Arts Commission announces registration now open for Leveraging Creativity conference

 (Indianapolis, Indiana) – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that registration is now open for a two-day conference Leveraging Creativity: Artists, Entrepreneurship, and Intellectual Property Law, May 15 – 16, in Indianapolis.

The conference is designed to give artists entrepreneurial skills needed to advance their careers, while engaging arts administrators, lawyers, and scholars in discussion of current intellectual property issues they may encounter when working with artists. The second day of the conference will be of particular interest to lawyers who represent artists and non-profit arts organizations, and Indiana continuing legal education credit will be available fort that day’s events. A $20 early registration rate will be available through April 12, 2014.

The conference will be held at the Indiana State Museum with portions at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and the Herron School of Art and Design. For more information about the conference, conference speakers, and how to register, please visit

 “Artists are often the first to admit their career focus is on creating their work, and all too often the business side of being an artist is overlooked unless the artist can afford to retain a business manager,” said Lewis C. Ricci, IAC Executive Director. “Very few artists are in such a position, so to maximize potential for career success the artist needs to develop practical skills in being an entrepreneur.”

Keynote speaker for the first day of the conference will be Laura Zabel, executive director of Springboard for the Arts, an economic and community development agency based in Minnesota.

Springboard provides programs that help artists make a living and a life, and programs that help communities tap into the resource that artists provide. Zabel is a frequent speaker on topics related to arts and community development, and was recently named one of the 50 most influential people in the U.S. nonprofit arts. She is also an actor and lives in Minneapolis with her comedy writer husband Levi Weinhagen and their daughter.

Keynote speaker for the second day of the conference will be Marybeth Peters, Practitioner and Former U.S. Register of Copyrights.

Among other presenters at the conference will be: Dr. Monika Herzig, Musician and Senior Lecturer in Arts Administration, IU School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Bloomington; Joshua Lingenfelter, Director of Marketing, Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, Indianapolis; Janet Bloch, Author, Artist and Education Director, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City; Mark S. Long, President, Long Performance Advisors, LLC, Bloomington; Shannon Linker, Director Artist Services and Gallery 924, Arts Council of Indianapolis; and Robert S. Meitus, Partner, Meitus Gelbert Rose LLP, Indianapolis.

Leveraging Creativity: Artists, Entrepreneurship, and Intellectual Property Law is produced by the Indiana Arts Commission and the Center for Intellectual Property Research at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Additional support is provided by Indiana University’s New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities Program, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Indiana Arts Commission is dedicated to the vision of the arts everywhere, everyday, for everyone in Indiana.