Future Safe was first published in 1992 in response to the needs of creative individuals in crisis. It is written for artists living with HIV or AIDS, but can be of use to any artist. Neither AIDS nor the challenge it presents to many artists are behind us, despite recent advances in treatment. At the same time, all artists eventually face the issues discussed in this publication. We hope it is helpful to everyone who has produced an artistic legacy.
Over the years, the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS has worked with numerous individuals who have found its information helpful. We have also learned that most artists have not done sufficient thinking about their intellectual property, their professional needs and the uncertainties of an unplanned future. This publication extends an invitation to artists in all disciplines to review significant issues about their individual needs and about their art's present and future.
This publication is intended to address the extended human networks connected to artists. By becoming informed about your needs and rights, you as well as your family, friends, associates, and advisors will be better equipped to make crucial decisions. It should also be useful to professionals in all fields, especially art professionals, elected officials, lawyers and philanthropic leaders dealing with the evolving needs of artists today.