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An Opportunity for Creative Start-Ups: Build Your Arts Business with NYFA’s Support

For years, NYFA has helped artists and arts-minded entrepreneurs apply business principles to the growth and sustainability of their careers. We’re proud to have championed arts enterprises that create jobs for artists, energize diverse communities, and bring art into the larger economy in dynamic and uncompromising ways. Through this work, we recognize a growing need to support emerging and exciting arts businesses, as many in the arts have creative and ambitious business ideas but lack access to the necessary channels to realize them successfully.

Through the generous support of the Scherman Foundation’s Katherine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund, NYFA launched a second cohort of our Arts Business Incubator (ABI) Program in 2017. ABI provides a small cohort of New York City-based arts startup businesses with up to 18 months of custom-tailored, formalized support from NYFA’s knowledgeable staff and network of experts, including:

  • Intensive professional development training, providing the fundamental principles for developing and operating an arts business

  • Group learning with a small community of other arts startups, as well as one-on-one coaching with NYFA staff and consultants

  • Strategic and business planning guidance from mentors at the top of the participant’s field

  • Access to a $15,000 drawdown account for use towards consultant services in fundraising, marketing, real estate, insurance, technology, and any other area relevant to the needs of each individual enterprise

  • For some participants, the opportunity for a technology-based residency at Eyebeam (see details below)


Read about previous ABI participants in the first cohort and in the second cohort.



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Gary Sczerbaniewicz (Fellow in Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design ’16)

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