Announcement | Doctor’s Hours On Call and NYFA Coaching are Merging!

Announcement | Doctor’s Hours On Call and NYFA Coaching are Merging!

Both programs will now provide practical and professional advice under NYFA Coaching.

NYFA has merged its Doctor’s Hours On Call and NYFA Coaching programs under the NYFA Coaching umbrella to better serve artists, arts administrators, and arts professionals nationally and internationally. Our goal for every coaching session is to give you personalized feedback specific to your own circumstances and needs. You set the agenda, you pick the coach, and book your one-on-one consultation session. Your appointment can take place via a phone call, Skype, or in-person at NYFA Offices depending on the coach and session length. All sessions are conducted with an emphasis on personalized feedback, recommendations, and guidance.

NYFA Coaching might be right for you if you:

  • Want a second set of eyes to review your cover letter and resume;
  • Want feedback on your portfolio;
  • Want feedback on a grant or residency application before you submit it;
  • Want feedback on your exhibitions and curatorial project proposals or need support crafting your fundraising or marketing strategy;
  • Want support for managing your career in issues such as asking for a raise, managing a difficult employee, etc.;
  • Want someone to help you identify and outline professional strategies that best fit your needs and skills.

How it works:

  • NYFA Coaching sessions are open to anyone in the creative community.
  • Session prices range from $40-$85. All sessions include a high level of dedicated coach’s time for reviewing your materials and offering direct feedback in person or remotely via phone or Skype.
  • You can select a 20-minute, 30-minute, or 45-minute session. We recommend booking a 30-minute or 45-minute session for portfolio presentations, artist statements, grant proposals, applications for exhibitions and residencies, and curatorial project proposals. The 20-minute sessions are best for the review of short materials such as cover letters or bios.
  • Select the coach that is the best fit for you and your professional needs. If you need a different coach for different reasons, then book separate sessions.
  • Reserve your session using our simple online platform. Make sure you provide all requested information so we can give you our best feedback and recommendations.
  • Be prepared for a thoughtful and productive conversation with your NYFA Coach about your materials and next steps.

NYFA coaches are:

Gabriella Calandro – Senior Program Officer for NYFA Grants. Calandro consults on project and budget proposals, marketing and project management strategies, and image selection for portfolio review. She offers experience from across the nonprofit arts sector from arts funding management, marketing, curatorial, and public program development.

Madeleine Cutrona – Senior Program Officer for Fiscal Sponsorship. Cutrona consults on project management, fundraising strategy, and grant and project budget review. She brings a decade of experience teaching visual art, helping artists connect with audiences, making art, and fundraising for her own projects.

Michelle Levy – Curator and Interdisciplinary Artist. Levy can offer feedback to visual or multidisciplinary artists and curators on portfolio presentation, grant proposals, applications for exhibitions and residencies, and curatorial project proposals. She specializes in writing, and can help with artist, project, and curatorial statements. (Via Skype only)

Mark Rossier – Director of NYFA Grants and previous Director of Development. Rossier upon his extensive experience in development, strategic planning, program development, and retail, is available for conversations on fundraising, board development, and resume and cover letter review.

Matthew Seig – Media/Film Consultant at NYFA. Seig brings his experience as a producer or director of over 12 films, both documentary and narrative, as well as film programming for community, festival, and art-house exhibition, to his role advising filmmakers at NYFA.

Maria Villafranca – Nonprofit Management Consultant. Villafranca supports artists and creatives to manage career transitions, develop marketing and communications strategies, and implement new revenue-generating models. She offers feedback on fellowship applications, grant proposals, marketing plans, cover letters, and resumes. She also coaches on career management issues, such as asking for a raise or managing a difficult employee. (Via Skype only)

Click here to find out more about NYFA Coaching for artists, arts businesses, and arts organizations, and learn how specialized NYFA coaches can help you strengthen your professional materials and recommend next steps for furthering your professional goals. If you have questions about this program, contact [email protected].

Image: Andrea Ray (Fellow in Interdisciplinary Work Fellow ’12)

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