Child Performance Licence Information

Child Performance Licensing

The Children and Young Persons Act 1963 states in section 37 that a child shall not take part in public performances except under the authority of a licence granted by the local authority in whose area the child resides.  This applies to performances by children of 15 years or under at the Festival.

The local authority has confirmed that a licence is not needed for children who attend independent schools or academies, but will be required if the performance requires absence from a local authority-maintained school.  Therefore, it is the parent’s responsibility, not CFPA’s, to determine whether or not a licence is needed for their child.  If a licence is required, it is the parent’s responsibility to begin the licence application process set out below.  Please note, all class times will be posted on this website several weeks before performances begin in order for parents to judge whether their child will need to be absent from school.

Child Licencing Flow Chart

The performance licence application is free and can be made either on-line or by post.  If a licence is needed, download the Licence Application Form and follow the instructions and guidance (shown in red).  The licence form must be completed by the child’s parent and then sent as a Word document (i.e. not pdf) with a photograph of the child and a copy of the child’s birth certificate, to:  An electronic signature and photographs of the required documents will be acceptable.  Applications must be complete and received at least 21 days before the performance date to allow time for the licence process to take place.   We would greatly prefer an email return, but a postal application will also be accepted. 

At the same time as sending in the licence application form, parents should ask their child’s head teacher to confirm by email that their child’s education will not suffer if they are absent from school to perform at the Festival.  Please ask the school to email a copy of their reply to:  This will help to speed up the application process.

Click here to download the Licence Application Form (the download should appear at the foot of your screen).