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

TALA is coming back to MATCH

with two seminars for artists in February. Join us at

MATCH-Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002



The Benefits of Business Entities for Artists

Presented in partnership with Rodgers Selvera PLLC

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 6:30 p.m.


Do you know what type of business structure is right for your artistic pursuit?

Learn about the types of business entities artists should consider, how limited liability can protect you, and the responsibilities of becoming incorporated.  Attorney Erin Rodgers sorts it all out and gives you the pros and cons of business models most used by artists.


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 serves 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, as a performer and musician with Catastrophic Theatre, and currently performs with Houston indie rock band The Wheel Workers, as well as with several other groups.

Register here for Business Entities


The Art of Taxes

Presented in partnership with Fresh Arts

Thursday, February 20, 2020 6:30 p.m.


Artists! Learn the important stuff when it comes to your federal tax return.

It’s important to be up to date with 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
  • Overview of the business personal property tax and sales tax

Meet the speaker, Kathy Ploch, CPA:

Kathy is a CPA at Durio and Company P.C.  She previously spent 7 years as a 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. Kathy 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 the Society’s President in 2009-2010.

Register here for The Art of Taxes



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