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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Freelancers and Creatives FAQ (updated April 2021): 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 and Sole Proprietors (updated April 2021): This FAQ addresses some of the most common questions from small businesses, nonprofits and freelancers applying for the Paycheck Protection Program, updated for the recent extension of the program through May 2021.
If you have a question about topics that aren't addressed above, please email it to email@example.com.
Please note that while much of the content in the webinars listed below is evergreen, all were recorded in the spring and summer of 2020, and some specific information may have changed since then. Please consult with a professional before making any decisions, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Know Your Rights as a Protestor (recorded June 16, 2020)
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, 2020)
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, 2020)
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.
Helping Minnesotans with Questions About Unemployment Insurance (published April 10, 2020): 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, 2020): A PDF prepared by Minnesota Insurance with instructions for going through the application process, with illustrations.
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.
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 Carl Atiya Swanson, Associate Director, Operations & Communications, at carl@springboardforthearts, or 651-292-4381.