Artist AngstSM Tonic

For Musicians, Writers, Software Developers, Songwriters, Photographers, Fashion Designers, Filmmakers, Fine Artists, Graphic Designers, et cetera

Welcome Artists!

Are you singing the Artist Angst Anthem?  Then this Tonic is for you.

Artist Angst covers the legal basics of being a working artist, with a focus on protecting your copyrights and brand, along with related contracts.  Become less anxious about protecting yourself and your work.

Areas covered:
Intellectual Property

Get a full grasp of the roster of intellectual capital that you may own.  Determine if your current business practices are properly protecting your intellectual property, with an emphasis on copyrights.

We dive into issues such as:

  • How safe are you rights to your creations once they are published online?
  • What is better for your bottom line, work-for-hire verses licensing?
  • Who owns what when you co-create works with someone else?
  • What are the guidelines for setting up a policing program?

We examine the basic library of contract templates working artists should have at their disposal.  DIY online legal services will be covered, with tips on how to navigate them alone and when to bring in professional counsel.


We discuss the best ways to manage the legal risk associated with your own and others confidential and personal information.  We cover the confidentiality concerns that arise under BYOD (bring-your-own-device) especially impacting those who work on a gig-by-gig basis.

Foundational Concerns

We give you tools to analyze your current legal structure, your support team, your electronic storage choices and the approach you have taken to your business as a working artist.  With this ability you will be able to better determine where you may have gaps and how to remedy them, efficiently and cost-effectively.

  • The proprietary LegalTonic Method for understanding your legal health contextualized for your business’ marketplace.
  • Law basics surrounding the above activities, leaving you with the ability to identify the different types of issues.
  • An analysis of the hot buttons of legal risk and exposure for the artist today.
  • Guidelines for setting up a cost-efficient, legal risk management program built with the artist in mind.
  • Templates for policies, procedures and staff training guidelines.
  • Suggestions for contract language, to enable consistency in your negotiations with clients.
  • Live, interactive, e-learning environment, followed by live Q&A, with recordings and copies of presentations.

Each track is three sessions, 2 hours each session.