Educational Programs

St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts educates individual artists, arts administrators, students, faculty, board members, volunteers and the general public about legal and business issues that affect the arts  community.

Individual Artists

Business Edge, ten seminars annually covering career planning and marketing in the fall and taxes, contracts/negotiation and copyright in the spring plus special topics
• Free publications such as Anatomy of A Contract, Copyright Basic and Artist as Bookkeeper
• Easy-to-understand music law pages
• Legal and business pages for low-budget independent filmmakers

Arts Organizations

Accidental Arts Administrator, a twice annual opportunity for those running small and emerging arts to obtain affordable basic training in arts management
• Legal-Ease seminars focusing on new regulations or best practices
• Annual hands-on QuickBooks training that includes discounted software
House Calls, free training for boards conducted during their regular meetings
• Free publications such as Arts Law Memo, Guide to Board Duties and Responsibilities and Guide to Financial Oversight
Sample policies to save research and writing time
BoardLinkStL, readiness to recruit training for organizations seeking new board members

College Students and Faculty

Upstart initiative
• Free publications Anatomy of A Contract, Copyright Basic and Artist as Bookkeeper


• Annual new volunteer orientation
• CLE/CPE sessions offered periodically
BoardLinkStL, readiness to serve training for individuals who want to join nonprofit boards

General Public

• Public forums on "hot" arts law topics
• Free speakers
• Op-ed articles

"I have found your classes and publications to be a great help; you take complicated issues and explain them so the rest of us can understand."
Nick Ohlman, curator, Museum of Transportation

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The arts community counts on us and we're counting on you. Your generosity will enable us to provide free legal and accounting services and affordable educational programs that go a long way towards sustaining the arts in our region.