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The Law of Performing Arts:
Business, Legal, and Practical Deals for the Stage
with Gordon Firemark, Esq.
Join CLA and Theatrical Attorney Gordon Firemark for an explanation of live performance contracts and their surrounding legal issues. We will explore performer agreements, booking agreements, and engagement agreements in-depth. Then you'll learn about financing and business structures - how should you form your company and the rules, regulations and requirements that apply when raising money. Finally, Mr. Firemark will recommend safeguards to ensure performers get paid, and what to do when confronted with safety concerns or other day-of-show problems. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers
Gordon Firemark, Esq. is an attorney whose practice is devoted to the representation of artists and businesses in the fields of theater, film, television, and new media. He holds a B.A. in Radio, Television and Film from the University of Oregon, and earned his law degree at Southwestern University School of Law, where he now serves as an adjunct professor teaching Theater Law in the school's one-of-a-kind online Entertainment Law LLM program.
He is the founder and principal instructor for Theatre Producer Academy an online, e-learning program for theatrical producers and aspiring producers. Gordon is a frequent guest lecturer at arts organizations, bar associations, and law schools around the U.S., an accomplished stage producer,and writes an entertainment law blog. He produces and hosts two podcasts for professionals and pre-professionals in the entertainment industries. They are Entertainment Law Update, and Entertainment Industry Insights.
Mr. Firemark lives near Los Angeles with his wife and 3 young children.
These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the California Community Foundation. Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.