Arts Law’s 2013 Annual Report

By Arts Law Centre of Australia on 9th July 2014

Arts Law’s Annual Report for 2013


Arts Law’s 2013 Annual Report, 1983 cover design by James de Vries

This year the Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) is celebrating 30 years of providing legal advice and other services to Australia’s artists and arts organisations.

Our mission continues to be one of empowering all Australian arts communities to understand and protect their legal rights so that they can carry out their arts practice in a non-exploitative and financially sustainable environment.

Our Annual Report for 2013  details the legal services we have provided, our advocacy achievements, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ‘Artists in the Black’ service and the many contributions from our staff, volunteers, pro bono lawyers, funders and other supporters.

Some of the highlights from 2013 include:

  • A total of 4825 Australian artists and art organisations benefitted from our services. This includes 2444 legal advices to the arts community, 866 documents were reviewed through our Document Review Service (DRS) and we had 2381 participants in our professional development program.
  • The demand for our Artists in the Black service continues to grow. In 2013, the provision of legal services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists comprised approximately 25% of Arts Law’s legal work and Arts Law visited 42 regional and remote areas of Australia providing legal information and advice to Indigenous artists.
  • Arts Law established a new initiative, the ‘Adopt a Lawyer’ program, whereby an Indigenous arts centre ‘adopts’ a law firm to foster a one-on-one relationship to facilitate access to timely legal advice.
  • Arts Law achieved advocacy success in several different areas of law reform benefitting the creative sector especially in relation to laws affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
  • After unexpected funding cuts Arts Law sharpened its focus on ways to obtain income from sources independent of government. This resulted in the formation of the “Hearts for Arts Law” committee, a group of young lawyers whose aim is to raise funds for Arts Law. With the help of Arts Law’s Board, in particular Anita Jacoby, Hearts for Arts Law organised their first fundraiser event in 2013, a screening of acclaimed documentary “The Crossing”.

The 2013 Annual Report can be found here.

We hope you enjoy reading about our year, and thank you for your support and interest in the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

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