House Bill No. 4574 has recently been reintroduced into the Committee of Regulatory Affairs for consideration. The “Makeup School” ASTUTE ARTISTRY is petitioning for it. The Professional Makeup Artist community became aware of the bill because the school is currently seeking signatures to gain support. The bill is being promoted as a means to separate the definition of "Cosmetologist" and "Makeup Artist" from the current legislation, and to offer Artists the "Opportunity" to become “Legally Certified".
Many within the Professional Makeup Artist community agree that formal changes to the current legislation could be a positive thing. If proper consideration is given to the diversity of the Makeup Artist Community, and any unique training requirements needed (in the various mediums it's applied), it could help legitimize the trade and offer more opportunity.
However, Bill No. 4574 was petitioned by a “Makeup School” and not by the artist community (nor were members of the community consulted prior to this being proposed). The wording in Bill No.4574 leaves significant room for “Makeup Schools” to potentially impose unfair restrictions on new and existing Artists in Michigan should further amendments ever made making certification mandatory. Largely these restrictions could end up benefiting the schools more than the students or artist community itself.
The definition of "instructor" is worded so as to not apply to “Makeup Schools” (only Cosmetology Schools). This allows for “Makeup Schools” to operate without any accountability to the state for the qualifications of their educator's experience within the production field. Proper consideration needs to be made to any licensing an educator should be required to apply for, and the credentials they must provide to the state. More clarification also needs to be made as to what these educational requirements would be, and the specific course content. There is also no specification as to what the course hour requirements would be.
It is of great concern to the pre-established Makeup Artist Community that no "grandfather" clauses were included as part of this bill to make them eligible for “certification” through a means of “testing in” or proving credentials. This effectively leaves open the possibility (if later amendments were made) for "Makeup Schools" to force certification onto artists If they wish to be considered “Legal”. Many of these artists already possess the necessary experience and skill set to work in the field, which makes this possibility unfair. Without clauses determining what qualifications could be provided to bypass the course requirements by a means of "testing in", this leaves significant room for "Makeup Schools" to take advantage of the pre-established Makeup Artist Community. Any amendments making "certification" mandatory or offering benefit to its “legality” need to include clauses that do not exclude the pre-established artist community, or force them into courses they do not need.
The definition of "Makeup Artistry" as listed in the bill also causes concern to those in the Makeup Artistry Community, because it largely identifies Makeup as being a "Production" related trade. The definition as listed is:
"MAKEUP ARTISTRY" MEANS THE APPLICATION OF COSMETICS OR 6 MAKEUP DESIGNED FOR FILM PRODUCTION, TELEVISION BROADCAST, STAGE 7 PRODUCTION, FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY, OR OTHER ENTERTAINMENT-RELATED 8 INDUSTRIES."
This leaves room for the state to start imposing restrictions on production work locations (Video and Photo Production Studios) if certification were ever to be amended as mandatory. It is also of concern to the Artist Community that the "Makeup School" petitioning for this bill does not currently have restrictions placed upon them as to the experience of their instructors in the production related fields. If no requirements are placed upon the schools to obtain instructor licensing (with instructors proving years of production related experience as qualification), then it leaves room for this school to largely give instruction in areas to which their instructors are not qualified. This floods the market with students who are not experienced to work in any of the production industry mediums. This definition also does not seek to separate out the Production related Makeup Artistry Industry from the Consumer related Makeup Artist Industry, which is also cause for concern.
It is strongly believed by the majority of the artist community that this bill was created as a means to primarily obtain federal loan funding, to help serve this "Makeup School's" own agenda. Little regard was given to the effects this would place on the pre-existing artist community. It is strongly believed that "Makeup Schools" should be held accountable for the level of education they are offering, before having the ability to give certification or obtain access to student loan funding. Heavy debate also needs to be made as to how to define each of the makeup artistry trades, it's corresponding course/hour requirements, and the experience and qualifications required by instructors to teach each of these various courses. Alternative means of certification need to also be readily made available, whether it is through apprenticeship or private instruction given by state licensed instructors.
Without proper measures taken to ensure any changes made to the current educational requirements don't leave room for exploitation, this bill should be blocked until amendments can be made.
Please sign and protect the Michigan Artist Community!
The current bill as it is being proposed:
House Representative John Walsh
N-698 House Office Building P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909
House Representative: Hugh Crawford
887 House Office Building P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909
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