Insurance, Taxes, and Legal Issues


Affordable Care Act information and links.

The Artist’s Health Insurance Center is a health insurance resource for artists and people in the entertainment industry.

The Author’s League Fund provides emergency loans for health care costs to writers and dramatists.

Cerf+ provides immediate support to craftspeople facing career-threatening illness.

MusiCares Foundation assists musicians and other professionals in the music industry experiencing personal, medical or financial emergency.

The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.


As always, both federal and state tax laws are forever changing. The information below should provide a starting point – but you should consult with a tax professional for the most up-to-date information each year. offers tips on income tax, gift and estate tax issues. offers downloadable checklists and worksheets for visual artists.

The Colorado SBDC offers a great overview and step-by-step processes for artists exploring the implications of small business.

Legal Issues

Creative Commons lets you share your work or search for work to use – legally.

The U.S. Copyright Office homepage was created to serve the copyright community of creators and users, as well as the general public.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts