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Please see below for a list of available pro bono projects for low income artists, artist collectives, and small budget arts & cultural organizations or Download the full case listing here (PDF).

CONTRACTS

  • Project 27065 (Full Service): Client is an independent musician and composer seeking an attorney to provide review and consultation regarding a standard agreement that she received from BMI for the registration of several of her songs. Client would also like the attorney to provide further consultation regarding the nature of Performers’ Rights Organizations (“PRO’s”) generally, including the pros and cons of working with such organizations as an independent artist.
  • Project 27165 (Full Service): Client is a local nonprofit symphony orchestra company located in Delaware County seeking assistance in negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with a local chapter of the American Federation of Musicians (“AFM”) union to secure involvement of union artists and performers for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
  • Project 27304 (Full Service): Client is a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to new children’s publications promoting diverse cultural and linguistic experiences, helping to grow school libraries, and supporting teachers in their professional interests. The organization is in the process of setting up a competition to receive and review submissions of original, cultural family recipes for inclusion in a cookbook publication. Client is seeking an attorney to assist them in drafting a template agreement to govern the ownership of recipe submissions and spell out the rules and requirements of the contest. If possible, client would also like the attorney to assist them in reviewing the rules and guidelines for their competition to ensure compliance with state gaming laws and regulations (see “Regulatory Compliance” below).
  • Project 27441 (Full Service): Client is an independent record label that seeks an attorney to prepare a template recording and production services contract it can present to music artists. Client is particularly interested in a contract that is accessible to, and digestible by, aspiring music artists. Client also would be grateful for the same attorney to draft an artist-friendly “executive summary” of this contract.

COPYRIGHT/TRADEMARK

  • Project 26244 (Full Service): Client is a fabric designer who seeks assistance with respect to intellectual property protection for three slogans used in commerce and the artwork she has created in association with each slogan.
  • Project 27008 (Full Service): Client is an independent filmmaker who is one of three copyright owners in a film, as to which she is being asked to relinquish all rights. She seeks advice with respect to (1) the terms of the offer she has received for her rights and (2) other potential options that may be available to her to retain certain rights.
  • Project 27028 (Full Service): Client is an independent movement education instructor who seeks advice concerning (1) intellectual property protection for her courses offered online and (2) permissible use of images within said online courses.
  • Project 27393 (Full Service): Client is an independent film critic who posts reviews on his social media channel. Client is seeking an attorney to review his business name and logo and to assist him in obtaining trademark registration for same.
  • Project 27400 (Consultation): Client, a musician and visual artist, seeks advice concerning copyright protection for his t-shirt design.
  • Project 27404 (Full Service): Client is an independent songwriter and multimedia creator who seeks assistance with respect to (1) reviving or refiling a trademark application for his media and entertainment production services and for the sale of certain goods via his website; (2) intellectual property protection for his artist name; and (3) amendment of several music copyright registrations to remove the name of his roommate as co-author. (The co-author does not object to removal).
  • Project 27467 (Consultation): Client seeks advice concerning intellectual property protection for her design of a charm bracelet designed to be attached to infants’ footwear.
  • Project 27357 (Full Service)Client is a non-profit organization that engages the public in dialogue about pressing cultural and socio-political issues. Client is seeking legal assistance with respect to trademark protection for its new name.
  • Project 27480 (Full Service). Client is an independent illustrator and painter who seeks advice with regard to a licensing and agency agreement that he has been offered by a publishing company for certain of his drawings. 

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

  • Project 27381 (Consultation): Client is an independent musical artist and composer who is seeking consultation with an attorney to discuss options for enforcement of their rights of attribution and compensation related to a jointly authored musical composition piece that has since been incorporated into a number of performances by a local ballet company.
  • Project 27438 (Full Service): Client is an interdisciplinary teaching artist who seeks assistance with respect to (1) their allegedly wrongful termination by a local museum from the museum’s education department and (2) protection of their intellectual property rights in materials they developed for the museum that are subject to a written agreement with the museum.

Employment

Entertainment

  • Project 27365 (Consultation): Client is an independent musician seeking consultation with an attorney to answer questions and discuss best practices surrounding the process of negotiating publication and distribution of her music with record labels.
  • Project 27367 (Consultation): Client is an independent musician seeking consultation with an attorney to answer questions and discuss best practices surrounding the process of negotiating publication and distribution of his music with record labels.

Nonprofit & Business Formation

  • Project 27203 (Full Service): Client is a Pennsylvania nonprofit art museum dedicated to preserving and promoting the works of Philadelphia artists. Client is seeking an attorney to assist them in reinstating their 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt status with the IRS, as well as filing their Pennsylvania Charity Registration and updating the organization’s bylaws.
  • Project 27283 (Full Service): Client is an independent film writer seeking an attorney to assist in the process of incorporating a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to helping film writers/producers improve the quality of their writing skills through writer workshops and peer script reviews. Client requires assistance in drafting and filing nonprofit articles of incorporation and drafting a set of nonprofit bylaws for the organization, as well as reviewing necessary state and federal paperwork related to tax exemption.
  • Project 27359 (Full Service): Client is a Pennsylvania nonprofit community center seeking to provide music and culinary education and other arts-based programming to Philadelphia youth. Client is seeking an attorney to assist them in obtaining federal and state tax-exemption and state charity registration, and in drafting a set of nonprofit bylaws for the organization.
  • Project 27389 (Full Service): Client provides psychological assistance and education for gifted children and adults, particularly those who are artistically or creatively gifted. It is looking for an attorney to assist it in converting to a nonprofit organization from its current status as a domestic for-profit corporation whose single shareholder is the organization’s founder.
  • Project 27452 (Consultation): Client is an individual writer of fiction who recently started using a fiscal sponsor for her business pursuits but would like to consult with an attorney as to whether fiscal sponsorship is the best arrangement for her or whether she should set-up her own business entity.

Regulatory Compliance

  • Project 27304 (Full Service): Client is a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to new children’s publications promoting diverse cultural and linguistic experiences, helping to grow school libraries, and supporting teachers in their professional interests. The organization is in the process of setting up a competition to receive and review submissions of original, cultural family recipes for inclusion in a cookbook publication. Client is seeking an attorney to review the rules and guidelines for their competition to ensure compliance with state gaming laws and regulations. If possible, client would also like the attorney to assist them in drafting a template agreement to govern the ownership of recipe submissions and spell out the rules and requirements of the contest (see “Contracts” above).