Legal and Accounting Assistance
Our volunteers help photographers, painters, poets, musicians, playwrights, graphic artists, dancers, crafts groups, filmmakers, theatre companies, orchestras, neighborhood arts councils and others pursuing artistic endeavors. Problems that are not considered arts-related include traffic violations, personal injury, criminal and family law matters.
Not an artist or with an arts organization? Find legal service providers here.
To receive free assistance, you must be a Missouri or Southwestern Illinois artist with an arts-related problem and meet our income guidelines. Individual artists (all disciplines) with incomes less than $35,310 per year (+$12,480 for each additional member of the household) qualify for free assistance. This represents 300% of the federal poverty guidelines and is the highest allowable income for attorney pro bono services. Your application can be filled out online, but must be submitted with your check by mail. (Please ignore this form, which we are using to test our forthcoming online application. Test Form)
To receive free assistance, you must represent a Missouri or Southwestern Illinois arts organization with an arts-related problem and meet our operating budget guidelines. Nonprofit organizations with annual budgets under $500,000 qualify. Applications can be filled out online, but must be submitted with your check by mail.
New organizations requesting assistance with incorporation and applying for tax-exempt status should request a copy of our Nonprofit Incorporation Workbook and the accompanying worksheets, which must be completed before meeting with a volunteer. Applications can be filled out online, but must be submitted with your check by mail.
Our Sleep Better Nonprofit Financial Check-Up program is designed especially for nonprofit arts organizations with annual operating budgets of $100,000 to $500,000. The goal of this new service, made possbile by a grant from the Trio Foundation, is to help mid-sized organizations avoid financial stress, successfully manage their finances and satisfy the requirements of the boards, funders and the government regulators who oversee their activities.
Interested organizations should complete an application form.
Sleep Better Financial Check-up does not constitute services performed in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards or attestation standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; therefore, no assurance or opinion will be given.