Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Who are the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts?
The Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA) program provides pro-bono and low cost legal assistance, educational programs and business counseling to artists and arts and cultural organizations.
PVLA was founded in 1978 as a nonprofit legal services organization. In March 2008 to broaden the legal assistance available to the cultural community, the services of PVLA were integrated into the Arts & Business Council.
Over the years the PVLA program has recruited hundreds of attorneys from Philadelphia and the surrounding region to serve the arts.
Volunteer attorneys work on projects such as negotiating performing contracts for actors, dancers and musicians; protecting copyrights and trademarks; preparing by-laws for newly formed nonprofits; negotiating short- and long-term workspace leases and exhibition agreements; securing protection of artwork; and setting up new community-wide arts initiatives, to name a few.
Benefits of involvement
- Arts and cultural organizations receive access to affordable expertise and solutions that address challenging legal issues.
- Artists receive legal assistance that is specifically tailored to their needs.
- Lawyers help address the arts community's legal issues by lending critical expertise and support.
Over the past 30 years PVLA has provided legal services to thousands of artists and arts and cultural organizations in our region. Due to the tremendous dedication of nearly 700 pro bono attorney volunteers, PVLA continues to provide approximately $1 million a year in legal services.
Contact Miriam Dechant, Esq. at 215.790.3822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.