What is Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services (AAMS)?
AAMS, a program of California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA), has provided alternative dispute resolution to artists and entertainers since 1980. The service has program offices in Berkeley 510-990-6030, Los Angeles 310-207-0001 and Sacramento 916-442-6210 who help artists throughout the state.
AAMS was the first alternative dispute resolution program in the country to specifically tailor its services for the arts and entertainment communities, as a natural extension of the organization's mission to provide preventative education and appropriate means of self help for artists, who often become involved in business arrangements without being fully informed of the legal consequences. CLA noticed that disputes involving artists, performers and arts organizations, while varied in legal content, may revolve around a set of central themes which would be foreign in the contexts of other dispute resolution programs. Recurring themes include the emotional issues involved with the content of artistic work, credit for work performed and the factors contributing to the production of the work.
What type of services does AAMS provide?
What kind of disputes does it mediate?
Please Note: AAMS staff are neutral and cannot give legal advice. Also, they cannot review completed arbitration forms for accuracy. If you wish to arrange a consultation with an attorney, you may contact the Lawyer Referral Service of California Lawyers for the Arts at 888-775-8995.
How are mediation sessions started? What's the process?
How much does it cost?
AAMS services provided in Los Angeles County are made possible through major support from the Los Angeles County Department of Community and Senior Services through the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act.
Interested in joining our volunteer mediator and arbitrator panel?
All prospective mediator panelists must fill out an online questionnaire, or downloaded a paper version in Word or PDF format. Send your application questionnaire and a resume to: