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Case # Legal Category Arts Category Client Type Description
17-749 Music, Performance Art, Theater, Other Pro Bono

NFP and Landlord Tenant: Theater. 17-749 Small NFP theater that started in 2015 needs NFP compliance review and help drafting a lease for sub-tenants who rent the NFP's space by the hour.

17-759 Film/TV Pro Bono

Contracts: Film. Independent filmmaker needs two contracts, a script-writer agreement and an assignment from the owner of the rights to an animated character. Client has agreed to terms and needs them memorialized.

18-002 Visual Art Pro Bono

Trademark Application and Partner Agreement. 18-002 Small NFP that uses arts based programming to provide social emotional learning to underserved youth in Chicago and internationally, needs help with trademark protection and one contract for its partner organizations.

18-009 Film/TV Pro Bono

Contract: Film. 18-009 Film student who plans to adapt a short story for a screen play needs an agreement with the Vietnamese author of the short story and legal advice regarding filming in Vietnam.

18-041 Visual Art Contingent Fee

Dispute: Visual Art. 18-041 Pieces of visual art were delivered to a business organization for its employees, but the employees did not receive the works. Client needs help evaluating, and if recommended, pursuing a claim against the organization.

18-056 Literature Pro Bono

Contract. 18-056 Author of an unpublished book about a homeopathic remedy for a common ailment needs an idea protection agreement to present to a television producer with whom she hopes to work.

18-062 Music Pro Bono

Dispute: Breach of Contract: Music. 18-062 Prominent house music artist, Client, needs help evaluating and pursuing any rights he may have against his record label for breach of contract.

18-064 Dance, Film/TV, Performance Art, Visual Art, Other Pro Bono

Immigration: Visual Artist. 18-064 Canadian artist, Phd Student and independent curator needs legal advice regarding securing a visa to stay in the US.

18-078 Film/TV, Music, Theater Contingent Fee

Dispute: Theater. 18-078 Client produced a show at a local theater and agreed to accept payment from the theater after the run was complete. Client believes that the payment he received was not what was agreed to and needs help analyzing the contract and the settlement sheet. Client also needs help, if recommended, recovering any amounts that are owed to him.

18-097 Literature Pro Bono

Publicity Rights: Publishing. 18-097 The author of a manuscript about a deceased musician who has conversations with other deceased musicians needs pre-publication review to evaluate potential risks associated with publishing her book.

18-125 Dance, Film/TV, Literature, Music, Performance Art, Theater, Visual Art Pro Bono

Dispute: Music. 18-125 Former business partners have a dispute over the trademark for the business, ownership intersts and masters.

18-157 Film/TV Pro Bono

Start-up: Film. 18-157 Children's book author is partnering with a production group to put together an animated TV pilot featuring Nigerian children as characters. Client needs start-up help and assistance drafting a Production Agreement.

18-184 Dance, Performance Art, Theater, Visual Art, Other Pro Bono

Start-up NFP and for Profit Entity. 18-184 Multidisciplinary artist engaged in community work and consulting would like to operate a for profit entity and a NFP entity, and needs legal advice and assistance with business set-up.

18-191 Film/TV, Visual Art, Other Pro Bono

Contract Review: Publishing. 18-191 Author of a humorous novel about three men seeking to launch their musical career, needs counsel to review a self-publishing agreement..

18-204 Dance Pro Bono

Tax: IRS. 18-204 Small NFP dance company needs help appealing a denial of their request for abatement of IRS penalties. Penalties were assessed as a result of the late filing of 990s for multiple years.

18-236 Visual Art Pro Bono

Employment: Privacy. 18-236 NFP that hires artist teachers, needs counsel to review its teacher application that has been updated to include questions about gender, race and gender identification.

18-254 Film/TV, Theater, Visual Art Pro Bono

Employment and Copyright. 18-254 Actor needs help evaluating his rights under an employment agreement after he was terminated from the cast of a touring group. In addition, he was providing photography services and needs help enforcing his rights to his photographs.

18-258(b) Film/TV, Music, Performance Art, Theater, Other Pro Bono

Start-up: Education. 18-258(b) Performance art organization that conducts workshops for young people deisigned to assist students in developing methods for coping with social stress, bullying, depression and low self-esteem needs start-up advice regarding operations and two contracts, one for student participants, and one for mentors.

18-272 Film/TV, Music Pro Bono

Contract: Music License. 18-272 Filmmakers need a license to use music in their film, on the soundtrack, and for a fundraising campaign. The music is written and performed by singer/songwriters who are filmmakers' friends.

18-278 Film/TV Pro Bono

Copyright and Privacy Clearance: Film. Brief Service.18-278 Filmmaker wrote a script about the "unclaimed dead" (deceased persons whose bodies are not claimed by relatives) and needs counsel to help to identify any permissions that he may need before filming.

18-300 Film/TV, Visual Art Pro Bono

Start-up: Animator. 18-300 Visual artist who creates 2D and 3D animations needs start-up advice, help with business structure and a standard service agreement for customers. He also needs help evaluating and possibly applying for trademark registration.

18-303 Other Pro Bono

Dispute: Patent Litigation. Client is a former biotech researcher whose research led to patents held by his former university employer. Client needs patent counsel to remedy the absence of his name as a co-inventor.

18-308 Music Pro Bono

Contract Review: Recording Contract. Recording artist needs counsel to review a recording contract with a producer.

18-316b Dance Paying

Immigration. 18-316b Dancer from New Zealand currently on an OPT Visa needs help with his application for an O-1 Visa.

18-319 Film/TV Pro Bono

Contracts: Film.18-319 Filmmaker who produced a music documentary needs help with copyright clearance for music that is in her film, and a license for entities that will be screening the film.