Business Edge

Our affordable Business Edge workshops are designed to increase the business savvy of our region’s artists.
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For Artists

We provide quality direct legal and business services and ongoing educational programs for artists at every career level and across all arts disciplines.
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For Nonprofits

We provide sound accounting and legal advice and affordable educational programs that help our region’s cultural organizations thrive.
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Creating a new nonprofit?
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THANK YOU:  
These volunteers recently accepted assignments: Tom Bassett, Commerce Trust; Laura Bentele, Armstrong Teasdale; Susan Bindler, Haar & Woods; Robert Breidenbach, Goldstein & Pressman; Gary Burger, Cantor & Burger; Todd Davidovits, Polsinelli; Pamela Ditch, Anders CPAs + Advisors; Hal Goldsmith, Bryan Cave; Eric Hansen; Michael Isenhart, Isenhart Tax & Financial Service; Jay Link, Ernst & Young; Raphael Nemes, Downey Law Group; Lawrence Katzenstein, Thompson Coburn; Mark Sableman, Thompson Coburn; Ben Scrivner, Scrivner Law; Sarah Sise, Armstrong Teasdale; Matthew Smith, Polsinelli; and Morris Turek, YourTrademarkAttorney.

Arts Space

Our arts space listings help artists find affordable live/work and studio space and help artist-friendly landlords promote and rent their spaces.

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Free Guides

Written in an easy-to-understand style, our publications provide and overview of copyright, taxes, contracts and more.

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Upstart: College Outreach

We have an ambitious goal: no student majoring in an arts discipline at a St. Louis area university or college graduates without exposure to basic arts-related legal and business matters.

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SmithBrianOur art students were introduced to some of the most important and basic tools for surviving in the art world, be it commercial or fine art. And our students have enjoyed the opportunity to learn something that is not often discussed in the classroom.

 

Brian D. Smith, professor, St. Charles Community College

GainesI find myself referring folks to the VLAA website quite often. And we in greater Missouri are glad to have a resource to reach out to when we have legal and accounting issues.

Michael Gaines, executive director, Hannibal Arts Council and Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies

MosleyMartyEvery seed planted needs water to grow. Thank you VLAA for watering Show Me Arts Academy with your expertise. Because of you, SMAA is growing daily.

Marty Casey Mosley, founder

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I joined the VLAA board because I have enjoyed providing services to the St. Louis arts community as a volunteer for the organization for the past 10 years, and being a board member will allow me to become even more involved.

Jennifer Visintine, attorney

AshThe volunteers from VLAA have been super helpful. I, for one, am indeed “sleeping better!”

Bill Ash, president, St. Louis Classical Guitar Society

Jackson
Having access to supportive organizations and resources like VLAA allows us to be and remain focused on bringing forth our creative vision to the world community.

David A.N. Jackson, artist

BuhlePaul Artspace is very happy to announce that it has been granted tax-exempt status! A big thank you to VLAA, Attorney Nichole Wren for her expertise and generous help in taking Paul Artspace through this process and, of course, the IRS.

Michael Behle, director, Paul Artspace

TurekVolunteering at the copyright clinic gives me the opportunity to address the questions and concerns of local artists who may not otherwise seek the advice of an attorney.

 

Morris Turek, attorney

Williams

I had an amazing experience working at VLAA. I was able to both further develop my legal skills and be involved in impacting my community.

 

Alexandria Williams, J.D. Candidate, Washington University School of Law

Martinez

The in-person support with health insurance enrollment made the process feel less like searching for discount airfare. Thank you to VLAA and their partners for creating opportunities to simplify the process and to air out the questions.

 

Regina Martinez, organizer, Pink House neighborhood art space