Turning Your Art Practice into a Business / Seattle
February 27, 2019
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts in Community Room (2915 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144)
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This event is now sold out. If you would like to be added to our waitlist please contact the Program Coordinator Zach Frimmel (zach@artisttrust.org). Thanks.
This workshop is part of a series on business and legal issues for artists, each led by attorney Benjamin Kerr. The other topics he will be teaching are Understanding Artist Contracts and Intellectual Property and Copyrighting Your Work. You can choose to take one, two, or all three workshops. Each individual workshop is $40 /$30 AT Member or you can register for all three classes at a discounted price $100 / $80 AT members. PLEASE NOTE: To receive the discount, you must register for the workshop package.
If you’ve received a grant, been commissioned, or sold artwork on Instagram, you’ve been paid for your artistic work. You’re now running a business, and in Washington State, you may be required to have a business license to operate legally.
Attorney Benjamin Kerr will explain the different kinds of business entities, including sole proprietorships, LLCs, and general partnerships, and which is the right fit for you. You’ll learn how to form a business, what paperwork you need, and what’s required of you by law. This class will show you the benefits of forming a business and help you avoid costly tax penalties and other legal hassles.
*Open for artists of all disciplines at all career stages.
  • Business Entities
  • Benefits of business entity formation
  • Liability example
  • Business entity formation
  • Sole proprietorships
  • General partnerships
  • Limited liability companies
  • Corporations
  • Nonprofits
  • Fiscal sponsorships
  • How to form a business entity
  • Paperwork needed for business entities
  • Piercing the corporate veil
  • WA business licenses
  • EINs
  • UBIs
  • Insurance

Benjamin Kerr has extensive experience advising clients in a wide variety of practice areas including contract drafting, negotiation and review; entertainment law; business formation; intellectual property; real estate; landlord/tenant law; corporations and partnerships; and wills and estates. He has represented individuals; small businesses; and corporate entities in state and federal courts, and arbitrations on a wide variety of commercial and civil litigation matters. He has litigated claims in state and federal courts and in multiple arbitration venues. Mr. Kerr also has represented clients in a variety of industries in breach of contract, construction, insurance coverage and other commercial disputes. http://kerrlawfirmseattle.com/
$40 / $30 AT Members
The Artist Trust membership program is an easy way for artists to stay connected with Artist Trust and support our ongoing work with artists. Membership strengthens Artist Trust’s ability to serve Washington State arts communities while providing members with discounts and early access to programs and events, an exclusive monthly membership e-newsletter, and retail discounts.
Partial need-based, Filipinx, and Latinx scholarships are available by request.
The venue for this event is wheelchair accessible and can be accessed by Metro transit. The venue has identified as a non-scent-free space with gendered bathrooms. This event is service dog friendly and child friendly, but child care will not be provided. Also, if you do plan to bring your child please keep in mind that certain topics and language may not be appropriate for children.
Artist Trust reserves the right to cancel any program. If cancelled, a full refund will be applied. A full refund can also be received if requested 7 days before the event. Please contact the Program Coordinator if you have any questions regarding specific content of the workshop.
Email Program Coordinator Zach Frimmel for questions about member codes, scholarship inquiries, accessibility, or workshop details.