Conference on arts law coming up on May 5

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Byron Pascoe, one of the organizers and speakers at this event, is a Stittsville resident. This is a media release provided by ALSO.)

Artists’ Legal Services Ottawa (ALSO) is thrilled to announce a full-day arts law conference in celebration of its 5th anniversary.

The conference will be geared to different genres of arts (i.e. fine arts, music and media arts), and will include sessions on artist-specific issues relating to succession planning, taxes, and employment law. There will also be mentoring sessions for attendees and a networking reception to build bridges within our artistic community, as well as with lawyers.

The conference will take place on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10:00am to 4:30pm at the recently renovated Arts Court at 2 Daly Avenue in Ottawa. The networking reception will follow from 4:30pm-6:00pm.

Panelists will include local artists such as JUNO Award winner Kellylee Evans and filmmaker Maxwell McGuire, as well as Ottawa professionals and lawyers including Mark Edwards of Edwards PC, Creative Law. Penny McCann, Director of SAW Video and Media Artist, will provide a keynote address. The event is sponsored in part by the City of Ottawa.

“The National Capital Region has a very active, engaged, and diverse arts community that contributes to local culture and our national identity,” says McGuire, who is also a member of the organization’s board. “This conference will showcase that and provide artists with useful legal information.”

“This is a great opportunity to connect Ottawa’s artists with legal information that will enhance legal literacy related to issues artists typically face,” says Byron Pascoe, entertainment lawyer and ALSO Board Member. “We invite any artist, entertainment industry professional, or lawyer interested in attending to register soon.”

Registration is now open and tickets are $25 at artscourt.ca/events/also-arts-law-conference/. Lunch is included in the ticket price. Register now, as spaces are limited.

ALSO is a not-for-profit organization established in 2012 and is dedicated to sharing legal information with artists in the National Capital Region to fill an access to justice need, often overlooked for artists. The group is run completely by volunteer lawyers and artists. For the past 5 years, ALSO has hosted numerous educational panels annually on themes relating to artists’ legal rights and issues.


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