Apply Now | NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Program in Central and Southern Tier New York

Apply Now | NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Program in Central and Southern Tier New York
Image: Eva and Franco Mattes (Fellows in Digital/Electronic Arts '17); "BEFNOED;"
 2016; video, monitor, custom wall bracket, various cables; 
exhibition view, Carroll/Fletcher, London

Artists living and working in Broome, Chenango, Otsego, and other counties in the Central and Southern Tier regions are encouraged to apply to participate in this free entrepreneurial program to be presented by Earlville Opera House and Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Inc. in April 2021.

The NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Program is an intensive, multi-day professional development opportunity offered online that delves into the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts. The program benefits artists of all disciplines and stages of their career who are looking to identify new ways of thinking and approaching their arts practice, while seeking a community of like minded artists.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is now accepting applications for its April 2021 program, which will take place in Central and Southern Tier, NY. It will be presented free of charge by NYFA in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts’ State & Local Partnerships program, Earlville Opera House, and Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Inc. as part of a series of ongoing professional development programs for the arts communities in New York State.

Featured topics will include strategic planning, finance, law, marketing, and fundraising, with additional material drawn from NYFA’s popular textbook The Profitable Artist (Allworth Press, 2018). The structure is a blend of workshops, discussions, and breakout groups. Participants will work through a flexible and dynamic “action plan,” and other entrepreneurial tools that provide a blueprint for their practice or specific projects. Content will be customized in light of the current challenges artists are facing, and will be presented with this perspective in mind. 

Artists interested in attending are required to apply, and participants are selected through a panel review process. Artists of all disciplines (Visual, Multidisciplinary, Performing, Literary, Interdisciplinary, Social Practice, Folk and Traditional, Film, Video, and New Media) and career stages, including students, are encouraged to apply.

NYFA will be accepting applications from now through Thursday, March 4, 2021, 11:59 PM EST.

Program Dates:

Thursday, April 8: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST
Overview of Artist As Entrepreneur and Participant Introductions

Online Intensives, April 10-11, April 24-25, 2021*
Offered over two weekends, the online intensives include:

1. Workshops and panels on strategic planning, marketing, finance, art law and fundraising.
2. A work sample review based on each artist’s application submission to the program.
3. Individual presentations of action plans in small groups to close the program.

* The workshops and panels of the online intensives will take place in two time slots: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST and 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EST each day. Mini-breaks will be included.

Attendance is mandatory to all sessions, which will be held online. Please check your calendar before applying. 

How to Apply:

Apply via Submittable* by Thursday, March 4, 2021, 11:59 PM EST.


  • Open to artists in all disciplines and career stages, including students.
  • Open to artists living and working in New York State, with priority given to those in Broome, Chenango, Otsego, and other counties from the Central and Southern Tier regions.


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 work statement and description.

Notification: On or before Thursday, March 18, 2021

Questions regarding the application process: Contact NYFA and include “Earlville/Golden” in the subject line.

To request an accommodation or assistance in applying, please email [email protected]. We ask that requests for accommodation be made as soon as possible or by Wednesday, February 11 to allow adequate time for staff to support you in submitting an application before the deadline.

Questions regarding local knowledge: Contact [email protected]


I had a wonderful experience, and would highly recommend this workshop to any active or aspiring artist in New York. The workshop provided me with tools and insights that I will continue to rely on as I develop as an artist. Learning about NYFA/NYSCA’s review process for grants and fellowships was also invaluable.

Brad Lewter; Video, Film and New Media Artist; 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist As Entrepreneur Prorgram presented by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes 

It’s not often that I find people who take my career goals seriously, and it was revelatory to visualize making my art practice my career. Sometimes it just helps to have someone say, “this is possible.” I left on Sunday feeling inspired and encouraged.

Mary Milliken, Visual Artist, 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist As Entrepreneur Program presented by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes 

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.

Amy Aronoff
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