CP Artist Management is one of Australia’s leading theatrical agencies. Our strong reputation both at home and abroad is built upon our fine eye for untapped talent, our success in developing creative careers and our long standing working relationships with our clients and the broader industry. Our approach is considered yet determined, focused yet visionary and above all, collaborative.
In 2023 Catherine Poulton Management became CP Artist Management, following the move to bring long-term agents Cameron Hooper and Tania Patti on board as Shareholders, with Catherine Poulton remaining Director. Since its establishment in 2002, the company has seen exceptional growth for over 20+ years. Representing a diverse client list, the agency has Artists working in Australia and internationally in feature film, television, voice over, digital content and on stage. CPM understands the unique strengths, talents and aspirations of each client, ensuring they are represented most effectively to achieve their long term goals.
The Performer engages CP Artist Management to be their agent representative and CP Artist Management has the Performer’s authority to enter into contracts with any and all Stakeholders (An Advertising Agency, Production house, Theatre Company, Film Studio, etc) on their behalf. CP Artist Management is not the employer of the Artist. The terms of this relationship are outlined in the CP Artist Management Agency Agreement which states: “You acknowledge that CP Artist Management is acting in the capacity of agent only, and this Agreement does not constitute a contract of employment, joint venture or partnership. CP Artist Management will not be responsible for payment of any taxes, insurance or superannuation contributions on your behalf.”
The MEAA outlines the Performer and Agent relationship which does not include that of employer/employee: https://www.meaa.org/download/equ-info-the-performer-and-the-agent
Performers may be hired by a Stakeholder as either contractors or employees as defined by the ATO: https://www.ato.gov.au/business/employee-or-contractor/ If the definition meets that of employer, the Stakeholder is responsible for any PAYG and Superannuation obligations as outlined by the ATO and the Superannuation Guarantee Administration Act.
A contract is created between the Stakeholder and Performer once a booking is confirmed with the Agency, either verbally or in writing. The Agency may invoice on behalf of the Performer via their ABN if they have been hired as a Contractor, or via their Tax File Number, if they have been hired as an Employee and a Tax Declaration Form has been supplied. Funds will be paid into the Agency’s Trust account on behalf of the Performer. Invoices terms are 14 days. If Superannuation is owing, the Performer’s Super Fund and Fund Number will be supplied, along with a Super Choice Form completed by the Performer. The CP Artist Management Agency Agreement states that “CP Artist Management is authorised to collect and accept payments on your behalf in respect of any Work procured on your behalf and you authorise CP Artist Management to deduct CP Artist Management”s commission prior to disbursing the balance of monies to you.”