Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Inc

New York City, NY   |  WWW.VLANY.ORG

Mission

VLA'S MISSION IS TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO DEDICATED LEGAL REPRESENTATION AND EDUCATION TO INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS AND ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS (ACOS). FOCUSING ON NEW YORK STATE AND THE NEW YORK METROPOLITAN AREA, VLA STRIVES TO PROTECT THE LIVELIHOODS, BUSINESSES, AND CREATIVE WORKS OF THE ARTISTIC COMMUNITY. TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS, VLA PROVIDES PRO BONO LEGAL REPRESENTATION TO LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS AND ACOS. VLA ALSO OFFERS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING AND A RANGE OF OTHER SERVICES SUCH AS LEGAL COUNSELING, ADVOCACY, ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION, AND TRAINING OF LAWYERS IN ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT LAW.

Ruling year info

1978

Principal Officer

KATHRYN E WAGNER ESQ

Main address

729 7th Ave Ste 1401

New York City, NY 10019 United States

EIN

13-2936291

NTEE code info

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Program 1

LEGAL SERVICES:VLA'S DEPARTMENT OF LEGAL SERVICES PROVIDES THE ARTS COMMUNITY WITH ACCESS TO SERVICES THROUGH LEGAL CLINICS AND IN-HOUSE CONSULTATIONS, WHERE ARTISTS AND ACOS CAN SEEK ADVICE ON ARTS-RELATED LEGAL ISSUES FROM VLA STAFF AND VOLUNTEER ATTORNEYS; AND PRO BONO PLACEMENTS FOR LOW-INCOME ARTISTS AND ACOS WITH ONE OF APPROXIMATELY 1,418 VOLUNTEER ATTORNEYS.IN FY20, VLA PROVIDED NEARLY 40,000 HOURS OF PRO BONO LEGAL WORK TO THE NEW YORK ARTS COMMUNITY. MORE THAN 1,418 VOLUNTEER ATTORNEYS, 4 STAFF ATTORNEYS, AND 70 LAW STUDENT INTERNS AND LEGAL FELLOWS PROVIDED VITAL INFORMATION AND LEGAL COUNSELING TO THOUSANDS OF ARTISTS AND ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS ON ISSUES AFFECTING THEIR ART.FOR EXAMPLE, VLA ATTORNEYS REVIEW A WIDE RANGE OF CONTRACTS INCLUDING GALLERY CONSIGNMENT AGREEMENTS, TALENT RELEASE AGREEMENTS, LICENSING AGREEMENTS FOR MUSICIANS AND FASHION DESIGNERS, AND COLLABORATION AGREEMENTS FOR CHOREOGRAPHERS. VLA ALSO ASSISTS ARTS ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS DANCE AND THEATRE COMPANIES WITH INCORPORATING AS NONPROFITS AND RECEIVING 501(C)(3) TAX-EXEMPT STATUS. AND, VLA ATTORNEYS REPRESENT ITS ARTISTS AND ACOS IN COPYRIGHT AND CONTRACTUAL DISPUTES BEFORE COURTS AND MEDIATORS.

Expenses
$617,714
Revenue
$10,000

EDUCATION:VLA EDUCATES INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS, ARTS PROFESSIONALS WITHIN ACOS, ATTORNEYS, STUDENTS, AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC ABOUT LEGAL AND BUSINESS ISSUES THAT AFFECT ARTISTS AND THEIR CREATIVE ENDEAVORS. CLASSES ARE OFTEN AN ARTIST'S FIRST EXPOSURE TO VLA, AND PLAY A FUNDAMENTAL ROLE IN HELPING ARTISTS AND ACOS IDENTIFY IMPORTANT LEGAL AND BUSINESS ISSUES THEY FACE, AND IN TEACHING THEM HOW TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND THEIR ARTISTIC ENDEAVORS.VLA'S EDUCATION PROGRAMS ARE ALSO A VITAL RESOURCE FOR THE ARTS COMMUNITY AND THE LAWYERS WHO SERVE IT. IN FY20, VLA SERVED MORE THAN 3,591 INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS, ARTS ORGANIZATIONS, ATTORNEYS, AND LAW STUDENTS THROUGH CLASSES, SEMINARS, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, AND WORKSHOPS FOR THE ARTS AND LEGAL COMMUNITIES. VLA'S EDUCATION PROGRAMMING ALSO INCLUDES INTERNSHIPS FOR LAW SCHOOL STUDENTS, PARTICIPATION IN PREPARING MATERIALS FOR LEGAL PUBLICATIONS, VOLUNTEER ATTORNEY TRAINING PROGRAMS, AND A PUBLIC ART LAW RESOURCE LIBRARY.VLA'S HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL CORE CLASSES INCLUDE COPYRIGHT FOR ARTISTS, CONTRACT ESSENTIALS FOR ARTISTS, FOR PROFIT INCORPORATION, AND NONPROFIT INCORPORATION AND TAX-EXEMPT STATUS. VLA ALSO OFFERS CLASSES THAT ADDRESS SPECIFIC LEGAL ISSUES FACED BY DIFFERENT CREATIVE DISCIPLINES SUCH AS PHOTOGRAPHY, CONTEMPORARY ART, CHOREOGRAPHY, DANCE, FILMMAKING, MUSIC, AND THEATER. VLA'S CLASS OFFERINGS CONTINUE TO EVOLVE AS NEW LEGAL ISSUES EMERGE, AND IN RESPONSE TO DEMAND FROM THE ARTS COMMUNITY.

Expenses
$277,318
Revenue
$84,004

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