Arts Law is Australia’s independent national community legal centre for the arts, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. We provide 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.
Empower artists and creative communities through the law.
Arts Law aspires to be widely recognised as the trusted source of advice for artists and creative communities and as the preeminent authority on artists’ rights and arts law in Australia.
In delivering our vision, Arts Law is guided by the values of excellence, accessibility, empowerment of artists, integrity, collaboration and innovation.
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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 11 staff (7 full-time and 4 part-time) is led by Robyn Ayres as Executive Director. Its Board of six directors, comprising expert legal, business and arts practitioners, is led by The Hon. Justice John Sackar 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 Arts Law Centre of Australia is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the Department of Communications and the Arts (Australian Government’s Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program); and the Attorney-General’s Department. We are supported by the ACT Government through artsACT, the NSW Government through Create NSW, the Northern Territory Government through the Department of Tourism & Culture – Arts NT, the Queensland Government through artsQueensland, the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia, the Tasmanian Government through Arts Tasmania, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and Film Victoria and the Government of Western Australia through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. Arts Law also receives support from Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Ltd and Lexis Nexis.