Unemployment compensation

As independent contractor, organist, now that churches are closed during pandemic.

Can I collect unemployment?

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Apr 22, 2020
Claiming Unemployment Benefits with a Church
by: Vickey

Usually the answer is no.

Churches are exempt from paying unemployment taxes in most states and unless they paid it voluntarily, EMPLOYEES of the church cannot receive unemployment benefits.

Since you are an independent contractor, you are usually not eligible for unemployment benefits as well...HOWEVER... I believe that ICs may be eligible in this pandemic.

So you will need to check with your local unemployment agency to confirm your eligibility.

May 06, 2020
IC Crisis Compensation
by: Anonymous

You can apply for U, Eidl(if it reopens) and the PPP.

Plus, the serve you play with may have you classified incorrectly. If you're a regular musician then technically you should be an employee.

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