Analysis 02 Aug 17

Serbia’s Govt to Cash in on Sound of Music

New measures obliging clubs and bars to sign contracts with their performers – and pay taxes on them – have divided the musical community.

Filip Rudic
BIRN
Belgrade

The new law will also apply to Serbian DJs like Marko Nastic. Photo: Flickr/Share Conference

As Belgrade confirms its place on the map of the world’s best nightlife destinations, Serbia’s government from this August will be cashing in on all music performances.

As of August 1, club, bar and kafana owners must sign contracts with the musicians they hire, and pay a tax of 17 per cent tax on their salaries.

Zarko Sakic, from the Serbian Association of Employers, told BIRN it is hard to estimate how much money the state stands to gain from the new tax, because until now this all bypassed legal cash flows.

Daily performance fees in Serbia range from ten to tens of thousands of euros, depending on the performers, with famous turbo-folk and pop singers naturally being the highest earners.

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