Now More Than Ever: Towards a National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts report

NationalNetworkReport-CoverThe National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts, a group comprised of members of existing Canadian pro-bono legal clinics, announces the release of a pressing report housing significant new research on the multitude of legal challenges facing individuals working in the Canadian arts sector – accelerated to critical levels due to the devastating impact of COVID-19. Entitled Now More Than Ever: Towards a National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts, the report highlights gaps in legal needs, legal literacy and education, and protections that are taking dramatic tolls on a sector whose earnings were already near poverty levels prior to the pandemic.

About The National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts:
The National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts is a joint endeavour of three organizations: Artists’ Legal Outreach (ALO) in Vancouver, Artists’ Legal Advice Services (ALAS) in Toronto and the Artists’ Legal Services Ottawa (ALSO) working in collaboration with Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO).

There are presently six legal clinics providing critical capacity support to individual creators, arts organizations, their administrators, technicians and other arts professionals in every discipline including performance, literary, digital/media and visual arts. They offer an online database of resources and dozens of educational opportunities annually (e.g. workshops and conferences). They also respond to the urgent and varied legal questions as well as needs of artists by summary legal advice and referrals. Together, the clinics empower and strengthen the arts and culture sector.

For the full press release click here.

Access the report on our website or www.pacificlegaloutreach.com/legal-clinics-for-arts

Media coverage: 

Paul Sanderson Interview with the Law Times
Martha Rans Interview with The Lawyer’s Daily
Preview Article in The Georgia Straight
Interview with Martha Rans in Preview Magazine
Preview Article with the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture
FEATURE | Report Calls For National Network Of Legal Clinics For The Arts