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2013 Spring Lecture + Workshop for Artists

Co-presented by Dance Theatre Coalition and Utah Lawyers for the Arts at UMOCA

Date: Saturday April 27th, 2013

Location: Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

20 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT

DTC is proud to partner with Utah Lawyers for the Arts and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art to present a one-day intensive designed to help artists develop their business skills so they can move toward their career goals with confidence.  Our 2013 Spring Lecture + Workshop for Artists will cover the ins and outs of contract negotiations, break down the professional writing process, and even offer a rare opportunity for personal editing help for those craving feedback from a knowledgeable outside eye.   Artists working in all disciplines of visual, performing, new media, and literary arts are welcome.  Participants can dive into the entire program or choose to attend any single session.  Join us for a day of valuable guidance on the business of being a professional artist. 

Session 1: Artists Contracts

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Presenter: Heather Sneddon

Session 1 fee: $10.00


Learn the basics of negotiating art-related contracts, including the meaning of standard contractual terms, which terms may be negotiable and which probably aren’t, and how to best protect yourself and your work in recording, agency, performance, distribution, licensing, management, publishing, gallery, commission, consignment, exhibition and other types of agreements.

Session 2: Professional Writing

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Presenters: Amy Caron & Heather Sneddon

Session 2 fee: $10.00

Hone your professional writing skills in this educational seminar that will cover grant writing, resumes, artist statements, biographies, project descriptions and budgets.  Voluminous materials will be distributed to assist artists in formulating these essential written components, with numerous exemplars to get your creative juices flowing.

Session 3: Group Editing Workshop

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Editors: Amy Caron & Heather Sneddon (plus feedback from our group)

Session 3 fee: $30.00

Hands-on brainstorming and editing assistance for artists.  Must bring prepared drafts of resumes, artists statements, biographies and/or project descriptions for review.  Limited registration available for Session 3.  Eight participants maximum. 

Online registration prior to the event date is recommended to insure availability.  Seating is limited.  Registration can be completed via Pay Pal at the link below.  Participants will receive an email from DTC confirming registration. 

*Please note that registration fees are not refundable under any circumstances*

Discounts are available for participants interested in attending multiple sessions on April 27th. 

Combination fees!!

Sessions 1 & 2: $15.00

Sessions 1 & 3: $35.00

Sessions 2 & 3: $35.00

Sessions 1, 2, & 3 (all sessions): $40.00

Please register via Pay Pal (see pull down menu for workshop selection). 

You do not need to have a Pay Pal account to use your debit or credit card via Pay Pal. 

For questions contact:  or phone 801-215-9694

About the presenters:

Heather M. Sneddon, Esq.

Anderson & Karrenberg, P.C.

Heather has practiced law for ten years as a commercial litigator, representing both individuals and businesses in a wide variety of complex cases, including contract and intellectual property disputes.  She also has represented a local artist in contract negotiations with respect to installations and performances at the University of Utah and The Leonardo, among others. 

As an avid supporter of the arts, Heather presently serves on the Board of Directors for Dance Theatre Coalition, and the Boards of Trustees for Utah Lawyers for the Arts and the Salt Lake Acting Company.  Recently, she relished the honor of participating in a staged reading of Love, Loss and What I Wore at the Salt Lake Acting Company alongside many accomplished and vibrant women in the community.

Heather is a mentor in the Utah Supreme Court’s New Lawyer Training Program and an Executive Committee member of the Utah State Bar Litigation Section.  She currently works at the law firm Anderson & Karrenberg, where she became a shareholder in 2008.

Amy Caron

Salt Lake City-based artist

Amy is a cooker-upper of grand ideas with a flair for making mega-projects a reality.  She has received numerous awards and national commissions for her work in dance, sculpture, live theatre, installation, and video art.  Amy was awarded the Visual Arts Fellowship from the Utah Arts Council in 2007 and was invited by Duke University and the University of Utah for month-long performing residencies in 2010 and 2011.  Amy is experienced with national touring, major commissions, contract negotiations, grant writing, press relations, and project pitching for both performing and visual arts.  As a working artist, she brings insight from the artist’s perspective on the process and purpose of cultivating business acumen.   


2012 Utah Lawyers for the Arts Workshop Series

Saturday, March 24th, 2012 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm   MUSIC AND THE LAW    

Saturday, April 14th 2012, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm   PUBLISHING    

Saturday, May 26th 2012, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm   DOCUMENTARIES   

DTC is proud to support this FREE workshop series that helps artists get the critical legal advice they need to move forward in their careers with confidence.   Workshops are held at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.

More information about ULA’s free legal services for qualified artists and organizations visit:

Career Sessions (offered year-round)

Available by appointment: $60 per hour

Career sessions give artists specific help and one-on-one attention. The focus of each session is indicated by the artist and can be used for editing written materials, career consultation, advice on proposals, advice on financial issues, or any other aspect of a creative life.  Our consultants offer an outside perspective, experience, and helpful information.  These help sessions can be for individuals, creative groups, or organizations.  This is an opportunity for undivided attention and focused discussion about the steps you are taking (or want to take) to advance your career.  Please schedule first by contacting:  or phone 801-215-9694.  After scheduling is confirmed, payment can be made using the Pay Pal button below.

Artist Statement Workshop, March 3rd, 2012

Artist Biography Workshop, February 18th, 2012

Artist Resume Workshop, January 28th, 2012

Creating Workshop with Paula Ruffy, April 27th - 30th 2011