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Legal FAQ

By Craig R. Blackman, Esq., and Brian P. Rothenberg, Esq. Stradley, Ronon, Stevens, & Young, LLP, courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

1. What is the difference between copyright and trademark?

A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design, or combination thereof, which serves to identify and distinguish a source of goods or services of one party from another. A copyright protects original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and certain other intellectual works.

2. How do I copyright my work?

Marketing Your Work

(courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts)

The arts stimulate the senses, and the opportunity to create a marketing tactic for your work can be as challenging and fun as creating the work itself.

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Dr. Art on Emergency Support Organizations

Courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

in 2002, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) co-hosted a roundtable in New York City of emergency funding and service organizations from across the United States.  Following is a discussion of the issue, as well as a list of organizations that offer emergency assistance for artists.

Incorporation

by Matthew Deleget, New York Foundation for the Arts

From filmmakers to choreographers to graphic designers, the issue of incorporation appears daunting at first, but can be more straightforward than most artists think.

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Fundraising Advice for Individuals

Artist interview with Creative Capital Assistant Director Alyson Pou, courtesy of Creative Capital Foundation

Grants are only one piece of pie for artists. They are one part of a whole strategy that you come up with for yourself.

Dr. Art on Dealing with Rejection

by Matthew Deleget, courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

Every time you send off a portfolio of your work to a gallery, curator, grant program, slide registry or other such person or entity, you take the risk of being rejected and disappointed.

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Dr. Art on Copyright and Fair Use

by Matthew Deleget, New York Foundation for the Arts

Have you ever heard the classic George Harrison song, “My Sweet Lord”? It goes something like: “I really want to see you / Really want to be with you / Hallelujah / Hare Krishna. . . .” In 1976, United States District Court Judge Richard Owen, arguing that Harrison had heard the song’s melody in someone else’s song long before having written his own, ruled that Harrison was guilty of copyright infringement.

Dr. Art on Contracts with Galleries & Collectors

by Matthew Deleget, courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

This column addresses the issue of contracts between artists, galleries and collectors. A contract is the essential tool that informs both parties of their responsibilities and objectives. If you and your gallery/collector work well together, you will rarely, if ever, refer to it.

Art Consultants: The Hidden Resource

Courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

What are art consultants, or, as they are sometimes known, art reps or private art dealers? They are essentially people who sell art but who do not have a gallery.

Business of Art: Taxing Artists

Courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

You’re an artist, so you don’t have to worry about some of the constraints that come with running a business. Or do you? Unfortunately, concentrating solely on the process of creating your art is not always possible.

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David Sharp: Artists And Finance

Courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

In this column, NYFA Program Officer Edith Meeks interviews performing artists about issues relating to their working careers. Here, she speaks with David Sharp about artists and finance.

Edith Meeks: You’ve made a pretty unusual career combination of dancing and corporate financial consulting. Do you make any connection between the two?

Creating a Budget: How to figure out your real project budget

Courtesy of Creative Capital Foundation

Pay yourself! This is a new concept for some artists, but it's smarter to figure out now what your time is worth, represent this time in your project budget, and raise money based upon these real costs than to underbudget the project and wind up maxing out your credit cards with expensive, last-minute charges and cash advances.

Accounting FAQ

Compiled by Andrea Mills and Steve Barry, Grant Thornton Philadelphia, courtesy of New York Foundation for the Arts

1. Do I need an accountant?

If you are able to do your bookkeeping and file your tax returns yourself, then you probably do not need an accountant. Once your business becomes more complicated or more time-consuming, then it is probably advisable to hire an accountant and a bookkeeper. It is also advisable to hire a qualified professional such as an accountant or an attorney during the initial setup of your organization. Both professionals will be able to clarify questions and help with the choice of the most appropriate business entity.

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