On Thursday, March 24th, 2016, ArtReach hosted Lawyers for the Arts, a workshop on legalities related to running your non-profit organization. This workshop was facilitated by Matthew Wiens, the Director of Corporate Pro Bono Projects for Pro Bono Ontario. Pro Bono Ontario supports Ontarians who have essential legal needs but can’t afford a lawyer.
Are you an artist who wants to ensure you are paid fairly for your art? Do you want to learn how to create solid contracts for your work? Do you want to understand how your artistic income affects your taxes?
Two of the most important things you can do for yourself as an artist are to ensure that you are paid fairly for your work, and that your administration is up to date. This workshop, led by lawyers through Pro Bono Ontario, walked participants through some of the important legal issues that you should understand as a practicing artist. The workshop focused on how to: create contracts that ensure you are paid fairly for your work, understand important legal elements about your arts business practice, and ensure that you have the correct and up to date paper work for your arts business practice to thrive.