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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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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The Profitable Artist

The Profitable Artist

Service organizations like the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and VLAA understand that although most artists are running small businesses, too many are unfamiliar with business concepts that can help them move towards more sustainable careers. NYFA’s second edition of The Profitable Artist draws on the Brooklyn-based organization’s many years of top-notch professional development programs. Written for artists…

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Vote ‘No’ On Proposition A

Vote ‘No’ on Proposition A

by Sue Greenberg “Please vote no on August 7.” On Monday, Jen Cody (above) and fellow cast members now appearing in The Muny’s production of Gypsy worked phone banks urging voters to defeat Proposition A. They believe, as I do, that weakened unions endanger our cultural ecosystem. Approval of Proposition A would make Missouri a “right-to-work” state. Under the misleadingly named…

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Remarks By Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay

Remarks by Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay

VLAA’s Censored at the US Capitol: Pulphus v. Ayers and Its Implications, April 30, 2018 Good afternoon everyone and thank you for that kind welcome. First of all, I want to thank Sue Greenberg and the Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts for taking a stand in defense of David Pulphus and his 1st Amendment Right of self-expression. David…

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