I’m in New York, prepping for Friday’s symposium at Columbia University on the L3C and the Arts (2:00 – 6:00 pm Eastern Time). The in-person event is filled to capacity, but you can watch it live online, or follow along (and submit questions to the panel) on Twitter (@l3c_arts, thanks to Alli Houseworth). [The event will also be posted as a video archive, check the website for details later.]
I know just enough about the Low-Profit Limited Liability Company (L3C) business entity to be mildly dangerous. And I know enough about the struggles and strategies of cultural enterprise to be deeply curious. So I look forward to listening to and learning from the astounding expert panelists. I’ll be moderating the event, and I’ll be relying on all of you to send along questions, concerns, ideas, and observations to ensure we’re grounding the conversation in the real world.
Is the L3C entity right for everyone, or anyone, or someone in the arts? What ‘problems’ was it designed to solve for the enterprise or the investor? Do those problems align with our challenges in the arts? What new challenges might the entity introduce, either for the arts entrepreneur or the systems that support them? How can creative professionals match the tool to the task? And is anyone, actually, waiting in line with money to invest if we do?
Join the conversation, and let’s discover those answers (and others) together.
To read an opening salvo from the event producer, Michael DiFonzo, check out his post this week on HowlRound.