Theatre law and consultancy services

Keith Arrowsmith - theatre lawyer

The world of theatre is a vibrant and complex one, filled with creativity, passion, and intricate legal considerations. Whether you're a new theatre company, a seasoned producer, a rising playwright, or an innovative director, having a knowledgeable theatre lawyer on your side can be the difference between a standing ovation and a critical flop.

Theatres, touring companies and stage industry expertise

We advise script writers, theatres, dance companies, production companies, venues, managers and agents. We can help you with rights acquisition, commissioning agreements, production agreements, contracts relating to the production and dealing with creative teams. We can also assist with creative start-ups, collaborations, venue hire, and structural changes to your organisation.

We draft and negotiate contracts including funding agreements, production agreements and licenses for the use and performance of work. We can assist you with writing applications for charitable status, issues relating to structure and governance, and drafting policies and procedures that theatres and other performing arts organisations need to have in place.

Some examples of our recent work include:

  • Conducting a board away day for a group of regional theatres
  • Preparing global licensing agreements for an immersive theatre group
  • Acquiring the underlying rights to perform songs in a new musical
  • Settling a dispute between a production company and theatre
  • Incorporating an emerging dance company and applying for charitable status

Our services

We offer a wide range of legal services specifically tailored to the needs of the theatre community, including:

  • Contract Review and Drafting: we will ensure your contracts are clear, concise, and protect your best interests.
  • Copyright and Trademark Protection: Safeguard your creative work and brand identity.
  • Licensing and Permissions: Navigate the complexities of obtaining rights to produce and perform works.
  • Dispute Resolution: Resolve conflicts efficiently and effectively.
  • Theatre Business Formation and Governance: Structure your theatre company for success.

Why choose ProArts+?

Keith Arrowsmith has a proven track record in the sector. As a qualified solicitor, he provides under a strict Code of Conduct, making sure he always acts in your best interests.

  • Passion for the Arts: Keith understands the unique challenges and rewards of working in theatre. He spends a lot of time in theatres - attending over 30 live events a year.
  • In-Depth Knowledge: Keith stays current on the latest legal developments affecting the industry. He is the Company Secretary for Freelancers Make Theatre Work.
  • Experience and Results: Keith has a proven record of success in representing theatre professionals, charities and community groups.
  • Personalised Attention: Keith is committed to providing responsive and dedicated service, working with others in collaboration when required.
  • Competitive Rates: ProArts+ offers flexible fee structures to meet your budget.

Book a slot for an initial free consultation

Don't let legal uncertainties dim your theatrical spotlight. Contact ProArts+ today for a free consultation to discuss your specific needs and how Keith can help you achieve your artistic goals.

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