Monday, October 30, 2017

The City Parks Foundation Learning Gardens Initiative

Leveraging more than 30 years of relevant legal experience, Steven C. Beer is a published author as well as a media and entertainment attorney with Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo. In addition to his work in the entertainment industry, Steven C. Beer is a trustee of the City Parks Foundation (CPF).

Based in New York City, CPF seeks to transform public parks into dynamic spaces for sports, arts, and educational programs. Among its educational initiatives, the foundation hosts a variety of green-based outreach programs, including Learning Gardens, which allows elementary and middle school students the opportunity to foster a love of nature and science through hands-on lessons focused on biodiversity and garden maintenance. 

CPF operates Learning Gardens locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, where students from area schools complete 14 science lessons. Students who enjoy the program are encouraged to sign up for the Learning Gardens' six-week summer program, which stresses growing food. 

CPF also offers a free five-month high school training program in which students can earn high school credits. Those who excel in the program can earn the opportunity to take part in a paid summer internship with CPF.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Things Parents of Child Stars Should Know

A partner at the firm of Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, Steven C. Beer is a media and entertainment attorney who recently authored a book for parents of children who work in the music and entertainment industry. In 2015, Steven C. Beer spoke with a Reuters contributor and discussed the responsibilities of parents helping a child pursue stardom, revealing these useful pieces of advice:

1. Don’t force children to practice or learn their craft. Children who become stars typically share an “it factor.” Many kids have talent, but those who make it in show business are self-motivated, responsible beyond their years, and don’t need parents to pressure them to practice their skills.

2. Write a budget and stick to it. Supporting a child’s pursuit of stardom is an expensive endeavor, and parents should make sure they plan ahead to cover costs related to investments such as vocal coaches, acting teachers, and travel to and from auditions.

3. Don’t accept an offer without thorough consideration. Parents may feel enthusiastic about the job offers their children receive, but it’s a good idea to have a legal professional review contracts before accepting anything.

Read the entire article about parenting a child star at

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment - a Parent’s Guide

Since 2012, Steven C. Beer has served as a media and entertainment attorney with Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo in New York City. An accomplished writer, Steven C. Beer has also written several articles and books related to the entertainment industry, including Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment: The Prudent Parent’s Guide from Start to Stardom. 

Published by Allworth Press in 2015, Your Child’s Career in Music and Entertainment offers parents a comprehensive guide to transforming their child’s talents and passions into a career in the entertainment industry. The book, which is organized in a question-and-answer format, covers a wide range of topics, including audition preparation, professional consultations, and legal protections for children. 

The book highlights the importance of children having a work-life balance and parents ensuring that professional pursuits do not interfere with their children's health or happiness. Ultimately, the book seeks to help families of talented kids create environments that support the children’s aspirations while giving them the tools they need to become responsible and happy adults in charge of their own careers.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Creation of the Stanley Cup

Before attorney Steven C. Beer became a partner with Franklin Weinrib Rudell and Vassallo in New York City, he graduated summa cum honore with a bachelor of arts from Washington University. In his spare time, Steven C. Beer enjoys playing ice hockey.

Hockey’s greatest prize has always been the Stanley Cup, which goes to the National Hockey League’s playoff champion every year and is inscribed with the team members’ names. The tradition began in 1889 when Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, Governor General of Canada, attended a game with his family. The game was between the Amateur Athletic Association and the Montreal Victorias at the Montreal Winter Carnival.

Lord Stanley was so enthralled with the excitement and passion of the sport that he went on to help found a team of his own called the Rideau Rebels. After that, he was instrumental in forming the Ontario Hockey Association in 1890.

Things had progressed far enough by 1892, Stanley devised the idea of a regional competition where a silver cup would go to the winner. He donated called a silver bowl called the Dominion Challenge Trophy. The following year, the consensus was that no team would own the prize, and they renamed it the Stanley Hockey Championship Cup.