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Managing the Financial Fallout from the Coronavirus Crisis

When: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 2:00PM – 3:30PM EDT

Where: Zoom Video Conference

Event Registration: General Admission – Free

Led by a panel of volunteer lawyers for the arts, this free webinar will provide insights on how artists and organizations can manage the ongoing financial fallout from COVID-19. Join us on Tuesday, July 28 from 2-3:30 p.m. via Zoom!

It is estimated that, on average, artists have lost more than $20,000 in income from cancelled shows, festivals, and other gigs due to the coronavirus pandemic. Likewise, arts organizations have lost a staggering $5.9 billion nationwide due to pandemic-related closures. Despite the varied federal and state emergency relief that has been available, this “relief” may not be enough to sustain working artists and organizations through the pandemic.

This panel presentation will tackle difficult questions regarding your or your organization’s finances. Key learning outcomes include:

  • How and why to consider personal bankruptcy
  • How to work with creditors, landlords, and others
  • Why arts organizations should consider a merger
  • Sunsetting a nonprofit with dignity


Meet the Panel

Larry Castner currently serves as the Manager of Skilled Volunteer Services for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. In this role, Larry manages both the Business Volunteers for the Arts and the Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts programs. Larry began his career at Alcoa in the Legal Department where he provided legal advice to several business units and served as lead attorney on many acquisition, divestiture and joint venture projects. He was posted overseas to Alcoa of Australia as its General Counsel. In addition to his work with the Arts Council, Larry is an active volunteer in the nonprofit sector, including volunteering with the Executive Service Corps and with the BoardsWork! Programs at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management where he leverages his legal, business development and strategic planning expertise from his for-profit career to help nonprofits. Larry has a BA from Dickinson College and his JD from the Dickinson School of Law.

Fran Corbett is a solo-practitioner focusing on bankruptcy, primarily for individuals and small businesses. He is experienced in filing bankruptcy to achieve Personal Debt Discharge (Chapter 7), Personal Reorganization (Chapter 13), Business Reorganization (Chapter 11) and Farm Reorganization (Chapter 12). A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Law School and the University of Pittsburgh, Fran has represented debtors in Bankruptcy Court for over 35 years. He also has been a program planner and frequent speaker for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Allegheny County Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, on debt relief and related topics. Fran has volunteered for years with Neighborhood Legal Services, coordinating volunteers for the Debt Advice Clinic. Fran continues to respectfully provide quality legal assistance to those with overwhelming financial problems.

Susan Ott is a tax attorney specializing in tax-exempt, health, estates and trusts and transactional law, practicing with the law firm of Owen Law Group, LLC. An important part of Susan’s practice involves corporate transactions, such as mergers, dissolutions, and joint ventures. Many of Susan’s clients are arts organizations. As an artist in her spare time, Susan is an advocate for “Art as Wellness.” Susan holds Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and a J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law. Susan offers pro bono legal services through Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the Allegheny County Bar Association, is a Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council member, a board member of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and the recipient of the 2014 Special Achievement Award from Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health.


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