Workshops

We offer affordable workshops for individual arts and arts organizations and are pleased to promote other educational programs of interest to the arts community. Can't afford to pay? Please contact us to request a scholarship. Unless otherwise noted, workshops are held at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar.

Business Edge

ARTIST AS BOOKKEEPER
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Accountant Peter Thurman, UHY Advisors, will guide you through the tax maze and offer suggestions that could save you money and a lot of aggravation. Tuition is $10 in advance; $15 at the door. To reserve a seat, please send us an email: vlaa@stlrac.org.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TAX GUIDE
Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Co-presented with The Gateway EITC Community Coalition
As part of our Every Artist Insured campaign, we are pleased to offer this FREE presentation. Find out how the tax-related provisions in the Affordable Care Act will affect your 2014 tax return. During this workshop our presenter will:
• Review the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and shared responsibility provision.
• Explain the various exemptions and how to get them, if you didn’t have coverage.
• Show you how to calculate the penalty, if you didn’t have coverage and don’t qualify for an exemption.
• Show you how to reconcile your estimated income with your actual income on the new Form 8962, if you purchased insurance on HealthCare.gov.
• Answer your questions!
This presentation is FREE. Please register here.

COPYRIGHT CLINIC
Monday, Mar. 16, 2015 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Do you have pressing questions about copyright? Here’s your chance to learn the basics from Attorney Julie Jennings, Senniger Powers. Then you’ll have an opportunity to spend 15 minutes talking to a volunteer lawyer. Consultations will be scheduled in person that evening and may not be available if you do not register in advance.

THE CASE OF JOHNNIE JOHNSON V. CHUCK BERRY AND WHAT ARTISTS SHOULD DO BEFORE THEY COLLABORATE Monday, Mar. 30, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Who wrote that song? Attorney Tim McFarlin will present lessons learned from a high profile dispute. He’ll explain how copyright law currently determines joint authorship and will offer a practical approach to collaboration for artists of all disciplines.

ANATOMY OF A CONTRACT
Monday, Apr. 6, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Although many of us still prefer to conduct our business on a handshake, vague verbal agreements can result in ugly misunderstandings. In addition to covering contract basics, this interactive session will help you sharpen your negotiation skills. Instructor: Attorney Ryan Hardy, Spencer Fane

ASK THE ENTERTAINMENT LAWYER
Monday, Apr. 20, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Here’s your chance to hear from an expert panel of local entertainment attorneys: Barbara Graham, Eric Kayira,
Jeff Michelman and Gary Pierson.

LLC Clinic

Spring 2015
Whether you’re thinking about forming a limited liability company or already have one, find out if this business structure really is for you. A volunteer attorney will cover all the basics, including how to form and run a LLC, operating agreements, when you can be held personally liable and how LLCs are taxed. Then you’ll have an opportunity to spend 20 minutes talking one-on-one with a volunteer lawyer-accountant team. Consultations will be scheduled in person that morning and may not be available if you do not register in advance. And your tuition will cover our referral service fee, so you can be matched with an attorney or accountant, if needed, after the clinic.

$15 in advance; $20 at the door. 

QuickBooks Pro Basics for Nonprofit Arts Organizations

This hands-on training for PC users with little or no accounting or QuickBooks experience will be scheduled soon.

Accidental Arts Administrator

Watch this space for the spring 2015 dates.
Are you a choreographer who runs a dance company? Did you major in philosophy or art history? Are you someone with a 9-5 job who serves as the treasurer of an arts organization in your “spare” time? You’re an accidental arts administrator! This workshop, which is co-presented by the Arts and Education Council, Missouri Arts Council and Regional Arts Commission, will cover working with a board of directors, marketing, fund-raising and financial management. Participants receive a 100-page manual, and refreshments are served.

Strategic Planning Fundamentals
(bonus session)
Too many strategic plans sit on a shelf and gather dust. Based on “The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution: Real-Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid-Response World” by David La Piana, this interactive, jargon-free workshop will help you develop an approach to planning that answers your organization’s big questions and enables your staff and board members to think and act strategically.

Accidental Arts Administrator workshops are held in the Regional Arts Commission’s building, 6128 Delmar, across from the Pageant. Advance registration is $20 per organization plus $5 for each additional person from the same organization who attends. Registration at the door is $40 per person. Tuition covers both sessions. Sorry, no discounts for attending just one session.



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Business Edge
LLC Clinic
QuickBooks
Accidental Arts Administrator

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6128 Delmar
Free parking behind The Pageant.

"I found this workshop to be much like the others — excellent! I am a fan of VLAA and look forward to your workshops."
Madeline Long-Gill, artist

 

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