NYSCA/NYFA Artist As Entrepreneur Boot Camp Program, Presented by The Arts Center of the Capital Region

NYSCA/NYFA Artist As Entrepreneur Boot Camp Program, Presented by The Arts Center of the Capital Region

Applications are now open for this free professional development program. 

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts’ State & Local Partnerships program, is pleased to announce the second year of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp, a series of professional development programs for the arts communities in New York State conducted over a three year period.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents the Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp, an intensive, multi-day professional development opportunity that delves into the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts. Two free public events will be offered for artists and arts administrators, in addition to the Boot Camp program.

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, 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.

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

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

Location: The Arts Center of the Capital Region,
265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180


Deadline: Sunday, August 27, 2017, 11:59 PM EST

Program Dates:
Thursday, October 12: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Overview of Artist As Entrepreneur and Participant Introductions

Sessions One and Two
Friday, October 13: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, October 14: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Topics will include finance, law, marketing, strategic planning, and fundraising

Sunday, October 15: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
AM: Individual Consultations
PM: Individual Presentations in Groups

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


How to Apply

Apply via Submittable* by Sunday, August 27, 2017, 11:59 PM EST.


  • Open to artists in all disciplines and career stages, including students
  • Artists living and working in New York State**


For the application we ask you provide:

  • Your long terms 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

*First time users will need to register with Submittable to access the application portal.

**Priority will be given to artists living and working in the Capital Region; however the program is open to artists throughout New York State.

Notification: On or before Wednesday, September 13, 2017

On selection into the program, artists will be asked to pay a $25 program deposit which will be automatically refunded at the end of the program, if artists attend all sessions. (If a family or medical emergency prevents attendance, this would be considered an exception to the rule.)

Questions? Email [email protected].

NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp Testimonials

Our private meeting at the end of the Boot Camp was my favorite part, [where I saw that] all the reminders on what I already knew, valuable information I had taken for granted, and new knowledge I learned during the week could be applied to my art business to help me succeed with my current and new endeavors. Thank you for this amazing and educational experience.

– MarCe Zerrate, Founder & Executive Director, Amor and Heritage Inc.

This program was beyond words; it was amazing to meet everyone and hear their unique journeys and insights. For me, I struggled with identifying myself as an “artist” and an “entrepreneur” for a long time, and I am happy to relay I don’t have that struggle anymore! I know I will go through many other struggles in the future, and I have a long list of to-dos, but I have so much inspiration, hope, and determination.

– Kate Wieczorek, Multidisciplinary artist


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.

Images, from top: NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp for Artists of Color, spring session, March 2017, Photo credit: NYFA; Legal Panel: Your Art Will Outlive You – How to Protect It Now!, January 2017, Photo Credit: NYFA

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