Lee Cohen

Owner, US Tax Consultant and Withholding Agent – Self-employed, Get Some Withholding Clearances Inc.

Berlin, Germany


• Creativity and commerce focusing on new business models for performing artists
• Operational management focusing on innovation strategies
• Stakeholder management and contract negotiation
• Budgeting and forecasting to identify future pitfalls/opportunities
• Strategies built on Innovation value chain and open innovation
• Capitalizing on resource networks
• International tax strategies
• Public speaking
• International travel (40 plus countries and not really counting anymore)


Professional experience for Lee Cohen

  • Current 9 years and 7 months, since Jan 2012

    US Tax Consultant and Withholding Agent – Self-employed

    Get Some Withholding Clearances Inc.

    Engages and negotiates tax liabilities with the IRS on behalf of non-resident artists performing in the United States. • Educates artists and artist managers on US taxation • Reduces tax liabilities to a scalable percentage of net income from initially imposed flat rate of 30%. More often than not negotiates a 0% tax withholding, saving artists upwards of $100K US. • Facilitates the necessary documents and budgets required by the IRS.

  • 13 years and 7 months, Mar 2000 - Sep 2013

    Executive Manager – International Recording Artists – Self-employed

    Self Employed - The Dandy Warhols, Cat Power, The Eels

    • Actively pursued and generated strategic opportunities across a unique network of partners (upwards of 120 per artist). • Forecasted and budgeted earnings in a highly volatile market place in excess of 2.5 million dollars yearly. • Procured and negotiated various contracts for distribution, publishing, bookings for live events, and synchronization licenses. • Designed partnership agreements. Clarified the split of company profit and expenses amongst individual members.

  • 1 year and 6 months, Oct 2009 - Mar 2011

    Creative Director (Music) - Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Tx

    Ballroom Marfa

    • Curated performances by a myriad of eclectic performance artists. • Designed a production framework outlining potential expenses to reduce massive overages in spending that nearly bankrupt the organization prior to my involvement. • Negotiated appropriate fees for performing artists in line with self-sustaining ticket sales. potential based on pre determined budget allotments. Additionally negotiated all local labor and managed end-to-end and day-to-day operations for all performances.

  • 7 months, Sep 1999 - Mar 2000

    “Be Here To Love Me,” Production Assistant

    Rake Films

    • Assisted Director Margaret Brown and Producer Sam Brumbaugh day-to-day.

  • 1 year and 10 months, Aug 1997 - May 1999

    The Jenny Jones Talk Show, Production Coordinator, Chicago

    The Jenny Jones Show, Telepictures

    • Liaised directly with Show Host, Jenny Jones and Executive Producer, Ed Glavin. • Designed a unique framework for organizing a team of 70 technical and production staff with a focus on accountability; thus ensuring clear and effective communication in a very fast paced and constantly changing creative work environment. • Traveled extensively across the US administering paternity tests. • Frequently escorted guests to have dentures fitted.

  • 1 year and 1 month, Aug 1996 - Aug 1997

    Microdot Design and Artist Management, Executive Assistant


    • Worked alongside Art Director Brian Cannon day to day, and to park a Rolls Royce in a swimming pool for the cover of the 3rd Oasis record, Be Here Now.

  • Executive Manager

    Self Employed

Educational background for Lee Cohen

  • 1 year and 1 month, Sep 2013 - Sep 2014

    Business Administration

    Strathclyde Business School

    General MBA degree with a focus on Strategy, Business Model Innovation, Innovation Value Chain, and Open Innovation. Strathclyde is a top rated, triple accredited MBA program (Forbes, Economist, FT)


  • English

    First language


I want to explore opportunities over and above Music Management. I have a huge set of transferable skills fine tuned by my recent MBA.
Looking for a foot in the door to new opportunities.
I want to be continually challenged by a demanding environment of constant change.
I am looking for versatility in what comes next for me. I am multi channel focused and specialize in jack of all trades.
I want to continue meeting interesting people with great ideas who need my help.



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