Business Edge
Our Business Edge series is designed to increase the business savvy of our region’s creatives. Upcoming topics include taxes, copyright and contracts. Have Goals? Achieve More! is making its debut.

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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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Thomas Bassett, Commerce Trust; Dan Connors, Buenger Accounting; Glennetta Haymon, Haymon Law Office; Carrie Hoelscher, MaddockHenson; Scott Hunt, Armstrong Teasdale; Tracy Hutter, Anders CPAs + Advisors; Michael Kahn, Capes Sokol; Patrick Kenney, Armstrong Teasdale; Brian Klar, Klar, Izsak & Stenger; Mike LaBozzetta, Faro Law StL; Joe Marchbein, Rice, Sullivan & Co.; Garrett McDowell, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; Pete Salsich, Capes Sokol; James Shreve, Thompson Coburn; and Matthew Smith, Polsinelli.
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Arts Space

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

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Street Performers

A lawsuit has been filed against U City arguing that the city has routinely and unconstitutionally suppressed the public performance of music in the Loop.

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Missouri ArtSafe

We’re proud to participate in the Missouri ArtSafe initiative, and are providing re-opening plan guidance and other safety resources for cultural organizations and venues.

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And here’s our plan.

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

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

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


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