Upstart: College Outreach
Our teaching artists are available to speak to university and college classes throughout the bi-state metropolitan area. The artists discuss their experiences and careers, show samples of their work, provide a basic introduction to copyright, contracts and financial matters and describe our services. Upstart is made possible by the Emerson Charitable Trust.
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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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We provide sound accounting and legal advice and affordable educational programs that help our region’s cultural organizations thrive.
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Sample Nonprofit Policies
Our sample policies should be tailored to reflect your organization’s culture and discussed to ensure that they are embraced by everyone involved in their implementation.
Our 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.
I 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.
Every 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.
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.
The volunteers from VLAA have been super helpful. I, for one, am indeed “sleeping better!”
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.
Paul 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.
Volunteering 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.
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.
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.