out of) their contracts. Therefore, if a child decides to disaffirm a contract, the parent who signed may be on the hook financially for the obligations, unless the agreement states otherwise.

It is best to have an Agent sign for the child. Agents are regulated by the Talent Agency Act in CA. Their activities are limited to avoid conflicts of interest. In exchange, agents have the right to procure employment and the right to have their contracts with children court approved (so children can not disaffirm the contracts).

Hope that helps.

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