Do you have questions about copyright? Have you been invited to submit work to a competition or contest? Are you wondering whether you need a release to take photos of a public building? Are you confused by the language in a contract? Are you being asked to make representations, warranties or indemnify someone (and not sure what that means)? Are you hoping to use recorded music in your play? Are you a Board member wondering how to change your by-laws?

At the ALO clinic, we can answer all these questions and more.


The ALO Clinic is run by volunteer lawyers and law students. All of our lawyers have expertise in copyright, intellectual property and entertainment law.

The Clinic is open to low income artists in all disciplines with legal questions related to art, entertainment, business, and copyright issues.


A volunteer lawyer will meet with you for 30 minutes and can answer most of the legal questions related to your artistic practice. Please read our FAQ for more information on what legal questions we can and cannot answer.


Clinics are usually held twice a month at Suite 100 – 938 Howe Street (between Smithe and Nelson), the office of the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, in Vancouver. We may be able to accommodate out-of-town clients by phone by prior arrangement.

Clinics are usually held on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30p.m.


You can make an appointment to meet with a lawyer at the ALO clinic just by filling out an intake form. Your eligibility will be evaluated by the legal supervisor based on a means test.

Clinics are scheduled once the intake form is received. An appointment will be scheduled with you once your intake form is reviewed by the legal supervisor. Best efforts are made to match artists in particular disciplines with lawyers who have expertise in those areas. As we are all volunteers, availability depends on a number of factors and we may not be able to get back to you right away. In the meantime, you can always check our database for information.

Appointments are only available to those who fill out the intake form at least 5 days before the next clinic.

What is the means test?

Clients are eligible for the ALO services based on a means test, which is 165% of the Low Income Cut-Offs (LICOs), as established by Statistics Canada. Clients whose income falls below 165% of the appropriate LICO receive free legal services. This is consistent with the requirements of the Lawyer’s Insurance Fund and Access Pro Bono, the registered charity of which the ALO legal clinic is a part.

Still have questions? Please see the FAQ.

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