My attendance at one of the classes on contracts for artists convinced me of the dedication of the lawyers involved with VLA. After the class, I was motivated to join as an artist member. After learning in that class about the terms an artist should have in their contracts, I sought help with a contract that I had with a gallery. I had a meeting with one of VLA's lawyers. She went over my contract detail by detail. In the hour we spent together, it became clear that this contract did not fairly represent my interests.”
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA), celebrating its 50th year, is the leading legal aid and education organization dedicated to New York artists and its arts and cultural organizations. VLA strives to protect the artistic community’s livelihoods, businesses, and creative works through access to dedicated legal representation and focused education programs.
VLA provides legal services to the arts community in every discipline, including: acting, animation, architectural design, bookmaking, choreography, composition, computer design, costume design, craft and folk arts, dance, directing, fashion, film, graphic design, installation art, literary arts, modeling, multimedia, music, photography, playwriting, poetry, printmaking, screenwriting, songwriting, theater, three-dimensional design, video arts, video game design, visual arts, and web design.