Application Guidelines


NYFA is committed to supporting artists from every background, and at all stages in their creative careers. We strongly encourage artists of color, LGBTQ+ artists, immigrant artists, and artists with disabilities to apply.

To request an accommodation or assistance in applying, please email [email protected]. We ask that requests for accommodation be made as soon as possible before the Cycle closing date to allow adequate time for staff to support the applicant before the deadline.

Additional technical assistance opportunities will be made available through partner organizations in the coming days.


Applicants will need to provide:

  • Documentation of a current sustained artistic practice:
    Documentation can be:
    • An up-to-date artist CV or resume listing creative activities (please ensure dates are listed).


    • A short artist biography up-to 300 words describing their practice and accomplishments from any time in the past 2 years. Where appropriate, please list dates and locations.

      AND one of the following:

    • Example of public engagement: one press link/news article from any time between 2019 to date of the artist’s creative activity. Activities might include, but are not limited to: exhibition/show press release, exhibition/show review that the artist participated in, or promotional material of an exhibition or show or other published online documentation of the artist’s creative practice.
    • Recent work samples created within the last two years, 2019 to date. Applicants will be able to upload images, audio recordings, short video clips, or a PDF manuscript (excerpt only).  
    • Reference: A short letter of reference from a past curator, producer, literary manager, educational officer, or community arts organizer that has worked with the artist in a creative capacity within the past three years. Letters should be signed and dated and, on a letterhead or email with email address and date visible.  
  • Outline of City Artist Corps Grants project creative public engagement
    • Proposed creative engagement outline 250 words on your proposed activity
    • Proposed engagement Date
    • How do you plan to promote your engagement to the general public?

      AND an answer to a series of multichoice questions, identifying:

    • Creative engagement location
    • Estimated number of artists to be engaged
    • Type of engagement
  • Documentation of NYC residency: Applicants will need to submit official documentation confirming NYC residency from October, November or December 2020. The document must:
    • Be an official document stating the applicant’s name, date, and NYC address;
    • Can be, but not be limited to: utility bill, bank statement or bill, credit card statement, valid government ID listing NYC address issued in October, November or December 2020, residential lease, roommate agreement, rent receipt or proof or rent, studio lease or any other form of official documentation listing the above.
  • Proof of age: Upload passport or state-issued ID, including idNYC

All questions should be directed to [email protected].

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