Monthly Archives: January 2011

Tell us your Nolo story

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Nolo Author Rich Stim Advises on Legal Aspects of Band Management

Are you a musician in need of legal information or practical advice for the business side of your art? Want to network with various music technology & entertainment insiders?

Rich Stim, author of Music Law, will be speaking at the California Lawyers for the Arts 28th Annual Music Business Seminar. The seminar merges music and technology by connecting artists with business experts to master the tools of success in the new era of music.

The seminar will include panels and networking opportunities with entertainment industry insiders – including professionals from online marketing, music in film, TV, video games, online radio, music apps, and business and legal gurus.

Stim, a musician, lawyer and author, composed Music Law: How to Run Your Band’s Business, which explains how to:

  • get gigs and get paid
  • protect your copyright
  • understand record contracts

Stim will discuss the legal aspects of band management.

Event Details:
When: Sat. January 29th, from 9:30am to 5:00pm
Where: Ex’pression College for Digital Arts, Emeryville
Visit the California Lawyers for the Arts event & workshop page for details & registration.

Nolo Author Ilona Bray Discusses Effective Fundraising

Are you interested in starting (or growing) a small nonprofit? Need real world strategies that work?

Sign up for Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits and you’ll learn how to:

• Work with individual donors
• Plan special events
• Solicit grants from foundations and corporations
• Get media coverage and use the Web to further goals
• Start a side business to raise funds

Who Will Benefit:
• Nonprofit organizations & charities
• Business savvy adults

Meet Your Host & Instructor:
Ilona Bray, a former attorney, is a legal author and editor at Nolo. She is the author of the bestselling book, Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits, and Bray also blogs on ideas for raising money at Nolo’s Fundraising Tips for Busy Nonprofits. Her latest book, The Volunteer’s Guide to Fundraising, will be published in May, 2011.

Event Details:
When: Thurs. January 27th, from 7:15pm to 9:00pm
Where: Walnut Creek Library
Cost: Free

Visit the Walnut Creek Library event page for details & registration.

Library News: California Libraries Hit in Budget Cuts

Newly elected Governor, Jerry Brown, releases his 2011-2012 Budget; the California Library Association (CLA) declares “Library Funding Decimated.”

If passed, the Governor’s Budget proposal will completely eliminate state funding for the following programs: Public Library Foundation, California Library Literacy and English Acquisition Services, and the California Library Services Act. Library cuts would total $30.4 million.

Read about the specifics of the proposed State Library Budget. Contact your local Assembly Members and Senators and urge them to reject these devastating cuts.

Free Legal Marketing Webinar: Creating a Niche Practice

Do you find it hard to stand out from all the other attorneys? Do you feel like your firm’s marketing efforts do not pay off? Then it’s time to create a niche for your practice.

Sign up for Creating a Niche Practice and you’ll learn how to:

• Choose a niche that’s unique and specialized
• Determine demand for your niche
• Transition your career to a niche practice
• Market your niche to make your firm memorable

Who Will Benefit:
• Solo practitioner attorneys
• Principal attorneys at small law firms
• Marketing professionals at small law firms
• Law students considering building their own practice

Meet Your Instructor:
Carolyn Elefant is one of the leading authorities on legal marketing for solo practitioners. She is the author of “Solo by Choice, How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be” and maintains a successful blog at Ms. Elefant started her own law firm in 1993, and practices out of Washington, D.C. Her focus is energy, including marine renewables, and federal eminent domain cases.

Webinar Details:
When: January 19th, from 10:00AM to 11:00AM (Pacific Standard Time)
Where: On your computer and/or phone
Cost: Free