Legal issues are increasingly affecting every facet of our lives. Unfortunately, art is no exception: appropriation artists sense a chilling effect to their creative practices; some collaborations give rise to disputes; artists hire studio assistants and outside fabricators; museums present artists with commission agreements; artists look for alternatives to a decrease in public arts funding; artists increasingly work in different international locales; artists see their work copied by large corporations. These are just some scenarios all artists face at some point in their careers, and all of these scenarios encompass legal issues.
The focus of this five-week course is to introduce visual artists to the “must-know” legal and business issues that arise when making art. More importantly, this course will provide the artist with methods on how to set up and organize their practice; how to operate their practice; and how protect their artwork and projects. Accordingly, the course will cover a range of mediums and practices, as well as art historical examples.
The Art Law School is co-sponsored by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and the New Art Dealers Alliance. The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is an outreach partner of The Law Office of Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento.
Topics Covered include:
- Business Entities & Employment Law: LLCs, Independent Contractors, Internships
- Intellectual Property: Copyright, Trademark, Right of Publicity
- Contracts, Agreements, Negotiation Strategies: Consignments, Licensing, Commissions
- How to Start a Nonprofit and Fiscal Sponsorship, Crowdfunding
- Free Speech, Censorship & Right of Privacy
This course is open to all visual artists, architects, filmmakers, and two and three-dimensional designers.
Seating is limited. Registration fee for the five-week course is $200, and includes:
- Homework materials
- One consult with the instructor, Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Esq.
Classes will be held on every Monday night, from 6:30-8:30pm, on the following dates:
February 4, 11, 18, 25
All classes will be taught by Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, and will be held at:
The Law Office of Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento
1027 Grand Street
3rd Floor, Suite 16
Brooklyn, NY 11211