Performing Artists: Visit the new Performing Artists Legal Clinic

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.

Do I qualify for legal advice?


We are a group of volunteer lawyers and law students committed to working with artists and arts organizations. We offer resources, workshops and a summary advice clinic where low-income artists across BC can meet confidentially with an experienced lawyer. Every artistic discipline is welcome.

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.

If you are with a no-profit organization, we have an “Ask a Law Student” program which you can access by clicking here.


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.