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Who We Serve
VLA serves low income and indigent artists and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in every imaginable discipline. For example, theater, dance, fashion, the visual arts, performance, music, journalism, crafts, textiles, architecture, film, design, literature, and poetry are only a few of the artistic disciplines we service. Whether artists are looking to start a nonprofit dance company, copyright their manuscript or produce an independent film, VLA is available to assist them. Before cases are placed on this list, VLA meets with the applicant for pro bono services to confirm that they meet VLA’s financial and substantive guidelines. Further explanation of our financial and substantive qualification guidelines is available upon your request.
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Wills, Trusts or Estates
Contract - Back to Top
13774 - On Review
enforcement of his contract and payment of moneys owed under the agreement.
13857 - On Review
Client is a non-
profit historic arts organization seeking legal assistance in negotiating the settlement of disputes with a
filmmaker contracted to produce videos and a catalog for the organization.
13790 - On Review
Client is a non-
profit arts organization seeking legal representation to renegotiate and draft two contracts.
Contract/Copyright - Back to Top
Client is a film maker seeking
legal assistance negotiating with a former employee who is using footage from client's project without the
13782 - On Review
Client has a
screenplay for a biographical film and is in the process of obtaining financing. Client seeks assistance
with obtaining releases and licenses from an estate to use the likenesses, copyrights and trademarks of
a public figure.
Client is a fine artist who
created a video piece and seeks legal assistance assessing her claim against the Adverse Party, who
publicly distributed a commercial feature film that is similar to a film that client created. Client has sold
limited copies of the video with contract restrictions not to release video to third parties, and believes one
purchaser may have given access to Adverse Party. Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney
to assess and pursue a copyright infringement action.
13852 - On Review
organization is looking to convey a collection of recordings of artistic panel discussions produced by
them, and which feature prominent artists, to an archival institution. The organization is seeking counsel
to assist them in negotiating this transaction.
Client who wishes to produce a
play written in the 1940s is seeking legal assistance to conduct a search for the holder of the copyright to
Corporate - Back to Top
*** Client seeks legal advice
structuring a television production company and assistance applying for a trademark registration for a
newly-coined word to be associated with the company to be set-up.
Dispute/Litigation - Back to Top
13586 - On Review
Client is a film
photographer who loaned camera equipment to a Producer for a project. Producer assured Client that he
had obtained insurance that would cover the equipment. During the project, all the equipment was
damaged, and client discovered that Producer had actually failed to pay the insurance premiums. Client
seeks legal assistance obtaining the value of the equipment, and potentially obtaining the value of lost
work as a result of losing his filming equipment.
13755 - On Review
Client, a rock
musician, seeks legal assistance defending a suit brought against him in New York Supreme Court.
Client was advised to sign a contract assigning his copyright ownership to Adverse Party, despite the
existence of a preexisting conflicting contract with the members of his band. Adverse Party is now suing
Client in an individual capacity to enforce the contract.
13432 - On Review
Client seeks an
attorney's assistance retrieving personal property that was moved and placed in storage when he was
evicted by his landlord. The property includes his keyboard and two computer hard drives that have all of
the musical compositions client has created and all of the contact information for clients he has worked
with in the past.
13699 - On Review
Client seeks legal
representation in recovering a portfolio of artwork which is being held by a family member.
Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation - Back to Top
13757 - On Review
representing himself and others as the heirs of a deceased song writer, seeks assistance establishing
the heirs' rights to royalties stemming from the exploitation of the song writer's songs.
13849 - On Review
composers/lyricists that wrote a musical based on a novel and need an attorney to negotiate the rights
on their behalf before producing the material.
13820 - On Review
Client filed suit in
New York City Civil Court against two defendants who retained five pieces of his artwork. Client seeks
assistance pursuing his claim.
Immigration - Back to
Client, a dancer/singer/actress
who is in the United States on a J-1 visa, seeks legal assistance with an O-1 visa application.
Client, a musician, seeks the
assistance of a volunteer attorney to renew her H1-B visa due to expire in June 2014.
Client is an actress that is
currently on an OPT visa, and would like the assistance of an attorney to obtain a permanent O-1 artist's
Non-Profit - Back to Top
Client, a non-profit dance
organization, seeks assistance in reinstating its tax exempt status.
Client, who sponsors retreats
and residencies to promote the development of multi-disciplinary creative work, seeks legal assistance to
incorporate as a nonprofit and apply for tax-exempt status.
Client seeks legal assistance
to incorporate a multi- disciplinary arts nonprofit organization and apply for tax-exempt status.
Client is a non-profit
organization dedicated to presenting music in multidisciplinary events, and is seeking legal assistance in
applying for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS.
Client is a non-profit
organization who seeks legal assistance recovering funds that were improperly withdrawn by one of its
*** Client, an organization that
promotes, supports and develops visual art, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to incorporate
and apply for tax exempt status.
Patent - Back to Top
Client is an inventor who seeks
patent protection for an invention within the athletic safety equipment class. Client seeks the pro bono
assistance of a patent attorney to obtain a utility patent.
Estate/Landlord/Tenant - Back to Top
The Client is a non-profit
organization that has been operating for several years and is seeking to build a museum. The donated
property on which the museum would be located is historically significant to the mission. Several years
ago, the City of New York proposed taking the property for its own purposes under eminent domain. The
Client seeks legal assistance with preventing the City from unduly taking their deeded property.
Client is a not-for-profit
foundation seeking legal assistance obtaining compensation for the reconstruction of a building structure
that Adverse Party damaged.
Trademark - Back to
Client seeks an attorney to help
her trademark the name and logo for a music program Client has developed.
Wills, Trusts or Estates - Back to Top
Visual artist is seeking
assistance in devising her will, with her assets primarily consisting of her own artwork.