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Business Fundamentals // Art Business Night School

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Hugo House
1021 Columbia St.
Seattle, WA 98104

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$150 / $120 for members

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Wednesdays, May 24 - July 5, 6-8PM (No class on 5/31.)

In this class, attorney Benjamin Kerr leads you through the essentials of business and finance for artists. Copyright, earning scenarios, business entity formation, contract law, and all those complicated legal terms you didn’t learn in school you’ll learn here. By the end of the class, you’ll know how to create a business plan; understand contracts, taxes, and insurance; and be able to organize and manage your finances, so you can support yourself and your artistic practice.

Topics Covered:
Establishing your artistic practice as a business
Separating personal and artistic finances
Taxes, including understanding and tracking deductible expenses
Financial planning and goals
Debt management
Negotiating contracts
How to pay yourself

Improved financial planning and managements skills
Draft business plan and budget
Tips, worksheets, and checklists
Presentations from a bookkeeper and a tax prep specialist with experience working with artists
Practical advice from professional artists

*Open to artists of all disciplines and career stages. Business / financial experience not required. Need-based and Filipinx scholarships available by request.

Ben Kerr

Ben Kerr has extensive experience advising clients in a wide variety of practice areas including contract drafting, negotiation and review; entertainment law; business formation; intellectual property; real estate; landlord/tenant law; corporations and partnerships; and wills and estates.  He has represented individuals; small businesses; and corporate entities in state and federal courts, and arbitrations on a wide variety of commercial and civil litigation matters. He has litigated claims in state and federal courts and in multiple arbitration venues.  Mr. Kerr also has represented clients in a variety of industries in breach of contract, construction, insurance coverage and other commercial disputes.
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