Briefly Stated

Briefly Stated

St. Louis Area Artist Relief Funds RAC Artist Relief Fund apply  donate The Luminary Futures Fund Artist Emergency Grant apply  donate Arts for Illinois Relief Fund apply  donate SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Starting today, certain nonprofits and small businesses can apply for the Small Business Administration PPP to cover payroll and other expenses. A portion of the loans may be eligible…

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3 Takeaways: Public Speaking For Creatives

3 Takeaways: Public Speaking for Creatives

1. Approach public speaking like an actor prepares and then performs. Be authentic. Be invested. Be truthful. Believe in your material. That means doing your inner homework. 2. Prepare your script then practice, practice, practice — out loud. 3. Chose to WANT to be speaking. Begin confidently. Speak with vocal energy, but don’t rush. Look up from your notes. Make…

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3 Takeaways: Copyright Clinic

3 Takeaways: Copyright Clinic

1. Copyright protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, plays, paintings, choreography, movies, songs (and computer software). Copyright does not protect ideas; it protects how ideas are expressed. 2. It’s important to address and clarify copyright ownership as early as possible in your working relationships. 3. Your work is under copyright protection…

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Staying Connected

Staying Connected

We invest in our region’s artists, creative businesses and cultural organizations by providing quality direct legal and accounting services, sponsoring ongoing educational programs and supporting initiatives that nurture our vibrant cultural ecosystem. Please know that our two part-time staff members and amazing volunteers are here to assist you in any way that we can. Legal and Accounting Help Most of…

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3 Takeaways: Don’t Keep Your Day Job

3 Takeaways: Don’t Keep Your Day Job

The tipping point is when your fulltime job is getting in the way of what has already become your fulltime arts practice. Before you quit your day job, evaluate your finances (and get credit), think through your goals, and work on generating multiple revenue streams (such as commissions, licensing and grants). Be authentic. Show up. Build relationships. The more you…

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Nonprofit Board Service Ethics

Nonprofit Board Service Ethics

Wednesday, May 15 at 4:00 PM at Armstrong Teasdale, 7700 Forsyth 2.0 Hours of Missouri CLE or CPE Ethics Credit Our lively discussion will use “ripped from the headlines” examples to examine some of the hard choices board members face when carrying out their oversight responsibilities, including: clarifying roles, conflict of interest, D&O insurance and statutory protection for board service,…

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VLAA Moving Into The High Low In Grand Center

VLAA Moving Into The High Low In Grand Center

We're pleased to announce that we'll be moving into the High Low, The Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s new literary arts venue in Grand Center. The renovated 2-story building, 3301 Washington, will open this summer. It will include office suites, workspaces for writers, a cafe, library, event space and gallery. “We couldn’t be more excited,” said VLAA Executive Director Sue Greenberg. “Our…

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Get in Character and Support VLAA

VLAA Co-founder Marvin J. Nodiff is selling naming rights to characters in his forthcoming whodunit, The Pinball Lawyer. Money raised from the sale will support VLAA. If you'd like to have your name, or the name of a loved one (including a pet), immortalized in his novel, please make a $150 donation no later than March 20. You’ll be thanked…

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Appeals Court Dismisses Pulphus Lawsuit

Appeals Court Dismisses Pulphus Lawsuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has dismissed Pulphus v. Ayers, the lawsuit challenging the removal of Untitled #1, a painting by St. Louis artist David Pulphus, from a U.S. Capitol high school student art exhibit. The unanimous three-judge decision did not address the First Amendment issues raised by the case. Instead, the November 30 ruling declared…

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Holiday Reception

Holiday Reception

Our annual "thank you" holiday reception will be held in the MADE, 5127 Delmar, on Thursday, December 6, 5:30 to 7:00 PM. The free event will feature self-guided tours of the new makerspace and live music by Paul Niehaus IV. RSVP here About MADE MADE stands for Makers, Artists, Designers and Entrepreneurs. The new facility, which opens later this month, will…

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