Ep. 39: World-Class Composer Fills His Plate With Pragmatism

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Richard DeRosa received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition in 2015 for his big band composition “Neil”. He is a tenured full professor and Director of Jazz Composition and Arranging at the University of North Texas. 

Mr. DeRosa’s most recent project was Joey Alexander with Strings where he served as conductor and arranger. The concerts premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center in October 2018.

Since...

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Ep. 36: Instrument Repairman Builds Business From Scratch

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Tony Barrette is a professional saxophonist and repair specialist. In addition to co-owning TB Winds, he teaches woodwind instrument repair at the University of North Texas (UNT) to undergraduate and graduate students.

Before moving back to Denton, Tony worked as a saxophone repair specialist at Meridian Winds in East Lansing, Michigan, where he had the opportunity to work for the saxophone studios of Michigan State University and...

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Ep. 34: Australian Composer Achieves Lofty Goals & Raises Big Money

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Toshi Clinch is a renowned Australian arranger, performer and educator currently located in Melbourne, Australia. His works have been performed globally in Europe, America, Asia and Australia by artists such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Big Band, Dick Oatts, Danilo Perez, James Morrison, various X Factor and Australian Idol finalists, West End vocalists, and many other ensembles. In 2016 Clinch graduated with a degree...

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Ep. 8: Tax Advice From An Entertainment CPA & Guitarist

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Jon Thomas, born in 1952 in Los Angeles, California, attended the University of California at Los Angeles where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Accounting.  His interest and exposure to the Entertainment Field started early growing up in Los Angeles and spending time with his uncle who was formerly a child radio star and currently an entertainment event promoter.  Jon was involved...

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Ep. 3: Three Common Tax Deductions For Musicians

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Think of tax deductions like music scales. Once you are familiar with major scales you can move onto minor, diminished, augmented, whole tone, harmonic, egyptian, you name it. Let’s build a foundation with 3 of the most common tax deductions for musicians.

Before we begin, I must disclaim that the major overhaul in the tax code this year will affect some or all deductions for musicians. For instance, if you earn income...

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3 Common Tax Deductions for Musicians

taxes thriving musician Oct 15, 2018

 

Few of us ever test our powers of deduction, except when filling out an income tax form.

- Laurence J. Peter

Think of tax deductions like music scales. Once you are familiar with major scales you can move onto minor, diminished, augmented, whole tone, harmonic, egyptian, you name it. Let’s build a foundation with 3 of the most common tax deductions for musicians. At the end of this post I will share a link to download a much longer list of tax deductions to dive into.

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Taxes for Musicians 101

taxes thriving musician Feb 05, 2018

Music, Money, Taxes

"The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax." 

- Albert Einstein

Taxes are a collection of revenue from citizens to fund the government. Many people view taxes as government penalties. I prefer to view them as government incentives. As far as I can tell the government adjusts the tax code to fit their needs economically. For example, if the government wants corporations to thrive then you might see local, statewide, or nationwide corporate...

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