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Artist Workshop: Legal & Business Basics for Artists

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Learn fundamental art business points and dispel myths about the law in relation to Art.

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Art schools are great havens of creativity. But they don’t prepare artists for the realities of the business side of the art world. This online workshop will offer Q&A that covers the fundamental business and legal topics artists need to be aware of and seeks to dispel some of the myths about the law in relation to Art.

  • What to look for in Contracts (including some negotiating tactics)
  • Artists’ Moral Rights (particularly under VARA and CAPA)
  • What’s left of the California Resale Royalty Act
  • Basic Tax concepts to be aware of
  • The pros and cons of various business formations
  • The hows and whys of Copyright, Trademark, and Licensing
  • How to work with Assembly Bill 5 as an independent contractor

About the Presenters: Matthew Dedon and Jacob Janzen are with Art Law Access, a nonprofit law corporation dedicated to providing affordable legal services and resources to artists, entertainers, creative entrepreneurs, and arts organizations. Creative artists and businesses face extreme difficulties in today's society, from changing laws to skyrocketing fees. Art Law Access was designed to not only give artists the help they need to get on their feet, but grow their businesses or projects to reach their full potential.

About ArtSpan Artist Workshops: ArtSpan presents monthly 90-minute workshops designed to sharpen business and financial literacy for professional artists, prepare artists for exhibiting work inside and outside the studio, and encourage community between fellow artists and the public. Through these community events ArtSpan creates a platform for artists to thrive, fostering a Bay Area that values the arts.

Workshops are free to attend for all ArtSpan Artists Members. For this event a $20 donation is requested from Non-Member attendees.

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