Houston Seminars – TALA at MATCH-Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

TALA is coming to MATCH

Join us at

MATCH-Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

for two seminars for artists in February



Copyright & Creativity

Presented in partnership with Rodgers Selvera PLLC

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 6:30 p.m.


Is your art protected?

Join TALA for a comprehensive discussion of copyright fundamentals and how to protect your work.  This multidisciplinary presentation includes what your rights are as a copyright owner, registering your work, fair use of copyrighted material, and more. There will be time allowed for Q&A after the presentation. 


Meet the speaker, Erin Rodgers, Attorney at Law:  

Erin has been practicing entertainment and nonprofit law in the Houston area since 2007. Erin holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Business from Loyola University New Orleans, and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. She has spoken at many entertainment industry events, and teaches copyright and business courses at the Art Institute of Houston. She has served on the Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Council, and is a member of NARAS.  She was a past legal director at Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts.

In addition to practicing law, Erin is a classically trained clarinetist, and also plays the piano, accordion, and guitar. Erin has performed as a vocalist with Dave Brubeck and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and currently performs with Houston indie rock bands The Wheel Workers and Glass the Sky, as well as with several other groups.

Register here for Copyright & Creativity


The Art of Taxes

Presented in partnership with Fresh Arts

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 6:30 p.m.


Our newest edition including recent key changes for individual taxpayers.

With the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December 2017 and the redesign of Form 1040, it’s important to be up to date with new information that impacts your tax liability.   Join TALA as we cover new rules and general basics for completing your return.

Structured with artists in mind, this seminar is designed to walk you through your tax return, addressing common artist concerns and important IRS regulations pertaining to creative practices.   

 Topics covered include:

  • What it means to be self-employed/independent contractor
  • What the self-employment tax is and how it is paid
  • Keeping records of income and expenses
  • Which expenses are deductible
  • What is needed to prepare your taxes
  • Estimated tax payments
  • Business v hobby rules
  • Home office expenses


Meet the speaker, Kathy Ploch, CPA:

Kathy is a CPA and the Tax Compliance and Consulting Specialist at Harper & Pearson Company, P. C. She has been in public accounting preparing all types of taxes for 35 years and has worked with small nonprofit organizations for 20 years. She is a Past President of TALA and has been a volunteer with the organization since 1999. She is a member of the Houston CPA Society and served as Society’s President in 2009-2010.

Register here for The Art of Taxes



Events funded in part by a grant from the  Texas Bar FoundationTexas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.