VLA provides pro bono arts-related legal representation and education to low-income artists and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. To do so, we offer legal counseling, educational programs, advocacy, and alternative dispute resolution. We believe that artists should understand certain legal and business matters to protect themselves and their creative endeavors.
Writers and filmmakers need to understand their legal rights and how to defend themselves from those who may seek to exploit them or falsely claim their rights have been infringed. […]
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This class will provide an overview of contract law including essential aspects of contract formation, enforceability, and standard provisions for artists such as creative control, compensation, and credit. Topics will […]
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Learn to be a Mediator with MediateArt and VLA! Attorneys earn up to 16 CLE credit hours. MediateArt™ is VLA’s alternative dispute resolution, contract negotiation, and negotiation counseling program. A […]
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This workshop provides valuable information on the fundamentals of basic copyright protection, including copyrightability of works, ownership (initial ownership; transfers; works-for-hire), registration, infringement and remedies, and fair use. Through this […]
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We now offer online intake forms to request legal assistance on arts-related legal matters. Please click on the right form for you:
Access to our pro bono legal services is available solely to low-income artists and nonprofit arts organizations. Other services and programs are open to the entire arts community.
I created The Love Bench, an artwork on Greenwich and 7th Avenues, in response to the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 and The Tiles for America project. VLA has provided me with many legal and business services that I never could have afforded as a struggling artist. VLA and its volunteers have helped me with Love Bench as well as other matters over the years. I am truly grateful for VLA’s assistance!
I am an artist and wanted to establish a business. I joined VLA, and they helped me enormously. The staff was supportive and sincerely interested in providing the great legal advice. VLA helped me to understand the legal aspects of my endeavors. I encourage all artists who need legal and business advice to see the help of VLA. It is a wonderful organization!
VLA helped steer me in the right direction with one very perplexing problem: my will. Every artists wonders, “What will happen to my art when I die?” Years ago, I hired a law firm to draw up a will, but I found it insufficient and unsatisfactory.
Many artists, perhaps most famously Mark Rothko, leave no will or a weak will. Their estates can be left to manage lengthy trials, and I did not want that to happen to my art. VLA’s Artists Over Sixty program met my legal needs perfectly. VLA connected me with a professional, patient lawyer who represented me for free. The saying goes, “You get what you pay for,” but this could not be further from the truth in my dealings with VLA. I am now confident that my art will be protected after my death and I have VLA to thank for that.
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