New York Foundation for the Arts
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The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is an independent 501(c)3 charity, funded through government, foundation, corporate, and individual support, established in 1971. The organization provides financial support, professional development, and online resources and services to individual artists and developing arts organizations, with a mission to "empower artists in all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives." The organization has approximately 30 staff members, including executive director Michael L. Royce.
NYFA supports artists nationally and internationally through a wide range of programs including its Artists Fellowships, which awards unrestricted $7,000 grants to artists made in 15 disciplines (5 disciplines a year on an triennial cycle). Artists who were supported early on in their careers by this Fellowship include: Spike Lee, Julie Taymor, Andres Serrano, Junot Diaz, and thousands of other notable visual artists, filmmakers, playwrights, sculptors, authors, architects, poets, composers, and choreographers.
Other programs include fiscal sponsorship, founded in 1972 and one of the country's most respected programs of the type, Building Up Infrastructure Levels for Dance (BUILD) grants, and the New York Theater Program. NYFA also has a learning program which includes the Boot Camp for Artists, and the Immigrant Artist Program, which provides mentorship, exhibition opportunities, information, and resources to immigrant and first-generation artists working in New York City. In 2012, it administered an emergency grant for artists suffering under the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
Its website is home to the nation's largest online database of ongoing grants, opportunities, and services for artists, NYFA Source,[clarification needed] as well as classifieds listings for artist spaces, events, jobs in the arts, and opportunities.
- NYFA homepage
- Royce, Michael (2011). "Foreword". The Profitable Artist (Allworth Press).
- "New York Theater Program". NYFA.
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