Help Amend Bill S863

Dear Friends of Live Music,

The Folk Project needs your help to amend Bill S863, presently pending in the New Jersey General Assembly. It will substantially injure New Jersey's nonprofit music presenters.

Although intended to protect drivers in the gig economy, unless amended, the Folk Project will go from all volunteers with zero employees to 250 new employees every year. The resulting taxes, insurance, and paperwork is an existential threat to the Folk Project, and organizations like it, and, by damaging all of us, will hurt the musicians we love and present.

  • Please support our fight by contacting your personal State representatives.
  • Below is a sample message with a list of legislators on the Labor Committee. It's critical they hear from you.
  • Click here to read The Folk Project's position in detail.
  • Click here to read the law on the State's web site.


Paul Fisher
President of the Folk Project

Send this message:

"I am opposed to Bill S863 unless it is amended to include a common sense exemption for performing musicians to be treated as independent contractors even when the presenting organization's sole purpose is entertainment. Without this exemption, the bill will cause severe damage to New Jersey's nonprofit concert presenters, performing musicians, and the public they serve - culturally and economically."

Send it to:

Senate President Sweeney
(856) 251-9801

The Labor Committee
Fred H. Madden, Chair
(856) 232-6700   (856) 401-3073

Joseph Lagana: Paramus
(201) 576-9199

Anthony M. Bucco: Denville
(973) 627-9700

Linda R. Greenstein: Cranbury
(609) 395-9911

Michael Testa: Cape May Court House
(609) 778-2012