From standard job to self-employed musician, the transition was bumpy

By Jennifer Day Thompson

Cream of Crop stage Thomasville GAI knew it would happen eventually. I knew there would come a day when I would no longer see my elderly neighbor across the street sitting outside or going for his afternoon walk. I didn’t know how long it would take, but I knew that the time would come when this familiar sight would change. Continue reading “From standard job to self-employed musician, the transition was bumpy”

DJ Booth offers free primer on business side of being a musician

Crazy Daysies Rebecca Day and Jen Day Thompson (photo: Joel Molotzak Photography)
Crazy Daysies Rebecca Day and Jen Day Thompson (photo: Joel Molotzak Photography)

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a fulltime working musician or someone who does it as a hobby. If you derive income from your performances, songwriting, or other source, you will be on the hook to report that income when federal (or state, where applicable) tax time rolls around. That’s one aspect among many of doing music for pay.

If you are an aspiring musician, or know one, DJ Booth has an article that’s a virtual primer to getting started. While you might not do everything the article recommends, there are some great tips. Continue reading “DJ Booth offers free primer on business side of being a musician”

MusicLinkUp makes me dizzy—in a good way

I have to say MusicLinkUp is a gold mine of information. I’d received notifications for several days, but because of a ridiculously busy schedule, I hadn’t had time to stroll around the site and see what’s happening. I took that time this morning, and frankly, the site made me dizzy. In a good way.  Continue reading “MusicLinkUp makes me dizzy—in a good way”

Band Mom: I never envisioned this phase of motherhood

It’s almost Mother’s Day, so naturally I find myself reflecting on my own journey helping to raise our children. Thanks are due to my husband who set a great example for our daughters. They’re both adults now, and having dealt with everything from teething to teen angst, I find myself in a phase of motherhood I truly never expected. I am Band Mom, and it’s been a doozy of a journey.  Continue reading “Band Mom: I never envisioned this phase of motherhood”

Indie musicians: Can you afford the myth of the starving artist in an Ivory Tower?

Zach Wilkerson "In the Middle of the Night"
Zach Wilkerson performs his song, “In the Middle of the Night”. (Snip: zacwilkersonmusic.com)

Twitter, in my opinion, ranks as the cesspool of social media. Not much can surprise you once you’ve read enough tweets. I saw something yesterday, though, that topped the list for brain dead.  Continue reading “Indie musicians: Can you afford the myth of the starving artist in an Ivory Tower?”