Turning Your Art Practice into a Business / Seattle

Start Date / Time: 2019-02-28 02:00:00

End Date / Time: 2019-02-28 04:00:00

Venue: Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts in Community Room 2915 Rainier Ave S Seattle, WA 98144



If you’ve received a grant, been commissioned, or sold artwork on Instagram, you’ve been paid for your artistic work. You’re now running a business, and in Washington State, you may be required to have a business license to operate legally.

Attorney Benjamin Kerr will explain the different kinds of business entities, including sole proprietorships, LLCs, and general partnerships, and which is the right fit for you. You’ll learn how to form a business, what paperwork you need, and what’s required of you by law. This class will show you the benefits of forming a business and help you avoid costly tax penalties and other legal hassles.

*Open for artists of all disciplines at all career stages.

– Business Entities
– Benefits of business entity formation
– Liability example
– Business entity formation
– Sole proprietorships
– General partnerships
– Limited liability companies
– Corporations
– Nonprofits
– Fiscal sponsorships
– How to form a business entity
– Paperwork needed for business entities
– Piercing the corporate veil
– WA business licenses
– EINs
– UBIs
– Insurance

The venue for this event is wheelchair accessible and can be accessed by Metro transit. The venue has identified as a non-scent-free space with gendered bathrooms. This event is service dog friendly and child friendly, but child care will not be provided. Also, if you do plan to bring your child please keep in mind that certain topics and language may not be appropriate for children.

Artist Trust reserves the right to cancel any program. If cancelled, a full refund will be applied. A full refund can also be received if requested 7 days before the event. Please contact the Program Coordinator if you have any questions regarding specific content of the workshop.

Email Program Coordinator Zach Frimmel for questions about member codes, scholarship inquiries, accessibility, or workshop details.

This workshop is part of a series on business and legal issues for artists, each led by attorney Benjamin Kerr. The other topics he will be teaching are Understanding Artist Contracts and Intellectual Property and Copyrighting Your Work. You can choose to take one, two, or all three workshops. Each individual workshop is $40 /$30 AT Member or you can register for all three classes at a discounted price $100 / $80 AT members. PLEASE NOTE: To receive the discount, you must register for the workshop package.