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October 2018

Make the Right Moves: Legal Issues for Dancers and Choreographers

October 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
VLA Auditorium, 1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
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It’s not just a dance, and you’re more than just a performer or creator. As an artist-entrepreneur, it’s essential that you know the relevant business the legal issues to protect your rights and understand your obligations as an employee, employer, and owner of intellectual property. In this class, entertainment attorney Merlyne Jean-Louis and choreographer and author Adam Cates will discuss important issues of interest for dancers and choreographers. Topics include: Entity formation Copyright issues Trademark Social Media issues 1 Continuing Legal…

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Non-Profit Incorporation and Tax Exemption Workshop (Continuing Legal Education)

October 16 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
VLA Auditorium, 1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
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This workshop provides valuable information about starting a non-profit organization. State issues to be covered include articles of incorporation, bylaws, and the first organization meeting. Federal issues include the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) and corresponding regulations, application for employer identification number, IRS disclosure rules, unrelated business taxable income, charitable contributions, and restrictions on lobbying. This workshop will also touch on the legal and ethical duties for board members; donor requirements; the new Form 990; intellectual property issues specific to…

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Legal and Business Issues in Art: Three-Part Workshop Series

October 16 @ 5:30 pm - October 30 @ 6:30 pm
VLA Auditorium, 1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
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VLA is excited to present a three-part workshop series aimed at providing artists of all disciplines and attorneys with fundamental and practical knowledge of key areas in art law. In each workshop, you’ll get the legal tools to make your art work for you. Through understanding principles of copyright and contract law, you’ll be better equipped to understand the marketplace value of your work and make a living doing what you love. This education program is also a great opportunity for new…

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Music Law Basics

October 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
VLA Auditorium, 1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
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Join us on October 23, 2018, for an informative introduction to a number of legal aspects of the music industry. Topics will include copyright registration, ownership and fair use, an overview of music publishing, Performing Rights Organizations (“PROs”) and record labels, including the main deal points in recording and publishing contracts, as well as the basics of music clearances for the use of music in film and television. This class is essential for musicians, multidisciplinary artists using music in their…

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The O-1 Visa: Top 5 Misconceptions

October 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
VLA Auditorium, 1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
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The O-1—used by many creatives and artists—is one of the most popular but misunderstood visa classifications. Join us Wednesday, October 24th for an exciting presentation by two leading attorneys in the field of immigration for the arts. In this seminar, we will discuss the O-1 and whether it really is a “freelance” visa, who qualifies, evidence needed to submit with O-1 petitions, as well as important details about who can sponsor an O-1 petition. The seminar will also explain why an…

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November 2018

Planning Your Legacy (Estate Planning for Artists)

November 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
VLA Auditorium, 1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
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No matter where you are in your career as an artist, your artwork is an expression of yourself and your personal history. It is your legacy. Protecting this legacy is a priority for most artists, but have you thought about how your intellectual property and artwork will be managed after you’re gone? Legacy Planning is important for both the successful artist, and for the artist who has yet to be recognized. It involves forming a strategy to preserve and develop…

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