Welcome to The Federation Legal Resources Toolkit. In advance of Art Action Day on January 20, 2018, we hope these resources will empower artists, cultural organizations, and their allies.
- Artists From Abroad Immigration and tax information for international artists coming to the U.S.
- Tamizdat Pro bono legal assistances and immigration resources for international artists coming to the U.S.
- The League of American Orchestras provides assistance to classical musicians
- Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Regional Directory Listing of regional branches of a legal referral service with presence in most states
- Pen America’s “Artist At Risk Connection” A catalog of resources available to threatened artists from organizations worldwide, including emergency funding, housing opportunities, residencies, fellowships, grants, and legal, immigration, and resettlement services.
- CWA Management Negotiates with the IRS on behalf of nonresident alien athletes and entertainers and execute Central Withholding Agreements (CWA) that limit over-withholding of income earned from U.S. performances and appearances, as well as endorsements, sponsorships and other sources.
- Sweet Relief Musicians Fund Provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.
- New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Provides cash grants, online resources, professional development, and fiscal sponsorship to artists and emerging arts organizations nationwide.
- Movement Research, New York Dedicated to the creation and implementation of free and low-cost programs that nurture and instigate discourse and experimentation.
- Music Maker Relief Foundation, Inc. Helps the true pioneers and forgotten heroes of Southern music gain recognition and meet their day to day needs with grants.
- DIY Musician Podcast Gives musicians and artists a chance to interview via their podcast in order to integrate them into the music industry.
- World Music Book Mobile app that caters to American and Canadian markets and connects artists to Presenters, festivals, booking agents, and labels.
- Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville Puts artists in touch with free legal services.
- Creatives’ Day Celebration This is a festival that provides community and economic support to artists, poets, storytellers, makers, and musicians living and working in Nashville.
- 2112 (Twenty One Twelve), Chicago This is the world’s first business incubator/accelerator space focused solely in the music, film/video and creative tech sectors providing mentorship, office space, education, workshops and an incredible community of like minded professionals.
- MusiCares, LA The foundation’s programs include emergency financial assistance, addiction recovery, outreach and leadership activities, and senior housing.
- CASH Music, Oregon This non-profit organization takes an open source approach to music production and distribution, and works directly with musicians and labels to help design the tools they build.
- Future of Music Coalition, D.C. FMC works with musicians, composers and industry stakeholders to identify solutions to shared challenges. They also organize events that bring musicians, technologists, attorneys, policymakers and industry representatives together discussions about the changing music landscape.
Regional Resources, NEW YORK:
- Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, New York Provides access to free or low cost legal services to artists in every discipline.
- Charity Strong, New York Offers governance education material and board recruitment services for 501(c)(3) organizations and individuals who want to join nonprofit boards in New York State.
- New York City Bar Regional Referral Service
- Herrick Feinstein New York Based Art Law
- Jazz Foundation of America, New York Provides services to Jazz musicians/artists in need.
- O Positive Festival (O+), New York Helps gather underinsured artists and musicians to create and perform in exchange for a variety of services donated by doctors, dentists and complementary care providers.
- Artistic Freedom Initiative (AFI), New York Provides wide-ranging support for international artists, including pro bono immigration representation, and assistance in finding housing, employment and residency opportunities.
- A Blade of Grass, Brooklyn Provide resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change (project-based grant funding for artists)
- globalFEST, New York Non-profit venture runs the globalFEST Touring Fund (gFTF) which supports performers from previous editions who need financial support to help bring them to new communities.
- Fractured Atlas, New York Non-profit organization that provides access to funding, insurance, and education to all kinds of artists nationwide.
- Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Lower Manhattan and beyond.
- The Actors Fund A nonprofit human services organization that serves all professionals with workshops and transition services.
- CEC Artslink Produces programs that encourage the exchange of visual and performing artists and cultural managers in the United States and 37 countries overseas.
- Create NYC The Department of Cultural Affairs reveal upcoming cultural plan in NYC
- Free Dimensional
- On the Move, Brussels is a cultural mobility information network with 40 members in over 20 countries across Europe and internationally. Their mission is to encourage and facilitate cross-border mobility and cooperation. (Contact Marie Le Sourd)
- The International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) is an independent organization of cities and regions offering shelter to writers and artists at risk, advancing freedom of expression, defending democratic values and promoting international solidarity. Address: Sølvberggt. 2, 4006 Stavanger, Norway, Tel: +47 51 50 74 65
- Freemuse is an independent international membership organization advocating for and defending artistic freedom of expression. Freemuse runs two websites featuring its work: one with Freemuse’s work focusing on music, and one comprising Freemuse’s work on all art forms.
Telephone: (+45) 3332 1027
Postal address: Jemtelandsgade 1, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark.
- ArtistSafety.net is a hybrid consultancy and volunteer network that provides case management for artists and culture workers at risk due to their work, as well as information services to projects and organizations in the arts, free expression, journalism, and human rights fields.
- The Artist Protection Fund The Artist Protection Fund (APF) is a three-year pilot program at the Institute of International Education. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, APF will make life-saving fellowship grants to threatened artists from any field of artistic endeavor, and place them at host universities and arts centers in safe countries where they can continue their work.
- ARTISTS at RISK (AR) is a new institution at the intersection of human rights and the arts. AR is dedicated to mapping the field of persecuted visual art practitioners, facilitating their safe passage from their countries of origin, hosting them at “AR-Safe Haven Residencies” and curating related projects. Visual artists will be AR’s primary focus, although other creative intellectuals—such as theatre and film practitioners – or others that need assistance beyond what can be provided by organisations such as PEN, SafeMUSE or Freemuse, may find placement at AR.
- ARJ – Academy, Forum & Laboratories