Understanding Artist Contracts / Seattle

Start Date / Time: February 20, 2019 2:00 am

End Date / Time: February 21, 2019 4:00 am

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



Contracts are vital for you as an artist. They protect you and your work and prevent disagreements about responsibilities, timelines, and compensation. Contracts can also be dense and confusing, filled with jargon that can be hard to understand without a law degree.

In this workshop, attorney Benjamin Kerr provides an overview of contracts and their key components and terms. He’ll discuss legal requirements, licensing agreements, and other important issues for artists to keep in mind. By the end of this workshop, you’ll understand why it’s important to get any agreement in writing and how to do it.

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

– What is a contract?
– Legal requirements for contracts
– Gifts
– Statute of frauds
– Documenting verbal conversations
– Damages at contract
– Quasi-contractual remedies
– Important issues for contracts related to the arts
– Statute of limitations for contracts
– Contracts and the artist dealer relationship
– Licensing agreements
– Provenance

Benjamin 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. http://kerrlawfirmseattle.com/

$40 / $30 AT Members

The Artist Trust membership program is an easy way for artists to stay connected with Artist Trust and support our ongoing work with artists. Membership strengthens Artist Trust’s ability to serve Washington State arts communities while providing members with discounts and early access to programs and events, an exclusive monthly membership e-newsletter, and retail discounts.

Partial need-based, Filipinx, and Latinx scholarships are available by request.

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 Intellectual Property & Copyrighting Your Work and Turning Your Art Practice into a Business. 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.