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5 Things Every Freelancer Needs to Know About Finance

  • Wednesday, December 08, 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • ZOOM


  • CLA is sensitive to the current situation faced by the non-profit and arts sector within COVID-19. We are currently offering our workshops at a sliding scale or "pay what you can" price. While CLA is a nonprofit we are also in need of your continued support but want to ensure accessibility of our content and workshops to all no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact for waiver code.

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As a freelance creative, you've been hustling to create a living for yourself. Finally, your finances are in a good place, but how should you prepare for the future? Without a 401k or other traditional savings plans provided through an employer, you're probably wondering how you should invest your money or build your retirement funds. Tom Rizzo, a former music executive turned financial advisor, is here to guide you through 5 steps: establishing an emergency fund, saving a portion of every paycheck, eliminate credit card debt, invest in funds, and find an advisor.

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About the Speaker:

Tom Rizzo, Founder, Plectrum Advisors

Tom Rizzo is founder and managing director of Plectrum Advisers, an independent financial planning resource serving the freelance community

Tom works with clients on an individual basis to evaluate their needs and goals, both short and long term, to help secure their financial future. Through a comprehensive assessment of risk tolerance, time horizon, and financial goals, he designs an individually tailored solution that works best for you.

With over 30 years of experience in the music business, Tom has made a successful living as a guitarist, composer, and arranger. He has worked on a variety of projects, from motion picture soundtracks to GRAMMY Award-winning songs. Prior to becoming one of the guitarists on “The Tonight Show” band in the latter stages of the Johnny Carson era, Tom toured with the Maynard Ferguson Band.  His music composing credits include the Fox comedy series “In Living Color,” “The Wayans Brothers” for Warner Brothers, and “Not Necessarily the News.”

To learn about Tom and Plectrum Advisers, visit 

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles Department of Arts and Culture; The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the California Community Foundation.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.  



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