The musician exemption has passed the house but still has to go through the Senate….see below from Adam Nordell of the AM String Band:
A change in our state’s employment law several years ago classified all temporary, hired performers as employees – the venue hosting the performer is required to pay workers comp, and withhold state taxes on the performers payment as of 2005. Â This spells a huge increase in paperwork and cost for venues and promoters, and meansÂ much less live music in Montana. Â Sam Porter has suggested he might slash in half the number of shows he promotes; smaller promoters and venues may be unable to hire performers at all. Â House Bill 598Â will exempt musicians from these requirements if it passes in the Senate. Â You can read more about the whole dealÂ hereÂ . Â Please contact theÂ Senate Committee on Business, Labor and Economic AffairsÂ to voice your support for House Bill 598.