Business of Art
Providing the best free information to artists of all disciplines is an essential part of NYFA’s mission.
Below, you’ll find a comprehensive archive pertaining to the practical side of artmaking — “The Business of Art” — created by NYFA staff. Click on the links below to access a wide variety of articles, interviews, and helpful links, which document our professional-development resources for artists.
Learn how to embrace sustainability in your arts career and ready yourself for any direction you want to take. Find advice on connecting with a gallery, creating a business model, or beating creative block in the Arts Entrepreneurship section.
Read essential advice for landing a new job, gaining new skills, or advancing your professional trajectory in Creative Careers.
MARKETING & DOCUMENTATION
An artist’s website and social media presence is key, but many creatives struggle with the best ways to share their work online. Read these articles on Marketing & Documentation to develop strategies for success.
FUNDRAISING & APPLICATIONS
When providing professional development resources for artists, the topic of successful applications is essential. Whether you’re applying for a travel grant or want to learn how to work smarter, and not harder, at fundraising, the Fundraising & Applications section contains actionable advice.
FINANCE & LEGAL
Artists face unique difficulties when it comes to managing their finances or navigating the legal landscape of creating and sharing art. That’s why we’ve compiled several articles about best practices in Finance & Legal.
INSURANCE & PREPAREDNESS
Learn how to protect your art, your living and work space, and yourself with articles on Insurance & Preparedness for artists.
LIVE / WORK / EXHIBIT SPACE
Artists need space to live and create. Learn how to find the space you need in Live / Work / Exhibit Space.
Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, these how-to guides For Filmmakers offer advice on audience cultivation, film distribution, and more.
Knowing the arts service organizations in your area can open up opportunities and ensure you have access to a safety net when you need it. Featured Organizations lists New York State and national organizations.
Image: Karen Ostrom (Fellow in Computer Arts ’01)