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YOU’RE INVITED: WLA Celebrates 40th Anniversary!

  This year, we are proud to celebrate 40 years of fulfilling our mission! As the only non-profit organization in Washington dedicated to bridging the gap between the Washington arts and legal communities, the WLA provides tools and resources so artists and art organizations are better able to handle the legal and business aspects of their careers. Join us to …

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Protect & Preserve: Estate Planning Primer for Artists – September 14, 2016

What will happen to your artwork when you pass away? Who will take care of the works you created and collected during your lifetime? Would you like your family to keep your artwork, or donate it to a museum, or sell the works to interested buyers? While every responsible person should have an estate plan to distribute their belongings upon …

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This is a Public Broadcast: Art & Artists in the Public Domain – September 28, 2016

  What can an artist expect when presented with a public art contract? How might a contract with a foreign governmental entity, or for a temporary installation, differ from a domestic sale or permanent installation?  What provisions should the artist review carefully when negotiating the responsibilities of each party?   You’ll leave this workshop with in depth knowledge of contractual considerations for …

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Laying a Solid Foundation: Business Law for Artists August 4, 2016

Whether you are a sole proprietor or an officer of a corporation, a thorough understanding of how to setup and structure your business will help maximize your potential for success. In Laying a Solid Foundation: Business Law for Artists, we will take you through a whirlwind seminar of legal issues in setting up and operating your business. You will leave …

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QUIT USIN’ MY STUFF: Fair Use or Infringement? – June 29, 2016

What is classic fair use? If you have ever wondered how the world of copyright law intersects with the arts, come join us at WLA’s June workshop! We will be discussing copyright fair use and its impact on artists and the arts community. You need to know this! ABOUT OUR PRESENTER Zahr Said is an Associate Professor of Law at University of Washington. DATE AND TIME Wednesday, June …

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Manage Your Music: Licensing 101 with Lara Lavi-May 17, 2016

Do you have questions or ongoing issues with music licensing? We have a great opportunity for you to get informed on your lunch break! In this workshop, presenter Lara Lavi will provide an in-depth discussion of the recent changes in music licensing and how to promote and protect your work as an independent musician. The workshop will provide clear, concise …

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FAIR USE:  THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FREE EXPRESSION AND COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT-May 15, 2016

Please join WLA and the Dramatists Guild for: FAIR USE:  THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FREE EXPRESSION AND COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT Sunday, May 15, 2016 4:30 – 6:30 PM The Fifth Avenue Theatre, Seattle (Studio E) In the American legal system there is an inherent tension between Free Expression and Copyright, and that tension is resolved by the concept of “Fair Use”. But the line separating …

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Federal Taxes with Neil Sussman – March 14, 2016

Depreciation, capital gains, deductions, W-2s, 1099s! Having trouble keeping track of it all? Neil Sussman’s popular tax workshop is back to guide artists and their attorneys through yet another season of gains, losses, formulas and forms. Learn all the basics you need, plus special tips and what’s new for your 2015 tax return. Designed specifically to address the arts and …

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WA State Tax Fundamentals – January 27th, 2016

With the new year coming, taxes are always just around the corner! Be ready and reduce your anxiety by attending our State Tax workshop! In this workshop, we’ll review Washington State business taxes including Business & Occupations (B&O), Sales, Use, Personal Property, and a few others that artists should be aware of. We’ll highlight filing methods and record-keeping tips, pointing you to other resources …

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Sign Here Please: Contract Law Basics for Artists & the Lawyers that Represent Them – December 15th, 2015

Contracts are a necessary part of any business transaction undertaken by artists.  In this workshop, Sign Here, Please: Contract Law Basics for Artists and the Lawyers that Represent Them, transactional and art lawyer, Alison Ivey, will walk you through the basics of contract law including an explanation of fundamental contract terms and an overview of key principals surrounding contract formation …

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