The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County, in conjunction with the Preservation Society of Newport County, will present two FREE informational seminars geared toward members and practicing artists in Newport County.

Both seminars will take place at the Preservation Society’s office, 424 Bellevue Avenue, Newport.

1 – Trademarks & Copyrights for Artists

Tuesday, November 17, 9-10am

Intellectual property rights give musicians and artists control over their artistic works (music, sculptures, photographs, etc.) as well as their name and brand. Copyright laws protect creative works, whereas trademark laws govern the naming rights and goodwill in the brand.

• Trademark & Copyright Attorney, Cheryl Clarkin, Esq. of Adler Pollock & Sheehan, PC
• Award-winning Graphic Designer & Brand Specialist Tom Roskelly of Roskelly Inc.

Presented by the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County & The Preservation Society of Newport County.

2 – E-Marketing Essentials for Artists

Tuesday, December 8, 3:30-5pm

In this day and age, electronic marketing is vital when it comes to generating more business. What’s the best way to get the word out without spending a year’s worth of profits? Join us for this presentation with tips from the experts. Learn how to make the best use of the world wide web.

• Meredith Nordhem, Marketing Manager,Newport Film
• Jennifer Sunderland, Executive Director, Four Corner Arts Center

Presented by the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County & The Preservation Society of Newport County.

Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Email to signup.

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Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.