New Jersey has always been an inspiration for artists and entertainers.
Painters, musicians, and dancers have found their muse in the Garden
State for centuries. The painter George Inness was from New Jersey,
and Winslow Homer used our beloved Jersey shore as the subject
of many of his paintings. Over a hundred years ago the art of the
motion picture was born in Thomas Edison’s Black Maria Studio,
in West Orange.
But today New Jersey artists face more legal issues than ever
before. The internet has breathed new life into copyright and trademark
infringement claims. The proliferation of cable channels means
more independent producers are looking for production contracts.
Newark and Jersey City gentrification has reduced the amount of
affordable housing available to the struggling artist.
In short, New Jersey artists and arts organizations have a growing
need for accessible attorneys and legal education. Only by safeguarding
their legal interests can artists hope to enrich New Jersey’s
cultural and economic community.
That’s why New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts was
formed. We help artists and arts organizations through pro bono
attorney referrals and legal education.
Call us if you need help or are eager to help out. Whether you’re
an artist, an arts organization, or an attorney seeking to help
New Jersey’s artists, we ask you to reach out to us and
help us to build an empowered New Jersey artistic community.