Month: May 2012

The blurry lines of sidemen musicians

Picking up where we left off, convincing the Colorado Department of Labor that your sidemen are independent contractors is a difficult task.  The DOL automatically assumes an employee status unless you can justify IC status.  Even with tight IC agreements in place, every case…

Musicians as employees or independent contractors?

Are you a full time musician in Colorado (or part timer generating income)?  Band leader and/or sideman/woman?  Then there is something you should know… Several cases have been coming before the Colorado Department of Labor recently; these involve the distinction between “employee” status and…

Don’t toot your own horn…unless you are in a brass section.

Self-promotion is now easier and more meaningless than ever.  You have Facebook, Twitter, perhaps a blog, multiple band sites – a miasma of low-cost channels for publicity, really.  But if you only know how to blow your own horn, this is akin to other…

Root 40 MusicFest ended with an outdoor stage

The Upper Colfax Root 40 MusicFest ended with Musicians In Action‘s all-day outdoor stage located at Colfax and Lafayette (the parking lot of the GLBT Community Center).  Bands launched at 11AM and went through the early evening. Open Stage Denver donated the sound system and…