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NYFA's programs provide a number of training opportunities for artists interested in various types of professional development.


Doctor’s Hours offers artists an opportunity for one-on-one consultations with a range of industry professionals in their creative field. Artists can receive practical and professional advice in person from one or more arts professionals. NYFA Learning conducts these sessions on a monthly basis at NYFA's offices in Brooklyn, serving approximately 400 artists each year. The programming has expanded to include special consultation sessions for filmmakers with expansion into performing and literary arts in 2014. In association with the New York State Bar Association, NYFA conducts pro-bono clinics 2-3 times a year. In addition, Distance Consultations over Skype are available for artists located outside the New York Metro Area.


NYFA Boot Camps take artists through the core principles of sustainability which an artist can apply to their practice or specific projects. Since launching in 2010 with the support of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, NYFA now offers Boot Camps on an independent basis, providing training to hundreds of artists nationally and internationally, including Guatemala and Dublin. In 2013, NYFA expanded this program to include Boot Camps for Arts Administrators.


The Profitable Artist: A Handbook for All Artists in the Performing, Literary, and Visual ArtsNYFA’s comprehensive career guide, compiles a wealth of information for artists of all disciplines gathered by arts professionals and NYFA through dozens of interviews and in-depth case studies. As an invaluable resource for emerging artists, the book includes:

  • Techniques for planning your career
  • Innovative fundraising for artists
  • Marketing and selling your work to new audiences
  • Digital networking strategies
  • Budgeting and financial basics made clear
  • Legal requirements and terminology explained simply

NYFA offers a discounted rate of $20 plus shipping if you purchase the book through NYFA. Click here to purchase. For more information, and international shipping costs, please contact: [email protected].

The Profitable Artist: A Handbook for All Artists in the Performing, Literary, and Visual Arts was edited by Peter Cobb, Susan Ball, and Felicity Hogan and was co-published by NYFA.


A Work Sample Review helps artists and students prepare for the realities of artistic careers through a behind-the scenes tour of professional review panels and by recreating NYFA’s panel process for NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships.

Using the same interface as fellowship applicants, participants prepare and submit applications online – including work samples, resumes and artist statements. Then, participating artists visit NYFA’s offices, where a selected group of art professionals provide feedback on portfolio presentation and coherence of work. Find more information here.


NYFA's Arts Business Incubator (ABI) Program offers a small cohort of New York City-based arts business start-ups three years of custom-tailored, formalized support from NYFA’s knowledgeable staff and network of experts. ABI, which welcomed its first group of cohorts in 2015, is made possible by the generous support of the Scherman Foundation's Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund.

Photo, at top: Courtesy of RISD Career Center. Credit: Kevin Jankowski.

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