Licensing art is a common practice among artists seeking additional revenue streams. Here, we discuss the details of a typical artist licensing agreement and offer suggestions for companies you may want to approach with your work.
The prospect of traveling the world while getting paid to work may seem farfetched, but these two photographers have the ticket to landing freelance creative work across the globe. Here, Andy Donohoe and Michaela Trimble share their advice for...
The savvy tattoo artist uses brand recognition to launch a multimedia business. These four artists have leveraged their underground celebrity status to build a brand empire, complete with product lines, book deals, and TV contracts.
Sharing, posting, and distributing your work online is easier than ever - but often times, visual artists find themselves dealing with online piracy issues as a result of that practice. Initiating a copyright registration routine can curb the unlawful...
Submitting an art fair application doesn't have to be an arduous process. We break down which fairs are currently accepting submissions, and how you should apply.
In this ongoing series, we'll review the various documents needed to get your art business up and running. First up: Crafting your artist proposal.
Marc Zegans coaches artists planning the next move in their art careers. Here, he shares his proven approach for developing your practice as a working artist.
Self-employed artists don't always leave room for inspiration. Boost productivity and get into the creative habit with these proven strategies.
Independent artists shouldn't have to go hungry. We explore five alternative income streams to keep your art business on track.
Creative designer Cat Lo works in a variety of design mediums. She shares her insight on balancing client expectations with creativity and setting freelance rates.
Government leaders share their best tips for responding to a Request for Qualifications and landing public art commissions.
Hung Yi, a force in the Taiwan art landscape, is taking his penchant for public art installations to various cities across the U.S.
Artexpo New York, the largest art fair in the country, is an indispensable fair platform for international galleries.
Hiring the right creative people for your art business is no easy feat, but following our formulaic approach to hiring can make the process simpler.
NYFA's 'Artist as Entrepreneur' program is a powerful resource for art entrepreneurs. Here's how the program can benefit your art business.
A successful art entrepreneur understands that an artist business plan is critical for success. Here's a step-by-step guide to create your own.
Are you on your way to becoming a thriving art entrepreneur? Check out these upcoming art business conferences to increase your chances for success!
Need more time in your day to work on creative endeavors? Here are few ideas that may help.
Launching your own art startup can be scary. Here are a few tips and online resources that may help.
Are you ready to expand your art business? Here's what you need to know about hiring and terminating employees, employee retirement plans and vacation and sick leave.
Artists successfully running their own art business may be ready to hire an employee. We've covered everything you need to know, from tax requirements to insurance obligations.
In this article, we'll review a key example of publicity and privacy issues, and what you need to know to keep your photography in the clear.
In this article, we’ll a type of insurance that you’ll want to think about as you build your art business – health insurance for artists.
About 375,000 visual artists claim to be self-employed yet many don't realize that their personal assets can be at risk. Find out how opening a corporation can help protect you.
Last week, we discussed model releases, and an example concerning a model whose image was being used by a company in a more liberal manner than what had originally been agreed upon by the model and the company. You...
Most art galleries participate in art fairs throughout the year. Many of those fairs are international, such as Art Basel Switzerland or the Hong International Art Fair. International art fairs are an excellent way to position your gallery in front...
Despite the unfortunate reality that image sharing on the Internet can lead to misappropriation of your work, there are some steps that can minimize the risks.
Fine art Photographer Arne Svenson spent a year secretly taking photos of the Fosters, a family living across the street from his home. Does the Foster's Right to Privacy outweigh Svenson's Freedom of Expression?
Think artists can't afford to hire lawyers? Actually, artists can't afford to not have one by their side. Here's four reasons why.
What are the challenges for collectors in authenticating artworks? What are the legal remedies when a purchased artwork is discovered to be a forgery?
It has become a common refrain among lawyers who represent photographers and other artists that it is important to register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office. Although registration is not required for copyright protection, it is a prerequisite...
If you’re serious about running an art business, you'll need insurance. Click to find out why and which kind you need.
Running a successful creative venture often involves understanding business just as keenly as you learn your craft, and for artists and gallery owners facing the threat of a lawsuit, it’s important to understand the steps you can take to...
Obtaining music licensing rights for videos is difficult but those that don't receive them are putting themselves and their customers at risk of a copyright infringement lawsuit.
New York’s Art and Cultural Affairs Law offers some pretty extensive protections to purchasers of artist multiples, defined as any fine print, photograph, sculpture cast, collage, or similar art object produced in more than one copy. It’s important for...
Steve Schlackman If you want to register a trademark for products you haven't made yet but are planning to in the near future, you can submit an “intent to use” application. Art Law Journal breaks down the process. […]
Steve Schlackman One question artists, photographers, designers, and musicians always seem to ask is whether they should trademark their name. In many cases, an artist’s personal name is also their company name. That name is a corporate asset with real tangible value, and protecting it is an important business consideration. However, it’s important to understand that applying […]
Steve Schlackman Whenever an artist or writer portrays a living person in an unflattering light, they are likely to receive a letter or angry phone call saying things like “I am going to sue you for defamation” or “you’ll be hearing from my lawyer,” along with plethora of swear words. It sounds pretty serious and scary, but […]
Chris Reed Since most common insurance policies specifically exclude artwork, fine art collectors must consider purchasing a fine art insurance policy to protect their treasured works. Art Law Journal breaks down how these unique policies work. […]
Chris Reed Comic book publisher ComicMix allegedly created a mashup of a popular Dr. Seuss book with elements of the iconic Star Trek TV series. Here, we discuss the resulting copyright infringement case, and whether a court may find the work permissible under the fair use doctrine. […]
Patrick J. Concannon Fashion designers face a unique set of challenges in protecting their intellectual property, but new court decisions are providing further guidance for fashion designers and legal practitioners. […]
Chris Reed Without the protection that copyright law gives artists, it would be difficult to monetize creative work and make a living. Here are ten sound copyright-related practices that every artist should know. […]
Chris Reed The Copyright Office's updates to the Copyright Compendium shed clarity on batch registration options and other issues facing visual artists. […]
Priya Gandhi What do independent artists, designers, and photographers have in common? They're all covered under the new NYC freelance law, which ensures they'll get paid for their work. […]