Case Spotlight

Pro Bono Project for the Arts

We are proud to provide pro bono assistance to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, as well as individual artists who cannot typically afford the legal services needed to survive and grow. This investment helps our communities thrive and encourages our neighbors to share their stories and preserve their rich histories. Our work includes, but is not limited to, venue contracting, international touring logistics and finance, property acquisition, advising on technology questions, and reviewing and drafting IT service agreements. We have assisted many nonprofits with their day-to-day operations, from entity formation, drafting and reviewing contracts, to advising on corporate governance. In supporting the visions of artistic innovators, we hope to connect people from all backgrounds.

After Arts

Sidley provides corporate counseling to After Arts, a New York-based nonprofit comprising more than 500 former professional musicians who are now in the business, law, finance, healthcare, and tech industries and who share a passion and background in music. In December 2022, Sidley hosted After Arts in our New York office for an event featuring an interview with Clarence Otis, Jr., Chair of the Board of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Wynton Marsalis, world-renowned trumpeter, composer, and Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Guests were treated to a lively discussion on board membership, music education, and the role of fine arts in our community.

Jazz Foundation of America

The Jazz Foundation of America supports musicians — providing housing assistance, pro bono medical care, hurricane disaster relief, and financial support in times of crisis —through their Musician’s Emergency Fund. Sidley represented the Jazz Foundation in a variety of matters in 2022, including advising on intellectual property licensing, investments/asset management, corporate governance, employment matters, and a donation agreement with a Ukrainian charitable foundation.

Denniston Hill

Sidley represents Denniston Hill, a nonprofit interdisciplinary arts organization based in New York that provides curated residency programs, produces a digital publication, and commissions performances and public programs. The Sidley team has assisted Denniston Hill in preparing, revising, and negotiating independent contractor agreements and offer letters with respect to artists Mo Costello and Amina Ross and program manager Freddy Villalobos, in each case in relation to CYCLE 1 of Exodus Media Workshop, an arts education laboratory initiated by Denniston Hill.