On Tuesday, February 19 from 6:30-8, Tyler will be presenting an online workshop with NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) on Business Entities for Artists. The presenter, Lawyer Zak Shusterman, contributed to the legal chapters of The Profitable Artist (Allworth Press, 2018), which is NYFA’s great book on making money as an artist.
The workshop will be streamed into Tyler B-89 from 6:30 – 8 pm for students. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served; you’re welcome to bring a brown-bag dinner if you like. You will be able to ask questions as part of the workshop, although we have to ask as a group.
If you’re earning even part of your living as an artist, designer, or maker, you should consider whether forming a separate business entity is the right decision for you. This workshop will review the questions you need to ask yourself at the beginning of this decision-making process. Then, we’ll move on to discussing the most common business structures for artists, from remaining a sole proprietor to limited liability companies, the standard corporation types, and the new benefit corporation option. To help you determine which structure is best for your particular situation, we’ll review several important considerations, including the complexity and costs of formation, ongoing responsibilities, and tax treatment.
Zak Shusterman advises a range of entrepreneurs, creatives, and organizations in both the for-profit and non-profit sector at all stages of their development. His clients include individual artists and producers, arts councils, arts centers, and world-renowned entertainers. A twice-recognized “Rising Star” in the nonprofit sector, Shusterman regularly presents workshops for artists, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits. In addition to his legal practice, he helps run Bethany Arts Community, a large arts center in Westchester; produces a Moth-style storytelling series called “Pros(e) of Pie;” and experiments in woodworking and metalworking.