Talent Managers Launch Crowdfunding Effort

A trade group for talent managers is crowdfunding their lawsuit against the state of California.

The National Conference of Personal Managers (NCOPM) has been locked in a lengthy court battle challenging the constitutionality of the California Talent Agencies Act (TAA).

NCOPM on Monday unveiled a website that will, in part, receive donations for its ongoing legal battle. The group wants to raise $45,000 to meet its goal of having a $100,000 legal fund.

Talent managers have already donated $55,000 to the cause, Clinton Ford Billups Jr., NCOPM national president, said in a statement. "Managers are now asking other show business professionals to donate to the legal fund to fight this unconstitutional law which has caused irreparable harm not only to managers, but also to the overall well-being of the entire entertainment industry.”

The website, Billups said, “reveals how for decades celebrities have invoked the TAA to avoid paying personal managers by claiming that their managers acted as unlicensed talent agents. Plus, the website offers a list of the numerous artists that have initiated TAA controversies."