Promoter 101

May 2nd, 2017

Promoter 101, the largest touring live entertainment podcast, features Creative Law Network’s Dave Ratner for this week’s episode. Dave joined Dan “Steiny” Steinberg and Luke Pierce (hosts of Promoter 101), Evenko’s Nick Farkas, ITB’s Steve Zapp, and Triple 8 Management’s Whitney Bond to discuss various aspects of the live music industry. Topics include an artist manager’s role in the day-to-day marketing of shows, touring the UK, the Osheaga and Heavy Montreal music festivals as well as Dave’s portion, which focuses on the importance of understanding the contracts you are signing. Tune in here!

2017 Creative Industries Summit

April 10th, 2017

Colorado Creative Industries will be hosting its annual Creative Industries Summit in Breckenridge on May 4th and 5th. This event takes place at the Riverwalk Center and Arts District Campus and will host numerous exhibits, networking opportunities, classes, workshops and more for people involved in the creative industries in Colorado. Keynote speakers include Jane Chu (National Endowment for the Arts), Daniel Windham and Bob Harlow (Wallace Foundation) and Vince Kablubek (Meow Wolf). Creative Law Network’s Dave Ratner will be attending and giving a presentation titled “How does the law apply to your creative work? All you need to know about copyright and the law as it applies to you”. General registration is $165, students are $125, and the Governor’s Awards Luncheon is $40. Register now!


Career Advancement Awards

March 9th, 2017

Hey, Artists and Creatives! Colorado Creative Industries is now accepting applications for their 2017 Career Advancement Awards. These are state-funded grants to help with your career advancement in the creative industries. The grants range from $500 to $2,500 and are designed to help awardees participate in business development activities to increase revenue, gain a new audience and improve business practices. The deadline to apply for the 2017 awards is May 2nd.

Edison at SXSW

March 7th, 2017

South By Southwest is right around the corner and Creative Law Network’s client, Edison will be participating in an official SXSW showcaseEdison is a folk/pop band consisting of Sarah Slaton, Dustin Morris and Maxwell Hughes. Since forming in 2014, the band has signed to Rhyme & Reason Records and has shared the stage with world-famous acts including Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Iron & Wine. The band will be performing at the notorious Gibson Room at Maggie Mae’s on March 16th beginning at 1AM. Please join Creative Law Network in supporting one of the best up-and-coming acts from the Denver music scene!

Entrepreneurship In The Arts

February 28th, 2017

On March 6th, CU Denver Live will be hosting Entrepreneurship In The Arts, a panel and networking session featuring Colorado-based entrepreneurs in the creative industries. Creative Law Network’s Dave Ratner will be participating on the panel alongside Robert Castro of Ultra5280, Ian Kleinman of The Inventing Room and Ru Johnson of Roux Black and The Know. Please join Dave, the Creative Law Network and other members of the Denver Arts Community for this great educational experience! The event is free and open to public. Reservations can be made here.


Event Details:

Date: Monday, March 6th, 2017

Time: 11am-1:30pm

Location: Tivoli Suite 320, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Levitt Pavilion Ground-Breaking

November 16th, 2016

On November 10, 2016, ground was broken for the creation of an amazing new amphitheater in southwest Denver. Ruby Hill Park will be home to the all-new Levitt Pavilion, and will join other venues in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Texas, California and other states as a facility operated by the Levitt Foundation. The venue, which has been in the planning phase for nearly five years, is scheduled to open and host its first performances in July 2017. This 20,000 capacity space will host 50 free concerts each year plus numerous paid events including dance, theater, orchestra and other artistic performances.

Creative Law Network’s Dave Ratner sits on the Board of Directors of Levitt Pavilion Denver and joined many others in hailing this monumental step forward for the Denver Music Community. Levitt Pavilion Denver is also supported by Denver Arts and VenuesIllegal Pete’s, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, and many others in the Denver music and arts community.


Creative Industries Economic Activities Study

November 2nd, 2016

Every two years, the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts conducts a study that investigates the economic and social contributions made by various arts, cultural and scientific organizations in the Denver Metro area. The most recent results were released on October 5, 2016 at a breakfast event at the Seawell Grand Ballroom, which was attended by Dave Ratner (of the Creative Law Network) and other professionals in the Denver music and arts scene.


The results from the 2016 study indicated that the cultural community continues to have a significant economic impact in Colorado. While overall economic activity didn’t have much fluctuation between previous years, arts, cultural and science organizations generated about half a billion dollars into the regional economy. Additionally, cultural tourism is at an all-time high, and contributed approximately $367 million.


As a result of this continued support, more jobs and higher payrolls within these industries have emerged. Newer organizations in the creative fields are constantly forming, which has increased the need for services provided by entertainment law firms.

Colorado Attorneys for the Arts

October 19th, 2016

“The image of the starving artist is real,” says Dave Ratner, founder of the Creative Law Network. This is why numerous Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) organizations have emerged all across the United States. VLAs seek to connect artists with the resources they need in order to understand and navigate through the business element of their work, as highlighted by the Progressive Law Practice. Colorado Attorneys for the Arts (CAFTA) is Colorado’s own pro bono VLA, which connects limited-income artists with volunteer attorneys and, in turn, strengthens Colorado’s creative economy. Dave Ratner worked with Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) to form CAFTA and encourages everyone to help spread the word about this valuable resource!

Music Industry Party

August 8th, 2016

Creative Law Network is excited to be part of Colorado Sound’s 6th Annual Music Industry Party. Our own Dave Ratner will host a “Music and the Law Q&A” at 6:30pm on Sunday August 14. Other presentations include “Publishing and Artist Development” with Chelsea Kent, creative director of Still Working Music  and producer/composer/session bassist David LaBruyere (John Mayer, David Wilcox, Shawn Mullins) at 4:30pm and a discussion and demonstration of Colorado Sound’s newest addition, a DW Exotic Jazz Drum Kit, with legendary drummer J.R. Robinson at 5:30pm.

The party takes place on Sunday August 14 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at Colorado Sound Studios, 3100 West 71st Avenue, Westminster, CO 80030.

Dave Ratner Presents

June 24th, 2016

Creative Law Network’s Dave Ratner has recently presented on numerous topics to a variety of audiences throughout the state. In the past few weeks, Dave has given presentations to:

Colorado Creative Industries Summit – Dave teamed up with attorney and CPA Ken Ransford to help creative people, businesses, and organizations better understand entity formations. Formations of limited liability companies, corporations, and non-profits was discussed and the presentation was featured in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

Moxie U – This event was presented by Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum, RedLine, and the Arts Student League of Denver. Visual artists of all types came to the museum to learn from Dave about intellectual property and business law as it relates to their work.

AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) – Dave spoke as part of AIGA’s “Buzz” series about “Knowing Your Creative Rights.”  An eager and well-caffeinated group of graphic artists learned about copyrights, trademarks, contracts, entities, and how to protect their rights!

Entertainment and Sports Section of the Colorado Bar Association  – At this luncheon and continuing legal education event, Dave presented on how copyright law applies to the music industry. Attorneys in attendance learned about the unusual and unique ways that copyright works in the music business. Dave also explained industry players and standards of the industry.

Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property and Technology Institute – Dave presented with attorney and former record label executive Bill Kelly to intellectual property and technology attorneys from across the country on counseling artists and arts organizations. The pair educated attendees about issues specific to the arts and what special considerations are important in the practice. This presentation was recorded and will be available online in the future!