New Director of Legal Services Position

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia builds connections between arts and culture nonprofits and local businesses. In 2008, the Arts & Business Council merged with Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and took on that organization’s highly popular work of providing free and reduced cost legal services to artists and arts organizations. In order to make that merger work as effectively as possible, the Arts & Business Council received a grant to create a new full-time position, the director of legal services, to oversee the daily intake of client requests; update and maintain protocols for providing assistance efficiently and professionally; and provide training for both the volunteer law students and volunteer attorneys through the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts program. Since the merger, the legal services provided through the council have grown dramatically and the position has sustained itself.1

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Management grants, through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, were awarded through 2013 following which a new funding category, Advancement grants, was introduced to support substantial long-term organizational development. Learn more>>.
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