Workshop: Get it in writing!

Understanding & Crafting Contracts with Emily Watts and attorney Erin Rodgers


Get it in Writing!

Understanding & Crafting Contracts with Emily Watts and attorney Erin Rodgers

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May 6, 2014, 6:30 PM

(For artists, collectives, and nonprofits) 


*This workshop will be hosted at the Dance Source Houston Headquarters, The Barn (formerly Barnevelder).

The Barn, 2201 Preston St, Houston, TX 77003


Are you an artist lending your work to a business for exhibition? Are you a performing arts organization that hires independent artists to perform? Are you renting space for a performance and exhibition? In all these instances, contracts and/or letters of agreement help protect you and your work, as well as prevent misunderstandings and other problems.



-  Understanding basic contract language and common clauses (glossary of common legalese)

​               -  Defining correct parties​

​               -  Terms and options

​               -  Intellectual property ownership

​               -  Work for hire

​               -  Liability

​               -  Consideration (​ ​making a contract binding)

-  Breach and dispute

-  Cure options (how to remedy a breach of contract)

-  How do you know when you are breaking a contract

-  Combining contracts with Letters of Agreement (LOAs) and riders

-  Contract addendums ​and red-lining

-  Recourse upon broken contracts



Registration deadline: before noon, May 6, 2014 

Fresh Arts Members: $5

Non-members: $15



Walk-ins are welcome to register onsite.

Walk-ins: late registration fees apply

Members: $10

Non-members: $20



For more information about becoming a Fresh Arts member, visit our Membership page.


This workshop is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This workshop is also supported by Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA). 



Erin Rodgersis a Houston-based attorney with experience in entertainment law, nonprofit law, and intellectual property. Erin is also of counsel at the Law Office of Al Staehely, Jr. Her clients have included musicians, authors, filmmakers, and a variety of nonprofit organizations. Erin has been a featured speaker at the Entertainment Law Institute, Rice University Media Center, DiverseWorks, and RISE Austin, among others. Aside from her law practice, Erin is also a classically trained clarinetist, and has performed with Dave Brubeck and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra as a vocalist. She currently plays keyboards in Houston band Glass the Sky.

 Her specialties include entertainment law, copyright, trademark, nonprofit law, corporate formation


As the Program Director for the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center, Emily Watts designs and curates the public artistic programs of the Center, with a particular focus on the annual countercurrent festival.  Formerly, as the Program Director for Insurance at Fractured Atlas, Emily educated artists in the intricacies of insurance coverage and worked with insurance companies to develop policies that address the specific needs of the arts community; in that role, she presented workshops regularly across the country for artists and arts organizations on insurance, risk management, and emergency preparedness. A graduate of the Wesleyan University dance department, Emily is still actively involved in the arts community, performing regularly with inDANCE, a Toronto-based South Indian classical and modern dance company, in addition to serving on the Board of Directors for Fresh Arts and skybetter & associates.

May 6, 2014 to May 7, 2014
11:30 pm to 1:30 am
Tuesday Time & Price:
6:30 PM | $5 members, $15 non-members (add $5 for walk-ins)

PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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