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B-Side Session: Start Your LLC - FREE WORKSHOP on 9/26!

The B-Side Sessions are back for a 4th season! Join us for a complete LLC Start Up Workshop on Monday, September 26th, 2022 at 6pm in Bell’s Back Room. Please claim your spot by registering in advance- slots are limited.


Whether you are about to start a new company to represent your interests, or you have been operating as a sole proprietor, this hands-on workshop is for you. Chris Newberg, a Michigan based business lawyer and entertainer, will explain the benefits of forming your business as an LLC and guide you through the steps to do so. This workshop is perfect for budding artists who want to get serious about organizing their finances and growing their reach while protecting their interests.

You will learn:

-The legal and tax benefits of starting up as an LLC or changing your business to an LLC status -What an operating agreement is and how to create one as a band or solo performer -How to have conversations about setting up a business with your band mates -What an EIN is, how to obtain one, and how to use it -How to set up a DBA -How to set up a business bank account -The differences between LLC and a corporation -and MORE!

This is your sign to start the new year off right. Take advantage of free advice from experienced professionals. This workshop will be led by a business attorney and an artist development consultant, both of whom have experience helping musical entrepreneurs.

Come prepared:

-Bring your laptop and notebook -Any existing documentation about your business -Think about specific questions that apply to your situation -If you would like assistance filing on the spot, please come prepared to pay the $50 registration fee directly to the State of Michigan via their online portal.

These free music business education sessions are geared towards musicians of all ages free resources and access to professional advice to navigate the more daunting aspects of being a self-employed career musician… aka the business side of things. Learn about how you can take control over your career as an independent musician and use new knowledge and skills to grow a sustainable career that reaches your unique goals.

This is session is presented as part of the Sounds of the Zoo. This inaugural event will showcase local, regional, national, and international live music performances to be showcased at a variety of locations throughout the city of Kalamazoo. Learn more here:

Special thanks to Bell's for generously hosting this event for artists. Learn more about what's on tap during this event:

Visit to learn more about Michigan Music Alliance and the B-Side Sessions.

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