Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Will Provide Pro Bono Legal Assistance

DATE:  March 20, 2020     CATEGORIES:  Community, COVID-19, Resources

For nearly 30 years, Volunteers Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts (VLA) has been here for the cultural community when they need us most. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we have assembled an emergency response panel of large law firms that are ready and willing to advise artists and arts organizations on contracts, insurance, and labor and employment issues that are particularly relevant and concerning during this unprecedented time.

The VLA is also waiving our service fees for artists and organizations suffering financial hardship due to the coronavirus, so please do not hesitate to contact us. While our physical office is closed for now, we are still answering calls (617.350.7600) and emails (vla@artsandbusinesscouncil.org).

For those of you dealing with canceling events and gigs, here is a helpful article about covid-19 and “force majeure” clauses. We will have more resources to share soon, including updates to unemployment benefits for employees displaced, furloughed, and laid off due to the virus.