Briefly Stated 5.1.20

Briefly Stated 5.1.20

LUMINARY MAKES FIRST ROUND OF $1,000 GRANTS The Luminary, in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, has selected the first 30 recipients of its Futures Fund: Emergency Relief for Artists grants. The following artists received unrestricted grants of $1,000: Matthew Joseph Barbier, Dail Chambers, Stan Chisholm, Ashli England, Jen Everett, Quaron Gooch, Claressa Griffon, Shabez Jamal, Mee…

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Briefly Stated 4.24.20

Briefly Stated 4.24.20

CELEBRATING NATIONAL VOLUNTEER MONTH We often say that our dedicated volunteers are our greatest asset. Working case-by-case, we match clients with lawyers and accountants who share our belief that success in the arts should depend on creative energy and talent, not on the ability to afford quality professional services. Our volunteers tell us that they enjoy interacting with members of the…

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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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Briefly Stated 4.17.20

Briefly Stated 4.17.20

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR ARTISTS & CREATIVE WORKERS Under the CARES Act, nontraditional workers, such as independent contractors, freelancers, gig workers and the self-employed are eligible for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Missouri's Department of Labor just released these guidelines. Please read and follow them carefully. Want to learn more? We're presenting a free webinar on Wednesday, April 22, at…

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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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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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