All Things Legal
Whether you run a dance studio, compose music, or sell your art online, there are legal matters that come into play. Know that there are resources available to help protect your work and get you on the right track to run a business in the world of art.
Forming Your Business Structure
If you’re providing a service or selling your art, you’re running a business. The question is: what type of business structure is right for you? What are the benefits of a sole proprietorship vs. an LLC? Find out more about sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs and corporations and other valuable information to help you decide which structure is right for you at the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Articles on art and the business structures:
Running Your Business
Art galleries, workshops, and online art dealers may operate slightly differently from other businesses, but they’re all businesses as far as the government is concerned. It’s important to stay up-to-date with timely record keeping, appropriate licenses and permits, and filing any mandatory reports with the state—and seeking professional advice if you’re unsure about what is the best path for your business.
Getting a Trademark, Patent or Copyright
Taking appropriate action to protect your creative work or business with a trademark, patent or copyright is something that all artists and owners should consider. It’s an investment that can help establish your identity, protect your original work and distinguish your business from others. Find out more about trademarks, patents, and copyrights from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office to see which type of protection is right for you.
From copyrights to studio leases, these valuable links can lend you some legal basics.
St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (SLVLAA)
Extensive library of general and legal resources for artists in areas such as music, film, contracts and more.
Artist Help Network
This site offers links to legal resources, many aimed toward artists and art law.
Starving Artist Law
A launch pad for artists and writers looking for self-help legal information.
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