Egypt/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.2 Performing arts and music

The following table clarifies the law regulating this subject.


Article No.



Chapter 1, Article 2

Law 35, of the year 1978, concerning acting, film and music professions

The acting syndicate includes all those whose profession is acting in films, on stage, on TV and in the radio, theatrical direction, theater management, make up, prompting, scenery designing, theatrical clothes, folklore art, ballet, performing and marionette operating, and others mentioned in the internal code of the syndicate.

The music profession syndicate includes all those concerned with the different types of singing, musical instrument playing, music writing, composing, distributing, conducting musical groups, and the history of music.

Each syndicate may enlist as member theater and cinema critics, musicians, and those writing theatrical plays, films, and music, according to the specialty of each. The code determines the conditions required for the membership of the syndicate.

Chapter 2, Article 3


Each of the above mentioned syndicate aims to achieve the following:

Developing the theater, the cinema and the music.

Preserving the human and national heritage of these arts, especially Egyptian and Arab, and developing them in accordance with the requirements of international progress, in a way that combines originality and modernity.

Actively participating with relevant authorities in planning, steering and administrating issues related to these arts, and participating in devising curricula for their teaching in all stages of education.

Cooperating with relevant authorities in participating in international conferences and contests held at home and abroad.

Consolidating relationships with similar syndicates and associations abroad, particularly those in Arab and African countries, and bringing syndicate members together, and with their peers abroad in a way that serves artistic development and human progress, and supports international causes for liberation and peace.

Disseminating, presenting, and releasing artistic work of syndicate members at home and abroad, providing suitable elements and developed capabilities needed for that purpose, activating artistic and creative studies and encouraging those responsible for them, raising the technical and scientific standards of syndicate members, and nominating distinguished members for State appreciation and encouragement prizes of all sorts in their field of work.

Protecting members interests between themselves and in relation to others, providing economic and syndicate services and help when needed, regulating old age pensions, disability and death compensations, health insurance, and insurance against occupational hazards.

Providing work for members and regulating cooperation and the spirit of comradeship between them, and working to settle disputes that may arise between them or between them and others.

Protecting syndicate members rights for public performance and ensure they receive those rights at home and abroad, and lobbying relevant authorities for the necessary legislatures.

Chapter 3, Article 15


The syndicate is managed by:

The syndicates general assembly

The syndicate’s board




Chapter published: 01-04-2016