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Contracts 101 for Creatives

October 19, 2022 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

We know that creative people don’t like boring talks, so we’re taking a complex topic, and making it as painless as possible!

About this event

Contracts are necessary because human relationships are messy, memories are imperfect and communication is often ambiguous. A contract cannot protect you from any of this, but it can provide clarity and consensus.

In its simplest form, a contract is a document that can protect all parties by avoiding misunderstandings and serving as a paper trail if things do go wrong. It outlines the terms and conditions under which you will perform your work, and stipulates what the client will provide in return.

Despite knowing this, many creatives often skip the paperwork!

In this informative session, Creative Lawyer Caroline Stone (Creative Legal Services) and Creative Rights Educator Karen Workman (Copyright Licensing New Zealand) will share advice and tips on how to protect your work.

Topics include:

  • Understanding why contracts are important for all jobs undertaken
  • Familiarising with key legal terms
  • Tips on how to create legally binding contracts and agreements
  • Knowing what steps to take if there are misunderstandings

This session is open to creatives and artists, or anyone who has an interest in creative rights.

This free session is proudly brought to you by Depot Artspace and Copyright Licensing New Zealand.

About Caroline Stone:

Caroline completed a BA in Otago and an LLB in Auckland before being admitted to the NZ High Court as a Barrister & Solicitor in 1991. She worked at a civil litigation firm in Auckland before working in Japan and New York, where she was admitted to the Bar in 1996. Caroline assisted in the set up of a New York creative agency and provided legal services to their represented visual artists, which included negotiating and drafting licensing contracts and dealing with copyright infringement issues, while also providing pro-bono legal services through Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and maintaining a practice in US immigration law.

Since returning to New Zealand in 2006, Caroline has continued practising US immigration law and providing legal services to artists through the creative agency in New York, as well as working with several New Zealand artists and brands, helping them protect their intellectual property rights.

Caroline has been on the board of Artists Alliance since 2014 and the Flying Nun Foundation since 2016 and is currently admitted to practise in the State of New York.

About Karen Workman:

Born in Taupō, Karen has been around the world and back again, with a hand in the creative arts at every turn. She gained her B.C.A. in Marketing and Management from Victoria University of Wellington, her Doctorate in Piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ohio, USA, and her certificate from the life of hard knocks by working with parents of child actors in Hollywood for 8 years.

Karen also speaks regularly at various talent showcases in the USA, and has developed several curriculums for film programmes and training for young actors. She is passionate about sharing information and with the majority of her family working in the arts, creative rights is a frequent dinner table subject.

When not researching, learning and teaching (who are we kidding – that’s all the time!) Karen enjoys travel, chasing events at theatres, films, street art, concerts, galleries, and bookstores, meeting new friends and having interesting conversations over a chai latte.

28 Clarence Street, Devonport
Auckland, 0624 New Zealand
09-963 2331
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