The LS-1 contract provides a way for musicians who perform solo, in ensembles, or maintain a private student studio (“private teaching”), to qualify for health and pension benefits. Private teaching can only qualify for health benefits, and not pension benefits.


  • Solo Performance
  • Ensembles (only if all musicians on the engagement are reported on the form)
  • Private Teaching

Incompatible Usage

  • Recording
  • Theater
  • Media work


  • Health Benefits Eligibility
  • Pension Eligibility (does not apply to Private Teaching)


A single piece of the below documentation is required. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals as well as corporate entities.

  • Contract/s, or
  • Invoice/s, or
  • Copies of payment –i.e. checks or a record of cash payments, or
  • Copies of check stubs or payroll voucher, or
  • Spreadsheets of private lessons including dates and wages earned per student

Submission Due Date

For the September 1st benefit start date

NO LATER than July 15 for engagements from January 1 through June 30

For the March 1st benefit start date

NO LATER than January 15 for engagement form July 1 through December 31


Mailed or Emailed Submissions

Please consult the specific LS-1 Form for further instructions.

Portal/Online Submissions

The confirmed amounts due for Work Dues, Health Fund and/or Pension contributions will be provided to you after your portal/online submission has been verified, as well as directions for paying them. The following payment types are currently supported, with plans to expand in the future:

  • Work Dues – online portal

  • Health Fund (if applicable) – ACH or mailed check

  • Pension (if applicable) – ACH or mailed check

ACH information and physical addresses for mailed checks will be provided to you after your online submission has been verified.

Assistance, Health Benefits Related

Assistance, LS-1 Related