Last Will and Testament of the an Artist
October 17, 2012 7:02 PM Subscribe
Artists, what will happen to your writings music and artworks if/when you die? Any ideas? Do you have a will, and a clause with some legal language?
posted by shipbreaker to Media & Arts (18 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Kafka left instructions to have his work burned --- and look how that turned out.
I also heard a horror story about all of Marshall McLuhan's papers and notes being thrown to the curbside for recycling when he died.
I personally feel my unfinished work could conceivably be fixed up by a certain caliber of artist, but any artist of such a caliber should be pretty busy working on their own stuff, feels very Catch-22. I think my cousin Steve would know what to do with everything, and recognize the "value" in what I have created, but he's way too busy to ever do all the work.
How would I set up a trust to hire employees to scan everything in and put it online for free into the Creative-Commons?
Artists of Metafilter, what ideas have you had about what should happen to all of your unfinished work should you unexpectedly die? What have other famous artists done?