Finance & Legal


What Artists and Creatives Need to Know this Tax Season
Do you find tax season stressful and unnecessarily confusing? It’s not just you! This post shares insights from Brass Taxes, a team of tax preparers who deliver personalized tax guidance to freelancers and artists. 

The Artist’s Survival Guide to Tax Season
Tax filing essentials for creative freelancers and small business owners.

Building a Project Budget
Step-by-step tips for project budget building.

How to Budget as an Artist
Three steps to start taking control of your finances.


Copyright 101
NYFA Board Chair Marc Jason on copyright essentials and how creatives can arm themselves with information to help protect their work as well as enjoy the freedoms to reference others’ works to help move our culture forward.

Legal Primer for Visual Artists: Copyright, Fair Use, and Gallery Agreements
This post shares several best practices around common legal issues for visual artists, as discussed in a workshop presented by New York City Bar Association’s Art Law Committee and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

A Tenant’s Guide into the Unknown
What you need to understand eviction, rent, and contracts, courtesy of Tin-Fu (Tiffany) Tsai, Esq., Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Steering Committee of New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section (EASL).

Doing Business Online
Get a legal perspective on doing business online from Elyse Dreyer, Compliance Council, Sotheby’s. If you’re already doing business online or if you’re thinking of taking the next step in growing your business, this post is for you!

Your Art Will Outlive You – How to Protect it Now!
NYFA and New York State Bar Association Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law (EASL) Section’s Fine Arts and Pro Bono Committees joined forces to present a panel on how to preserve your and extend your creative legacy after you’re gone. Get the basics on estate planning, key event takeaways, brush up on helpful legal terms, and find additional resources.

Know Your Rights Sanctuary Training Essentials
Learn basic tips on how to help provide sanctuary and support to immigrant and refugee artists and colleagues.

Looking for legal resources for immigrant artists? Check out the IAP Resource Directory.

Image: Sean Sullivan (Fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts ’17), Saudade Station, 2017