Arts Law is Australia’s independent national community legal centre for the arts, a not-for-profit company. They provide free or low cost specialised legal advice, education and resources. This is to Australian artists and arts organisations across all art forms, on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters. Artists in the Black program delivers targeted services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists nationally.
Arts Law provides legal advice and information on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters. These can including contracts, copyright, business structures, defamation, insurance, employment and taxation issues.
The work of Arts Law continues to be made possible with assistance from 240 pro bono legal practitioners (Lawyers who give their time for free) and a group of volunteers, including law students and graduates and qualified lawyers. Artists in the Black also helps First Nations artists preserve their legacy and ensure that they are in control of where their art, copyright, money and other assets go to when they pass away. Unfortunately, artists sometimes pass away without having made a will. Artists in the Black has resources available to help families and others know what to do in this situation.
Arts Law has been working with CAAMA to produce a video that explains Artist and Art Centre Agreements in english, as well as 17 other First Nation languages.