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Do I Need to Issue 1099s as a Musician?

Hey all, hope you're staying warm out there. With the January 31st issue deadline right around the corner, let's have a quick talk about 1099's. First, what is a 1099? A 1099 is a statement of income issued to a taxpayer...

How Blockchain Technology Could Make the Music Industry More Equitable

This post is about blockchain technology, which makes some people’s eyes glaze over. But trust me, once you understand the basic idea, it’s actually easy to grasp. And it’s all very exciting for indie musicians.   This post will cover how the...

How To Do Taxes as a Self-Employed Musician

Once you've decided to officially become a professional musician, you are faced with a problem that every working American has to face - you need to file a tax return. This fact alone is enough to dissuade some very talented...

Few Points About BMI Music Royalties for Songwriters and Publishers

If you’re a songwriter or publisher with BMI, or you’re thinking of joining BMI, this post is for you. Just for clarity, BMI is actually not a publisher. It simply collects royalties for publishers and songwriters.

Musicians Tax Guide: 11 Common Mistakes Musicians Make on their Taxes

In 2009, after working in music and venue marketing for 10 years, I started answering the phones at a busy tax prep firm in Chicago. It was supposed to be a temporary gig, but before long, my musician friends...

Songtradr Review: Everything You Need to Know

If you are reading this, you probably already know about "sync licensing." If you don't, then head over to this amazing podcast with Vo Williams: "Hip Hop Artist with over 1,000 TV, Film and Video Game placements." Listening to the podcast...

YouTube Content ID is a Scam

YouTube and the major labels and publishers are in cahoots. YouTube knows its Content ID claiming system is far from perfect, but it’s the best we got.

The MLC is Sitting On $423 Million, How Songwriters Can Claim It

The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) came out of the Music Modernization Act (MMA). Wow there were a lot of buzz words and phrases you may have never heard of in that first sentence. To not get into the weeds of how...

NFTs for Music Explained (in Musician Terms)

I have a new album coming out April 9th. No, I'm not about to pimp another album NFT (more on this in a bit). This is only for reference to say I'm A) a working musician and B) I...

How Much Each Distributor Pays For Spotify and Apple Music

All streams are not treated equally. How much Spotify and Apple Music pay for a stream varies on many factors. There are around 800 different pay rates for each stream on Spotify. Some of the variables include: Country/Territory of the listener ...
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