December 2011 Newsletter

December 2011 Newsletter

From Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts

covering the following topics:

Wills and Estate Seminar Presented by Attorney Paula DeWitt Hosted at Caroline Collective 12/01/11

“Music Licensing & Positioning Yourself for Success” Presented at Spacetaker and Co-Hosted by Impulse Art Series, Spacetaker and TALA 12/12/11

TALA Annual Holiday Party 12/14/11

Job Posting: Program Director for TALA Austin Branch


Wills and Estate Seminar Presented by Attorney Paula DeWitt Hosted at Caroline Collective, Thursday, December 1, 2011

Designed with the unique needs of artists in mind, Houston attorney Paula DeWitt will present a seminar addressing why and how artists should go about protecting their art and their assets in the event of death. Staff Attorney Erin Rodgers will be in attendance to provide Notary Public services for those seeking power of attorney over their future medical directives. There is no charge to attend but an RSVP is requested. Please RSVP at [email protected] by Wednesday, November 30.

Wills and Esate Seminar Presented by Paula DeWitt Hosted at Caroline Collective
Thursday, December 1, 2011
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Caroline Collective
4820 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004

“Music Licensing & Positioning Yourself for Success” Co-Presented by Impulse Artist Series, Spacetaker and TALA Hosted at Spacetaker Monday, December 12, 2011

In this day and age, many artists are creating work for themselves by becoming more entrepreneurial in their endeavors. This two-part career seminar for musicians (from classical to indie rock and more) will cover relevant topics for the development of a musician’s or music group’s career: Marketing & Copyright

Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts staff attorney and musician Erin Rodgers will cover the ins and outs of copyright laws & licensing as it relates to musicians. Including:
• How to copyright
• How to license your work or how others can license your work
• Infringement laws
• Public domain
• Mistakes to avoid when it comes to protecting and promoting your work

Classical musician, entrepreneurial rockstar, and founder of Impulse Artist Series Jade Simmons will engage the audience in a conversation about how we, as artists, can make ourselves relative and profitable without feeling like we’re selling out. She’ll also cover:
• How to uncover your artistic identity and brand
• How to look at what other strengths you have that you can monetize and strengthen your position as a step above the rest
• Positioning and audience development
• Building a tangible, marketable package – in essence, how to stand out to a presenter

This seminar is co-presented by Impulse Artist Series, Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts, and Spacetaker.

Advance registration: $5 for TALA members/$15 for non-members
Walk-up registration: $10 for TALA members/$20 for non-members
Advanced registration is encouraged. TALA members must enter code TALAST11 to register at the member price.
Register Here

“Music Licensing & Positioning Yourself for Success”
Monday, December 12, 2011
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2101 Winter Street
Houston, TX 77007

TALA Annual Holiday Party, Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Please join the Board and Staff of TALA for a celebration of Holidays at the TALA Annual Holiday Party. All are welcome and food, drink and merriment will be provided. Please RSVP to [email protected] or just drop on in!

TALA Annual Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
1540 Sul Ross
Houston, TX 77006

OPEN POSITION: TALA seeks Program Director for its Austin Office

TALA is seeking a Program Director to be based in Austin and represent us in Central Texas. This is a part-time, hourly position (15-20 hours per week). The main responsibility will be to raise awareness of TALA and it’s services in Central Texas. The person will interact with all aspects of the local arts community, volunteers and potential donors. Must have a strong interest in The Arts and a good knowledge of the marketplace. Must be able to work with a wide variety of types of people. For consideration submit a resume to: [email protected] or Fax to 713-526-1299.


A portion of TALA’s programs and services are generously supported by The Anchorage Foundation, The Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, The Houston Arts Alliance, The Houston Endowment, Gainer Donnelly & Desroches LLP Certified Public Accountants, and The Texas Commission on the Arts.

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