Apply Now | NYSCA/NYFA Artist As Entrepreneur Boot Camp Program, Presented by The Flower City Arts Center

Apply Now | NYSCA/NYFA Artist As Entrepreneur Boot Camp Program, Presented by The Flower City Arts Center

Apply now for this free multi-day professional development opportunity in Upstate New York.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts’ State & Local Partnerships program is pleased to announce the second year of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp, a series of professional development programs for the arts communities in New York State conducted over a three year period.

The Flower City Arts Center presents the Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp, an intensive, multi-day professional development opportunity that delves into the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts.

Topics to be featured include strategic planning, finance, law, marketing, and fundraising. Additional material will be drawn from NYFA’s popular textbook The Profitable Artist (Allworth Press, 2011).

The Boot Camp’s structure is a blend of formal lectures, breakout groups, and one-on-one meetings. Participants work through a flexible and dynamic “action plan” that provides a blueprint for their future project, career, and business goals.

There is no charge to participate in the Artist as Entrepreneur Program. Artists interested in attending are required to apply, and participants are selected by a panel review process. Artists of all disciplines and career stages, including students, are encouraged to apply.

All programs are offered free-of-charge to participants.

Location: The Flower City Arts Center, 713 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607


Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 11:59 PM EST

Program Dates: 
Thursday, August 10: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Overview of Artist As Entrepreneur and Participant Introductions

Sessions One and Two
Friday, August 11: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, August 12: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Topics will include finance, law, marketing, strategic planning, and fundraising

Sunday, August 13: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
AM: Individual Consultations 
PM: Individual Presentations in Groups

Attendance is mandatory to all sessions. Please check your calendar before applying.


How to Apply:

Apply via Submittable* by Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 11:59 PM EST.


  • Open to artists in all disciplines and career stages including students
  • Artists living and working in New York State**


For the application we ask you provide:

  • Your long terms goals and why you are interested in applying to this program
  • A resume, CV or both
  • A link to your website or online presence
  • Work samples

*First time users will need to register with Submittable to access the application portal.

**Priority will be given to artists living and working in the Western NY Region; however the program is open to artists throughout New York State.

Notification: On or before Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

On selection into the boot camp, artists will be asked to pay a $25 program deposit which will be automatically refunded at the end of the program, if artists attend all sessions. (If a family or medical emergency prevents attendance, this would be considered an exception to the rule.)

Questions? Email [email protected]

NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp Testimonials

This is the first NYFA program I have ever applied for. The feeling of inclusion, of love and support that I received both from the NYFA staff working on the program and the workshop participants is hard to describe in words. I felt validated and very proud of what I had accomplished as an artist. The information I received from the workshop will open a path for me to become a better artist, a better marketer and also a better person. I can’t thank you enough for accepting me into this wonderful and life-enhancing program.

Lola Sandino Stanton, visual artist

I’d been looking for this sort of group for a couple of years. It’s very difficult to find artists who are just as passionate about developing entrepreneurial skills as they are about their art. In some ways they feel like contradictory skill sets — one listening to the heart and passion within, and the other considering what the market demands. NYFA and NoMAA were able to find a solid group of artists seriously working on both skill sets. It’s a long challenging road but this weekend was a stimulating joyride that introduced me to other artists I can now reach out for further support, inspiration and joy. Thank you NYFA!

Billy Schultz, Director/Producer of Dancify That! 


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.

Images, from top: Marketing Workshop, January 2017, Photo Credit: NYFA; NYSCA/NYFA Artist As Entrepreneur Boot Camp, April 2017, Photo Credit: NYFA

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