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Business And Legal Forms for Fine Artists (3rd Edition) Paperback – October 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1581154283 ISBN-10: 1581154283 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press; 3rd edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581154283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581154283
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A long-needed book of succinct information and comprehensive contracts and forms." -- The Artist's Magazine

"An excellent compilation . . . . Business and Legal Forms gives a solid foundation for the working artist who wants to protect his rights, and it supplies the forms to do just that." -- Stained Glass

"This book by Tad Crawford has been called The Success Kit for Fine Artists and every artist who ever plans to sell a work of art must have one." -- Manhattan Arts --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tad Crawford grew up in the artists' colony of Woodstock, New York. He is the author of many nonfiction books and his writing has appeared in venues such as Art in America, the Café Irreal, Confrontation, Communication Arts, Family Circle, Glamour, Guernica, the Nation, and Writer's Digest. The founder and publisher of Allworth Press, he lives in New York City.

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Allworth Press publisher and founder Tad Crawford is an author, attorney, and artists' rights advocate.

His most recent book is the novel A Floating Life ("strangely shimmering..." -Kirkus Review), which is published by Arcade Publishing.

Born in New York City, Crawford grew up in the artists colony of Woodstock, New York. Interested in writing both fiction and nonfiction, he majored in economics at Tufts College and graduated from Columbia Law School in February 1971. ("That explains the unusual amalgam of my activities," Crawford says. "A lot of legal skills are crucial for helping the artist and for running a publishing company. Of course, writing is an excellent background for publishing. So it's come together very well.")

Crawford clerked for a judge of the New York Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, then went to work for a small general law firm in New York City while writing and teaching writing and literature at the School of Visual Arts. Until he took the teaching assignment at the School of Visual Arts and learned of the need for materials to help artists understand their rights, he had not envisioned being an advocate of artists' rights.

"I found nothing in print to help artists deal with such legal matters as copyrights, contracts, income taxes, the 'hobby loss' problem, estate planning, or even how to get grants," recalls Crawford. And so, responding to what he saw as "an extreme need," he wrote a book dealing with those and other relevant issues, titling it Legal Guide for the Visual Artist and using it as a text for the "Law and the Visual Artist" course that he taught at the School of Visual Arts. Published in 1977, Legal Guide for the Visual Artist is now in its fourth edition and has one hundred thousand copies in print.

He followed this with The Writer's Legal Guide in 1978 (which has been updated and reissued with The Authors Guild as co-publisher and Kay Murray, the General Counsel for the Authors Guild, as co-author). With Arie Kopelman he wrote Selling Your Photography in 1980 and Selling Your Graphic Design and Illustration in 1981. At the same time Crawford served as Chairman of the Board for the Foundation for the Community of Artists, legislative counsel for the Copyright Justice Coalition (which had many arts groups as members), and general counsel for the Graphic Artists Guild. In 1982 Crawford was asked to help publish books for some of the organizations that he had represented as an attorney. In response, he became publisher of Madison Square Press, which issued annuals for such artists'organizations as the Society of Illustrators, the Society of Publication Designers, the Art Directors Club of New York, and the Art Directors Club of Los Angeles.

In 1988 he decided to strike out in a new direction, "to create a press that would offer the kind of information that was more like what I had taught, written about, and lobbied for." Crawford saw the need for a publishing company that would provide practical information to creative professionals, such as artists, photographers, designers, and authors. He knew first hand the issues faced every day by such creative people and could envision a spectrum of books to help them survive and prosper professionally.

In the Fall of 1989, Crawford published Allworth Press's first book, a revised edition of his classic Legal Guide for the Visual Artist. Ten more titles followed in 1990, offering information about marketing, promotion, pricing, copyright, contracts, health and safety, and much more. The first edition of Business and Legal Forms for Photographers was published in 1991. "The information in these books,"Crawford says, "can make all the difference in terms of success and prosperity." Today Allworth Press has a backlist of more than 250 books, publishes 12-15 books annually, and employs a staff of six very talented people.

Crawford's last involvement as an active lobbyist was in 1986, and he's given up active practice of the law to devote his energies to his publishing and his writing. The full list of books that he has authored follows:

A Floating Life
AIGA Professional Practices in Graphic Design (editor)
The Artist-Gallery Partnership (with Susan Mellon)
Business and Legal Forms for Crafts
Business and Legal Forms for Fine Artists
Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers (with Eva Doman Bruck)
Business and Legal Forms for Illustrators
Business and Legal Forms for Interior Designers (with Eva Doman Bruck)
Business and Legal Forms for Industrial Designers (with Eva Doman Bruck and Carl W. Battle)
Business and Legal Forms for Photographers
Legal Guide for the Visual Artist
The Money Mentor
The Secret Life of Money
Selling Your Photography (with Arie Kopelman)
Selling Your Graphic Design and Illustration (with Arie Kopelman)
Starting Your Career as a Freelance Photographer
The Writer's Legal Guide (with Kay Murray)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Beverly on March 23, 2006
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Very well organized and comprehensive. DVD provided makes printing a breeze.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John P Bernat on September 14, 2006
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Tad Crawford has written a whole series of books out of his expertise in the law and creative arts, with a special focus on photography. I'd suggest looking at Tad's other books, too, since this one is more action-focused without extensive explanations of the whys and wherefores of it.

"Business and Legal Forms" has the documents you'll need, such as copyright transer forms, publishing contracts and stock listing forms for your creative work. His descriptions are very helpful. Of greatest practical use, though, is the included DVD containing MS Word documents of all of the forms.

If you're just getting started in fine arts, or even if you have been working a while, you need this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Rivera on March 5, 2008
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Extremely useful and informative book. This is the second edition I've bought - 1st edition was 18 years ago & out-dated.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. M. Gand on April 19, 2009
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Ever since I purchased this book for the studio, I've been sharing it with other artists looking for an easy way to do what would otherwise be overwhelming...contracts, agreements, etc. Very, very helpful! And, the CD included makes tweaking the contracts with logos, etc, is very easy (you have to just save it first to your computer).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Mcleod on September 15, 2008
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This latest edition by Tad Crawford should be required in every Artists reference library. The forms are valuable and the suggestions that accompany each form can easily save a lot of grief by reminding the Artist of what is important to be aware of.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Foote on May 14, 2008
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By using this resource, an artist can protect themselves and their financial condition through legal means. Most artist just want to do the art and by using this resource, forms that apply to specific events to promote that art give the artist tools to protect themselves. Very good resource - have already put it to use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FinArtiste on March 7, 2012
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The legal world can be a daunting place especially to someone not versed in legalese. The books by Tad Crawford distill this information into a very accessible text that helps explain all the important legal issues artists should be aware of. Everything you need to know for contracts, copyright, etc. is covered here. The law is always changing, too, so it's great that they keep updating these books. Highly recommended.
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