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I'm a musician, needs to start private limited to freelance?

Postby jay654321 » Sun, 01 Aug 2010 10:44 am

Ok, I've been reading this forum now for hours, the recommended posts about this, and checked a lot of info on mom, acra etc.. and seriously need help to understand some things..

About me, I'm a Swedish musician, currently employed in Dubai, with a lot of worldwide experience but no uni degree. My goal is not to get another fulltime job, but to be able to freelance and work for many different companies and hotels. To do this in Singapore the only way for me would be through starting a Private limited business, to sell my services?

How would I get the Entrepass when I'm not even a resident of SG?

Could I assign myself as the director/manager from the start?

Also, I'd be able to do some extra private teaching in the daytime, should I include that in the business plan?

I have the 50000 SGD required. Could I take the monthly assigned salary from that money for example for the first month?
Eg, could I use that money or is it "stuck"?

Thank you in advance for any replies this might get, I understand that was a lot of questions and I really appreciate anyone taking the time to help.

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Postby bookkeeper » Sun, 01 Aug 2010 3:51 pm

As an entertainer, you do not need to setup a company, its too tedious. As long as the local hotels or entertainment establishments apply for your entry for that purpose, eg project basis, seasonal gigs. Regards to freelancing and pte teaching, that is not obligated to report unless your class is really very big.

The thing is where is your place of residence? Do you intend to travel alot and use Sg as a base? Then you shld get an employment pass here, if not, then you should be classified under entertainment pass as above.

This is the tax implication for entertainers.
http://www.iras.gov.sg/irasHome/page.aspx?id=1204
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Postby Global Player » Mon, 02 Aug 2010 2:20 pm

As a non-resident musician you don't need a work permit at all. Such activities can be performed on a short term visit pass:
http://www.mom.gov.sg/foreign-manpower/passes-visas/workpass-exempt-activities/before-notification/Pages/default.aspx

Just send an eNotification to MOM before conducting your performance.

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Postby jay654321 » Tue, 03 Aug 2010 7:13 am

Thanks for your replies.
Actually I want to reside in Singapore a couple of years at least. To do that legally, and to work freelance for many different companies and hotels, how would I get that employment pass?
Usually, like the case is for me right now here in Dubai, I can get a fulltime gig as a house band, and they pay for everything, but then I'm limited by contract to only work for them.
Is it really possible to get an employment pass from one employer and just work part-time for them, and then work for other companies as well?
Or, is the only way to start my own private limited?

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Postby carlsum1986 » Tue, 03 Aug 2010 10:03 am

jay654321 wrote:Is it really possible to get an employment pass from one employer and just work part-time for them, and then work for other companies as well?


employment pass is only valid for one employer and you cant freelance for other companies. I heard that if you are caught you have to pay a fine and you lose your pass..


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