We improve the lives of  musicians with our pro bono CPA tax service and instruction on the tax implication of the music business.

Giving musicians a fresh start.

Results to Date

Debt relief obtained for musician clients
Amount of refunds received
Amount of Grants and Gifts for Individuals

Upcoming Workshops

All workshops at 2:00pm at NOLA Jazz Museum & on Zoom

November 2: W-2s, 1099s, Royalties

November 15: Year End Tax Tips

January 17: How to Prepare Your 2023 Return

January 31: How to Prepare Your 2023 Return (plus tips on missing documents)

For questions about Workshops, please contact Alison Edmonson:

(225) 436-0502

Tax Compliance and Financial Expertise for Musicians

Harmony Street Society is a 501c3 non-profit foundation that provides tax compliance and many other services to musicians. Our CPA provides personalized expert consultation, assessment, and resolution of financial issues for participants at no cost to them.

What We Do

Harmony Street Society is a 501c3 non-profit foundation that provides tax compliance and many other services to free lance musicians in New Orleans to avoid future penalties and give them a fresh start. Our CPA provides personalized expert consultation, assessment, and resolution of financial issues for participants.  

Until now, they had nowhere to turn for this kind of help.

Tax debt and bureaucratic issues can affect mental and physical health, and we believe in giving musicians the help they need so they can continue to create freely – and in harmony.

We do this through our two primary programs.

The Fresh Start Workforce Program consisting the Ask-a-CPA Workforce Training Workshop, and One-on-One Counseling Sessions; and the Musician Support Program providing direct financial aid to musicians in need.

The Fresh Start Ask-a-CPA Workshops teach participants how to complete employment forms, open bank accounts, create IRS, Louisiana Department of Revenue, and Social Security accounts, how to make periodic payments, creating LLC, S-corps, tracking expenses, preparation of tax documents, and how to prepare returns on-line for free. We have hosted live, simulcast on Facebook, and Zoom workshops at the New Orleans Jazz Museum and another on Zoom for Music Cares. We are planning more workshops for 2023.

In the Fresh Start One-on-One Counseling Sessions, our CPA collaborates with each musician to prepare a personalized strategy to resolve all current and future tax and financial issues with our Makin’ Taxes, Makin’ Payments, and Makin’ Payroll programs. The CPA prepares all documents and tax filings to bring the participant current, including negotiating with tax authorities to waive late fees, penalties, and in some cases reduce the amount of tax owed.

The Musician Support Program collaborates with individuals and non-profits to provide cash grants to those desperately in need of living expenses including rent, food, utilities, etc. The program also may provide help with the cost of filing fees, fines, penalties, and taxes.

Makin’ Taxes, Makin’ Payments, and Makin’ Payroll.

The goal is to place each musician in a sound position to start fresh. We use a 3-part counseling program to achieve current and maintain long-term tax compliance to place each musician on a path for social security and Medicare eligibility. The counseling program includes Makin’ Taxes, Makin’ Payments, and Makin’ Payroll.

Makin’ Taxes is a tax, finance, and retirement set-up service for musicians. This program provides a one-time fix to tax and other financial compliance issues.

Makin’ Payments prepares the musician to make periodic tax payments on-line. That way at year-end they have paid in; the goal is to owe a little, nothing at all, or to get a small refund. Accounts are established with the Internal Revenue Service and the Louisiana Department of Revenue that allows the musician to login and make direct payments based on their frequency and amount of pay. In addition, an account is established with the Social Security Administration. Having the accounts however does not mean payments are always made, and the musician remains a 1099 employee.

Under Harmony Street Society’s Makin’ Payroll service, we create a corporation for the musician and they become a W-2 employee of their company. All income from the musician’s performances is paid to the corporation. A payroll service is provided, and payday withholdings occur at the frequency and the amount of pay the individual wants. Under this program, taxes are withheld automatically for the musician.

Sponsor an Artist

For $200/month or an annual gift of $2,400, you can sponsor a musician’s unlimited access to one of our CPAs. Musicians who have debt relieved must remain tax compliant for a total of 5 years.  Help Harmony street be there the whole way.

Looking for help with your financial and tax issues?