Artists: Learn to better protect your work. Join a no-fee clinic from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

If you’re involved in creating artistic works of any kind, here’s an invitation from GBCA to make note of. To attend, you must RSVP by February 28th.

The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance invites you to join your fellow artists and colleagues for a Brown Bag on Wednesday, March 7th at 12pm. Come to meet or catch-up with staff from local arts and culture nonprofits and have the chance to ask questions, share experiences, and make connections. Don’t forget to pack your lunch! We’ll provide drinks and dessert.

Christopher Lyon, a Partner At Simms Showers LLP, will guide us through how one obtains and protects copyrights in a particular work of art, whether that work involves the visual, literary, or performing arts. Participants should expect to leave with a basic understanding of how copyrights develop and ways those rights can be protected and monetized. Mr. Lyon began his legal career in 2003. In his practice, he represents businesses and professionals in the areas of intellectual property protection and employment law. His practice includes counseling clients on the protection of trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. He also prosecutes and defends, infringement actions involving the unauthorized and unlawful use of intellectual property as well as other claims involving unfair or deceptive trade practices and complex business disputes.

Feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues who may be interested in attending. Please RSVP here by Wednesday, February 28th. Contact Rebekah Highfield at if you have any questions about the event.

The Motor House
3rd Floor Conference Room
120 W. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201

The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) exists to nurture and promote a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable arts and cultural community essential to the region’s economic success and quality of life.

We believe that:
• Arts and culture are essential to a vibrant community, the education of our children, and a thriving economy.
• The cultural community is stronger when its members work together.

We strive to:
• Advocate for the health, vitality, and financial strength of the sector through communications, strategies, and actions that result in public and private support.
• Provide informed, authentic leadership that models cultural diversity, equity, and
inclusion through action.
• Connect artists and organizations to one another and to funding, technical assistance, and convening opportunities.

Established in 2001, GBCA members include arts, culture, history, and heritage organizations, as well as attractions, individual artists, arts lovers, universities, and colleges. GBCA serves Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties.

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