Category: Independent Contractors

The Lessons of session musicians

In the cover band world, a group starts to transcend hobby status when sidemen enter the picture.  Sidemen, aka freelancers, aka “guns for hire” or session musicians are contracted on a temporary basis for their chops, and their ability to fill a hole quickly. …

January 27th, 2013…save this date!

Please put this on your calendar:  COMBO (Colorado Music Business Organization) in conjunction with Chris Daniels and other local music leaders, is planning a town hall style meeting with the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment (CDLE) on Sunday, 1/27/13 – exact time and place…

What every band leader should know…

So here’s the final post on what every band leader needs to know to avoid a major hassle with the Colorado Department of Labor… First, realize that the DOL is just doing their job.  One of their objectives is to make sure that every…

Time of performance and other issues…

Still following along with our conversation?  One issue that the Department of Labor likes to press is whether a band leader dictates the time and place of work.  If you’re not prepared to have this discussion with a government agency whose coffers are bare,…

Musicians and independent contractor agreements

Part-time professional musicians, typically known as “sidemen,” have been a big part of the live music business for decades, if not centuries.  The nomadic nature of these musicians represents the ultimate spirit of independence, entrepreneurship and self-employment.  And in many band situations, these transient…

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…