Contract Basics for Artists and Creatives

Learn how contracts are an essential part of every creative’s professional toolbox

Tuesday January 28
Classroom 3
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


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Whether you are creating commissioned work, a musician performing a gig, or a filmmaker licensing music, you are probably entering into contracts on a regular basis. But do you know how to create a contract, what terms are important, and how a contract may be unenforceable?  As an entrepreneur, contracts are an essential tool for your business. In this workshop, our partners at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts will provide an overview of contract law, including essential aspects of contract formation, enforceability, and standard contract provisions. Join us to learn more about how to protect your rights!

Key learning outcomes:

  • Understand the basic legal structure of what creates a binding contract (spoiler: it doesn't have to be an official document!)
  • Learn how to interpret common, "boilerplate" contract terms
  • Review common contract terms for creative professionals


About the instructor:

Laura Levin-Dando is the Staff Attorney at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, where she advises artists on a range of issues including disputes, contracts, intellectual property matters, and corporate and not-for-profit formation and governance. Laura also teaches VLA’s educational programs relating to contracts and intellectual property. Laura received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School, and she graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva University, where she studied history and music. She is also a member of the New York City Bar's Copyright and Literary Property Committee. As a lover of all things creative, Laura feels very fortunate to be able to help artists from all disciplines through her work at VLA.