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Case # Legal Category Arts Category Client Type Description
18-585 Visual Art Pro Bono

Contract: Scholarship. 18-585 NFP educational group needs help setting up a scholarship program for art students.

18-708 Music Pro Bono

Dispute: Breach of Contract 18-708 Rap artist paid a producer to mix and master the tracks that the producer recorded for the artist. The producer never finished the mastering and Client would like the tracks to be returned to her so that she can work with them; or, in the alternative, Client would accept a refund of the amounts she paid to the producer.

19-031 Music, Performance Art, Other Pro Bono

NFP: Music. NFP classical music group needs legal advice regarding structuring payments to its performers. They also have questions about board governance.

19-032 Music Pro Bono

Copyright: Music. 19-032 NFP Jazz group is planning to offer a podcast and needs legal advice regarding music licensing. Client needs help understanding what licenses he needs for playing recorded music on the podcast, playing live music on the podcast and offering the podcast for download.

19-069 Visual Art Pro Bono

Start-up: Designer. 19-069 Artist who received a design patent needs start-up advice and help with business structure.

19-071 Visual Art Pro Bono

Start-up: Visual Art. Visual artist needs help with copyright registration for designs that she plans to print on T-shirts.

19-111 Music Pro Bono

NFP: Music. Musical quartet needs help transitioning from a for profit entity to an NFP entity.

19-113 Literature, Visual Art Pro Bono

Defamation and Content Clearance. Graphic novelist needs counsel to help evaluate the risk posed by five items in his graphic novel. Issues include possible infringement of intellectual property rights and defamation.

19-115 Visual Art Pro Bono

Trademark and Copyright: Visual Art. Pop artist needs help with trademark registration for two logos. Client also needs help securing copyrigth registration for several new works.

19-127 Film/TV Pro Bono

Start-up: Film. Filmmaker needs help with business structure and two contracts, one for cast members and one for crew.

19-139 Visual Art Pro Bono

Landlord Tenant. Visual arts NFP needs counsel to review a lease agreement for studio space.

19-141 Visual Art Pro Bono

Copyright: Visual Arts. Visual artist needs help evaluating whether his works qualify for protection under VARA.

19-145 Music Pro Bono

Contract: Music. Manager needs help memorializing an agreement between the artist that she manages, the music producer and herself as the manager.

19-156 Visual Art Pro Bono

Dispute. Client shipped her artwork from Chicago to New York using one of the major shippers and her artwork was destroyed in transit. Client purchased insurance but shipper is claiming an exclusion. Client needs help evaluating her options and pursuing recovery.

19-158 Film/TV, Theater Pro Bono

Contract Review: Film. Screenwriter needs counsel to review a Screenwriter Collaboration Agreement.

19-159 Music Pro Bono

Contracts: Music. Hip-hop artist needs a Co-writer Agreement and a Management Contract.

19-162 Film/TV, Music, Performance Art, Theater Pro Bono

Copyright Infringement: Fim. Music video producer needs help evaluating a claim for Copyright Infringement and sending a Cease and Desist letter.

19-165 Visual Art Pro Bono

NFP: Visual Arts. NFP needs legal advice regarding acting as a fiscal sponsor.

19-173 Visual Art Pro Bono

Tax: NFP that publishes an art magazine needs help reinstating their 501(c)3 tax exemption which was revoked for failure to file 990s.

19-175 Dance Pro Bono

Dispute: Dance. Independent contractor needs help recovering past due payments for services rendered.

19-188 Theater Pro Bono

Copyright: Theater. Actor needs help determining whether a piece that he would like to perform is in the public domain.

19-195 Music, Performance Art, Visual Art Pro Bono

Dispute: Trademark, Rap artist needs help evaluating whether part of his costume can be protected by trademark.

19-196 Other Pro Bono

IP Protection. Client is developing an arts related software application and needs help securing the appropriate type of IP protection.

19-208 Music Pro Bono

Contract Review: Music. Young, rock and roll musician, and songwriter needs counsel to review a two page Artist Producer Development Agreement.

19-212 Theater Pro Bono

NFP: Actor group needs help evaluating options for securing tax-exempt status. They are considering setting up a new organization or taking over the operations of an existing NFP with tax exempt status.

19-213 Film/TV Pro Bono

Employment. NFP film group needs legal advice regarding their upcoming transition from an all-volunteer organization to one with paid staff.

19-216 Music Pro Bono

Licensing: Music. NFP that supports people with a rare voice disorder is planning to release an album consisting of songs performed by one of its members before he developed the disorder. Client needs help with licensing agreements.

19-219 Music Pro Bono

Contract. Music publisher who plans to help artists collect royalties for uses that often go unreported, needs start-up advice and one contract for the musicians he represents.

19-229 Music Pro Bono

Contract: Music. Songwriter has been asked to write the music and lyrics for a product commercial and needs help memorializing the terms of the agreement.

19-231 Visual Art Pro Bono

Contract Drafting: Visual Art. NFP arts organization that coordinates the placement of visual art in public spaces needs a standard contract for the artists commissioned to create the works.

19-235 Other Pro Bono

Contracts. Fashion. Hairstyling NFP needs a contract for their independent contractor stylists that includes a non-compete provision. NFP also needs a non-disclosure agreement for their vendors and partners.

19-244 Visual Art Pro Bono

Dispute: Copyright Infringement.Visual artist's original work is being pirated and sold through online retailers in the US and abroad. Client needs counsel to draft a cease and desist letter to send to the retailers.