Apply Now | NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp Program in Saratoga Springs, NY

Apply Now | NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp Program in Saratoga Springs, NY

Boot Camp will be provided free of charge to selected participants and take place from July 11-14 at Saratoga Arts.

Applications are now open for this professional development program, which will take place in July 2019 in Saratoga Springs, NY. The NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp will be presented free of charge to selected participants by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts’ State & Local Partnerships program and Saratoga Arts as part of a series of ongoing professional development programs for the arts communities in New York State.

The NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp is an intensive, multi-day professional development opportunity that delves into the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts. Featured topics will include strategic planning, finance, law, marketing, and fundraising. Additional material will be drawn from NYFA’s popular textbook The Profitable Artist (Allworth Press, 2018). The structure is a blend of workshops, discussions, and breakout groups. Participants work through a flexible and dynamic “action plan,” and other entrepreneurial tools that provide a blueprint for their practice or specific projects.

There is no charge to participate in the NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp Program. Artists interested in attending are required to apply, and participants are selected through a panel review process. Artists at all career stages, including students, and of all disciplines (Visual, Multidisciplinary, Performing, Literary, Interdisciplinary, Social Practice, Folk and Traditional, Film/Video, and New Media) are encouraged to apply.

Program Dates and Location:

Title: NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp Program
Program Dates: Thursday, July 11-Sunday, July 14, 2019
Program Location: Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Thursday, July 11: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Overview of Artist As Entrepreneur and Participant Introductions

Friday – Sunday, July 12 – 14, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Daily
Workshops and panels on strategic planning, finance, art law and fundraising. 
Work sample review and individual presentations of action plans in small groups.

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


How to Apply:

Apply via Submittable by Sunday, June 9, 2019, 11:59 PM EST.* First-time users will need to register with Submittable to access the application portal.

*Deadline extended from Wednesday, June 5, 2019.


  • Open to artists in all disciplines and career stages, including students
  • Artists living and working in New York State, with priority given to artists in Saratoga, Fulton, Montgomery, Warren, and Washington counties


For the application we ask you provide:

  • Your long term goals and why you are interested in applying to this program 
  • A narrative bio of your professional career
  • A link to your website or online presence
  • Work samples with the work statement and the description

Notification: Accepted applicants will be notified on or before Friday, June 14, 2019

Application Questions? Email [email protected]

Questions about Saratoga Springs: Email Tanya at [email protected]



I was able to close a deal on my first corporate sale that included six works. What I learned in Boot Camp helped me to make sure I considered all of the details, costs, and contract items very carefully. It was my most successful transaction ever and I was able to negotiate it from start to finish without wavering on terms. The Boot Camp not only gave me needed advice but it also built confidence. Thank you NYFA, NYSCA, and ARTS Council. – Debb VanDelinder, Visual Artist, 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist As Entrepreneur Boot Camp Program presented by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes 

The NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp was such a phenomenal experience. Not only was the information useful, but the time spent communing with other artists was invaluable. Seldom do we artists (especially those of us who are emerging professionals) get the opportunity to take a step back and reflect on where we are, what we are doing, and where we are going, and this was exactly that. It was a broad-ranging experience, from driving up with a group of ladies I had just met and ending up feeling like it was a girls’ trip with them, to assessing where I am with my social media presence; to contemplating my options to form a business/nonprofit entity; to dining with artists in various disciplines and feeling like I am not the only one dealing with what I am dealing with, it was amazing. It was an honor to be there and it renewed my own commitment to developing my art as my full-time work. Justina Kamiel Grayman, Ph.D.; Dance Film, Short Film, Choreography, Live Experiences; 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist As Entrepreneur Boot Camp Program presented by Lake Placid Center for the Arts

I committed to my career status change from SAHM to making Cabin Creek Stitchery an official business. I made a personal goal to interact more with like-minded adults and I’m traveling in New York with workshops, retreats, and adult classes I’m offering in quilting education! I’m appreciative of the support and encouragement of your program. – Dawn Klotzko, Textile Artist, 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist As Entrepreneur Boot Camp Program presented by Lake Placid Center for the Arts 

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.


This program is part of NYFA Learning, which includes professional development for artists and arts administrators. Sign up for NYFA’s free bi-weekly newsletter to receive updates on future programs.

Images: Saratoga Arts, 2019

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