Career Advice

Our Career Advice services—NYFA Coaching, Doctor’s Hours, and Work Sample Reviews—offer organizations, artists, creatives, students, and arts administrators online opportunities to receive practical and actionable career advice from industry professionals and specialized NYFA staff.

Our roster of experts can assist with cover letter, resume, and art statement reviews and speak to you on topics related to finding a job in the arts, proposal writing, fundraising, marketing, and strategic planning.


Seeking individualized career advice?
NYFA Coaching: 20-minute, 30-minute, or 45-minute online sessions with NYFA staff or industry professionals. Session prices range from $40 – $85.

How it works

  • NYFA Coaching sessions are open to anyone in the creative community.
  • Session prices range from $40-$85. All sessions include a high level of dedicated coach’s time for reviewing your materials and offering direct feedback remotely via phone or Skype.
  • Sessions with international participants will always be conducted via Skype video chat.
  • You can select a 20-minute, 30-minute, or 45-minute session. We recommend booking a 30-minute or 45-minute session for portfolio presentations, artist statements, grant proposals, applications for exhibitions and residencies, and curatorial project proposals. The 20-minute sessions are best for the review of short materials such as cover letters or bios.
  • Select the coach that is the best fit for you and your professional needs. If you require a different coach for a different reason, then book separate sessions.
  • Reserve your session using our simple online platform. Make sure you provide all requested information so we can give you our best feedback and recommendations.
  • Be prepared for a thoughtful and productive conversation with your NYFA Coach about your materials and next steps.
Meet NYFA Coaches
  • Madeleine CutronaSenior Program Officer for Fiscal Sponsorship. Cutrona consults on project management, fundraising strategy, and grant and project budget review. She brings a decade of experience teaching visual art, helping artists connect with audiences, making art, and fundraising for her own projects.
  • Alicia EhniArtist and Program Officer, Fiscal Sponsorship. Ehni consults in Spanish and English on strategic planning for artists, including building gallery relations and accessing local and international opportunities. She offers feedback on residency and fellowship applications, grant proposals, marketing plans, and portfolios.
  • Brett Fletcher LauerDeputy Director of the Poetry Society of America and the Poetry Editor of A Public Space. At the Poetry Society, Fletcher Lauer runs the annual awards and chapbook fellowship programs. He has over 20 years of experience in the literary non-profit field and as an editor. He can offer feedback on grant and fellowship proposals, applications for residencies, artist and project statements, and agent queries.
  • Matthew SeigMedia/Film Consultant at NYFA. Seig brings his experience as a producer or director of over twelve films, both documentary and narrative, as well as film programming for community, festival, and art-house exhibition, to his role advising filmmakers at NYFA.
  • Mark RossierManaging Director/Producer of Elevator Repair Service. Rossier joined Elevator Repair Service Theater as Managing Director/Producer in April 2020 after 12 years at NYFA. He held a variety of positions at NYFA, most recently as Director of Grants, overseeing both the Fiscal Sponsorship department and nine grant programs distributing nearly $3 million annually. Prior to joining NYFA, he was Director of Development and Marketing at the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York). He was also Director of Marketing at the Shakespeare Festival of New Jersey and Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, New York. He has been a frequent grant panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, among others, and has served three terms as a member of the nominating and voting committee for the Lucille Lortel Awards, which honor excellence Off-Broadway. He is available for conversations on fundraising, board development, and resume and cover letter review. (Via Skype only)
  • Maria Villafranca – Nonprofit Management Consultant. She supports artists and creatives to manage career transitions, develop marketing and communications strategies, and implement new revenue-generating models. She offers feedback on fellowship applications, grant proposals, marketing plans, cover letters, and resumes. She also coaches on career management issues, such as asking for a raise or managing a difficult employee. (Via Skype only)

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If you have questions about this program, please contact [email protected].

Want feedback from more than one arts professional?
Doctor’s Hours: 25-minute, one-on-one sessions with up to three arts professionals. Each session is $35.

How it works

  • Our consultants are both established in their field and invested in serving artists through the Doctor’s Hours program.
  • Sessions are conducted every quarter.
  • We introduce our consultants a month prior to the event and the registration link goes live at least three weeks in advance.
  • Select the consultant that is the best fit for you and your professional needs.
  • Sessions tend to get booked quickly, so be sure to register once the registration link is live.
  • Bring specific questions and goals to your session/s in order to make the most of your time. For more advice, please visit our Professional Development FAQ page.

We will be hosting Doctor’s Hours sessions for visual and multidisciplinary artists on Monday, November 22 and Monday, December 6. Please stay tuned for more details.

If you have questions about this program, contact [email protected].

Looking to bring these services to your community?


Work Sample Reviews

  • Conducted with the guidance and expertise of industry arts professionals and NYFA staff.
  • Provides participants an in-person and behind-the-scenes experience of an artistic review panel.
  • Participants receive individualized feedback regarding their application presentation and are offered the unique opportunity to ask panelists questions.
  • The program is aligned with NYFA’s Fellowship application guidelines to give critical and constructive feedback on each participant’s submissions.

Please contact [email protected] for pricing and availability.

Doctor’s Hours

  • One-on-one consultations that can be designed to suit your constituent’s needs based on their discipline and career trajectory.
  • Access to our roster of experienced arts and industry professionals.

Title: Online Doctor’s Hours for Visual and Multidisciplinary Artists
Program Date and Time: Monday, November 22, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST and 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Location: Online through Zoom*
Cost: $35 per 25-minute appointment; three appointment limit per artist
RegistrationClick here for details and to register.

We will also be offering this program on Monday, December 6–details forthcoming!

Image: LoVid (Fellows in Digital/Electronic Arts ’17), InterPlayce, 2016, Image Credit: Nick Scavo for Issue Project Room