For indie artists, giving back to community is a plus

Rusty the rescued pup.
Rusty the rescued pup adjusted well after a hard start early in life.

How many times have you seen indie bands doing fundraisers for a worthy cause? Or craft makers exhibiting at a festival to raise money for a charity? Or an artist donate his or her time to help a nonprofit? Continue reading “For indie artists, giving back to community is a plus”

Can social media help build your brand?

social media icons
Social media may help build your brand.

Independent artists often must act as their own marketing, branding, and promotional department. Lacking a lavish budget, it’s natural to turn to social media. Doing so requires an investment of time. Does it pay off?  Continue reading “Can social media help build your brand?”

Self employed? Document health insurance or exemption

IRS building sign
(Photo by Joshua Doubek)

Independent artists who are self-employed face a dilemma each year. It’s necessary to carry health insurance on yourself because not doing so makes you subject to a tax penalty. Several artists who are self-employed have told me they have to search for a new insurance plan each year. The bottom line, though, has to do with getting your paperwork right.  Continue reading “Self employed? Document health insurance or exemption”