Tuesday, June 20, 2006

CA Lawyers for the Arts; Volunteers

I think I mentioned this organization briefly before. QUADRE has been a member since 2000. California Lawyers for the Arts is a non-profit service organization which provides lawyer referrals, dispute resolution services, educational programs, publications and a resource library to people in the creative arts and arts organizations. Founded in 1974 by lawyers and artists, C.L.A.'s programs and services are designed to help artists understand and apply legal concepts. In addition, they regularly schedule workshops on issues with nominal fees. More information about them is at: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/

This week I'm attending a workshop called **Demo Tapes to Recording Contracts** with William Murray, Esq. on Thursday, June 22, 6:00-7:30 pm in downtown Oakland. This workshop will address the steps involved in shopping a demo tape. I'll also learn about negotiating a recording contract and the role of agents and representatives. While this workshop is likely to be geared towards pop, rap, & R&B music, I think it might prove useful to us as we look for agents/managers to represent us and our recordings.

Volunteers often serve as the lifeblood of a non-profit organization. Admittedly, non-profits often lack the financial resources to pay staff salaries at a rate comparable to the corporate sector. However, volunteerism is much more than that. People feel good working with non-profits and their missions.

Whether it is helping out at the Red Cross or being a tutor at the local library, volunteers can make a huge impact. For example, many boards at non-profits volunteer their time to the benefit of the organization just like ours. This week I wanted to acknowledge the volunteer efforts of two folks in our office in Mountain View. Kelley Ott, Karen Ott's daughter, has helped out by organizing our music library. She'll be here this Friday to help out in the afternoon. Wen-Liang Chung is a new office volunteer that is coming in once a week for 2 hours to help out in the office with our mailing list, press kits, and filing.

If you know of someone that you think would be interested in volunteering with QUADRE, put them in touch with me. Volunteer opportunities include office tasks, our music library, board membership, and concert help (ushering, backstage, tickets, etc.)

Many thanks to all of you for your volunteering this year on behalf of QUADRE.

No comments: