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The Business of Being a Visual Artist: Contracts & Law as an Asset

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2013
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • The Bungalow Art Center, 737 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813


  • Tickets purchased by Arts Council for Long Beach
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The Business of Being a Visual Artist:
Contracts and Law as an Assetwith Joy Berus, Esq.

This workshop will provide visual artists with a broad range of information on the business of being an artist. We will cover the major issues and tips relating to consignment agreements, private commission agreements, purchases, sales, loans, and leases. We will also discuss how to deal with clients and galleries who are business entities such as LLCs and corporations, what these entities are, and if you should be one.  Finally, there will be an update on the California Resale Royalty Act which is currently on appeal.


Joy Berus, Esq. is an attorney and her practice focuses on art law, which comprises business law, tax law, personal property law, and appraisal law related to the asset class of art, antiques, historical objects, collections, and historical real estate. Her clients include collectors, investors, celebrities such as sports figures and actors, dealers, museums, and artists. She assists in planning and carrying out transactions such as acquisitions, sales, consignments, loans, valuations, copyright matters, license agreements, conservation easements, charitable donations, tangible property charitable trust provisions, and tangible property estate planning. She is a prominent lecturer, author, and contributor in such forums as Forbes, CBS Marketwatch, Investor's Business Daily, the Wall Street Journal, and the CCH Journal of Practical Estate Planning. She is admitted to all four federal United States District Courts in California. She is a member of ArtTable, the American Society of Appraisers, the Appraisers Association of America, and California Lawyers for the Arts.

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the California Community Foundation.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.



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