Scam-Proofing for Visual Artists

Posted on April 18, 2009


This is particularly relevant after last year’s tragic sale/scam in which many Vancouver artists lost their art and their cash.

From press release:

Carfac BC

Carfac BC

CARFAC BC Presents:

Visual Artists, Scams and Ripoffs

With Martha Rans and Melissa Gruber

Thursday, April 23rd, 6:30 pm
Alliance for Arts and Culture Boardroom
Suite 100 – 938 Howe St (between Smithe and Nelson)

How do you recognize a scam? What can you do to protect yourself from being ripped off? When should you sign a contract and what kinds of things should it include?

Recently, a group of artists were ripped off by a promoter from Texas who left town without paying for their involvement in the Art Box Show. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. You will come away from this workshop with answers to the above questions and a better idea of how to protect yourself as a visual artist.

CARFAC BC Members: $25
Non Members: $35
Reserve at: communications AT or call 604-681-3535 ext 208.
You can also register the evening of the workshop, space permitting.

Martha Rans is the Legal Director of the Artists Legal Outreach program of the Alliance for Arts and Culture ( She has been practicing law in British Columbia since 1997, and works extensively with arts organizations, not-for-profit societies and visual artists.

Melissa Gruber is the Communications Coordinator for CARFAC National. She has been working with CARFAC BC in Vancouver since January.

CARFAC BC is the provincial branch of the national association of professional visual and media artists. CARFAC defends artists’ rights through advocacy and professional development and produces a schedule of artists’ fees that is widely recognized as the national standard.

P.O. Box 2359, Vancouver, BC V6B 3W5
Voicemail : 604-519-4669
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