Business Workshop for Performing Artists
Performing artists in Kentucky who want to hone the business side of their craft can take advantage of an upcoming Kentucky Arts Council workshop.
“Hit the Road: Have Talent, Will Travel” is a one-day education opportunity for performing artists, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St. in Louisville.
The workshop includes three sessions:
- “Strictly Legal: Contracts, Letters of Agreement and Riders,” led by Jeremy Beck, an attorney with Ackerson & Yann PLCC;
- “Getting the Gig: A Panel Discussion on Working with Presenters,” with panelists Brad Downall, executive director of the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts; John Harris, executive director of the Clifton Center; and Les Lehman, adult programming director at Jessamine County Public Library; and
- “Sale On: Marketing and Digital Sales,” led by Heath Eric, musician and president of Rumsey Records.
Each presentation will include a question and answer session.
Beck, whose legal practice is focused on entertainment and intellectual property law with clients who are active in the music and film industries, is also a classically trained composer. He said that even performers who are at the top of their game technically need to hone their business skills, and to protect themselves.
“As an active composer of new classical music, I am attuned to the challenges and legal issues facing those working in the arts,” Beck said. “This presentation will afford performing artists the opportunity to learn more about contracts and copyright and will hopefully prepare them to better address legal matters as their careers move forward.”
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council, along with the NEA, is celebrating 50 years of service in 2015, which the arts council is recognizing as the Year of the Arts in Kentucky.
For more information on this performing artists workshop, contact Tamara Coffey, arts council individual artist director, at 502-564-3757, ext. 479 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit artscouncil.ky.gov