Join us for the fourth session in our professional practice workshop series. This session introduces financial management and legal protections for artists, designers and creative entrepreneurs. For this workshop we will focus on accounting/financial preparedness, contracts, and an overview of intellectual property.
Courtney Harge – Member Advisor, Fractured Atlas, New York, NY
Linda Mensch – Attorney, Leavens, Strand & Glover, Chicago, IL
Ben VerWys – CEO and Senior Financial Advisor, Action Point Financial, Grand Rapids, MI
10345 Joseph Campau Ave.
Hamtramck, MI 48212
Deadline to RSVP is Weds, November 29 at 11:59pm.
About your presenters:
Courtney Harge is an arts administrator, fundraiser, entrepreneur, and director originally from Saginaw, MI. She has been involved with arts organizations in various capacities for the last fifteen years. Her monthly column for The Clyde Fitch Report, Charged Representations, tackles issues of art, identity, race, politics, and pop culture. She has directed in partnership with JACK, New Brooklyn Theatre, FOKUS, and the Detroit/NY Festival among others. She is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of Colloquy Collective, an emerging theater company in Brooklyn, NY. Courtney is also a proud member of the Membership Committee of Women of Color in the Arts, and a 2016 alum of both APAP’s Emerging Leaders Institute and artEquity’s Facilitator Training. You can find more information about her at www.courtneyharge.com.
Linda Mensch has practiced Entertainment Law in Chicago and New York for more than 35 years and now serves as of counsel at Leavens Strand & Glover where she consults and advises on multimedia projects. She serves as legal counsel for a variety of entertainment projects, including film, television and music ventures. She is currently serving as Executive Producer of The Ella Jenkins Story and provided production and legal services on the 2016 documentary Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise. She received a local Illinois Emmy for her co-production efforts for the documentary Find Yourself a Dream! The Bob Love Story in 2008, and a Midwest and Heartland Emmy for producing The Wayman Tisdale Story in 2012.
Ben VerWys is Founder & Senior Financial Advisor at Action Point Financial. Ben can best be described as a man of high energy with a passion for creating financial success. As a savvy professional with a strong desire to cater to his clients’ particular needs, client satisfaction is paramount. Ben’s investing expertise coupled with his conflict free, transparent approach set him apart from the rest. He has the honor of being rated a “5 Star Quality Advisor” by Paladin Research, the only SEC registered vetting organization promoting the highest standard of ethics amongst investing professionals. Ben’s approach is simple: client first philosophy and an anti-commission, transparent commitment for each client. Ben graduated from Davenport University in Business Management and attended Western Michigan University for a Masters of Business Administration in Finance (M.B.A.) Ben also served in the U.S. Navy as a Military Police Officer.