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Law + ArtWorks kicks off year with a new focus and Sept 21 Happy Hour!!

Law + ArtWorks – that group of local lawyers that works on Triangle ArtWorks network to provide legal education and resources for the Triangle – is kicking off their new year (well, fiscal year) with a new focus as Triangle ArtWorks first “Resource Group” and wants to tell you about it over a cold one!

Announcing our “Legal” Happy Hour!

 

Join the lawyers of  Law + ArtWorks for drinks, snacks and a little “legal mingling” at WXYZ at the new Aloft Hotel on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh at 6pm on Wednesday, September 21.

  • Meet area lawyers that are supporting the Triangle arts business community
  • Learn about ways they are serving artists, arts organizations and arts businesss in the Triangle
  • Meet other Triangle ArtWorks staff and learn about the Organization’s work
  • Have fun & meet other artists of all disciplines from across the Triangle!

Help us plan better by signing up for this event here.

 

Triangle attorneys Brandon Huffman, Mike Tadych, Ed Timberlake and Pam Chestak address questions at the Legal Issues for Photographers workshop during Click Photography Festival.

Law + ArtWorks member attorneys Brandon Huffman, Mike Tadych, Ed Timberlake and Pam Chestak address questions at the “Legal Issues for Photographers” workshop held in conjunction with Click Photography Festival.

What’s a Resource Group and how can it help you?

Last year, a bunch of arts loving Triangle lawyers were looking for a more efficient and effective way to help the Triangle arts community and help them get the legal information they need to run their businesses and protect their work.  They began working with Triangle ArtWorks, set up Law + Artworks, and began a series of Practicums – practical workshops aimed at helping artists understand issues such as how to read a contract, what Fair Use really means, or how to file a trademark application. They also began looking at other ways to support the Triangle’s artists and arts organizations.

This (fiscal) year, they are “rebranding” as a Triangle ArtWorks first “Resource Group” – go-to group for arts organizations and discipline groups for general legal support.  They will still be doing their monthly Practicums, often working directly with arts discipline groups across the Triangle.  They will also be working to build the Legal Resources for Artists database on Triangle ArtWorks site and to develop other simple tools, such as pamphlets and guides, that artists can access directly from the Site.

Practicum attendees share networking after a workshop.

Practicum attendees network after a workshop.

Need a lawyer to talk to your business or arts organization about a general legal issue – contact them.  Does your arts discipline share a general legal concern that they want input on? Contact them.  By bringing together lawyers that support the arts community, we are making it easier for them to work together to increase legal resources for artists and for arts groups to be able to find legal speakers and other support.

Of course, Law + ArtWorks will not be able to represent artists or organizations directly on specific cases.  If you need to hire a lawyer, check out our Creative Services section to find lawyers who love working with artists.

Are you a lawyer who loves the Arts?  Join Law + ArtWorks!

Carrboro attorney, Ed Timberlake guides artist Darryl Wally through the process to file a copyright application for his work online.

Carrboro attorney, Ed Timberlake, guides artist Darryl Wally through the process to file a copyright application for his work online at a Law + ArtWorks Practicum.

If you are a lawyer that loves the arts, but struggles with how to be of help, join our Resource Group!  We are expanding the group to provide more tools and services.  All areas of practice are needed!  Come to the Happy Hour or contact us here.

Will there be other Resource Groups?

We are glad you asked!  Yes, ArtWorks will be working with other professional groups (Accounting? Real estate? Marketing?) to create more Resource Groups to work through ArtWorks regional network to help the Triangle’s arts business community get the resources they need more easily.  Have an idea for our next Resource Group?  Let us know!

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ArtWorks Kicks-off Legal Practicum Series

Do you work in the arts and have questions about copyright? Trademark? Taxes? Contracts? Business law?  Are you tired of attending “legal issues in the arts” talks and going home with more questions and no tools to help you? Stock photo of man w: question mark

Members of our new Law + ArtWorks group were tired of giving those talks too. So they have designed a series of workshops, or Practicums, that will provide hands-on targeted learning for the arts community.  These monthly workshops will have limited enrollment, allowing attendees to learn from each other, as well as the Practicum facilitators.

Practicums will take place the Second Tuesday of each month from 4-6 p.m at the Frontier. The program will kick-off in March with a Practicum on copyright for visual artists with local attorney to the creative community, Pamela Chestek.

Here’s a look at the first three months of Practicums:

March 10 – Copyright Registration for Visual Artists: This first Practicum session is for visual artists (drawing, jewelry, painting, sculpture, printmaking, stained glass, surface design). Local attorneys Pamela Chestek and Ed Timberlake will walk attendees through the process of submitting a copyright application form to register one of their works. Find more information and instructions on what you need to bring on the registration page. Click here to register.

April 14 – Visual Artist Contracts – Brian Sullivan of Wyrick Robbins leads a workshop on contracts for visual artists.  This Practicum will help attendees learn how to read and interpret contract terms, what to look for, and how different terms may affect business and their rights to their work.

May 12  – Copyright Registration for Authors – Continuing the copyright registration series, this session is for authors of written works.

Practicums will costs $15.  Register here for the March 10 Practium.  Watch our social media or sign up for our email to receive notice of future Practicums.

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New Legal Resources added to Site.

Do you have a business idea and don’t know where to start?  Do you have a creative idea that you want to protect?  Do you even know where to start to look into these issues?

L-R, UNC Law Students Eric Roehling, Amanda Gladin-Kramer, David Kirby.

Well, Triangle ArtWorks is here to help. A great team of law students from UNC Law School’s Pro Bono Program has scoured the internet for you and pulled together a list of the best resources and links they could find on the issues of business form and copyright. Although these resource pages are not a substitute for legal advice and CERTAINLY should not be used as such, they are a good place to start.  We have done that first search for you, saving you the time of searching the internet and wasting time on irrelevant sites.

So far, we have loaded new sections of the Resource Directory on Copyright/Trademark and Starting a For-Profit Business. We will be adding resources on Contracts and other business forms after the first of the year.

But wait, there’s more…..

Pulling together these resources is just the first step.  Now that we have the basics on the site, ArtWorks will start looking at other ways to help fill the legal needs of the community. Some possibilities we are looking at are articles on relevant legal topics,  short talks or “ask a lawyer” session on general or specialized topics, or development of a Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts-type program.

If you want to help or have input for us on programs or needs, let us know!

Beth

 

 

 

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