Spring 2014 Seminars
January 8, 2014: Finances and Self-Employment (Bookkeeping and Business Entities for Artists)
In the first part of this seminar, learn how to manage the day-to-day business side of your art practice. Barbara Gilbert will teach participants strategies for effective bookkeeping, banking and invoicing as well as submitting income tax returns and HST. In the second part, Torys LLP will answer all of your questions about incorporating your business. If you’ve ever wondered if incorporating your art practice can protect you from liability or provide certain tax advantages, this seminar will give you answers.
January 22, 2014: Marketing
Brad Dicks of Work in Culture will teach you how to how to successfully promote yourself and your art in an increasingly competitive and changing market. Participants will learn how to navigate social media and build their networks.
February 5, 2014: Negotiating Contracts and Public Art Commissions
In the first part of this seminar, participants will learn the art of negotiating. By the end of the first half hour, given by Adam Freedman, Associate at Torys LLP and Claudia Cappuccitti, Legal Assistant at CARFAC Ontario, attendees will have gained confidence and insight into effective negotiation techniques. In the second part of the seminar, Jeremy Freiberger, Chief Connector and Cultural Strategist at CoBALT CONNECTS, will provide an overview of ins and outs of public art commissions.
February 19, 2014: Insurance for Artists
Jason Saulay, Affinity Programs and Business Development at Actra Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS), will explain why health insurance is a necessity for self-employed artists. Participants will learn what to look for in health insurance packages and how to go about securing coverage. In the bottom half of the hour, Colette Mendenhall, President S&C Assurance, will walk participants through the more complicated aspects of studio insurance. By the end of this seminar, attendees will feel confident and at ease with health and studio insurance.
March 5, 2014: Copyright and Moral Rights for Visual Artists
The Canadian Copyright Act has recently changed. Participants will learn about copyright and moral rights from the perspective of the visual artist. Topics include: your rights as a creator of an art work; your rights to use the work of others; privacy issues; protecting your copyright; and copyright collectives. This seminar is not one to be missed! Presented by Torys LLP.
March 19, 2014: Issues for Established Artists
Established artists face unique issues when it comes to financial planning. This two-part seminar will cover a variety of topics particular to the needs and concerns of mature artists, such as downsizing and storage, RRSPs, filing taxes, and special subsidies. In the second half, participants of all ages will find the topic of estate planning relevant. Topics covered include how to design a will, how to select a trustee, and how to manage your copyright after death.