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.

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Music Rights in Filmmaking: Nitehawk Shorts Festival Special Event

November 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is excited to participate in this year’s Nitehawk Shorts Festival!

Join VLA on November 9th at the Nitehawk Cinema for a special class on music rights in filmmaking. This class is open to Nitehawk Shorts Festival participants as well as the general public.

As a filmmaker, one of the most important issues you encounter is securing permission for the use of music in your film. The process can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. In this class taught by VLA’s Executive Director Katie Wagner, Esq. you’ll get an overview of music copyrights, including ownership and fair use, and an understanding of the basics of music clearances for the use of music in film.

Katie Wagner has expertise in the field of music publishing, having served as Vice President and Counsel for the National Music Publishers’ Association. As Executive Director of VLA, Ms. Wagner is responsible for developing VLA’s legal services, education, and advocacy programming, and facilitating pro bono legal representation for hundreds of artists, including filmmakers and arts and cultural organizations in need each year. She also oversees the overall operations of VLA and regularly consults with artists of all disciplines seeking legal assistance. For more about Katie Wagner, click here.


Friday, November 9th
5 – 6 PM

Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg
136 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249



This class is free to filmmakers who are participating in the Nitehawk Shorts Festival.

For those not participating in the Festival, the following fees apply:
$25 Students
$35 General Public

To register by phone or email, please contact 212.319.2787 x Ext. 10 or registrations@vlany.org.

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.

For more information on this program, please contact Caryn Coleman, Director of Programming/Special Projects at 718-963-2917.


November 9, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
(212) 319 - 2787
View Organizer Website


Event Cate


VLA Auditorium
1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
+ Google Map
(212) 319 - 2787
View Venue Website