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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 what you might need to consider for a live, in-person performance. An attorney from Springboard’s Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts (MnLA) program will cover copyright basics, music licensing, rights clearance and other legal aspects of online performances, for both presenting organizations and for individual artists.

Dates: Tuesday, April 27, 3:00-5:00 PM Central Time (led by Walter G. Lehmann)
Wednesday, May 26, 7:00-9:00 PM Central Time (led by TBD)
Online Platform: Zoom Meeting. Meetings are designed to be a collaborative event with all participants being able to screen share, turn on their video and audio, and see who else is in attendance. This event can be attended for free using a cell phone or landline number and does not require videoconferencing equipment or an internet connection.

Recording: This event will not be recorded.
Captioning: This event will be captioned using Zoom's AI generated live transcription.

Register: To register and receive the Zoom meeting details, complete the form below. If you have questions, call 651-292-4381 or email

Presenters: Walter G. Lehmann is managing partner of Lehmann PLC (formerly Lehmann Strobel PC). With over 25 years of experience as an attorney and business consultant, Lehmann has represented independent producers, artists, and writers, as well as museums and arts and cultural organizations of all kinds. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on art and museum law and ethics at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University and Mitchell Hamline Law School, and is an adjunct professor of law at Case Western Reserve Law School. (Walt will be leading the April session.)

This program is limited to artists and arts organizations in Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lac qui Parle, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties.

Springboard Staff

Artist Resources Director