Q: Does a band under an LLC have to file a new LLC (i.e. foreign qualification) in every state they play a concert in?
A: The short answer is no. But, there are tax issues in each state, and the matter will turn on the manner of payment. The most famous case on this involved the State of New Jersey against Lawrence Taylor the football player. The state sought to recover taxes for each game day in NJ based on his salary. He lost. For a band, typically your promoter is paid by the venue, and you are paid by the promoter. That payment can be in New York, so long as taxes are withheld.
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