Established in 1971 by the New York State Council on the Arts as an independent organization to serve individual artists throughout the state, the mission of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)is to empower artists across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives. We do this through three main program areas: cash grants and fiscal sponsorship, online services and resources, and professional development training.
GRANTS & AWARDS
NYFA provides unrestricted grants of $7,000 to New York based artists in 15 disciplines through the Artist Fellowships Program. The extensive list of past awardees are the winners of 15 MacArthur awards, 8 Pulitzer Prizes, 5 Tonys, 3 Oscars, and 2 National Book Awards.
NYFA administers the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program, which provides three-year grants to 33 exceptional mid-sized theater companies throughout New York City.
NYFA's BUILD program provides infrastructure, capacity building and general operating support grants to dance companies so that time and resources are available to support the artistic process.
Artspire Fiscal Sponsorship offers individual artists and emerging arts organizations in all disciplines the ability to raise funds using our tax-exempt status. In addition to enabling individual artists and emerging organizations to raise money using NYFA as a fiscal conduit, we provide support in the form of payroll services and professional development. Sponsored projects range from award-winning films such as Nathaniel Kahn's My Architect (2003) to art exhibitions, public projects, and festivals such as Cambodia Living Arts' Season of Cambodia (2013).
The Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp provides intensive business-of-art training to artists nationally and internationally. The program has served artists throughout New York State, as well as Rhode Island, and Guatemala.
Doctor's Hours offers one-on-one consultations with industry professionals for visual artists and filmmakers, both in-person and through video-conferencing technology. Doctor's Hours sessions via Skype have served artists in 14 states as well as Beirut, Madrid, Milan, and Ottawa.
The Immigrant Artist Project provides mentorship, exhibition opportunities, information and a wealth of resources to artists born outside the U.S. or first-generation artists working in New York City.
Mock Panels provide feedback from NYFA staff in the context of a live-jury panel review of the participating artists'work. Select Client List: Columbia University, Virginia Commonwealth University, New York Academy of Art
NYFA Source is the nation's largest online arts database, providing over 11,500 resources and opportunities for artists in all disciplines. The database is continuously updated, fully searchable and accompanied by individualized advice and support through the NYFA Source Hotline, firstname.lastname@example.org | 800.232.2789 (Mon-Fri, 3-5pm EST).
NYFA Classifieds provides a vital resource for job listings, event listings, opportunity listings and space listings. The job board is the most visited page on the NYFA website, regularly used by organizations throughout the country. The site lists approximately 6,000 jobs and opportunities annually.
NYFA Podcasts provide a video archive of the professional development programs that we offer through our Fiscal Sponsorship and NYFA Learning programs, making them available to artists anywhere and anytime.
NYFA's Curatorial Services work with organizations, corporations and individuals to provide engaging artwork for their offices, homes, festivals, events and other spaces, providing artists with opportunities to show their work and connect with new audiences and supporters.