Music & Entertainment Accounting Services

We have decades of experience in working with Australian and foreign artists and the entertainment business more broadly. Learn how we can help here.

Who we help

  • Solo artists
  • Bands
  • DJs
  • Up-and-coming and established talent
  • Talent managers
  • Festival promoters
  • Event organisers and producers
  • Foreign artists touring in Australia
  • Other entertainers including actors, writers, directors, comedians, influencers etc.

Our clients include

We have worked with some of Australia’s biggest artists and festival organisers including Timmy Trumpet, Lucky Group, Jet, Sneaky Sound System, Pete Murray, Temper Trap, 360, Tim Minchin, Masked Wolf, Juicy Festivals Australia, Untitled Group, The Paper Kites, Smith Street Band, Gotye, Dean Lewis, Jai Courtney, and many, many more.

What our clients say about us

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BG Private has provided invaluable business and tax advice, and been key to our growth. They are always quick to respond and happy to help.

Melva | Finance Manager | Level Two Music
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Serge Bolzonello was key in the development and international success of Bjorn Again.

John Tyrrell | Managing Director | Bjorn Again

We know the challenges you face

With our decades of experience, we know the common challenges facing the music and entertainment business – as well as the unique opportunities that you can take advantage of.

Questions around tax

It’s only natural that you wouldn’t have much experience in tax and accounting – after all that’s what you hire an accountant for! However, we find that many of our clients feel more in control when they have the basics explained in simple terms, and have their questions answered clearly.

That’s why we are happy to spend time explaining your tax obligations, deadlines, strategic options, what you can claim, what you should be putting aside, and more. With this extra detail you will feel more confident that you are in good hands.

Uneven cashflow

For many in the industry, money can come in in fits and starts based on things like the work you get, advances and so on. We can help you navigate your cashflow and set a budget that works to cover you during the peaks and troughs.

Ensuring lifelong success

Many of our clients want to know how to maximise their active years to help set them up for later in life. The qualified advisors in our Financial Planning division can help you explore your options and take the right steps.

What we can do for you

Share our deep understanding of the music and entertainment landscape so that you can learn from the experience of others and grasp the opportunities

Leverage our extensive knowledge of the relevant tax laws, built from working with hundreds of clients just like you

Carefully listen to you and truly understand your goals and pain points in a way that leads to better outcomes

Spend time educating you around the implications of various actions and all the options you have, so that you can make informed decisions

Be honest with you about what is in your best interest

Work seamlessly and constructively with your management team

Provide holistic advice across accounting, business and tax advisory and bookkeeping, and connect you with other experts you may need

Our services

  • Navigating global tax considerations for Australian artists and entertainers performing overseas
  • Australian tax-withholding applications
  • Development and preparation of Export Development Grants
  • Withholding tax clearances for visiting performers
  • Preparation and lodgement of GST
  • Domestic and international tax planning
  • Tour budgets, accounting and financial management/bookkeeping
  • Management of bank accounts
  • Annual taxation and compliance requirements
  • Tour reconciliations
  • Preparing and lodging tax returns
  • Advice on business structures for local and international artists
  • Audits (including of royalty payments)
  • Forensic accounting
  • Residency issues and the use of foreign tax jurisdictions agreements

Positive outcomes you can expect

• Feeling in control that you will be able to meet your tax obligations
• Ensuring your cashflow and budgets are under control
• Support for any overseas tours you do
• Knowing that you are employing tax-effective strategies
• Having a trusted advisor who you can turn to any time

Contact us!

Whether you’re an Australian artist or a foreign act touring Down Under, our experienced Music & Entertainment team is here to help you.

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