We offer affordable workshops for individual artists and arts organizations. Can’t afford to pay? Please contact us to request a scholarship. Unless otherwise noted, workshops are held at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar.
This series is designed to increase the business savvy of our region’s artists. Offered annually, our core seminars cover career planning, marketing, taxes, copyright and contracts/negotiation skills. Additional seminar topics may be discipline specific or how-to. In all, ten Business Edge seminars are offered annually.
Monday, February 27, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Do you have pressing questions about copyright? Here’s your chance to learn the fundamentals from Attorney Rohini Roy, Lewis Brisbois. Then you’ll have an opportunity to spend 15 minutes talking to a volunteer lawyer. Consultations will be scheduled in person that evening and may not be available if you do not register in advance.
INTRO TO TRADEMARK & DESIGN PATENTS
Monday, March 6, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Learn how to maintain creative and financial control over your work. Morris Turek, YourTrademarkAttorney, and Dennis Donahue, CreatiVenture Law, will present need-to-know trademark and design patent information for artists, bands, makers and inventors.
ANATOMY OF A CONTRACT
Monday, March 13, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Although many of us still prefer to conduct our business on a handshake, vague verbal agreements can result in ugly misunderstandings. In addition to covering contract basics, this interactive session will help you sharpen your negotiation skills. Instructor: Attorney Mason McBride
OTHER PEOPLE’S FOOTAGE: FAIR USE FOR FILMMAKERS
Monday, March 27, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
We’ll screen Other People’s Footage, a 70-minute documentary that explains fair use through on-camera interviews with noted documentarians and legal experts (including Michael Donaldson, the industry’s go-to attorney for clearance and rights issues), illustrative clips and summaries of relevant court cases. A panel discussion with co-directors Diane Carson (professor emerita at St. Louis Community College at Meramec and longtime St. Louis film critic) and Robert Johnson Jr. (professor of Communication Arts at Framingham State University), Erika Cohn (St. Louis University School of Law), and documentary filmmaker Dan Parris (Speak Up Productions) will follow the screening.
Tuesday, March 21, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
In collaboration with Gateway EITC Community Coalition, we offer free tax preparation for qualifying artists in March by appointment only at the Metropolitan Artist Lofts. This session is open to residents of Arcade Apartments, Metropolitan Artist Lofts, Leather Trades Artist Lofts and VLAA-affiliated artists.
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to Noon
Whether you’re thinking about forming a limited liability company or already have one, find out if this business structure really is for you. A volunteer attorney will cover all the basics, including how to form and run a LLC, operating agreements, when you can be held personally liable and how LLCs are taxed. Then you’ll have an opportunity to spend 20 minutes talking one-on-one with a volunteer lawyer-accountant team. Consultations are scheduled in person that morning and may not be available if you do not register in advance. Your $15 tuition covers our referral service fee, so you can be matched with an attorney or accountant, if needed, after the clinic.
Accidental Arts Administrator
Monday and Tuesday, April 17 and 18, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Are you a choreographer who runs a dance company? Did you major in philosophy or art history? Are you someone with a 9-5 job who serves as the treasurer of an arts organization in your “spare” time? You’re an accidental arts administrator! This two-session seminar, which is co-presented by the Arts and Education Council, Missouri Arts Council and Regional Arts Commission, covers working with a board of directors, marketing, fund-raising and financial management. Participants receive a 100-page manual. The second session covers strategic planning. This interactive, jargon-free workshop will help you develop an approach to planning that answers your organization’s big questions and enables your staff and board members to think and act strategically. Advance registration is $20 per organization plus $5 for each additional person from the same organization who attends. Registration at the door is $40 per person. Tuition covers both sessions. Sorry, no discounts for attending just one session.
QuickBooks for Nonprofits
This two-session hands-on training for PC users (Desktop and Online versions) with little or no accounting or QuickBooks experience is team taught by Anders CPAs + Advisors. The advance registration fee, which covers both sessions, is $35 per organization plus $15 for each additional person from the same organization.
“Business Edge workshops are a great resource for local artists to not only learn about the business side of their craft but also to network with like-minded artists and form new relationships.”