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About NYFA


New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) provides the concrete resources that working artists and emerging arts organizations need to thrive. 

Established in 1971 as an independent organization to serve individual artists throughout the state, the mission of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is to empower emerging artists and arts organizations across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives and professional/organizational development. In 2009, we extended our programs and services throughout the United States and the international community. 



Online Resources

  • NYFA Classifieds

    The most comprehensive arts-focused job board, with listings for jobs, opportunities and services, and spaces.

  • NYFA Source

    The nation’s largest online arts database, with over 12,000 resources and opportunities, is accompanied by individualized advice through the NYFA Source Hotline, source@nyfa.org, and (800) 232-2789 (Mon-Fri, 3:00 - 5:00 PM EST).

  • #ArtistHotline

    A monthly Artist Professional Development Day on Twitter, held every third Wednesday of the month with artists, cultural organizations, and arts professionals. 

  • The Business of Art Directory

    A broad archive pertaining to the practical side of artmaking. Includes a variety of articles, interviews, helpful links, and more.


Through its Curatorial Services department, NYFA hosts regular exhibitions at the NYFA Gallery in Dumbo, among other locations.

NYFA Learning

Through ongoing programs and collaborations with peers in the field, NYFA’s professional development programs offer strong networks of support for all artists.

  • Doctor’s Hours

    One-on-one consultations for artists with industry professionals.

  • Boot Camps

    Intensive programs covering the core principles of sustainability, which an artist or arts administrator can apply to their practice or specific projects.

  • Immigrant Artist Program

    Includes access to mentorship, a monthly newsletter, and an online resource directory.

  • Arts Business Incubator (ABI) Program

    Support through education, mentoring, and targeted funding with a cohort of New York City-based arts startups and organizations.

  • The Profitable Artist

    NYFA’s comprehensive career guide compiles a wealth of information for artists of all disciplines, including interviews and in-depth case studies.

Fiscal Sponsorship

NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship enhances the fundraising capabilities of individual artists and artist-run organizations by allowing them to raise funds using NYFA’s tax-exempt status.

Program Benefits Include:

  • Increased access to funding opportunities
  • The ability to offer individual donors the incentive of tax-deductible donations and to collect those donations online
  • Access to services and resources that are exclusively available to fiscally sponsored projects and organizations
  • A custom profile of your organization or project on NYFA’s website
  • Payroll services and professional development consultations

Quarterly Deadlines: June 30, September 30, December 31, March 31

Awards and Grants

Each year, NYFA provides cash grants to individuals, as well as artist-in-residence opportunities.

  • NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships, awarded in fifteen disciplines over a three-year period, are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York and/or the Indian Nations located therein, for unrestricted use.

This program is made possible through New York State Council on the Arts, State & Local Partnerships with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The application for the 2016-2017 cycle is now closed. The application for the 2017-2018 award cycle will open in Fall 2017.

Public Programs
Throughout the year, NYFA hosts a variety of programs in a number of disciplines, including panels, artist talks, and more!



Images: Swoon (Fellow in Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design '13), Konbit Shelter, Haiti, earth, cement, timber, 2011; Cori Olinghouse (Fellow in Choreography Fellow '13), Ghost Lines, film still, 2013; and Brandon Ballengee (Fellow in Interdisciplinary Arts '15), Collapse, preserved specimen, glass, 2012