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Washington Lawyers for the Arts – Trademarks for Artists – Tuesday, March 21st, 2017


Trademarks? What do those have to do with artists or the arts community?

Well friends, I'm here to tell you that if you're in the business of offering any kinds of goods or services (artistic or otherwise), then trademark law applies to you.

We've got another great event coming up next Tuesday, March 21--come join us for a workshop discussing how trademark law and the arts intersect! Find out how you can use trademarks to protect yourself and your business, and how you can avoid running afoul of the rights of others.

See you there!

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Washington Lawyers for the Arts – WA State Tax Fundamentals-Monday, January 23, 2017

We here at the WLA hope everyone had an awesome holiday season and new year!

Now that it's January (again), it's time to start thinking about tax season (again). But it doesn't have to be stressful or complicated. The WLA is bringing back one of its most popular events again this year: our Tax Fundamentals Workshop!

Join us at noon, Monday January 23rd at the Vera Project as we break down the principles of Washington State taxes with a focus on the concerns artists might be keeping in mind. Our expert speaker, Valerie Moseley, will highlight filing methods, important resources, and is happy to take whatever questions might be on your mind.

Check out the link below to learn more and RSVP! See you there!

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Call for Board Members | Freehold Theatre

Our friends at Freehold Theatre are looking for board members!

In its own words, Freehold is a "small but mighty organization." Founded in the fall of 1991, it has spent the past 25 years committed to bringing artistic excellence, social justice, and radical accessibility to the community through its studio and theatre lab.

Freehold is looking for qualified and passionate individuals to continue that mission for at least 25 more.

Check out their call for board members at http://www.freeholdtheatre.org/call-board-members

freeholdtheatre.org Freehold Theatre Lab Studio, a center for the practice of theatre, was founded in the fall of 1991.We at Freehold believe that theatre should inspire people to embrace the full range of human experience and connect us all more deeply to ourselves and to each other. In order for theatre to accomplish...

Live from the 49th floor, our 5th annual ALI is getting underway on this lovely December day.

Washington Lawyers for the Arts – ART LAW INSTITUTE- Monday, December 5, 2016


Happy Giving Tuesday everyone! We hope the long weekend has treated you well and given you some much needed rest and reflection.

The WLA has been helping bridge the gap between law and the arts for 40 years thanks to help and donations from folks like you. That is something we are thankful for and something we continue to be thankful for. We hope you will continue supporting us for 40 more years!

In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, many organizations are matching their employees' gifts today. If you want to support the arts, we are happy to put your donations to use helping artists overcome legal roadblocks and challenges through our workshops and clinics. Your ongoing support never goes unappreciated.

Check out our upcoming annual ALI, and sign up for the facebook event if you haven't already! See you there!

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Washington Lawyers for the Arts – ART LAW INSTITUTE- Monday, December 5, 2016

Great news guys and gals, our Art Law Institute is back again this year!

The fifth annual ALI brings together artists and lawyers from all disciplines and backgrounds for a full day discussing the state of the law. We're rounding up the best of the bunch to give you a rundown of IP, entertainment, and business law in general, and I'm sure they'll be happy to tell you about any juicy legal developments that may have occurred within the past year.

I don't want to give away too much but last year we may or may not have had flying trivia chocolates. Who knows what our presenters will be cooking up for this year?

Check out the info page below and RSVP soon!

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Washington Lawyers for the Arts – IP FUNDAMENTALS FOR ARTISTS – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2016


This Wednesday! One of our most popular workshops is back!

Come learn about the fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law, including trademark, copyright, domain, publicity, fair use, joint ownership, and works-made-for-hire, among other topics! Best of all, the presentation is specifically geared toward issues often faced by artists or businesses that work with artists.

See you there!

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Events - Artist Trust

We're not the only ones with a birthday this year! Artist Trust is celebrating their big 3-0. Check out their birthday party details at the page below, and join us in sending them a big congrats!

artisttrust.org Back to list Artist Trust: Artist Trust EventsPerformances and ExhibitsCommunity and Networking Events Artist Trust’s 30th Birthday Party Start time October 22, 2016, 7:00 PM End time October 22, 2016, 11:00 PM Venue V2 1525 11th Ave Seattle, WA 98122 Venue info http://velocitydancecenter.org/space/...

A huge shout out and thank you to everyone that came out to our #WLA40 Celebration! Your great company at a great venue made it a special anniversary for us. Pictures should be coming soon!

And an extra-large thank you to our sponsors, without whom it would not have been possible.

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