Artists face a unique array of legal questions and challenges. Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts is here to help, by providing educational resources and connecting artists with attorneys who specialize in arts and entertainment law.
MnLA is the Minnesota chapter of the National Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) Network. For chapters outside Minnesota, see this list compiled by Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri.
Our attorneys provide advice on a wide spectrum of needs, including business organization, contracts, artist tax audits, copyright and trademark infringement, artist immigration, music royalties, and leasing and buying property. Artists receive to 30 minutes of free phone consultation with up to 2-3 local arts and entertainment attorneys. If additional services are needed, you will work out an agreement with the attorney.
In the fall and spring, MnLA provides affordable legal workshops to educate artists.
Legal Clinic for Creatives
Our popular pop-up legal clinics give artists and arts organizations the opportunity to sit down with an arts and entertainment attorney for a one-hour, in-person consultation. Clients are able to bring in contracts or samples to get personalized advice from an experienced professional.
Check out our events page to find out when the next Legal Clinic for Creatives or MnLA Legal Workshop is being held.
In these times, artists may have questions about visas, immigration, and their rights. This Immigration Resource Sheet provides background information and resources to assist with immigration questions.