“This way it doesn’t get reported [to the artist’s agent] in the gross revenue of the show,” says the promoter.
Melanie says, “I’m self-employed, and I have to watch my money.… To me, a service charge is if you go through Ticketmaster.”
Anthology general manager Michael Miller responds: “That service charge helps us combat our overall costs like the hardware and software and other costs to produce those tickets and the costs of personnel [to handle ticketing].” Regarding Melanie’s complaint: “It is very understandable. It does throw a lot of people off.”
– Ken Leighton
Don’t Tax Me, Bro! Come tax time each year, accountant Roger Garay advises many local musicians (whom he prefers to keep anonymous).
“Many performing artists are self-employed independent contractors, sometimes by choice and sometimes by default, and [they] receive Form 1099 at year end, reporting their compensation. Other performing artists are paid as employees of the venues where they perform and receive a Form W-2 at year end, reporting their compensation and the amounts of taxes withheld.…
“The reporting rule is that if you pay someone $600 or more over the course of the year, you must issue a Form 1099.…
“I [have] heard many complaints about some venues giving out Forms 1099 instead of W-2s at year end. Everyone complained about having to report their income at all.… I believe, however, that the best of all worlds is enjoyed by the artist who receives Form 1099.… It opens the door for them to file a Schedule C – like any other business – and take legitimate deductions that would not be available to them filing as W-2 employees.”
Consultations with Garay are done in person, over the phone, and via email. He charges $120 per hour, billed in 15-minute increments from the start of the session. The first half hour is free.
“No, you cannot have a free daily 29-minute consultation, phone call, [or] email.”
– Jay Allen Sanford
Phoo Fightin’ Typo Haters When the Foo Fighters play Cox Arena on Monday, March 3, “All backstage passes must be approved through the Foo Fighters’ tour manager. Any retarded house or venue passes are null and void. The old ‘résumé on a rope’ is not permitted.” Regarding advertising, “Any misspellings or other stupid typos will set the Purchaser back $100, to be paid to Foo Fighters tour manager at settlement.”
Backstage, “Artist shall not be required to share dressing room with any other performer, except Supergrass, Oasis, or maybe Led Zeppelin.… Any strange or lingering odor should be dealt with and covered up wherever and whenever possible.” Also, “Venue employees hanging out with no apparent job or making out with girlfriends or boyfriends (aka the town census backstage) is not fun for us either, especially when people are paid to be working.”
Finally, “Any photographer left in the [stage-front] barrier after three songs is no longer welcome in the building.”
– Jay Allen Sanford
Not Sweet on San Diego Ninety-one years ago today – 2/28/17 – blues legend Jelly Roll Morton played a San Diego gig, according to Morton biographers and Sandiegoconcertarchive.com. Several historians speculate that this concert, at an unnamed local venue, led to an offer of steady gigs in L.A., prompting Morton to relocate to the West Coast in the summer of 1917.
In 1921, Morton was performing regularly at the Kansas City Bar in Tijuana. Two of his most revered songs were written there: “The Pearls” and “Kansas City Stomp,” named after the bar.
According to Dead Man Blues author Phil Pastras, “His trips to San Diego and south of the border had something to do with the Hollywood crowd as well, especially after Prohibition set in. That is where the crowd would go to drink and party. They had a race track, and gambling and booze was legal, so that is where the crowd went.” San Diego had outlawed cabaret dancing in 1917, and the federal government banned alcohol in 1920.
In 1921, Morton and a small orchestra were scheduled to perform at the U.S. Grant Hotel. Band member Dink Johnson later claimed the band was fired by the hotel management because Morton sat at the piano and played with his legs crossed, ostensibly offending white patrons. Morton, however, later told an interviewer that he canceled the gig himself after finding out an all-white band playing at the hotel was being paid twice the fee his band had been offered.
– Jay Allen Sanford