About VLA

Established in 1969, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) is the leading legal aid and education organization dedicated to New York artists and its arts and cultural organizations (ACOs). VLA strives to protect the artistic community’s livelihoods, businesses, and creative works through access to dedicated legal representation and focused education programs. To achieve this mission, VLA:

  • facilitates pro bono legal representation for low income artists and ACOs,
  • offers legal counseling, education programs, advocacy, and alternative dispute resolution services to the entire arts community, and
  • trains lawyers to better serve the arts community.

VLA serves every discipline, including:

  • Acting
  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Book Making
  • Choreography
  • Composition
  • Costume Design
  • Craft and Folk Arts
  • Dance
  • Directing
  • Fashion
  • Film
  • Graphic Design
  • Installation Art
  • Interactive Art
  • Literary Arts
  • Modeling
  • Multi-media
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • Printmaking
  • Screenwriting
  • Sculpture
  • Songwriting
  • Theater
  • Three-dimensional Design
  • Video Arts
  • Video Game Design
  • Visual Arts
  • Web Design

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.


VLA strives to make its services, programs and facilities accessible to everyone. VLA offers assistance for the visual and hearing impaired, with prior notification. VLA’s offices also are wheel chair accessible via elevator. Please call us at 212-319-2787 ext 1 to request assistance with these or other reasonable accommodations.