Tax Deductible Expenses for Musicians

Musicians: Use this list to help organize your music tax preparation.

This is a basic list of typical expenses incurred by musicians. You may have others.

  • Agency/management fees
  • Books, magazines, music
  • Business gifts
  • Business insurance
  • Business meals and entertainment
  • Cabs, subways, buses/automobiles
  • Copying, printing
  • Cultural events
  • Equipment and software
  • Film & processing
  • Gratuities
  • Home office: rent, gas & electric, insurance
  • Instrument and equipment repair
  • Instrument purchases
  • Memberships (museums, professional organizations)
  • Messengers, private mail carriers, postage
  • Music library: dvds, videos, records, tapes
  • Music supplies
  • Musician fees
  • Office supplies
  • Promotion
  • Studio/rehearsal space rent
  • Tax preparation/legal fees
  • Telephone/internet
  • Theatrical clothing
  • Travel