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Awards and Grants

Each year, NYFA provides over $1 million in cash grants to individuals and small organizations pursuing artistic excellence in all forms.

ARTISTS' FELLOWSHIPS

NYFA provides unrestricted grants of $7,000 to New York-based artists through its Artists' Fellowships. First launched in 1985, the program has provided over $27 million in unrestricted cash grants to artists in 15 disciplines at critical stages in their creative development. The funds are unrestricted, and can be used in any manner the artists deem necessary to further their careers.

NYFA's Artists' Fellowships are administered with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.

The extensive list of past awardees includes the winners of five Academy Awards, five Tony Awards, eight Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards ,and 15 MacArthur ''Genius'' Fellowships. The funds are unrestricted, and can be used in any manner the artists deem necessary to further their careers.

SOME NYFA FELLOWS YOU'LL RECOGNIZE

THE BASIL H. ALKAZZI AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PAINTING

Established and funded by Artist Basil H. Alkazzi, this award provides a total of $40,000 to two New York painters. All who apply for NYFA’s Artist Fellowship Program in Painting have the option to apply for this award.

ANDREW W. MELLON NEW YORK THEATER PROGRAM

NYFA administers the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program, which provides operational funding on a three-year cycle for a selected set of mid-size theater companies located in New York City.

 
Image credit, at top: 2013 / sacrifice.v03, by José Carlos Casado (NYFA Fellowship, Video/Film, 2012)