Arts Law is Australia’s independent national community legal centre for the arts, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It provides free or low cost specialised legal advice, education and resources to Australian artists and arts organisations across all art forms, on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters. Arts Law’s Artists in the Black program delivers targeted services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists nationally.
Arts Law envisages a society that promotes justice for artists and values their creative contribution.
To empower all Australian arts communities to understand and protect their legal rights and have sufficient legal and business skills to achieve financial security and carry out their arts practice in a non-exploitive and culturally aware environment.
In working towards achieving our vision, the work of Arts Law is guided by the values of excellence, accessibility, empowerment, integrity and respect.
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Arts Law provides legal advice and information on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters including contracts, copyright, business structures, defamation, insurance, employment and taxation to artists and arts organisations across all art forms.
Arts Law’s team of 12 staff (7 full-time and 5 part-time) is led by Robyn Ayres as Executive Director. Its Board of eight directors, comprising expert legal, business and arts practitioners, is led by The Hon. Justice Margaret Beazley AC as President.
The work of Arts Law continues to be made possible with significant assistance from 240 pro bono legal practitioners located in all Australian States and Territories and a group of daytime volunteers, including law and other students, law graduates and qualified lawyers.
The Australia Council is the major funder of Arts Law, having funded its core activities since 1984. The Australia Council together with all State and Territory governments through their arts agencies (Arts NSW, Arts Qld, Arts Vic, DoAM NT, DCA WA, Arts ACT, Arts Tas, Arts SA) have signed a National Funding Agreement with Arts Law. Funding support is also received from Department of Aboriginal Affairs WA and Film Victoria. Arts Law also receives support from non-government agencies Copyright Agency and Phonographic Performance Company of Australia, and from LexisNexis.