Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Workshop Archive

Employment Law 101: Creative Worker's Rights

Employment 101: Am I an employee or an independent contractor? What is a non-competition agreement? Do I own creative assets I make in the course of my work? Employment law governs the relationships between employers and workers. In this educational presentation, arts and employment lawyers will explain best practices around common issues in creative workplaces, and how you can protect your rights as a creative worker.

This workshop took place on January 25, 2023.

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Contract & Negotiation Best Practice

What is a contract? What does it do? How long should it be? Do I need an attorney to negotiate for me?A contract provides legal protection for you and your creative business. Effective negotiation means a win-win for all parties to the contract. In this educational presentation, art lawyers will explain best practices of contract and negotiation: what they are, why you need them, and how you can be proactive in protecting yourself and your creative work.

This workshop took place on December 8, 2022.

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Copyright Law for Creatives

What is copyright? What does it do? Do I “own” copyright? Why does this matter? Copyright is a fundamental legal protection that gives creators the power to control access to their work. In this educational presentation, art lawyers will explain basic principles of copyright: what it is, what it protects, what protection entails, and how you can be proactive in securing copyright protection for your own creative work.

This workshop took place on November1, 2022.

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Legal Entities 101: Legal Entities for Creative Businesses

Whether you’re a new art school grad or a seasoned veteran, managing the business of your creative practice can be overwhelming, and maybe even a little scary. In this workshop, we aim to take some of the mystery out of being a small business owner by introducing you to basic, common legal entities. In this workshop, we’ll discuss traditional business structures—sole proprietorships, corporations (including benefit corps and co-ops), and limited liability companies (LLCs)—the advantages and disadvantages of each, and general formation and maintenance requirements. Artists of all experience levels and creative disciplines are welcome!

This workshop took place on January 21, 2022 on Zoom.

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Legal Entities 102: Charitable Nonprofits

What’s the difference between a nonprofit corporation and a for-profit corporation? Do “nonprofit” and “not-for-profit” mean the same thing? What is a “501(c)(3)”? Why do I need to file a return if my company is exempt from taxes? Whether you’re hoping to create a brand-new charitable nonprofit or you’re currently a leader in an existing one, if you’ve also struggled with any (or all) of these questions, then this workshop is for you! All start-up nonprofits are invited to attend this workshop led by experienced nonprofit attorneys, where we’ll walk through the fundamentals of the important (but complicated) process of establishing a charitable, tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation. Topics include:

  • For-profit vs. nonprofit organizations
  • Fiscal sponsorship
  • Nonprofit corporate structure
  • 501(c)(3) federal tax-exemption
  • Duties of nonprofit directors and officers
  • State and federal reporting requirements

This workshop took place on February 14, 2022 on Zoom.

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