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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 […]

The Beauty in Madness: Juried Photo Exhibition

Madness (mental illness) is something that frightens and fascinates us all. It is a word with which we are universally familiar yet haunts the human imagination. Through centuries, in poetry, prose, drama, and the visual arts, “madness” has been on display for all to see. With devastating effect, mental illness can disturb our commonsense assumptions; […]

Art in the Door

Hey Midwestern artists! You could be one of four winners in the annual Art in the Door 2024 contest and win $2,000, plus have your work featured in Destination Door County’s marketing throughout the year. Check out all of the details and learn how to enter. Destination Door County is looking for 2D artwork submissions […]

Murals at Aquila Elementary School

Aquila Elementary’s Parent Teacher Organization, a non-profit organization in St. Louis Park, seeks an enthusiastic mural artist to design and install permanent outdoor murals at Aquila Elementary School’s front entrance. The goal of this mural project is to bring to life the diversity of our school community and ensure all who enter our building feel […]

Aquila Elementary Multicultural Murals

Aquila Elementary’s Parent Teacher Organization, a non-profit organization in St. Louis Park, seeks an enthusiastic mural artist to design and install permanent outdoor murals at Aquila Elementary School’s front entrance. The goal of this mural project is to bring to life the diversity of our school community and ensure all who enter our building feel […]

Request for Exhibit Proposals

Purpose of RFP The Arts@MSP Program, a partnership between the Airport Foundation MSP (Foundation) and the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), requests exhibit theme proposals from artists, artisans, and partnering organizations (Artists or Organizations) for a variety of select locations in Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP). The purpose of this RFP is to retain Artists and […]

Request for Qualifications for Public Artist Roster

INTRODUCTION The Arts@MSP Program, a partnership between the Airport Foundation MSP (Foundation) and the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), is creating an Artist Roster of emerging, mid-career and established artists who will be prequalified for future public art opportunities at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP). This roster will be one method of selecting artists to develop […]

Stryker Apartments — Request for Qualifications

Overview: Seeking an artist or artist team to create and install a permanent public artwork for Stryker Apartments are located at 617 Stryker Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55107. The installation site is at the corner of Stryker and King Street. This Request for Qualifications will consist of a three-part process: Finalists will be chosen by […]

RFQ for Permanent Public Artwork Commission on the West Side

RFQ Deadline: August 20, 2023 Finalist Selection: September 2023 Finalist Proposals Due: October 15, 2023 Contract Awarded: November 2023 Information session: Wednesday, July 19, 5 to 7 pm, WSCO – 209 Page Street W, Saint Paul, MN 55107 or by appointment, see contact information below. Overview: Seeking an artist or artist team to create and […]

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 […]

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, […]

Legal Fact Sheets

The fact sheets below provide information on a number of legal issues that may affect artists.  5 Things You Should Know About the Law Business organization, taxes, etc.: five important things your small arts business should know about the law. Download PDF Works Made for Hire Explanation of how an employer becomes the owner of […]

Legal referral request and intake form

Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts is pleased to connect artists in need of legal assistance to a variety of services. If you have general questions, disputes or needs related to copyright, taxes, intellectual property, trademarks, setting up a business, licensing, writing or signing a contract, copyright and trademark infringement, artist immigration, music royalties, leasing and […]

Press

Press Minnesota nonprofit expands $500/month guaranteed minimum income program for artistsEach artists will receive cash payments for 18 months.Read Morewww.axios.com OPINION EXCHANGE | Minneapolis Park Board must stop exploiting artistsNot paying for performances is unethical. The city should set a better example.Read Morewww.startribune.com Pond Hockey, Snow Sculpting, Figure Skating: This Week’s Best Events – RacketSubzero […]