March 2012 Newsletter

March 2012 Newsletter

From Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts

covering the following topics:

Business Issues for Artists with Robert “Rex” Schuller Hosted at CentralTrak 3/22/12

Contracts Overview–Philosphy & Importance Presented by Dan Krohn 3/28/12

FotoFest 2012 Biennial Workshops

TALA Welcomes Central Texas Program Director Alissa McCain

TALA is awarded the 2011 Cindi Lazzari Artist Advocate Award


Business Issues for Artists with Robert “Rex” Schuller Hosted at CentralTrak, Thursday, March 22, 2012

If you’re like most, the nuts and bolts of legal and business matters are furthest from your mind when dealing with the daily grind of being a working artist/performer. But if you’re in this game for money, what you don’t know—-or worse, what you don’t know you don’t know—-will bite you in the butt. In this conversation presented by Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, accountant/performer Robert “Rex” Schuller will help you navigate through the minefield of mistakes. Besides learning how to avoid others’ business and financial mistakes, you’ll learn when you can DIY and when you must get an expert to help. Please RSVP to [email protected] as space is limited.

Business Issues for Artists with Robert “Rex” Schuller
Thursday, March 22, 2012
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
800 Exposition Ave.
Dallas, TX 75226

Contracts Overview–Philosophy & Importance, Wednesday, March 28, 2012

TALA Volunteer and Advisory Board Member Dan Krohn will lead an informative discussion centered on the philosophy and importance of having contracts. From what a contract is, to when a contract should be in writing, the meaning of clauses and frequent sources of disputes, this seminar gives those wishing to turn their art practice into a viable business a great foundation in the art of being prepared. Please contact [email protected] to RSVP.

Contracts Overview–Philosophy & Importance with Dan Krohn
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
TALA Offices
1540 Sul Ross
Houston, TX 77006

FotoFest 2012 Biennial Workshops

From our friends at FotoFest: Media and Marketing Experts, Artists, Curators and other photography professionals bring their knowledge and experience of art, the internet, social media networks, multi-media platforms, and curating in the contemporary art world. Each of the four Meeting Place Portfolio Review sessions connects to one or more of the Workshops.

Registration for FotoFest Workshops is $75. Discount registration is available for FotoFest Meeting Place Registrants, FotoFest Exhibiting Artists, Students and Houston Center for Photography members.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
“Is Having a Book Worth It?”: What You Need to Know About Publishing Today
A seminar by Mary Virginia Swanson with special guest Rania Matar

Sunday, March 25, 2012
ASMP presents “A Day of Vital Information for Artists”: What Every Artists Should Know About Copyright/Learn the Importance of Proper Storage/Backup and Archiving/What Every Artist Needs to Know about Releases, Privacy Rights and Trademark
Presented by ASMP Education Director Susan Carr, ASMP Board Member and Past President, Richard Kelly, and ASMP dpBestFlow Director, Peter Krogh

Friday, March 30, 2012
Photography–Art & Business: Expanding Opportunities for Artists and Photographers in the New Millenium
Presented by Stephen Mayes, CEO, VII Photo Agency

For more information, please visit FotoFest.

TALA Welcomes Central Texas Program Director Alissa McCain

Alissa McCain has served the Austin arts community for the past ten years providing valuable professional development services for artists with the Austin Creative Alliance and Austin Music Foundation. Additional professional experience includes project, budget, and grant management at the Texas Department of Public Safety and large-scale event planning at South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals. During the past five years, Alissa has created over 150 professional development seminars and networking events for professional artists. Alissa holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Texas at Arlington and a J.D. from Texas Tech University. She is a member of the Texas Bar.

For those in the Central Texas region, you may contact Alissa at [email protected]

TALA is awarded the 2011 Cindi Lazzari Artist Advocate Award

Each year the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the Texas State Bar (TESLAW) selects a recipient for the Cindi Lazzari Artist Advocate Award. The award is named in honor of Cindi Lazzari who was well known for her steadfast efforts on behalf of artists and artist’s rights. TESLAW honors Cindi’s legacy by recognizing individuals or organizations who exemplify her energy and efforts. Nominations are solicited statewide through various sources and reviewed by a special committee which then forwards its recommendations to the full TESLAW Council for a vote. Past recipients of the award are noted below:

2006: Cindi Lazzari (posthumously)
2007: Casey Monahan – Texas Music Office
2008: The SIMS Foundation
2009: Robin Shivers -HAAM
2010: Nikki Rowling – General artist advocate


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