The Clinique Juridique des Artistes de Montreal (CJAM) is the result of many meetings with the artistic community of Montreal. The goal was to understand their legal information needs.
In October 2008, CJAM is born. A dozen of passionate jurists, artists, managers and academics gather to evaluate the viability of the project. This meeting leads to a clear conclusion: an artist legal clinic would definitely be of a precious help for the artistic community.
A year after, in 2009, CJAM launches its Workshops program. This way, CJAM gets also involved with cultural organisms. Noticing the popularity of the legal consultations, CJAM establishes the legal info nights on a monthly basis. It becomes easier to answer artists needs individually.
In 2011, CJAM publishes its first Annual Report (2010). This report confirms that CJAM’s offer is greatly appreciated by the artistic community.
CJAM shines by the number of people it has helped through the services of volunteers. Indeed, in July 2011, CJAM obtains the status of registered charity with the federal government.
So far, CJAM has organized more than a dozen events and has helped more than 500 artists individually through legal info nights. The Clinic is on the lookout for new client requests and pursues its goal to provide free and confidential legal information to artists.