This workshop has been cancelled.

The Business of Being an IMP
June 7, 2017
10 am - 1 pm
Cambridge Historical Society, Cambridge, MA
Presented by the Independent Museum Professionals PAG
Registration Deadline:  May 31, 2017

Join Independent Museum Professionals and PAG Co-Chairs, Helen Riegle and Dan Wallis at the Cambridge Historical Society to learn about the business of being an Independent Museum Professional. Attorney Mark Gold will talk about the differences between forming an LLC or sole proprietorship; potential issues with consultant contracts; and risk management. Stay through lunch and “stump the lawyer” with your questions.

Participants may have the opportunity to have their own consultant contracts reviewed. Prior to the workshop, NEMA will contact attendees and ask if they have contracts they wish to have reviewed.  Three examples will be randomly selected to be reviewed during the workshop.

Mark is a partner in the law firm of Smith Green & Gold, LLP in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and International Studies from The American University, a law degree from Georgetown University, and a master’s degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University. His practice includes business and corporate law, venture capital and traditional financing, and nonprofit and museum law.  He is a frequent contributor to articles and panels on issues of legal issues, governance and deaccessioning. 


10-10:30 Introductions, Dan, Helen, Mark
10:30-12 Mark Gold

  • LLC v. sole proprietorship 
  • Consultant contracts potential issues
  • Risk management (insurance)

 12-1 Lunch with stump the lawyer Q&A and a chance to network with fellow IMPs

Limited to 30 participants.

Registration Fees:  $50 NEMA Members; $65 Non-member; $35 Student