Kicking off the first ETLA Community of Practice session of 2023, we are inviting lawyer and playwright Wang Liansheng to facilitate a primer on contracts. And you are invited!
This CoP session exclusive to ETLA Alumni follows our recent launch of The Arts Freelancer's Playbook: SDEA’s Guide to Understanding Contracts.
This is an opportunity for freelancers and non-freelancers who are interested in legal/contractual issues to share your experience and discuss issues in a safe closed-door environment. Do bring along sample contracts and clauses you have encountered to add to the discussion and maximize your experience.
Have a burning legal/contractual-related question and cannot wait for the CoP? Drop them here!
The ETLA-Community of Practice (ETLA-CoP) is where ETLA alumni come together every quarter to share best practices and new knowledge to advance professional practice. Each session focuses on a different topic of interest, and provides participants the time and space to reflect on their teaching practice, as well as share and learn from their peers in a casual, relaxed environment.
*Please note that ETLA-CoP is only open to ETLA Alumni.
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About the Facilitator
Wang Liansheng is a lawyer and playwright. Liansheng graduated from the National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law and is currently a Partner at Bih Li & Lee LLP. His area of practice is general litigation, with a focus on private client and corporate matters.
As a playwright, Liansheng has presented commissioned works with the Singapore Arts Festival, NUS Arts Festival, Institute of Technical Education and the Esplanade Studios RAW season. Liansheng is also a graduate of Centre 42’s Dramaturgy Apprenticeship Programme. Liansheng’s foray into the professional scene began with working with The Theatre Practice in 2005 as a crew, and it has been an incredible journey since. A firm believer in the intangible value of art-making, Liansheng routinely advises arts practitioners and freelancers on a pro bono basis and strives to make art-making more equitable for all.
About The Arts Freelancer's Playbook: SDEA’s Guide to Understanding Contracts
Confused by your contract as a freelance drama educator? Not sure what to look out for when reading the T&Cs? What are your IP rights when writing a script for a school? How can I be better protected and informed about the next big ‘force majeure’?
This living resource was developed by the SDEA Advocacy Subcommittee together with law practitioner and arts advocate Wang Liansheng and edited by Euginia Tan. It aims to demystify and guide freelance drama educators through the confusion of contracts and point out what to look out for in the T&Cs. This will equip freelancers with the knowledge to understand and negotiate for fairer contracts.
Launching as a collection of seven online chapters, the resource will be further developed and reviewed in response to feedback and changes in the landscape. SDEA will also be using the playbook as a stepping stone to other projects that will enable arts practitioners to advocate for fairer practices across the sector.
View the Playbook here.