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VOLUNTEER LAWYER FOR THE ARTS A GREAT RESOURCE FOR STARVING ARTISTS

June 24th, 2012 · No Comments · arts

Recently I referred a friend to Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

She has a terrific dance troop and needed help getting her corporate housekeeping in order. The goal was to be in the proper legal standing in order to apply for Grants, and get help writing Grants. Also there are significant Corporate, Contracts nad Copyright Issues.

A lot of bands also use VLA for contracts and permissions issues. I did back in the mid eighties with Mondo Boffo. They’re a terrific resource for artists who want quality representation and don’t have a lot of money.

Believe it or not, there are dozens of legal organizations which have as their sole goal to provide free legal services to nonprofit arts organizations, as well as to artists who can’t afford legal services. These organizations are great resources.

Issues often handled include contract negotiations, mediation services, nonprofit incorporation, copyright information and infringement lawsuits, tax information, estate planning, and lease review. VLA organizations also provide education programs, including seminars, publications, and the maintenance of art law libraries. See the NEA page for a description of VLA assistance.

In New York the best is

VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS
www.vlany.org/
1 E 53rd St # 6 New York, NY 10022
(212) 319-2787
Vlaintern@vlany.org

THEY NEED TO KNOW:
Names of Board Members
If the Non-Profit is Incorporated and if so where?
Does the corporation have tax exempt status? Is it a 501(c)(3)?
What is the annual operating budget for Pesvebi?
1. Rent
2. Expenses
3. Travel
4. Marketing
What specific legal issues does the group need help with.

Click the image to go to a site with National Resources for Volunteer Lawyers outside of NYC.

Click for Starving Artists Link

Click for Starving Artists Link

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