Art Law Resources

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Health and Safety
Law and Mediation
Taxes, Accounting and Small Business
Funding Agencies
Service Organizations
Electronic Publications and Resources

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U.S. Copyright Office is the federal government’s official copyright site containing information and forms, which can be downloaded.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is the federal government’s well-organized site for patent and trademark information complete with downloadable forms.

Franklin Pierce Law Center IP Mall is a highly acclaimed resource providing information and links to the most valuable online resources.

UCLA Cyberlaw Policy Page and features self-help resources, current case law, and articles.


American Civil Liberties Union is the nation's foremost advocate of individual rights--litigating, legislating, and educating the public on a broad array of issues affecting individual freedom in the United States. Its Missouri chapters are:

American Civil Liberties Union Eastern Missouri

American Civil Liberties Union Kansas and Western Missouri

Electronic Frontier Foundation
works in the public interest to protect fundamental civil liberties, including privacy and freedom of expression in the area of computers and the Internet.

Freedom Forum
is dedicated to free speech and free press.

National Coalition Against Censorship
is an educational and advocacy network of artists, arts organizations, audience members, and concerned citizens formed to protect and extend freedom of artistic expression and fight censorship.

People for the American Way organizes and mobilizes Americans to fight for fairness, justice, civil rights, and the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. Its interests include First Amendment advocacy and legal work related to free speech, censorship, artistic expression, and the Internet.


Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center is operated by the Actors’ Fund with support from the NEA. It provides information about individual and small business health insurance options.

Arts, Crafts and Theatre Safety offers professional information about the hazards posed by toxic materials and dangerous equipment used in art and theater.

Estate Project for Artists with AIDS was created by the Alliance for Arts primarily to preserve artworks and create archives of visual artworks, films, videos, musical scores, dances and manuscripts. The site offers estate planning advice, specific strategies for arts preservation, and links to relevant arts organizations.


Artists from Abroad provides information about the most recent regulations affecting artists coming into the US and is designed to aid presenters navigate through the visa process. The site is a collaborative project of the Association of Arts Presenters and the American Symphony League.

Conflict Resolution Resource Center provides a clear explanation of the mediation process, articles, links to organizations, information on training opportunities, and more.

Findlaw is an easy-to-navigate site that provides links to articles, legal news, and cases.

Harvard Program on Negotiation Clearinghouse markets materials that are useful in the study of negotiation, mediation, and other forms of dispute resolution.

Kansas Bar offers resources for the public on its site including brochures on legal topics.

Missouri Bar offers resources for the public on its site including brochures on legal topics.

Nolo Press is a publisher of self-help legal books and software. The company’s extraordinary site includes helpful articles.


Internal Revenue Service created a surprisingly helpful and well-organized site providing free publications and downloadable forms. Highly recommended are the Guide to Free Tax Services (Publication 910), Your Federal Income Tax (Publication 17), and Tax Guide for Small Businesses (publication 334).

Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants targets its site primarily for members, but it includes links to the state tax departments.

CCH Business Owner’s Tool Kit offers practical small business advice.

Tax and Accounting Sites Directory is a gateway to a number of valuable sites.


Kansas Arts Commission a state agency, the Kansas Arts Commission was established in 1966 by the Kansas Legislature and is charged by its enabling legislation to increase the support, awareness and outreach of the arts in communities across the state.

Missouri Arts Council provides grants to Missouri-based, non-for-profit, tax-exempt organizations to encourage and stimulate the growth, development, and appreciation of the arts in Missouri.

Missouri Humanities Council helps the people of Missouri learn about their history, literature, and the ideas that shape democracy by sponsoring a variety of programs.

National Endowment for the Arts serves the public good by nurturing the expression of human creativity, supporting the cultivation of community spirit, and fostering the recognition and appreciation of the excellence and diversity of our nation's artistic accomplishments. In addition to arts news and grants info, links by discipline to service organizations, unions, and guilds, the NEA’s site includes Lessons Learned: A Planning Toolsite, essays and case studies on strategic planning, audience development, and more.

National Endowment for the Humanities is a grant-making agency that supports research, education, and public programs in the humanities.

Regional Arts Commission serves St. Louis and County. It promotes, encourages, and fosters arts and cultural institutions. In addition to information about grants, the Arts Commandos (a volunteer corps), and the Community Artists Training Institute, this site includes an illustrated public art catalog.


Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers is a national coalition of nonprofit organizations dedicated to preserving and protecting the preferred postal rate.

Allied Arts Council an umbrella agency for 21 member organizations takes the lead in organizing, fund raising, advocating, educating, coordinating, and servicing the St. Joseph arts community. The Council provides educational programs, art exhibits, and summer youth arts programs, as well as operates the annual Trails West!® arts festival.

Americans for the Arts is the national service organization for local arts agencies and united arts funds. It is among the nation’s leading arts information clearinghouse and advocacy organization.

Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City provides an index to organizations, artists and arts educators as well as a cultural events calendar.

Benton Foundation mobilizes networks of researchers, practitioners, and trainers to build the communications capacity of nonprofit organizations. Among its programs is Open Studio: The Arts Online, a national initiative that empowers the nonprofit arts community to create new online content and reach new audiences.

Board Source, formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards, is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening their boards of directors. It is the world's largest, most comprehensive publisher of material on nonprofit governance, offering more than 100 booklets, books, videos, and audio-tapes.

CompassPoint is a California nonprofit consulting and training organization that provides nonprofits with the management tools and concepts necessary to best serve their communities. This site includes Genie, which provides quick and easy-to-understand answers to FAQs and Board Café, a monthly electronic newsletter.

Council on Foundations helps foundation staff, trustees, and board members in their day-to-day grantmaking activities. The council’s site includes concise information on the various types of foundations.

Energize is an international training, consulting, and publishing firm specializing in volunteerism. A monthly hot topic on volunteer management and an online bookstore specializing in volunteerism are posted on this site.

Foundation Center fosters understanding of the foundation field by collecting, organizing, analyzing, and disseminating information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects. Its Cooperating Collections are free funding information centers in libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers that provide a core collection of Foundation Center publications and a variety of supplementary materials and services in areas useful to grantseekers. Missouri locations include:

Council on Philanthropy

PO Box 22680
Kansas City, MO 64113
(816) 235-1176
Kansas City Public Library
311 E. 12th St.
Kansas City 64106
(816) 701-3541
St. Louis Public Libary
1301 Olive
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 539-0357
Springfield-Greene County Library
4653 S. Campbell
Springfield 65810
(417) 874-8110

Metropolitan Association for Philanthropy is the regional association of grantmakers serving the St. Louis area. Its members are more than 60 foundations, corporations, and trusts. Services to nonprofit organizations seeking grants are now being provided by the main public library at 13th & Olive. The Foundation Cooperating Collection is housed at that site.

Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies is a statewide service organization dedicated to strengthening community arts agencies throughout Missouri.

National Arts Marketing Project disseminates arts marketing information and resources (both links and books) on its site and provides training in eight cities, including Chicago.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies offers an array of links to help individuals and arts organizations keep abreast of arts-related issues, including federal legislation, funding opportunities, media coverage, and more.

National Arts and Disability Center is the national information dissemination, technical assistance and referral center specializing in the field of arts and disability. NADC is dedicated to promoting the full inclusion of children and adults with disabilities into the visual, performing, media and litary arts communities.

Nonprofit Risk Management Center helps reduce risk for nonprofit volunteers and paid staff. It produces excellent, easy-to-read publications. Many are free.

Nonprofit Services Consortium addresses the needs of regional nonprofit organizations by providing access to a continuum of education, training, and technical assistance. Core members are:

Coro Leadership Center - Kansas City

Association of Fund Raising Professionals - Kansas City

Deaconess Foundation

FOCUS St. Louis

Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis

Metropolitan Association for Philanthropy

Missouri Foundation for Health

Regional Arts Commission

St. Louis Community Foundation

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts

University at Edwardsville, Community and Nonprofit Leadership Initiative

United Way of Greater Kansas City

University of Missouri-St. Louis, Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program

Washington University, University College Nonprofit Management Program

The Philanthropic Collaborative

Nonprofit Connect


Arts Resource Network provides access to a range of information and links about the arts and arts opportunities, primarily in the Seattle area. Articles and links addressing the professional growth of artists, organizational growth, and arts education are available.

Arts Journal collects arts-related stories from numerous publications in the North America, Australia, and Europe. Summaries and links to the original sources are provided.

Chronicle of Philanthropy is a weekly newspaper covering the nonprofit world. The online edition is abbreviated, but the price is right.

Guidestar is a searchable database of more than 640,000 nonprofit organizations in the United States.

Internet Nonprofit Center provides information for and about nonprofit organizations.

NYFA Interactive is an extensive national database of services and publications for artists of all disciplines.

Nonprofit Managers’ Library is a comprehensive library of articles and links.

Techsoup offers nonprofits one-stop shopping for their technology needs, including discounts on hardware and software, product reviews, technology planning tips, easy-to-understand articles and much more.