Film Production Guide: Business & Legal

General Resources

Compasspoint Non-Profit Services

The Non-Profit FAQ


Arts Organizations


101 Prefontaine Place South
Seattle WA 98104
Tel:  (206) 296.7580
Fax:  (206) 296.8629


4Culture is a support agency for the arts in King County.  4Culture  awards grants, provides grant-writing support services, and offers business and legal advice.  (See Film Production Guide: Support Services)

Oregon Arts Commission

775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200

Salem, Oregon 97301-1280

Tel: (503) 986-0082

Tel: (800) 735-2900

Fax: (503) 986-0260


The Oregon arts Commission support the arts in the State of Oregon. OAC  awards grants to individual artists and arts organizations, offers business and legal advice, manages a callboard for jobs, and lobbies on behalf of the arts in the State of Oregon. (See Film Production Guide: Support Services)



Shunpike: The Business of Art

3518 Fremont Ave N
Box 118
Seattle, WA 98103

Tel: (206) 905-1026

Fax: (877) 350-3916

Contact: Andy Fife, Executive Director. Shunpike was founded in 2001 to support a vibrant and diverse local arts community where arts groups of all sizes could thrive.


Admission Tax & Licensing

City of Seattle Admissions Tax



Authors Registry

116 W 23rd Street
Suite 500
New York, NY 10011

Tel: (212) 563-6920


The Authors Registry is a not-for-profit clearinghouse for payments to authors receiving royalties from organizations. It was founded in 1995 by a consortium of U.S. authors' organizations including The Authors Guild, The American Society of Journalists & Authors, the Dramatists Guild and the Association of Authors' Representatives.



State of Washington Business Licensing Service

Guide to Seattle's Business License & Taxes


Legal Assistance

Kantor, Taylor, Nelson & Boyd PC

1501 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1610
Seattle, WA 98101-3613
Tel: 206-625-9898
Fax: 206-625-9951

Kantor,Taylor, Nelson & Boyd PC, a Seattle-based law firm, provides creative legal counsel to businesses and organizations in complex real estate development and finance transactions with an emphasis on affordable housing, community facilities and other economic development. KTNB assists with site acquisition, due diligence, equity syndication, project finance, entity structuring and operational issues.

King County Dispute Resolution Center

Tel: (206) 443-9603

A low cost and/or free service, King County Dispute Resolution Centers offers a variety of services to resolve disputes outside of the court system.

Rosen Lewis, PLLC
615 Second Ave
Penthouse Suite
Seattle, WA 98104

Tel: (206) 937-9304


Clients come to Rosen Lewis, PLLC from a broad spectrum of disciplines including film, video, publishing, technology, music, games, sports, and performing arts.  Their clients range from individuals and founders with new ideas to large corporations.  

Sean McChesney - Attorney at Law

1805 South Lane Street
Seattle, WA 98144-2907

Tel: (206) 328-4605

Fax: (206) 299-0477


Sean McChesney is an attorney who provides counsel to artists and small business owners. Areas of practice include contracts, licensing, business formation, trademark and copyright.

The Unemployment Law Project

1904 Third Avenue, Suite 604
Seattle, WA 98101

Tel: (206) 441-9178

Tel: (888) 441-9178

Fax: (206) 727-4819

Email: Ask A Question

The Unemployment Law Project provides free legal assistance and information to people in Washington State who have been denied unemployment benefits or whose award of benefits is being challenged.

Washington Lawyers for the Arts

1525 Fourth Avenue, Suite 800
Seattle, Washington 98101

Tel: (206) 328-7053

Fax: (206) 545-4866


General website:  

Legal workshops for artists:

Contact: Michael Graham, President. Washington Lawyers for the Arts (WLA) is a nonprofit service organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Washington state by creating alliances and making legal resources accessible to artists and arts organizations of all disciplines.  See also Washington State Lawyer Referral Services at  

Tax Assistance

Annual Vita Tax Site for Artists

Neil Sussman

10751 Densmore Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98133

Tel: (206) 363-8070


Neil Sussman is a tax attorney available for consultation in all areas of entertainment law.


Tax Exempt Status

IRS Tax Basics for Exempt Organizations


Tax Publications & Websites

The New Tax Guide For Writers, Artists, Performers & Other Creative People


* Also See Theatre Production Guide: Business & Legal