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Stage and the Law

Mar 6
Event Date:
March 6, 2019
Event Time:
7:00 pm
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Everyone wants their moment in the spotlight – but the live stage industry isn't all standing ovations and glamorous opening nights!

Whether it’s negotiating deals with collaborators, securing underlying rights, clearing music, or just making sense of royalties, the journey to the stage and beyond can be a legal maze for lawyers and artists alike.

Following on from the success of previous panels on music, film and television, the Arts Law Centre of Australia is hosting an expert industry panel at Giant Dwarf on Wednesday 6 March 2019 to help you navigate the twists and turns of live stage events from theatre and live music to festivals and performance art.

To discuss everything from crafting the perfect contract through to protecting and licensing copyright, this year’s panel will feature:

– Nick Hart, a leading theatrical lawyer and solicitor-director of boutique technology, media and entertainment law firm Blueprint Law

– Kerry Comerford, CEO of Accessible Arts and an accomplished Senior Executive in the global arts and entertainment industry, including former Vice-President of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group Asia Pacific.

– Ben Kay who is a partner at Kay & Hughes Entertainment Lawyers and a regular contribitor to the Arts Law Probono program.

The night will also feature a special appearance by Margaret Beazley AO, Governor-designate.

Plus, stick around after the panel for networking!

While the panel is focused on live stage and the law, we expect that it will have wider lessons for all those in the creative and legal industries – so whether you're a lawyer, producer, dramatist, musician, artist, director, designer, advocate or student, join us as we take a look behind the curtain at how lawyers and artists can keep the drama where it belongs: on the stage.

Tickets are $30 for non-lawyers & students and $60 for lawyers, with all proceeds go to the Arts Law Centre of Australia to help them service Australia's creative community. Ticket prices are exclusive of booking fees.

Book now for a $10 early bird discount, available until 22 February 2019!

Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm start.

Giant Dwarf is a licensed venue. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

CPD Points: If this panel extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) CPD “unit” for each hour of attendance (refreshment breaks not included).

Full Bio:

Nick Hart

Nick is a leading theatrical lawyer and a director of boutique technology, media and entertainment law firm Blueprint Law. At Blueprint Law, Nick heads up the theatre and live events practice, one of the only practices of its kind in Australia. Many moons before becoming a lawyer, Nick cut his theatrical teeth in Edinburgh, programming and emceeing at the Fringe Club at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He subsequently gained extensive experience as a media and entertainment lawyer, working across the full breadth of the music and theatre industries at specialist law firms and in-house in London and Sydney. Nick combines technical expertise with a commercial approach gained from working at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group in London and as Head of Legal & Business Affairs for Global Creatures. He has wide-ranging experience across all aspects of developing, producing and licensing theatrical and arena productions in Australia and worldwide.

Kerry Comerford
Kerry is an accomplished Senior Executive in the global arts and entertainment industry. She is currently CEO of Accessible Arts, NSW peak Arts and Disability organisation. Since 2016 she has worked as an independent consultant and mentor and has a diverse portfolio of Directorships, including Chair – Arts on Tour, NSW; Director – Hayes Theatre, Sydney; Circa Contemporary Circus, Brisbane and Destination Sydney Surrounds North – part of DNSW Regional tourism network.
From 2012-2016 she was Vice-President of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group Asia Pacific. She joined the company in 1996 as Executive Producer and was appointed General Manager in 2001 responsible for the exploitation of the Lloyd Webber catalogue throughout Australia and Asia. Kerry initiated and managed numerous international tours, including presentations in Lebanon, Qatar, Kuala Lumpur, Istanbul, Korea, Shanghai, Taiwan, Scandinavia, Athens, Macau, Philippines, Thailand, and China.
Kerry has worked for many of Australia’s leading performing arts organisations including the MLC Theatre Royal, Actors Equity, The State Theatre Company of South Australia and Come Out Youth Arts Festival. She was Director, Tandanya, Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Marketing Manager for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Executive Producer and Entrepreneurial Director, The Adelaide Festival Centre Trust and Chair of Monkey Baa Theatre 2005 -2012.


Ben Kay

Ben Kay is a partner at Kay & Hughes Entertainment Lawyers. He acts for some of the most respected names in Australian entertainment industry, and is highly experienced in negotiating, contesting and advising on the complex interplay between law and the work of the creative industries. Ben leads one of Australia’s most dynamic entertainment practices, particularly in the fields of theatre and live performance, and acts for commercial producers, major performing arts companies, small to medium organisations, performers, creatives, venues, peak bodies and festivals throughout the sector. Together with his legal work, Ben is strongly involved in advocacy and policy work to promote the interests, viability and diversity of the Australian live performance and entertainment industries. He is a long-standing and regular contributor to Arts Law’s pro-bono legal advice panel and member of the boards of Back to Back Theatre Company and Theatre Network NSW. 

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