Navigating Contracts for Artists and Creatives

Navigating Contracts for Artists and Creatives 

May 9th from 5:30PM to 6:45PM on ZOOM.

Artists’ Legal Advice Services (ALAS) in partnership with Workman Arts is pleased to present a workshop on ‘Navigating Contracts for Artists and Creatives.’

Whether you are a visual artist, musician, filmmaker, designer, author, or other creative, contracts are necessary for protecting your legal rights, ensuring you get (fairly) paid, and avoiding potential disputes with clients, employers and collaborators.  From overviewing the essential elements of contractual agreements and common provisions for artists, to tips on negotiating contract terms (including payment and creative control) and addressing conflicts, this session is intended to help participants better advocate for themselves, more confidently draft and review contracts, and avoid common contract pitfalls.  The session will also include a Q&A period for participants to ask specific contract-related questions to the presenting lawyer.

About the Speaker

James Hayes is a lawyer at one of Canada’s leading broadcasting and mass media companies, where he advises on communications, intellectual property, technology, and corporate contract law matters. Before this, he worked at a nonprofit music copyright collective and in private entertainment law practice. He has also provided pro bono legal services to artists at the ALAS clinic. Before going to law school, James matriculated at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music where he earned a degree in violin performance.

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This project was supported through Toronto Arts Council Strategic


May 09 2024


5:30 pm - 6:45 pm