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Global Gab: Financial Literacy for Artists

In partnership with Rattlestick Playywrights Theater

“Starving Artist” - do you wear this label like a badge of honor? Or have you longed to break this stereotype and be seen as a “Thriving Artist” instead? How do we stop living gig paycheck to gig paycheck? Not to mention that gigs are far and few between right now. We reached out to Friends of Global Gab and you have requested we bring in professionals to teach you all about Financial Literacy. We hear you loud and clear. Join us on April 27th, 8pm EDT. We shall come together and learn how to bring our finances to the next level. We will hear from experts Toral Gothani (Accountant) and Sam Strum (Financial Advisor). They will share tips on navigating taxes and finances as an artist, with a special focus on helping immigrant artists on visas. Due to legal protections, only patrons who RSVP and attend the live event will have access to the full panel and the following Q&A session. As we boldly and creatively adapt the richness of Billy Shakespeare’s words: Fear no more the bills of yore, Nor the furious budgeting woes; Fear not debts, credit score; Thou hast joy and confidence. All artists fed, all artists must consign to invest, come to trust.


Samuel E. Strum (Sam) is a Financial Advisor on the Field Financial Strategies, LLC advisory team. As a Financial Advisor, Sam believes in empowering his clients to take ownership of their lives in pursuit of their goals and assisting them in achieving financial independence. His passion in this area developed when he worked in New York City’s Broadway theater industry. Working with artists and entertainment professionals, he realized that many lacked financial literacy and sought trustworthy financial guidance. In response, Sam pivoted to a career as a financial advisor to provide financial direction to those working to achieve their financial goals. As a Financial Advisor with Field Financial Strategies, LLC, Sam works with professionals, business owners, and successful creative individuals to evaluate their current situation and design a course to help them accomplish their goals.

Toral Gathani has 13 + years of experience in designing strategies for business owners and individuals, auditing and reviewing Co-op's, condominiums in NYC, Not-For-Profit organizations, and tax preparation. She has experience of working on 600+ Individual taxes, 500+ Business Accounting and tax returns, 35+ NPO, supported 50+ audits-reviews-compilations and guided 20+ firms with bookkeeping services and still counting. She specializes in corporate taxation for small to medium-sized businesses as well as individual taxation. Toral is a manager at Bernstein Rosen & Company, PC located in New York and Treasurer for BNI Chapter 11 Manhattan. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Auditing, and Masters of Science in Accounting. Toral, is a Chartered Accountant, India and an active member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. She is also a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and the New York State Society of CPA’s. Toral born in Pune, Mumbai and raised in Mumbai is passionate about art, and sports.

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