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National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts Survey

The National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts is a  joint endeavour of three organizations: Artists’ Legal Outreach (ALO) in Vancouver, Artists’ Legal Advice Services (ALAS) in Toronto and the Artists’ Legal Services Ottawa (ALSO) working in collaboration with Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO – 

There are presently five legal clinics providing critical capacity support to individual creators, arts organizations, their administrators, technicians and other arts professionals in performance, literary, digital/media and visual arts. They offer an online database of resources and dozens of educational opportunities annually (e.g. workshops and conferences). Responding to the urgent and varied legal questions and needs of artists, these forums foster and strengthen arts and culture networks through new collaborations and networking.

Over the next 3 months, the project team will oversee preliminary research on current resources and gaps in existing legal services for creators in Canada.  This will include a needs assessment and a series of focus groups with stakeholders.  The foundation and formalization of a network of legal clinics for the arts will substantially strengthen our ability to provide legal information, advice and education from Coast to Coast to Coast.  More about the project can be found at

We are seeking your input and inviting you to participate in the survey below.  This survey seeks information on the current perception of legal challenges from artists, arts administrators and arts organizations and if actions are being taken to address them.  In particular, the survey sets out to inquire what the legal needs of the arts & culture sector are and how artists, arts administrators and arts organizations access legal information, education or advice. 

Please help us by answering the questions below.  This survey is in four (4) sections seeking information on:

your background -  either as an individual artist, arts organization (which would include board members) as well as, freelance arts consultant and managers;

area(s) of legal needs;

access to legal services; and

questions for lawyers

The survey should take about 15 – 20 minutes to complete and will be assessed using analytical methods based on quantitative and qualitative responses received. 


The information in this survey will be used along with other data, e.g., information from focus groups and other research methods, to develop a final report with recommendations. The final report will be released in April 2020 and made available to artists and arts organizations as well as to Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage, provincial and municipal arts councils and philanthropic foundations supporting the arts.

Please note:  no personal information will be used in this report.  All data will be aggregated to provide evidence – quantitative and/or qualitative – to support this report’s conclusions and recommendations.

For more information, please  feel  free  to  email:, or