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NEA Awards over $1.5 Million in grants to Washington State Arts Organizations

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced this week it will invest $74.85 million in arts programs. 30 grants made to Washington state arts organizations[pdf] account for more than $1.5 million of the awards. Kudos to our colleagues around the state — we look forward to your continued good work on behalf of the arts! Washington State Grantees announced …

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Call for Submissions: Gay City Arts Season 2

WLA Community Partner Gay City Arts seeks proposals for their 2014-2015 Season, “Crossing the Line.” From the announcment: “The Gay City Arts Curating Council is seeking proposals for the 2014-2015 Season: Crossing the Line. We invite LGBTQ artists to present the best of queer performance art in Gay City’s 49 seat fringe theater space, Calamus Auditorium. This is an opportunity …

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Supporting Oso through Art and Law: Ways We can Help

Washington Lawyers for the Arts is saddened by the tragic losses resulting from the Highway 530 Mudslide last month. Washington’s arts and legal communities are coming together to offer moral and real support. Here’s how we can help: Art With Heart. Governor Inslee dedicated Washington’s participation in National Poetry Month to the victims of the 530 Slide. He urges us …

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Know Your Exposure: Photography & Copyright – May 22, 2014

In the modern era of intellectual property law, with digital technology and complex contracts, knowing your legal rights is as important as making amazing photos. What are your legal rights and responsibilities as a photographer? Do you have questions about your contracts or about the copyright on your work? Attorney Jen Hurley will cover important topics to ensure that you …

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You say “band mate,” we say “business partner.”

When your music-making starts making money, your group needs strategies to handle what comes next. We’ve got you covered with our upcoming workshop, Musicians’ Legal Mixtape, on Wednesday, April 16, 7 pm. Here’s a few examples of when popular music needed some lawyering: The secret’s out about the “no brown M&Ms” rider. 80s arena rock band Van Halen devised this …

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The U.S. Copyright Office Studying Effectiveness of Music Licensing

By Jooyoung Koo, Esq. The U.S. Copyright Office has announced that it is studying to evaluate the effectiveness of the existing methods of licensing music.[i] The study will explore current methods and problems within the licensing framework for musical works (basically, compositions) and sound recordings, various distribution platforms, data standards, revenues and investment, and several other issues.[ii] The study will …

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The Benefits of Copyright Registration

?!?!?!?! By Jooyoung Koo, Esq. I am a lifelong musician. Since I was five, playing the piano and composing pieces of music have always inspired me. Music has been my own form of self-expression, my way of bringing joy, great solace, and richness to others. Once I create something on sheets of paper, it is mine. So, why bother with …

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The Business of Being an Artist

So, you’re an artist and want to turn what you love to do into a business. The idea can be daunting, especially if you have limited experience and resources and just have no idea where to start. In “The Business of Being an Artist,” Theresa Simpson of Garvey Schubert Barer and Gary Swearingen, in-house counsel for Costco Wholesale, use their experience …

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GoldieBlox, Concluding Thoughts (I’m all out of clever titles)

Litigation involving popular culture comes with a great deal of cultural baggage, all the more so when concepts like feminism and artistic integrity are thrown in to the mix. Even without that baggage, the drama surrounding this case forces us to evaluate how effectively current fair use rules operate. Is it efficient that a federal court must get involved in …

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Musicians’ Legal Mixtape – April 16, 2014

Being in a band can leave you with Sweet Emotions or stuck in Heartbreak Hotel. Come hear promoter-turned-entertainment lawyer Joleen Winther Hughes and Seattle-based talent manager Mackenzie McAninch talk about key legal and business issues You Oughta Know so you can create your own sweet tunes and rebound quickly when it’s time to Go Your Own Way. Topics will include …

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