Sunday, February 12, 2012

VLAA to present workshops on music business essentials, and more

St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts has announced several additions to their schedule of "Business Edge" workshops for artists, starting this Monday, February 13 with a presentation called "Inside The Music Biz: Legal Essentials."

UPDATE - 6:30 p.m., 2/14/12: Because of snowy weather, the workshop originally scheduled for February 13 was postponed, and has been rescheduled for Monday, April 16.

Entertainment lawyer Gary Pierson of the Husch Blackwell firm will discuss "the most essential legal and strategic information," including protecting band names and songs, which type of business entity is right for you, how music publishing works, and when you need a lawyer. Other upcoming workshops and their dates are:

Monday, March 12: "Anatomy of a Contract," presented by attorneys Jim Reeves and Kim Kirn.

Monday, April 9: "Copyright Clinic," featuring a 15-minute in-person consultation with a volunteer lawyer (advance registration required).

Monday, April 23: "Is It Okay? Fair Use For Filmmakers," presented by attorneys Mark Sableman and Jennifer Visintine of Thompson Coburn.

All the workshops take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Regional Arts Commission building, 6128 Delmar, across from the Pageant. The cost per person per workshop is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. You can download a registration form online here, or register by email for the "Inside The Music Biz" workshop before noon on Monday by sending a message to VLAA @

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