Where can members of the creative community turn for help when they find themselves embroiled in a dispute or want to avoid misunderstandings?

Our mediation program offers a free and non-litigious way to resolve conflicts.

Mediation is an informal process in which trained neutral mediators guide discussion between disputing parties. The process allows the parties to control the outcome, rather than accept the decision made by an outsider (such as a judge or arbitrator). Mediation is voluntary, confidential and fast.

Mediation is particularly well-suited for the arts because it addresses relationship issues (like trust, respect, fairness and friendship), procedural issues (like how decisions are made) and substantive issues (like money).

Interested? Please complete an application form. We’ll be in touch to answer your questions and explore next steps. Since mediation is a voluntary process both parties need to agree to mediate. When we open a case, we assign a volunteer mediator, who schedules the mediation session(s), and helps the parties reach a mutually beneficial resolution.

Why mediate?

Mediation is free.

Mediation is fair and impartial.

Mediation is informal.

Mediation is voluntary.

Mediation addresses relationship issues and power imbalances.

Mediation doesn’t require parties to be represented by attorneys.

Mediation is confidential.

Mediation avoids the win-lose outcomes of litigation.

Mediation fosters cooperation.

Mediation can preserve relationships or end them with respect.

Mediation empowers the parties to create their own solutions.

Mediation works.

Photo Credit: St. Louis Actors’ Studio, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, William Roth and Kari Ely (John Lamb)