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FYI Artists: upcoming workshops cover IRS & DCASE opps

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) invites professional and emerging Chicago-based visual artists and curators to apply for six Studio Artist in Residency appointments and two Curatorial Fellowships by July 31, 2014.

Candidates are encouraged to attend a workshop at the Chicago Cultural Center to learn more about the application process for The Chicago Cultural Center Studio Artist and Curatorial Residency Program. Workshops take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on July 17 and July 22 in the Millennium Room on the fifth floor. For an application, visit .

According to Lawyers for the Creative Arts (LCA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) introduced a shorter application form to better help small charities apply for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status on the first of this month. Now many small organizations will qualify to use the new streamlined form if they have assets of $250,000 or less; and gross receipts of $50,000 or less.

A workshop to fully understand the new form is set for 5: 30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, at the LCA offices on 213 W. Institute Place in Chicago. Registration is $25 and can be done by contacting Rose Ann Vargas at 312-649-4111. On the following evening, the

Lawyers for the Creative Arts Associate Board will host Protect Your Music and Yourself at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, at Chicago’s Music Garage on 345 N. Loomis Street. The free program features Barry Irwin, LCA Board Member, Principal at Irwin IP, and co-author of LCA Law Guide, Band Law for Bands, and LCA Associate Board member, Jeffrey S. Becker, Chair of the Media and Entertainment Practice Group at Swanson, Martin & Bell who will explain issues involved in splitting music composition and sound recording rights, copyright registration of musical works, state and federal trademark protection and other matters.

The event includes moderation by LCA Associate Board President and Principal at Life Law Offices Travis Life as well as light refreshments. Copies of Band Law for Bands will also be on hand for $10 each. To attend, register at

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