Arts Services Initiative of Western New York (ASI): Artist As Entrepreneur Boot Camp Program

Arts Services Initiative of Western New York (ASI): Artist As Entrepreneur Boot Camp Program

Applications Open for Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp at Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, October 20 – 23, 2016

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts’ (NYSCA) State & Local Partnerships program is pleased to announce the launch of the Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp, a series of professional development programs for the arts communities in the Catskills, Western and Central New York. This is the first year of a three year commitment to provide Boot Camps throughout New York State. For the coming year, the partner host sites include Arts Services Initiative of Western New York (ASI), Auburn Public Theater, and Roxbury Arts Group. The Boot Camps will rotate to new host sites and regions in subsequent years. 

Customized to fit the needs of participants and partners, the upcoming Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp at ASI is an intensive, multi-day professional development opportunity that delves into the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts. Topics featured include finance, law, marketing, and fundraising. Additional material is 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. Each participant will receive specific feedback from experts in the field, as well as their peers. 

There is no charge to participate in the Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp. Artists interested in attending are required to apply and participants are selected through a panel review process. Artists of all disciplines and career stages are encouraged to apply. 

Click here to apply. 

Concurrent with the Boot Camp program, at each location NYFA will provide an evening session offering training in leadership to arts administrators. In addition, NYFA staff will also organize and conduct an evening presentation for artists on NYFA’s Programs, Resources, and Services. Both sessions will be free and open to the public. 

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

Deadline: August 24, 2016 

Location: Buffalo, NY – venue TBD at a later date

Program Dates: October 20 – 23, 2016 

Attendance for the entirety of the Boot Camp session is mandatory. Please check your calendar before applying. 

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


For the application we ask you provide: 

  • Your goals for the next six months and why you are interested in applying to this program. 
  • A narrative bio of your professional career 
  • A resume (max 3 pages): 
  • A link to your website or online presence 
  • Work samples 

For more detailed guidelines and to apply, click here. 

Notification: By September 9, 2016. 

Questions: [email protected] 

**Priority will be given to artists in the Western New York region (Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Allegany, Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties and nearby counties), however the program is open to artists throughout New York State.


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. 

Image: Artist As Entrepreneur Boot Camp 2016, RISD Career Center. Photo: Jason Arnone

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