The major legal help and education provider for New York artists and its arts and cultural institutions is Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA). Through the availability of committed legal representation and targeted education programs, VLA seeks to safeguard the artistic community's means of support, enterprises, and creative output.
By offering access to free or inexpensive legal assistance, VLA meets the legal needs of the artistic community. Artists who meet the requirements can ask for legal aid with any issues pertaining to the arts.
VLA is crucial in educating people about legal and business challenges that impact artistic and creative pursuits, including artists, professionals working in arts and cultural institutions, lawyers, students, and the general public.
Along with fundamental legal classes on copyright, contracts, and non-profit formation, they offer workshops and classes tailored to certain industries. All classes are currently held online via Zoom, and some are also accessible on-demand.