Santa Monica, CA – June 30 marked the 6th Annual Artistic License Awards hosted by the California Lawyers of the Arts at the William Turner Gallery.
TheÂ California Lawyers of the ArtsÂ (CLA) is celebrating their thirty-eighth year of legal services in the arts. The CLA now serves more than 11,000 persons and organizations annually with affordable legal services, educational programs, alternative dispute resolution services, youth development, information andÂ advocacy.
TheÂ Artistic License AwardsÂ (ALA) was conceived in 2008 through the CLA with the purpose of recognizing people and organizations who have mastered their arts in extraordinary ways for the communities they serve.
Legendary MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer who was the recipient of the 2013 ALA performed alongside with Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke from Guns Nâ€™ Roses. Sorum was recruited by the CLA to present Kramer with his ALA for his work as co-founder of the nonprofit organization Jail Guitar Doors, USA.
â€œOnce we realized that all of these talented musicians were attending our event, we concluded that we want to hear them perform,” said Alma Robinson, CLA Executive Director.
This yearâ€™s recipients are examples of â€œthose, whose acts of generosity and examples of innovation have inspired so many others to stretch beyond their â€˜comfort zonesâ€™ and take on the challenges of our time,â€ said Robinson and include:
The Intel Corporation has helped CLA to set up a statewide pro bono patent assistance program for inventors which has been authorized by the US Patent and Trademark Office as the California Patent Assistance Program.
Kramer, legendary MC5 guitarist and co-founder of Jail Guitar Doors, USA has provided more than 250 guitars to prisons around the country and facilitated music lessons for inmates since 2009.
He describes the nonprofit organization as “an independent initiative which aims to provide instruments to those who are using music as a means of achieving the rehabilitation of prison inmates,â€ said Kramer.
Catherine Emanuel, an attorney who specializes in arts and entertainment law, has provided more than 175 hours of pro bono legal services over the last three years for Los Angeles artists through CLA’s legal referral service.
Sen. Carol Liu of Glendale is chair of the Senate Education Committee and a member of the Legislative Joint Committee on the Arts.
Retired Sen. Alan Sieroty of Los Angeles is known as the “godfather” of California Art Law. In the State Senate, he authored several groundbreaking pieces of California legislation, including the California Resale Royalty Act.