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This is an ongoing list of legal resources, FAQs and tips for Minnesota artists, arts organizations and small business, assembled by Springboard for the Arts and the Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts (MnLA) program.

As with Springboard's primary coronavirus page, this is an evolving list of resources for information, exchange, and support in this time. Accuracy at any given point cannot be guaranteed as this is a fast-moving and evolving situation. If you have updates or resources to add, please send them to legal@springboardforthearts.org.

Please consult a lawyer, accountant or other professional before making any decisions! The information on this page is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional advice. To find a lawyer, please see our primary MnLA page.

FAQs

Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Freelancers and Creatives FAQ (updated August 2020): This FAQ addresses some of the most common questions from freelancers applying for unemployment benefits. Our staff, board and volunteer attorneys are researching and assembling this FAQ on an ongoing basis.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for Small Arts Businesses (updated July 2020): This FAQ addresses some of the most common questions from small businesses, nonprofits and freelancers applying for the Paycheck Protection Program. Though the PPP program deadline was August 8, we will continue to update this page as  new benefits programs become available.

If you have a question about topics that aren't addressed above, please email it to legal@springboardforthearts.org.

Webinars

Know Your Rights as a Protestor (recorded June 16)

[YouTube link]

On June 16, attorney Clarence Patterson III hosted a webinar for artists and individuals on knowing your rights as a protestor, from First Amendment basics to what to do if you're arrested. An embedded video link is available above.

Legal and Financial Support for Individuals and Small Businesses (recorded May 26)

[video link]

On May 26, attorney, advisor and artist Jeremy Kalin presented a summary of concise advice, resources and COVID-related topics for individuals and small businesses, including unemployment benefits, other public support options, contracts, studio leases and opportunities for advocacy. 

Streaming Legal: What You Need to Know About Performing Online (recorded May 7)

[video link] [raw transcript] [in-webinar Q&A]

On Thursday, May 7, Springboard for the Arts / Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts held a webinar on recording and posting musical and theatrical performances online, and the variety of legal issues involved. Entertainment attorneys Walt Lehmann and Alex Mueller discussed copyrights, music licensing, rights clearance and other legal aspects of online performances. Moderated by musician John Munson. A video link is available above, as is a raw transcript from our captioner (we recommend using Ctrl-F to navigate it by keyword). There are also brief answers to questions asked during the session not answered at the time.

Navigating Unemployment Insurance for Freelancers: A Step-by-Step Guide and Q&A (recorded April 9)

[video link] [raw transcript] [MNUI step-by-step PDF]

On Thursday, April 9, Springboard for the Arts, the American Composers Forum and Slam Academy held a webinar introduction to applying for Minnesota Unemployment Insurance benefits geared towards contractors, self-employed workers and freelancers, presented by Iverson Felsheim Law. A video link is available above, as is a raw transcript from our captioner (we recommend using Ctrl-F to navigate it by keyword).

ASL interpretation was included in the webinar, but due to a technical error, unfortunately was not included in the video file above. We will have ASL interpretation included on the video file for future sessions, and apologize for the error.

Employment

Helping Minnesotans with Questions About Unemployment Insurance (published April 10): A PDF prepared by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development with common questions about the Unemployment Insurance application process.

Step-by-Step Guide to Completing the Unemployment Insurance Application for Self-Employed and Contract Workers (published March 30): A PDF prepared by Minnesota Insurance with instructions for going through the application process, with illustrations.

Making Sense of the Chaos for Artists, Arts Orgs and Creatives (originally webcast Monday, March 30 at 12 noon CST): A webinar presented by Avisen Legal focusing on employment, taxes and real estate for artists and arts organizations. Covers most recent (as of March 30) unemployment and tax information.

Making Sense of Chaos: SBA Economic Disaster Loan Basics Webinar: Avisen Legal's Jeremy Kalin and Bill Egan hosted a webinar on March 26, with slides available at the link above. Covers emergency declaration impacts, workplace issues and updates on Congressional and State Legislative action.

FAQs and Tips for MN Businesses and Non-Profits: A continuously updated working document collecting information related primarily to employment issues from Davis Law in Minneapolis. 

Taxes

Fox Tax Service Updates: Regularly updated tax info for both clients and non-clients from Fox Tax in Minneapolis, related to sick pay laws, tax payment extensions and more.

Small Businesses

LegalCORPS Brief Advice Clinics by Phone: LegalCORPS volunteer lawyers provide brief, no-charge consultations (up to 30 minutes) to small business owners by phone for the duration of the crisis. LegalCORPS ahora lleva a cabo una clínica legal de derecho y negocios en español también.

In partnership with the Volunteer Lawyers Network, LegalCORPS has also launched an intake line in early June for small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 and/or the damage and destruction caused by the civil unrest in the Twin Cities in response to the murder of George Floyd.

Owners of small businesses and representatives of nonprofits located in Minnesota can call 612-752-6687 to request help from a volunteer attorney. The line will be staffed Monday through Friday from 9:00 until 4:00. There will be an option to leave a voicemail if nobody is available to take the call.

Springboard Staff

Artist Resources Director
Donate to the Emergency Relief Fund

We have set up a fundraiser to expand the Personal Emergency Relief Fund, so that we can continue to support artists, contractors, and freelancers in Minnesota who have lost income due to Coronavirus/COVID-19. Please click below to give online, or send a check to:

Springboard for the Arts
Attn: Individual Giving
262 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55103

If you have any questions about individual giving, please contact Katie Hae Leo, Development Director, at katiehl@springboardforthearts, or 651-292-4381.

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Coronvirus Resources Page

See our collection of local and national resources for artists and creative workers responding to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

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