September 2012 Newsletter

September 2012 Newsletter

From Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts

covering the following topics:

8th Annual Business of Film Conference co-presented by SWAMP in cooperation with TALA 9/8/12

The Fall 2012 Nonprofit Workshop’s “Where’s The Money?” presented by The Houston CPA Society, United Way of Greater Houston, and TALA 9/12/12–CPE Accredited

Taxes for Artists presented by FreshArts and TALA 9/15/12

Legal and Accounting Clinic presented by TALA and FreshArts 9/15/12

The Second Annual Houston Fine Art Fair 9/14/12 through 9/16/12

Save the Date: Tala Fall Gala 11/10/12


8th Annual Business of Film Conference co-presented by SWAMP in cooperation with TALA, Saturday, September 8, 2012

Experts from the film industry in the legal, financial, and production fields will share their experience-earned wisdom on a variety of panels focused on the business side of “Show Business.” Attorneys can earn 3 CLE credits.

9:30am – 11:30am KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Seize the Future! The Cutting Edge of Distribution
Leading distribution strategist Peter Broderick will explore the unprecedented opportunities and challenges in the “New World of Distribution.”
Q&A to follow the Skype presentation

11:30 – 12:30pm BREAK OUT SESSIONS #1
–Show Me the Money! Finding Investors for Your Film (CLE-accredited)
–The Writer’s Block: The Business of Screenwriting

12:30 – 1:30pm LUNCH BREAK!

1:30 – 2:30pm BREAK OUT SESSIONS #2
–PIG: A Case Study in Independent Filmmaking
–Signing the Dotted Line: What You Need to Know about Contracts (CLE-accredited)

2:30 – 3:20pm BREAK OUT SESSION #3
–Distribution & Niche Marketing: Getting People to See Your Film (CLE-accredited)

3:30 – 4:30pm CLOSING TALK: State of the Texas Filmmaking Union

Ask an Attorney and Ask an Accountant Panels throughout Conference!

**Schedule subject to change

To register, please visit SWAMP.

8th Annual Business of Film
Saturday, September 8, 2012
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Rice Media Center
University Blvd at Stockton Dr., Entrance #8
Houston, TX 77005

The Fall 2012 Nonprofit Workshop’s “Where’s The Money?” presented by the Houston CPA Society, United Way of Greater Houston and TALA Wednesday, September 12, 2012–CPE Credit

The economic uncertainty that is inherent in nonprofit fundraising keeps many nonprofit leaders awake well into the night. A basic fundraising plan is likely to be comprised of many variables, each with its own peculiar reporting requirements. This session will address the basic elements of fundraising in a straightforward manner, and offer practical guidelines for transparent, efficient money management.
Topics covered are intended to reduce your fear of fundraising:
 Sponsorships
 Gifts-in-kind
 Gift acceptance policy
 Special events
 Annual support
 Accounting issues
 Cost allocation
 Restricted funding

To register, please visit The Houston CPA Society.

The Fall 2012 Nonprofit Workshop’s “Where’s The Money?”
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
United Way of Greater Houston Community Resource Center
50 Waugh Drive at Feagan (north of Memorial Dr)
Houston, TX 77007

Taxes for Artists presented by TALA and FreshArts Saturday, September 15, 2012

Conquer your fear or confusion about taxes! This workshop breaks down artists’ taxes, recordkeeping, and company models into plain English. Accountant and TALA Board Member Michele M. Stanton specializes in helping individual artists navigate the intimidating world of accounting & taxes.
This workshop will offer clear, manageable information and guidance to help empower the individual artist.
• Business vs. Hobby
• Business structures (Sole Proprietor, LLC, S Corp, etc)
• Recordkeeping
• Taxes (deductions, sales tax, employment tax, income tax)
• Case studies
• Step-by-step instructions that make filling out your Schedule C a piece of cake
• Resources & solutions

Have no fear! Sign up for this workshop!

Workshop fee:
In advance: $15 ($5 for Fresh Arts members) – members must be logged into their account to get discount
Walk-up: $20 ($10 for Fresh Arts members)

To register, please visit FreshArts.

Taxes for Artists
Saturday, September 15, 2012
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
2101 Winter Street
Houston, TX 77007

Legal and Accounting Workshop presented by TALA and FreshArts Saturday, September 15, 2012

Please join us for an opportunity for artists and members of arts organizations to get FREE one-on-one council on specific accounting and legal questions.

When you RSVP in advance, you’ll get a 15-minute free consultation with either a lawyer or accountant (or both if you need to see both). If your question or situation requires more attention, you may be referred to TALA for a separate follow-up appointment.

Send an email to [email protected] to reserve your spot by EOB Thursday, September 13th. All appointments are made on a first come, first served basis. Walkups are welcome if time allows.

These one-on-one consultations will take place immediately following our “Taxes for Artists” Workshop.

Legal and Accounting Workshops
Saturday, September 15, 2012
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2101 Winter Street
Houston, TX 77007

The Second Annual Houston Fine Art Fair Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16

The second annual Houston Fine Art Fair returns for an eagerly awaited encore. Last year, 10,500 enthusiastic art lovers explored the offerings of 83 dealers. As the first ever fine art fair in Houston, it blew the cover off the country’s best-kept secret. With the rousing success in show attendance and impressive art sales, Houston is now becoming recognized as the new cultural gem of the US – home to major museums, a thriving gallery scene and a strong base of passionate collectors and patrons.

The fair moves to Reliant Center this year in efforts to grow into and serve as the anchor art event of the south central region. As the leading entertainment complex in the state, many of the best attended cultural, sporting and public events in Texas are held at Reliant Center. The fair site is adjacent to Reliant Park, home stadium of the popular NFL Houston Texans. Reliant Center also neighbors the world respected Houston Medical Center.

To learn more, please visit The Houston Fine Art Fair.

SAVE THE DATE: TALA Fall Gala Saturday, November 10, 2012

Please join TALA on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for “Cirque des Arts,” a celebration of Texas art and music inspired by the sensory overload sensation of a circus and rave fusion! The Cirque des Arts Gala will be held at the Gremillion Gallery in Rice Village (2501 Sunset Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005), providing an architecturally inspiring backdrop for our three-ring affair, featuring live “cirque-tacular” performances by gifted artists in the circus genre.

Guests are encouraged to “Cirque” up their attire, finding inspiration in the fanciful and daring whimsy of the elegant international Big-Top performance troupe. Come for the fun, stay for the performances, and leave with some art!

Please contact TALA at 713-526-4876 or [email protected] to reserve your table or to donate art towards the auction.


Online Membership Payment Now Available

Please consider becoming a member, or renewing your membership today. We accept payment via PayPal through our website.

A portion of TALA’s programs and services are generously supported by The Brown Foundation, The Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, The Houston Arts Alliance, The Houston Endowment, and The Texas Commission on the Arts.

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