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Copyright Essentials

An attorney from Springboard’s Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts (MnLA) program will cover legal basics for visual and performing artists. Presented in partnership with Hennepin County Library.

Copyright Basics for Arts Organizations and Artists (SMAC)

Presented by Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) and Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts Presenter: An attorney from Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts with Andy Sturdevant, Springboard for the Arts When arts organizations record and post musical and theatrical performances online, whether as videos or streaming, there are a wide variety of legal issues involved beyond […]

Technical Assistance FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Technical Assistance Sessions What is the difference between a technical assistance session and a consultation? There are three major differences: One, the technical assistance sessions are focused on hands-on projects that can be completed (or started) in about an hour. Consultations are more open-ended opportunities to seek advice, guidance, and direction […]

Trademarks

What is a trademark and how long does it last? Do you need to register? Get answers from an attorney from Springboard’s Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts (MnLA) program. Presented in partnership with Hennepin County Library.

Business Structure Basics

An attorney from Springboard’s Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts (MnLA) program will cover business models from LLC’s to 501(c)3’s, including information on how to prepare, and benefits and risks. Presented in partnership with Hennepin County Library.

Ready Go! Make Your Art Mobile

Learn about practical and conceptual strategies to translate your art into a mobile tool that can be used to engage community and prompt interaction. Presented in partnership with Hennepin County Library.

Artist Websites: Tips and Tricks

Learn about user-friendly website organization and design, how to maximize your online presence, and get real-time feedback on an existing website. Presented in partnership with Hennepin County Library.

Website Basics for Artists

Get a big picture view of the components of your artist website, find clarity on whether you need a website for your artistic practice, and learn the basics of creating a website. Presented in partnership with Hennepin County Library.

e-Commerce 3: Intermediate Sales and Marketing

Learn about email and social media marketing, advertising, SEO and other marketing techniques for your online store. e-Commerce 1 and 2 are not prerequisites, but artists should have an active online store. Presented in partnership with Hennepin County Library.

e-Commerce 2: Running Your Online Store

For artists who have chosen a platform, this workshop covers the ins and outs of running your online store. We will discuss choosing a domain name, accepting payments, packaging and shipping your work, sales tax, product photography and more. e-Commerce 1 is not a prerequisite, but taking it first is recommended. Presented in partnership with Hennepin County Library.

e-Commerce 1: Getting Started

Learn how to maximize your online sales using Shopify, Wix, Squarespace, Etsy and other platforms. This workshop is geared towards beginners with little or no experience in e-Commerce. Presented in partnership with Hennepin County Library.

Artist Statements

Get a hands-on, step-by-step approach to writing a range of statements that best represent your work as an artist. Presented in partnership with Hennepin County Library.

Artists Working in Community

This workshop will introduce you to methods to clarify your own goals, techniques to ensure successful outcomes for you and your community collaborators, and how to reach out to community organizations and businesses to expand your artistic practice and income sources. Presented in partnership with Hennepin County Library.

Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association Virtual Legal Clinic for Latinx Creatives

Schedule a free 30-minute session with an attorney from the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association (MHBA) to have your questions about starting a business or organization, creating or reviewing contracts, and copyright and trademark issues related to your creative business or artistic practice answered. Limited number of appointments available. Co-presented by Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts. […]

AICHO Legal Clinic

AICHO artists can get a free one-on-one or small group 30-minute sessions with an attorney from the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association (MAIBA) or a partnering law firm to have questions about copyright, contracts, business organization, the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, sales tax and trademark answered, and how tribal law may intersect with these areas. […]

Virtual Legal Clinic for Creatives

Schedule a free 30-minute session with an attorney from Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts (MnLA) to have your questions about starting a business or organization, creating or reviewing contracts, and copyright and trademark issues related to your creative business or artistic practice answered. Limited number of appointments available. ASL interpretation is provided, with slots reserved […]

Streaming Legal Follow-up Q&A

This is a summary of questions asked in the “Streaming Legal” webinar answered after the webinar ended. Under DMCA, would there be anything the small artist could do to fight back against a wrongful takedown by an algorithm, as was mentioned earlier? Yes: on YouTube there is a process to dispute a DMCA takedown. Facebook […]

Workshops

Calendar of Events View a listing of all upcoming workshops on our Calendar of Events WORKSHOPS & PANELS Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists Springboard’s Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists is a professional development curriculum designed to teach business skills to artists in all disciplines, and has been taught at arts organizations, […]

Pro Bono Attorney Services

Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts is pleased to connect eligible artists in need of legal assistance to one of our partner law firms for pro bono legal representation. Please read the information below carefully before submitting your application. Once you’ve read this page, complete the intake form here and one of our staff will follow […]

MnLA FAQ

What is a copyright? Copyrights are the rights you enjoy as the author of original material. Copyrights attach to a creation as soon as you have fixed it in tangible form, e.g. a painting, a musical score, a choreographic notation, a sound recording, etc. Ideas, processes and concepts cannot be copyrighted, nor can names, titles, […]