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Providing accessible legal information, workshops, and library resources to artists and arts organizations.

We offer assistance to actors, musicians, dancers, writers, filmmakers, and visual artists in area of contracts, defamation, copyright, royalties and more.

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We provide free legal information to artists. We’re also available to give presentations and workshops to your group.

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A Legal Guide for Writers, is an invaluable resource that provides clarity to, and understanding of, aspects of copyright and contract law that many writers find confusing.

Jonathan Meakin, Executive Director of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia

ALIS has been instrumental in providing legal information and services to Nova Scotian musicians and artists.

Serge Samson of Music Nova Scotia

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ALIS Events


  • January 15, 2015
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: David Fraser, McInnes Cooper The internet and social media present great opportunities and a few challenges for artists. While the opportunity for the marketing and dissemination of artistic works has never been greater, cultural shifts in the approach to digital works (appropriation, copying, remixing) also challenge conventional understandings of copyright. At the same time, […]


  • March 19, 2015
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In partnership with Music Nova Scotia Making Money from Your Music Navigating the waters of the music business can be challenging, and it’s not always easy to identify and maximize the revenue streams for your band. Sit down, relax, and let Scott take you through a comprehensive overview of how, and where, to make money […]