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Updated as of Thursday, November 20, 2014, 2:11 PM
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Who We Serve
VLA serves low income artists and non-profit arts and cultural organizations in a wide range of artistic disciplines, including theater, dance, fashion, the visual arts, performance, music, journalism, crafts, textiles, film, design, and literature. Whether artists are looking to start a non-profit dance company, copyright their manuscript or produce an independent film, VLA is available to assist them. VLA meets the artist before a case can be listed on our case list 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.
Table of Contents
Contract - Back to Top
14397 - On Review
Client, an actor
and film producer, and his co-producers are seeking an attorney to draft a settlement agreement based
on a memorandum of understating they have reached via mediation.
14246 - On Review
photographer, shot a film for a cinematographer. Client seeks legal assistance negotiating compensation
for her footage upon release of the film.
14347 - On Review
*** Client, a New
York-based writer, seeks an attorney to help her draft letters requesting detailed royalty statements from
14410 - On Review
*** Client, a
performing musician, consultant, and professional speaker seeks assistance drafting and revising a
template performance contract and a non-disclosure agreement to protect her work.
14407 - On Review
*** Client seeks
legal assistance understanding and negotiating terms of a music publishing agreement.
A Spanish speaking-only
musician seeks a volunteer attorney to represent his interests in a breach of contract and a possible
copyright infringement by a music arranger.
14308 - On Review
*** Client, a
photographer, seeks an attorney to draft her contracts and release forms for her photography
Contract/Copyright - Back to Top
14121 - On Review
Client is a designer
seeking review of a consulting and confidentiality agreement.
14356 - On Review
Client, a New
York-based musician, seeks an attorney to help her negotiate a lump-sum payout with a client for whom
she arranged songs and provided vocals.
Client, a musician, is
collaborating on a revue of songs composed by a composer and lyricist. Client seeks a pro bono attorney
to assist in negotiating licenses and clearances with the lyricist, a film studio, and a music licensing
house for the use of the composer's music.
Copyright - Back to Top
14383 - On Review
Client, an author,
seeks an attorney to draft a cease and desist letter and a demand letter to receive royalties from
publisher that sold one of his books without permission.
Client, a book writer to a
musical, seeks the advice of a volunteer attorney in negotiating a Collaboration Agreement with the
composer and lyricist of a musical.
14190 - On Review
Client, the director
of an all-female theater group, seeks a volunteer attorney to help her negotiate the intellectual property
rights of a play with her former partner and a third party.
Corporate - Back to Top
14303 - On Review
Client, a film
maker, seeks an attorney to assist in forming an LLC and drafting investment agreements for his
14414 - On Review
*** Client, a visual
artist and a material scientist, seeks help incorporating as an LLC.
Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation - Back to Top
14385 - On Review
Client, a film
producer, seeks an attorney to draft a demand letter to receive payments and credit for her work on a film
Client, a film producer, is
seeking an attorney to assist him with settling or litigating a contract dispute regarding payment for the
making of a series of films.
14115 - On Review
documentary filmmaker, seeks assistance with a lawsuit brought by his co-producer in New Jersey.
Client has a local counsel but seeks a volunteer attorney to provide guidance regarding the copyright
14224 - On Review
Client, an actor,
seeks a volunteer attorney to terminate a partnership and negotiate a potential buyout of the company.
He also seeks to recover misappropriated corporate assets.
Client seeks legal
representation in recovering a portfolio of artwork which is being held by a family member.
Employment - Back to
Client seeks the advice of a
volunteer attorney regarding her possible claim for wrongful termination.
Client, a theater lighting
designer, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist in negotiating breach of existing employment contract with
theater and assist client in drafting agreements for future projects.
Client, a visual artist, seeks an
attorney to assist with drafting a demand letter to former employer, for receiving past wages and
Immigration - Back to
14289 - On Review
filmmaker, seeks assessment of Permanent Resident Card qualifications and assistance with the
application, if recommended.
14042 - On Review
Client, an actor,
seeks legal assistance with an O-1 visa application.
Client is a playwright and
theater director seeking assistance in applying for permanent residence or, if that is not possible, an
14321 - On Review
Client is a visual
artist who is in the U.S. on a B1 visa. Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an
Client is a visual artist who is in
the U.S. on a B1 visa. Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O1 visa.
Non-Profit - Back to Top
14392 - On Review
organization devoted to combine literature and science through creative writing, seeks an attorney to
assist in incorporating the organization as a nonprofit and applying for 501(c)(3) status.
14418 - On Review
*** Client, a not-for-
profit organization that seeks to facilitate cross-cultural understanding and international solidarity by
collecting and developing educational content regarding every language, seeks review of its Corporate By-
Laws and Conflict of Interest Policy to ensure they are in compliance with 501(c)(3) regulations before
submitting its application for tax-exempt status to the IRS.
14364 - On Review
Client is an
organization which provides studios, event and performance spaces for artists of all disciplines, to develop
and present their art work. Client is now seeking an attorney to assist in obtaining a tax exemption
Client is an organization
dedicated to showcasing the music of contemporary composers. Client now seeks assistance
incorporating and applying for not-for-profit status.
14365 - On Review
Client, a not-for-
profit theater group, seeks assistance dissolving its 501(c)(3) organization.
Patent - Back to Top
14334 - On Review
Client, a makeup
artist, is seeking an attorney to assist with assessing the patentability of a brush cleaning device, and
filling for a utility patent, if patentable.
Client, an inventor, seeks
assistance assessing the patentability of a mobile application and filing for a patent for the application, if
Inventor created a new type of
umbrella and seeks legal assistance assessing the patentability of the invention and applying for a utility
patent if possible.
Client seeks assistance filing
for a utility patent for a fashion accessory.
Inventor created an invention for
derby car races and seeks assistance assessing the patentability of his invention and filing for a patent if
possible. Client first published his invention in January 2014.
14313 - On Review
Client developed a
new type of dog food, and wants help assessing the patentability of the recipe, and filing the patent
14252 - On Review
Client invented a
device that quickly bends wood and seeks a patent attorney to assess the patentability of the invention,
and apply for a utility patent if applicable. Client disclosed his invention at a conference and published the
invention on his website in October 2013.
Client invented a beach object
and seeks legal assistance assessing the patentability of the invention and applying for a utility or design
patent, if applicable.
Client, inventor of a new type of
planting device, seeks assistance with filing a patent application for her invention.
14134 - On Review
Client, the inventor
of a multi-functional lighting device, seeks the assistance applying for a non-provisional utility patent.
Client has already filed a provisional patent for the device.
Client, an inventor, seeks
assistance filing a patent for a software music algorithm system and a hardware sensory device.
Client is seeking assistance in
gaining a patent for a music invention.
Client, invented a detection
device for use on mass transit and seeks assistance assessing its patentability and filing a patent
application if possible.
Trademark - Back to
14381 - On Review
invented a new type of musical instrument seeks assistance applying for two trademarks: one for the
name of their company and one for the name of the product.
14431 - On Review
*** Client, a
recording artist, seeks assistance registering two trademarks, and assessment of the merit of registering
a third mark.