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Arts, Culture and the Law Conference set for June 24

The Arts, Culture and the Law Conference, a new all-day event that will address legal issues in the arts and culture communities, will take place June 24 at the UNH School of Law in Concord.

Members of the arts and culture industry—which includes large and small businesses (including individuals), not-for-profits, municipal organizations and others—often do not have a solid understanding of key legal issues, ranging from establishing and respecting copyright, to tax laws, to nonprofit governance and beyond. Many times they do not have the resources to obtain this information and end up seeking help once it is too late.

The Arts, Culture and the Law Conference will bring together individuals from both the legal and the arts and culture communities to discuss these issues. Throughout the day, blocks of one-hour panel discussions addressing pertinent topics will take place. The panels include one expert each from the legal and arts or culture industry as well as a facilitator. Panelists will give five-minute presentations; for the balance of the hour they will respond to questions from attendees.

John T. Broderick Jr., dean and president of the UNH School of Law, will open the Conference. New Hampshire author Rebecca Rule will speak during the lunch session, which will also include “table topic” discussions.

Attorneys, paralegals, law students, studio and performing artists, librarians, historical society members, not-for profit organizations, filmmakers, board members at cultural organizations and others in both the legal and arts and cultural communities are encouraged to attend. The process for obtaining CLE ethics credits for attending and presenting attorneys is underway.

Organizing partners for the Arts, Culture and the Law Conference include the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, New Hampshire Department of Justice, UNH School of Law, New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits and the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts. The Conference has received generous support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; sponsorship opportunities are available.

“Arts and cultural organizations support New Hampshire’s economy by providing jobs and making our communities better places to live, visit and do business,” said Van McLeod, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Resources. “We are pleased to work with so many key partners to offer this resource to members of the arts and culture community so that they can continue to be a vital component of New Hampshire’s economic future.”

For more information about the Arts, Culture and the Law Conference, visit

New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources includes the State Council on the Arts, the Film and Television Office, the Division of Historical Resources, the State Library and the Commission on Native American Affairs. The Department strives to nurture the cultural well-being of our state. From the covered bridges and traditional music of our past to the avant-garde performances and technological resources of today and tomorrow, New Hampshire’s culture is as varied as its geography and its people. This strong cultural base—which truly has something for everyone—attracts businesses looking for engaged workforces, provides outstanding educational opportunities and creates communities worth living in. Learn more at




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