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The Speakers

FEATURED EXPERTS

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Marketing & Selling Online

Presented by Alicia Goodwin

Jeweler, Creative, & Owner

Lingua Nigra

Alicia Goodwin is a jeweler and artist based out of Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of the metals program at SUNY’s Fashion Institute of Technology as well as a graduate of CUNY’s Hunter College, Alicia creates sculptural metal work inspired by nature, mourning jewelry of the Victorian era and ceremonial jewelry of the Mesoamericas. 

She creates a majority of her work under her eponymous brand, Lingua Nigra, using the ancient techniques wax carving, as well as textural techniques such as reticulation and acid etching. Her work can be found via her website as well as select retailers and museum shops around the world.

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Taxes for Artists & Creative Freelancers

Presented by Hannah Cole

Artist, Tax Accountant, & Founder Sunlight Tax

Hannah is a tax expert who specializes in working with creative people and their businesses. A long-time working artist with a high-level exhibition history, the financial challenges of freelancers and small creative businesses are both relevant and personal to Hannah. And she knows that describing tax concepts in jargon-free language is always a good thing. If you want to keep up with the latest tax and money issues for creative people, you can find everything on the Sunlight Tax blog.

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How To Write Awesome Contracts

Presented by Greg R. Kanaan

Attorney

The Law Office of Gregory R. Kanaan

Greg Kanaan (‘02 FAV) is a New England-based attorney who focuses on intellectual property, business law, and contract issues for artists, filmmakers, and creative entrepreneurs. Greg regularly speak at colleges, non-profit arts organizations and professional associations about how the law affects their artistic endeavors. Greg writes for a variety of publications including a two-year stint at MovieMaker Magazine and is the founder of the blog The [Legal] Artist®. Before earning his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, Greg was a documentary television producer for seven years. Greg is licensed to practice law in New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

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Understanding Business Entities

Presented by Luke Blackadar

Deputy Director 

Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston

Luke Blackadar is a Boston-based entertainment attorney who counsels individual artists, creative small businesses, and arts nonprofits on legal issues relating to contracts, intellectual property, legal entities, and nonprofit governance. In addition to his work at the Arts & Business Council, Luke teaches law at Roger Williams University School of Law and the Boston University Metropolitan College, and he serves on the board of directors of the Community Music School of Boston. Luke is a graduate of Clark University and Northeastern University School of Law, and in his spare time, he enjoys drawing, running, reading, and playing video games.

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The Sessions

FEATURED TOPICS

Marketing & Selling Online

January 13, 2022

In this new world of virtual everything, if you are an artist or maker who wants to make a living selling your work, you might have an easier time selling it online. We know the internet as a whole might be intimidating for many, but during this session, you will discover how having an online presence will make you and your work more accessible to buyers and admirers around the world. Learn which social media platforms might work best for you, what selling platforms will aid in monetizing your craft as well as other useful tips from a jeweler who went from small outdoor fairs to creating a profitable business selling their work and being discovered by others, all online.  

Understanding Business Entities

January 20, 2022

Sole proprietorships? LLC or LLP? C Corp? S Corp?? B Corp?! If these sound more like advanced degrees than business structures, then this workshop is for you! In this webinar, you’ll learn about the key differences between the most common varieties of legal entities: sole proprietorships, corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. You’ll learn how these entities are formed, managed, and taxed, and the general pros and cons of each as well as their risks. 

Taxes for Artists & Creative Freelancers

January 27, 2022

What can I deduct? Do I bring receipts to my accountant? How do I deduct my home studio? Why do freelancers have to pay taxes quarterly, and how do I do that? Hannah Cole is a tax expert who specializes in working with creative businesses and artists. A long-time working artist with a high-level exhibition history, and a tax and money columnist for the art blog Hyperallergic, the financial challenges of freelancers and creative businesses are both relevant and personal to Hannah. She will discuss the basic tax equation, self employment tax and the estimated quarterly tax system, audit concerns for the creative person, and other tax issues relevant to artists, designers and makers.

How To Write Awesome Contracts

February 3, 2022

Contracts are probably the least fun part of running a business but they’re also the most important. In this presentation, you’ll get a crash course in everything you need to know about contract law, including why having written agreements is critical for every transaction, what makes a contract legally valid versus what makes it unenforceable, when it’s okay to stop performing on a contract, and what information needs to be contained in every contract you use. Most importantly, you’ll learn some valuable tricks of the trade that you can implement when writing your own contracts.

 
 

Resources

BUILDING A BUSINESS

Presented by The RISD Career Center