Introduction to Cryptocurrencies, Crypto-Art and Music, and Blockchain for Creatives

September 17, 2018  •  Washington, D.C

Event Summary


Introduction to Cryptocurrencies, Crypto-Art and Music, and Blockchain for Creatives

A Series in Three Parts

Facilitators:
Cynthia M. Gayton, Esq. and Jeff “DJ J Scrilla” Clarkin
(Art on the Blockchain (AOTB) founders)


For this 3-part course, AOTB uses real-world and practical examples to introduce creatives to cryptocurrency and blockchain technology to assist artists increase exposure and navigate through new business models and use cases. Attendees learn how smart contracts can be used to track digital assets (which can be any artistic or creative work represented in digital form) licensed or sold using blockchain technology. AOTB focuses on basic contracting principles as well as intellectual property and introduces attendees to cryptocurrencies (such as bitcoin), smart contracts, digital assets and distributed ledger technology.

Three Day Syllabus

Day 1 - Monday, September 17 2018 (7:00 PM to 9:00 PM)

  1. Introductions (Cynthia & Scrilla)
    1. Introduce instructors
    2. Discuss goals of three day course
    3. What participants will know at the end of this first day

  2. Introduction to Cryptocurrency, Tokens and Digital Art (Scrilla)
    1. Why?
    2. Definitions
    3. Examples

  3. Introduction to pending legal issues (Cynthia)
    1. Legality of cryptocurrency
    2. Legality of smart contracts

  4. Introduction to new business models (Cynthia & Scrilla)
    1. Raising money (ICOs)
    2. Secondary art and music sales

  5. Demonstration of functioning platforms (hand-out) (Scrilla)

Day 2 - Monday, September 24 2018 (7:00 PM to 9:00 PM)
i. Elements of an enforceable contract

  1. Introduction to relevant legal concepts (Cynthia)
    1. Understanding contracts

ii. Enforcement

iii. Remedies
i. Understanding the difference between licensing and sales

  1. Licensing versus sales

ii. Deciding which to use
i. Prevalent/popular blockchains

  1. Introduction to blockchain and smart contracts (Cynthia & Scrilla)
    1. What is a “blockchain”?

ii. What are forks
i. Relationship to traditional contracts

  1. What is a smart contract?

ii. Enforcement challenges

  1. Demonstration (hand-out)
    1. Will go over sample contract terms and ask participants to recommend new or different contract terms (Cynthia)
    2. Walk-through creating a token as a contract (Scrilla)

Day 3 - Monday, October 1 2018 (7:00 PM to 9:00 PM)

  1. Introduction to Intellectual Property (includes recent case discussion) (Cynthia)
    1. Copyright
    2. Trademark
    3. Trade Secret
    4. Patents

  2. Branding (Scrilla)
    1. Crypto-branding trends
    2. Community development
    3. Participation

  3. Brainstorming – Final project (Cynthia & Scrilla)
    1. How can participant use cryptocurrency/blockchain and related crypto-music/art as part of their future or current business model?
    2. What legal issues should be at the forefront of an artist’s mind when considering crypto-currency or cypto-art/music projects?

  4. Where to go for more information


About Art on the Blockchain (AOTB)

Art on the Blockchain™ (AOTB) podcast and related seminars are co-founded and co-hosted by Jeff “DJ J Scrilla” Clarkin and Cynthia Gayton, Esq. Since January 2017, AOTB has recorded and broadcasted via SoundCloud and iTunes 22 podcast episodes and is in production for one more sponsored episode dedicated to the Ethereal Summit 2018.

The team is committed to educating people about blockchain technology and cryptocurrency as it relates specifically to the arts industry including music, digital art and fine art. AOTB has hosted MeetUp events in DC and Atlanta where the founders addressed issues designed for novices and experts alike. In addition, AOTB sponsored a Digital Assets event in Baltimore, Maryland and spoke at a Government Blockchain event in Arlington, Virginia where the topic was “Commercialization of Federally Protected IP & other Assets on the Blockchain.”

For the in-person events, AOTB uses real-world and practical examples which is important because AOTB considers cryptocurrency and blockchain technology as tools to help artists increase exposure and navigate through new business models and use cases. Attendees learn how smart contracts can be used to track digital assets (which can be any artistic or creative work represented in digital form) licensed or sold using blockchain technology. AOTB focuses on basic contracting principles as well as intellectual property and introduces attendees to cryptocurrencies (such as bitcoin), smart contracts, assets and distributed ledger technology.

AOTB strives to keep the tone of both the podcasts and in-person events accessible, relevant, and entertaining. AOTB has a social media presence onSoundCloud, iTunes, Twitter, Instagram and MeetUp.

Cynthia M. Gayton, Esq. holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a Juris Doctor degree from George Mason University School of Law. Cynthia is a member of both the State Bar of Virginia and the District of Columbia Bar. She is the owner of Gayton Law (http://www.gayton-law.com/), in Arlington, Virginia which concentrates on small business formation, intellectual property, information technology, and business transactions/contracts. In addition, Ms. Gayton is a Professorial Lecturer and has taught engineering students for over 10 years. She has worked for the federal government, in the private sector and for non-profit organizations. Ms. Gayton is the author of Legal Aspects of Engineering, Design and Innovation published by Kendall-Hunt in 2017. She was on one panel at the Rare Digital Art Festival in January 2018 (considered a seminal event for the crypto-art community) and more recently two panels at CryptoCreative Symposium in May 2018 in New York.

DJ J-Scrilla co-hosts Art On The Blockchain along with Cynthia Gayton, www.soundcloud.com/ ArtOnTheBlockchain (also available on iTunes,) and hosts a semi-monthly Meet-Up in DC along the same premise. Scrilla, sometimes called Scrilla Ventura, has been releasing music for nearly 20 years and has been commissioning artwork the past few years. He got into bitcoin, in 2014, after his crew Inner Loop were looking at ways to release the crypto inspired album Silk Road for bitcoin. DJ J-Scrilla was part of the legendary underground hip-hop production squad Guns N Butter, co-owner and creator of Inner Loop Records and Inner Loop Media Group, and has since ventured into educating artists on using crypto in art and music. He has been on crypto art and music panels and made related presentations to bring awareness to artist issues.

NOTE: Due to the special nature of this event, paid admission is required. Single sessions are $80, or you may purchase the entire series for $200 (a savings of $40). Current WALA Members receive an additional discount. Contact outreach@waladc.org to obtain the members-only promotional discount codes.


Event Details


  • Date

    September 17, 2018

  • Time

    7:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Partner

    Art on the Blockchain (AOTB)

  • Venue

    Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
    1201 17th Street NW DC
    Washington, D.C 20005

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