Friday, December 19, 2014

The Business of Art: Washington Lawyers for the Arts

Lawyers have to report a minimum number of continuing education hours every two years, and on Monday the nonprofit Washington Lawyers for the Arts held their Art Law Institute just in time for me to meet my year-end deadline.

Few things are more heartwarming than a room full of lawyers
 hard at work … for the arts!
Attended by artists and attorneys (and a few who are both), this event turned out to be a lot more fun than your average legal seminar. We heard about appellate court decisions where the Judges include spoiler alerts, listened to music, watched some video clips, and learned about things like why the waiters at your local restaurant don't sing Happy Birthday and why not all the Sherlock Holmes stories are in the public domain. Important stuff to understand when you're creating art or advising artists.

Founded in 1976, WLA supports the arts in our state by making legal resources accessible to artists and arts organizations at very low cost. WLA sponsors legal clinics where artists meet with attorneys who specialize in arts and entertainment law, a speakers bureau, workshops, and education programs such as the Art Law Institute.

I'm making plans to take two more off the ArtsFund list this weekend: Jane and Elizabeth find true love in the shadow of the Space Needle, and a really great Christmas pageant on the shores of Green Lake. Stay tuned.

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