Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
MdVLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting Maryland artists’ legal rights. Through the help of our professionally trained network of lawyers, we proudly provide pro bono legal referrals and services to artists in the state of Maryland. We hold lectures and seminars as well as Art Law Clinics for consultations, and we generate educational materials to keep you in the know.
Our mission is to provide high-quality legal services to low-income artists and non-profit arts organizations. Our lawyers take on cases for artists like they would any other client, subject to all of the ethical and other requirements of any attorney-client relationship. We want to help you overcome legal barriers that limit your ability to create, distribute or profit from your creativity. We help artists of all stripes—painters, sculptors, musicians, filmmakers, and writers—with a range of arts-related issues, like securing a federal copyright registration, choosing a legal entity type and forming that entity, and negotiating a contract.
Clients must meet certain income requirements to qualify for representation, and there is a small administrative fee.
Online intake form URL: Application for Legal Assistance
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
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