On September 29th, 2021 we presented our annual event, Martinis and Masterpieces! A heartfelt thank you to all who tuned in. For those who missed it, the recording is available to view now.
During this online event, we were pleased to share an inside look at the performances, artwork, and creative inspirations of our artist Fellows, including performances by Fellows Stephanie McKay, U-Meleni Mhlaba Adebo, Tanya Nixon-Silberg, and Abria Smith (and a brand new collaboration from Stephanie and Abria).
A special thank you to The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, The Clowes Fund, and Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation for their support for our Fellowship programs.
The evening also featured guest appearances by Kara ElliotOrtega, Chief of Arts & Culture for the City of Boston, and Panos A. Panay, Co-President of the Recording Academy. Thank you for your participation and support!
Robert B. Fraser Award for Pro Bono Excellence
The A&BC honored Michelle Brownlee, Trademark Counsel at the Bose Corporation, with the Robert B. Fraser Award for Pro Bono Excellence for her longstanding service to both the arts sector and the legal professions. Michelle has supported Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) organizations for nearly her entire legal career, starting in New York while still a student at Columbia Law School. She has volunteered with the VLA of Massachusetts for over 10 years, assisting artists across creative disciplines on matters involving trademark, copyright, and even family law. In addition to representing artists on legal issues, Michelle has also been an enthusiastic mentor and supporter of her fellow volunteer attorneys.
Brown Rudnick LLP & Adamantia Giannakis: Provided pro bono advice to the residents of a major artist community facing significant and sudden changes to the terms of their leases.
New England Musicians Relief Fund: Founded to provide direct financial relief to freelance musicians during the pandemic
Proskauer Rose LLP & David Miller: In addition to co-presenting a workshop on survival strategies for nonprofits during COVID, David and his team at Proskauer represented New England Musicians Relief Fund in obtaining its tax exempt status.
Jill Havens, the Law Office of Jill Havens, and Elizabeth Mason, Mason Law: Jill and Elizabeth have been invaluable resources, serving as guest presenters on a handful of educational workshops, and providing us with a plethora of guidance on employment and unemployment insurance considerations for individual workers.
Danielle Jurema Lederman: Danielle has been an informative and enthusiastic guest presenter and advisor on COVID-19-related employment law topics for nonprofit organizations.
Lili Palacios-Baldwin: Lili has provided valuable legal counsel to both individuals and nonprofit organizations regarding worker rights and employment best practices in light of challenges raised by COVID-19.
Our partners at Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation have two new grant programs available to help small businesses continue to recover from the pandemic. While not all of the artists and arts organizations we work with…