ArtSpan Artist Workshop: Legal & Business Basics for Artists & Creatives

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SOMArts Cultural Center
06:30 PM
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Getting From Art School to an Art Career: The Legal and Business Basics Every Artist & Creative Professional Should Know
Art schools are great havens of creativity. But they don’t prepare Artists for the realities of the business side of the art world. This workshop covers the fundamental business and legal topics Artists need to be aware of and seeks to dispel some of the myths about the law in relation to Art.
In this Workshop, we will touch on:

What to look for in Contracts (including some negotiating tactics)
Artists’ Moral Rights (particularly under VARA and CAPA)
What’s left of the California Resale Royalty Act
Basic Tax concepts to be aware of
The pros and cons of various business formations
The hows and whys of Copyright, Trademark, and Licensing

Attorney Jacob Janzen runs Start Art Legal, a solo law practice devoted to representing Artists and Creative Professionals at the many intersections of the Art and Law worlds. As a participating member of the California Lawyers for the Arts Modest Means Incubator Program, Janzen provides affordable, discounted, and pro-bono legal counsel to Artists and Creative Professionals throughout the state. Among his current clients, Janzen represents and advises Visual Artists, Musicians, Performing Artists, Galleries, Owners of Art related Businesses, and Creative Entrepreneurs in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Janzen is a licensed CA attorney. He holds an MA in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Los Angeles, and a JD from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. 


  1. SOMArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA