Bella Gray

Belle Gray, a powerhouse singer/songwriter with equal parts heart, guts and grit, recently released her debut single, “Go Home,” co-produced by “Mama Jan” Smith and Jesse Owen Astin. She recently placed in the finals at MadLife Stage & Studios Undiscovered Artist Showcase and is set to rock spring and summer stages statewide.

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Upcoming Seminars & Events by Georgia Lawyers for the Arts


Acquiring Eye$: GLA Talks to Michael Rooks

Acquiring Eye$” : GLA Talks to Michael Rooks, Weiland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, High Museum of Art “Sprawl! Drawing Outside the Lines,” Featuring over 100 works on paper by more than 75 Georgia artists OTP ( outside the Perimeter.)

A unique opportunity to ask Michael Rooks about the energy, vibrancy and trends visible in the Georgia Arts community now! Michael Rooks shares his search for authentic, relevant, meaningful art in Georgia. Learn the process of how Georgia art is acquired by the High Museum for Sprawl.

Conversation with Michael Rooks facilitated by Cathy Nash a GLA lawyer and High Docent.

Wednesday July 15, 2015 6:00pm

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts King Plow Arts Center

887 West Marietta Street N Suite J-101

Atlanta GA 30318

Click for more information on Sprawl! Drawing Outside the Lines”

Other Upcoming Seminars & Events: 501(c)(3) Seminar (Monthly)

A user-friendly seminar to instruct parties interested in launching nonprofit entities. (Note, there is a fee for this seminar.)

July 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Blurred Lines of Music Copyright: Music Sampling and Its Effect on Revenue In the Recording Industry

Legal intern Alex Speer will discuss the basic revenue streams every musician should know. Legal intern Victoria Person will be discussing sampling and its legal implications following the recent “Blurred Lines” decision.

July 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Pro Bono Patent Process: The Nuts & Bolts Before, During, and After Prosecution

Legal intern Michelle Namer will discuss the most important parts of the patent prosecution process from beginning to end for inventors. These basics will help inventors understand what is necessary to navigate the patent prosecution process and how to get the most out of a patent if it is issued.

July 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Protecting Intellectual Property in the Digital Age

Legal intern Tiffany McKenzie will discuss the challenges artists face in regards to intellectual property in the constantly changing forum of social media. Legal intern Christine Dial will discuss the issues surrounding website creation such as securing a domain name, copyright and trademark. July 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

What is the Digital Media Copyright Act and Why is It Important?

Legal intern Andrea Ng will host a seminar explaining the DMCA and how you can use it to protect yourself, whether you are a photographer, a musician or an artist in general.

August 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Trademarks 101

Hosted by Becki Lee, Esq. Ms. Lee will be teaching attendees about what trademarks are, how one gets trademark rights in the United States, and why selecting a strong trademark is important. By the end of this seminar, attendees should feel comfortable with the basics of trademark law.

Note: This seminar DOES NOT cover the registration process, “intent to use” applications, or responding to office actions from the United States Patent & Trademark Office, all of which may be covered in a “Trademarks 102” class.

August 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

You can register for all seminars HERE. Each seminar will be held at the GLA office: Georgia Lawyers for the Arts

King Plow Arts Center

887 West Marietta Street NW, Suite J-101 Atlanta, GA 30318

Keep in mind that our volunteers and attorneys cannot give you specific advice on a pending issue at our seminars. If you have a legal problem, please schedule an intake and we will try to match you with the appropriate attorney.

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts (GLA) is a non-profit organization that serves the legal needs of artists and arts organizations, promotes closer contact and understanding among members of the legal profession and the arts community, and educates artists about their legal rights and responsibilities.

If you have an arts-related legal issue, call us at 404-873-3911! You may qualify for free legal help!

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An Interview with Patrick Dennis

Check out the latest interview with Patrick Dennis, Director of Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces as he speaks with about the upcoming Callanwolde Arts Festival.

Patrick Dennis, Director of AFFPS

Callanwolde Arts Festival’s second edition by Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces will take residence at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta from January 23- 25, 2015 to bring a fusion of appealing Artworks along with many more creative attractions.

In a conversation with, Patrick Dennis, Executive Director of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces takes us through the making of this festival, key takeaways from this edition and more…

Thank you for conversing with, Patrick, we would love to hear more about you & your role at this festival?

Sure, besides my role at this festival, I’m also a painter and owner of the Decatur Gallery. As an artist, it has always been important to me that we have meaningful contact with buyers. This can be accomplished with a well-run arts festival, and I’m happy to say our formula is working well! What started as an idea among artists ten years ago has now become an organization hosting eleven annual events in metro Atlanta in our city’s parks, historic properties and iconic venues.

What is the Callanwolde Arts Festival all about and please share the factors that influenced to start the fest?

In a serendipitous meeting with the new Director of the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, the opportunity presented itself to host the first ever arts festival at the historic mansion. We knew that we would attract top level artists from the southeast, but had modest expectations. What we found was that the combination of extraordinary artwork filling every inch of the mansion and Conservatory rooms attracted thousands of enthusiastic patrons who were as excited to see the artwork of the 84 participants as they were the mansion ‘fully dressed.’ Artists truly enjoyed their surroundings, as well as being indoors during January! The mansion showcases artwork beautifully. <<Read More>>