About

Welcome to  Babs Blabs.

In this blog you will find my musings on all things arty and entertaining. Film, theatre reviews. News and gossip. Food too. All in my own opinion. As honest and open as I want to be. No harm intended.

4 responses to “About

  1. Ange

    Hey G!!! Love the blog! Looks like your having heaps of fun – treat yourself to a good meal Jesus!!!! xxxx Ange

  2. doris

    Wow, you waste no time Babs- new name and new banner- theatre companies beware, Bitter Babs is lurking at a theatre near you!

  3. Dear Glen,

    Your blog might like to mention the dispute resolution service I have set up to help resolve disputes in the arts and entertainment fields. It is pro bono where necessary , so I am not asking for a commercial promotion. I just thought that some of your viewers might like to know about the service and pass it on.

    Below is the press release I issued when setting up the service.

    Good luck with the blog.

    Neil

    ADRES

    16 November 2009

    NEW MEDIATION SERVICE FOR THE ARTS.

    ARTS DISPUTE RESOLUTION SERVICES

    (ADRES.COM.AU)

    A mediation and arbitration service has been started to deal exclusively with disputes in the arts and entertainment.

    The service is Arts Dispute Resolution Services (ADRES) and will be known as adres.com.au. See the website at http://www.adres.com.au.

    The stimulus for the service has come from Melbourne mediator, arbitrator and former Federal Minister, The Hon Neil Brown QC .

    Mr. Brown said today that there were many disputes in the arts and related areas and a dedicated service to resolve them was needed.

    “This will be a great help to artists, institutions, employers, venues, galleries and indeed to all involved in the arts and entertainment in any way.”

    WHAT DOES IT COVER?

    ADRES will cover all areas of arts and entertainment, from the visual areas of painting, sculpture and gallery exhibitions to acting, performances of all sorts, music, dance and entertainment.

    The common thread will be an involvement in, or connection with, the arts and entertainment, where the special skills of the service can benefit the parties.

    Mediators appointed will come from a list of experts compiled by ADRES.

    WHAT DISPUTES?

    These are just some of the areas of disputes that frequently arise and where ADRES will be able to help:

    Royalties

    Terms of contracts on performances and exhibitions

    Moral rights and how the rights of the creator can be protected

    Terms of reproduction of works of art

    Ownership and use of intellectual property

    The financial benefits; sharing the profits

    Employment in the arts and entertainment

    Problems within arts and cultural organizations and their administration

    Indigenous artists

    In particular, it is now clear that some indigenous artists need an independent mediating body that will ensure they receive a fair share of the rewards of their work.

    HOW WILL IT WORK?

    The parties will agree to use the service, at least as an attempt to resolve the dispute before going to court.

    The first step is likely to be a round table discussion with ADRES to sort out the problem at an early stage.

    The parties will then be able to move on to:

    -mediation – where the ADRES mediator helps the parties work out the solution that best suits them

    -conciliation – where ADRES will suggest solutions that the parties might accept.

    ARBITRATION

    It may be that disputes are not resolved at mediation or conciliation. What the parties really need in those cases is someone to make a decision after listening to both sides.

    In that case the parties can agree on arbitration.

    So, ADRES will also provide arbitration services.

    This means that the parties agree to have the dispute resolved by an arbitrator provided by the service.

    The ADRES service will provide fast track arbitration under special rules that will avoid the delays and costs of court proceedings.

    It will also provide other forms of alternative dispute resolution like expert adjudication, inquiries and investigations, reports and evaluation of claims.

    WHO WILL DO THE MEDIATING AND ARBITRATING

    The success of any mediation and arbitration body depends on the quality and probity of those who do the mediation and arbitration.

    So ADRES will have a specific panel of mediators and arbitrators with experience and interest in the arts and entertainment.

    We have been fortunate to have as a mediator and senior colleague Associate Professor Angela O’Brien .

    Quality assurance tests will be applied regularly to all mediators and ADR practitioners in the service.

    The service will use only qualified mediators and arbitrators and those who have special skills appropriate to the arts and entertainment fields.

    WILL THE SERVICE BE INDEPENDENT?

    Yes. The service is independent of all interests and will not argue or advocate for one side or the other in any dispute.

    It will provide the forum, personnel, skills, rules for efficient running of the mediation or arbitration, experience and solutions to help parties resolve their disputes.

    WHAT WILL IT COST?

    WILL THERE BE PRO BONO WORK DONE?

    Because many people in the arts have financial difficulties and cash-flow problems, 10 % of cases will be pro bono; they will be free to the individual participant.

    Costs and charges will be kept to a minimum and will be below the prevailing rates for mediation and arbitration. One of the shortcomings of mainstream mediation and arbitration is the increasing cost. Some cases now cost more than court proceedings. ADRES will not be taking part in this excessive charging regime.

    RULES

    Special Rules based on the special needs of arts and entertainment are being drawn and the emphasis is on informality and getting to the real dispute very quickly.

    TRUST ACCOUNT

    The service will operate a trust account, properly audited and payments out will only be made with the approval of the trustees.

    WEBSITE

    See the ADRES website at http://www.adres.com.au

    CONTACT US

    The Hon Neil Brown QC
    (03) 9534 5436
    0400 123 254
    nabrownqc@yahoo.com
    http://www.adres.com.au

    Postal address:
    PO Box 2140
    St Kilda West
    VIC 3182

    See Neil Brown’s websites at http://www.neilbrownqc.com and
    http://www.domaintimes.info

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