VLA offers a variety of programs and workshops, which are listed below. We also offer a selection of on-demand, online recordings of previously held education programs for those unable to attend or want a refresher. Click here to access and view these presentations.

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Contract Essentials for Filmmakers (CLE)

June 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Contracts can be long, and sometimes daunting, documents to wade through. However, they are essential for protecting your rights and interests when making your film. This class will go over 10 important things to look out for when entering an agreement, so that you can ensure that both you and your creative work are adequately protected. Topics to be covered include: contract formalities, negotiating payment and credit terms, termination, and boilerplate language. 

Continuing Legal Education: 

This program provides 1 Professional Skills CLE credit, approved for Non-Transitional and Transitional Attorneys.


Emma E. Frean, Esq

Associate Director of Legal Services @ Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Emma is the Associate Director of Legal Services at VLA. In this role, she advises artists and arts organizations on issues related to contracts, intellectual property, and litigation pending in both federal and state courts. In addition, Emma oversees all aspects of client intake and case placement with pro bono counsel. Emma is a frequent speaker on entertainment-related legal issues and she has presented at Columbia University, Cornell Law School, Cardozo School of Law, Freelancers Union, Nitehawk Shorts Festival, TIDE Film Festival, and the “Made in New York” Post-Production Training Program run through the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. She is also the clinical supervisor for law students enrolled in the Columbia Law School Arts & Entertainment Law Externship and the Cardozo School of Law Visual & Performing Arts Clinic.

Membership Discount Code: For members, please contact registrations@vlany.org to receive your discount code, which will allow you to view and purchase the ticket.


For members, please email registrations@vlany.org to receive your special discount code, which will allow you to access and purchase your discounted ticket.

  • $25 Full-Time Student (must present proof of full-time status with registration)
  • $25 Artists Over Sixty
  • $35 Arts Professional VLA Member
  • $55 Arts Professional Non-Member
  • $125 Legal Professional VLA Member
  • $175 Legal Professional Non-Member
  • $100 Young Associate Members (YAM’s)

Please note that if you wish to receive CLE credit, you must purchase an attorney ticket (Legal Professional Non-Member or Legal Professional Member).

For attorneys, there are various scholarships available. To view our Financial Aid Policy Guidelines and for more information on how to apply, click here.

Zoom Access: Participants will receive an email in advance with instructions to access the webinar. Please note that this is a live webinar. We are unable to distribute a recording of this presentation.

Refund Policy: All registration fees are non-refundable. Instructors are subject to change and no refunds will be given in the event that there is a substitution of the instructor.


June 4
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
(212) 319 - 2787
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