David Lacher's answer So long as your corporation is an S Corp, there is no real practical difference with respect to taxes between that and an LLC. The profits and losses of the business flow through to your personal tax return in either instance. But there might be other considerations which favor one form of entity over another. For sure, it is more expensive to form an LLC in New York State because of the publication requirement, which does not apply to other business entity forms.
David Lacher's answer The governance of LLCs is determined only partially by state law, but primarily by the LLC Operating Agreement which hopefully your LLC has and hopefully you signed. That agreement should detail both the responsibilities and duties of the officers as well as the options and requirement for withdrawing from the LLC (selling your Member Interests). Without reviewing your LLC Operating Agreement, no one can answer this question definitively. But I would be very surprised if your Operating...
John Espinosa's answer It sounds like you are currently operating as a sole proprietor, where there is no legal separation between you and your business. Your first step might be to form a separate legal entity, such as a single member LLC, with its own tax ID number and bank account for all of your business activities as an artist. Then copyright everything you can. You probably will not be able to get trademark protection for your own name though.
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