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April 2021

Fundraising for Individual Artists

April 29 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Have you always wondered how to cultivate a funding base for your creative work? Then this workshop is designed for you. Led by Candelaria Silva-Collins, this two-hour, live online event will help you understand how to grow this base by answering the following questions: How do you cultivate foundation and individual support? How do you make yourself known to funders who don’t accept unsolicited applications? What distinguishes you from other artists and how do you communicate these distinctions? What details…

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Get on Board!

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$275.00

Boston-area nonprofit organizations are in need of experienced business professionals to share their unique expertise and passion for important causes. Business skills, enthusiasm, and the desire to make a positive difference can have a huge impact on any organization. If you have always wanted to serve on the board of a nonprofit, now is your chance to learn what is required and to find the organization that’s right for you. This workshop will be conducted live online using the Zoom…

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May 2021

Nonprofit Incorporation Seminar

May 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
$25

Are you a leader of an existing nonprofit organization or have an interest in creating a new one? Do you have questions and concerns about incorporating and/or filing for tax-exempt status? All nonprofit start-ups are invited to attend this legal seminar for nonprofits, led by experienced nonprofit attorneys. In this online classroom (using the Zoom platform) we will assist your organization in understanding the complicated processes of formalizing a nonprofit in Massachusetts by addressing questions regarding: For-Profit or Not-for-Profit? What is…

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Legal Considerations of Having a Remote Workforce

May 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

A free webinar as part of Mass Cultural Council’s Recover, Rebuild, Renew Series. With much of the Massachusetts workforce engaging in remote work, employers should take time to assess whether their systems are working for both their organizations and their staff. Working from home, while creating flexibility for employers and employees, does carry risks and consequences. The second workshop builds upon the first and shares best practices for implementing a successful work from home policy. Topics for discussion include working…

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Crowdfunding: Building a Plan to Succeed

May 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This two hour workshop will focus on the core elements of various leading crowdfunding platforms (Kickstarter, Patreon, and others), and strategies for launching your own campaign effectively. The workshop will be a mixture of lecture and individual & group work, with opportunities for discussion, networking, and peer feedback. Content Expert: Peter Cobb Peter Cobb is a Senior Advisor at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), and a strategic and fundraising consultant with an extensive background in the worlds…

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Music Copyright Fundamentals

May 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Copyright law protects an artist's original creative expression. But how does it work, and what does an artist need to know in order to claim it? In this workshop, attendees will get an introduction to copyright law fundamentals: What exactly does copyright protect? What rights does copyright give me as a creator? How do I obtain a copyright? What is copyright infringement? How do I protect my work using copyright? We will also give particular attention to unique challenges presented by musical works, including the various music licenses. Content Expert: Lucas Blackadar,…

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Introduction to Entity Choice for Creative Businesses

May 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

If you're like most people, you may be confused by the different types of business entities that exist. How do you know which is right for you? In this two-hour, live online workshop, we'll introduce the four most common types of business entities for creative enterprises: Sole Proprietorships Partnerships Corporations Limited Liability Companies And we'll explain the relative advantages, disadvantages, costs, formalities, and general tax consequences of each. Content Expert: Lucas Blackadar, Esq. – Director of Legal Services, Arts &…

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Nonprofit Incorporation Seminar

May 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
$25

Are you a leader of an existing nonprofit organization or have an interest in creating a new one? Do you have questions and concerns about incorporating and/or filing for tax-exempt status? All nonprofit start-ups are invited to attend this legal seminar for nonprofits, led by experienced nonprofit attorneys. In this online classroom (using the Zoom platform) we will assist your organization in understanding the complicated processes of formalizing a nonprofit in Massachusetts by addressing questions regarding: For-Profit or Not-for-Profit? What is…

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Intro to Principles-based Negotiation and Contract Basics

May 27 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Everyone is a negotiator, be it at the boardroom table or the kitchen table. In this workshop, we'll introduce the theory of "principles-based negotiation," popularized by Roger Fisher and William Ury's bestseller, Getting to Yes. We'll discuss archetypical negotiating relationships, "wants" versus "interests," and strategies to facilitate productive bargaining. This two-hour, live online workshop will also provide an overview of contract principles and review the elements of contracts that can be designed to meet your needs and those of your clients.…

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July 2021

Get On Board!

July 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$275

Boston-area nonprofit organizations are in need of experienced business professionals to share their unique expertise and passion for important causes. Business skills, enthusiasm, and the desire to make a positive difference can have a huge impact on any organization. If you have always wanted to serve on the board of a nonprofit, now is your chance to learn what is required and to find the organization that’s right for you. This workshop will be held live online utilizing the Zoom…

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