South Korea/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.2 Performing arts and music

The「Performing Arts Act」was introduced in 1961. It was somewhat equivocal in having both promotional and regulative aspects. It consists of prescription to guarantee freedom of the arts and promote ‘sound’ public performing activities. The Act mandates the state and municipalities to establish and implement plans needed to promote the performing arts, set up and operate a place for public performance, and commission individuals or organizations to manage places of public performance in order to bring in necessary expertise and efficiency. When deemed necessary for evolution of the performing arts, it also allows the state or municipalities to offer subsidies to performers. The regulative part of the Act requires the formulation of a disaster management plan to ensure the security and safety of a performance place. The management of a performing space is also required to have the stage facilities inspected periodically. The legislation also imposes responsibility to vet performances to ensure that they are not harmful to minors. This was intended to maintain public interest and ethics.

Chapter published: 29-11-2013