3 Takeaways: Financial Strategies For Creatives

3 Takeaways: Financial Strategies for Creatives

1. Take advantage of available assistance, including unemployment benefits, HealthCare.gov special enrollment (which may be less expensive than COBRA), mortgage relief, emergency grants and loans 2. Spend some time analyzing your finances, so you can budget effectively and identify your priorities. Track expenses (using pen and paper, a spreadsheet or an app such as Mint or YNAB). For business expenses,…

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Unemployment Assistance During The Pandemic: What Missouri Artists And Creative Workers Need To Know

Unemployment Assistance During the Pandemic: What Missouri Artists and Creative Workers Need to Know

Self-employed artists, freelancers, independent contractors and gig workers whose businesses have been impacted by the coronavirus are applying for — and are now receiving — unemployment benefits. Under the CARES Act, those who qualify may be eligible for weekly benefits ranging from $133 to $320 per week, plus a $600 weekly federal supplement. Attorney Tim Mooney (above) provided a step-by-step…

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3 Takeaways: Anatomy Of A Contract

3 Takeaways: Anatomy of a Contract

1. Putting it in writing will avoid “he said, she said,” clarify the agreement, reinforce the commitments, serve as reliable record of the agreement, and may be required by law (e.g. transferring copyright ownership). 2. Before you start negotiating, know what you want (then don’t be afraid to ask for it), know what the other party might want, and know…

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CARES Act Unemployment For Independent Contractors, Freelancers, Self-Employed And Gig Workers

CARES Act Unemployment for Independent Contractors, Freelancers, Self-Employed and Gig Workers

Thanks to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, many artists and creative workers, who cobble their incomes together from multiple sources, will soon be eligible for “safety net” unemployment benefits. The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, expands eligibility to nontraditional workers such as independent contractors, freelancers, gig workers and the self-employed; increases the amount…

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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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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 will open this summer. It will include office suites, workspaces for writers, a cafe, library, event space and gallery. Before we move, we will make sure the office is clean and hygienic. We…

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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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