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  1. Artist Contracts

    • Artist Contracts Series (All 3 Courses) Do you know how to protect your intellectual property? As an artist, it’s important you know how to protect your practice. Contracts are a fact of life in any business so it’s important you empower yourself to sign good contractual agreements. This workshop is for artists of all disciplines at any point in your careers who want to learn skills for reviewing contracts. Don't sleep on this course series! It's worth every penny! Plus you save some coins by downloading all three videos here versus the a la carte option.
    • IP 101 (Copyright, Patents and Trademarks) You will learn the definition of intellectual property as well as a brief history of intellectual property, the high level differences between copyrights, trademarks and patents using examples from fine art, literature, fashion and music. The focus will be on copyright law since it is the most applicable type of intellectual property for artists. You will also learn about new intellectual property technology and NFTs.
    • Know Your Contracts In this workshop, you will learn about protecting your work and addressing common clauses. I will explain the different types of intellectual property theft along with some of the most common licensing provisions in artist contracts.
    • How to Sustainably Price Your Work You will be introduced to contract clauses that pertain to artist’s compensation as well as how to create a rate floor for commissions and some common variables your rates are contingent upon.
  2. Fashion

    • Fashion IP and Sustainability Workshop This Fashion IP and Sustainability workshop is a one day intensive workshop (4 hours) that teaches you about the basics of intellectual property and sustainability using the fashion industry as an example. You will also learn the basics of business entity formation and how to protect your IP. And you will gain an understanding of your own IP and how to protect your brands as well as a nuanced perspective about cultural appropriation and how it relates to sustainability.
  3. Creative Contracts

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Additional Facts

  • I was a performer for the Blue Man Group
  • I had a desert tortoise named Millie.
  • I was raised Buddhist in Dayton, Ohio.
  • I am the child of a formerly incarcerated parent.
  • I come from a long line of educators and artists.
  • I love the process of growth, no matter how painful it gets.

What steps did you take to get to where you are now?

I decided to go to boarding school when I was 12. I didn’t come from an affluent background where this was common. I just saw that some kids from the school at which my mom taught were able to go and I wanted to try it. After receiving a full-ride I found myself in a car with my then-divorced parents and my belongings on route from Dayton, Ohio to Newport, RI armed with nothing more than determination. In four years I went from culture shocked freshman to student body president my senior year.

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Sistahs in Law

Episode 10: Sistahs in Sustainability

Living life out loud and in multiple capacities is not very common in the legal field. However, when you are a mother, strategist, sustainability advocate and attorney, you forge your own pathway. Whitney McGuire. Esq. is a mother, a New York state licensed attorney, legal and sustainability consultant & strategist, and co-founder of Sustainable Brooklyn, an organization that disrupts the whitewashing of sustainability in order to concretize equity in the sustainability movement. With more than a decade of experience in law and sustainability, she is a pioneer in the field of fashion law and a fierce advocate for the sustainability of communities first and most impacted by environmental and social degradation.

Mutual Aid Society Podcast

Episode 6 - An Ecosystem of Care (with Whitney McGuire)

“We learn to love by giving service. The moment we choose to love we begin to move against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others. That action is the testimony of love as the practice of freedom.” - excerpt from the essay “Love as the Practice of Freedom” from the book “In Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations” written by Bell Hooks. In this episode, we discuss community healing, technology, social businesses, honor, accountability, and design in Brooklyn.

Conscious Chatter

The Root Episode 4: The Future Of Fashion

The Root Episode 4: The Future Of Fashion is broken down in 4 lightening talk segments, hosted by Dominique Drakeford. Part 1 discuses Marketing with Aditi Mayer & Terumi Murao. Part 2 hones in on Education with Kimberly Jenkins and Whitney McGuire. Part 3 dives into Small Business Entrepreneurship with Akilah Stewart and Ibada Wadud. Lastly, Part 4 contextualizes the landscape of Policy with Ify Ike and Ayesha Barenblat.

Mahogany and Friends

Ep 03: Sustainable Fashion: The Intersectionality of Black Women and Climate Justice Whitney McGuire & Dominique Drakeford

Welcome to a new episode of Mahogany & Friends! In today’s episode we will discuss two things I love, -- fashion and business entrepreneurship. More importantly, we will take a deeper look into the nuances within fashion sustainability and the importance on why black women need to be more visible in these conversations.

Think 100%: The Coolest Show

S4 Ep 3: Sustainable Brooklyn w/ Whitney McGuire & Dominique Drakeford

How are we creating systems that are non-disposable when Black people are seen as disposable, as waste? Contrary to the mainstream definition, “sustainability” is an inherently Black, Brown, and Indigenous regenerative mechanism for living and engaging with nature that is grounded in ancestral relationship with the Earth and has evolved into resisting colonial structure so that we can find well-being, joy and ultimately healing.” Whitney McGuire and Dominique Drakeford, co-Founders of Sustainable Brooklyn, speak to Rev Yearwood about how the traditional sustainability movement has contributed to the erasure and omission of Black cultural and political contributions.


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