New York Foundation for the Arts

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The New York Foundation for the Arts
Founded July 1971
Founder Ted Berger
Penelope Dannenberg
Focus individual artists
emerging arts organizations and Visual Arts
Performing arts
Literary Arts
Business of Art
Method Grants, Services, Programs
Key people
Michael L. Royce, Executive Director
Slogan The New York Foundation for the Arts' mission is to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives.

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is an independent 501(c)3 charity,[1] funded through government, foundation, corporate,[2] and individual support, established in 1971.[3] It is part of a network of national not-for-profit arts organizations founded to support individual artists and emerging arts organizations, with a mission to "empower artists in all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives."[4] The organization has approximately 30 staff members, including executive director Michael L. Royce.[3]


NYFA was founded in 1971 by the New York State Council on the Arts as an independent organization to facilitate the development of arts activities throughout the State. NYFA currently has 3 main program areas: Fiscal Sponsorship,[5] Information and Research[6] and Programs and Awards.[7] NYFA supports approximately 5,200 artists through merit-based programs, including Artists' Fellowships, Fiscal Sponsorship, Strategic Opportunity Stipends, and Building Up Infrastructure Levels In Dance (BUILD).


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,[8] composers, and choreographers.[9]

Other programs include fiscal sponsorship,[10] founded in 1972 and one of the country's most respected programs of the type,[3] Building Up Infrastructure Levels for Dance (BUILD) grants, and the New York Theater Program.[11] NYFA also has a learning program[12] which includes the Boot Camp for Artists, and the Immigrant Artist Program,[13] 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.[14]

Its website is home to the nation's largest online database of ongoing grants, opportunities, and services for artists, NYFA Source,[15][clarification needed] as well as classifieds[16] listings for artist spaces, events, jobs in the arts, and opportunities.

Notable artists[edit]

Artists who have received support from NYFA early on in their careers include Spike Lee, David Hammons, Meredith Monk, Julie Taymor, Suzan-Lori Parks, Jennifer Egan, Tony Kushner, Andres Serrano, Todd Haynes, Boryana Rossa and many other visual artists, writers, choreographers, architects, filmmakers, and inter-disciplinary artists.


  1. ^ "New York Foundation for the Arts". Retrieved 2015-03-04. 
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  3. ^ a b c Royce, Michael (2011). "Foreword". The Profitable Artist (Allworth Press). 
  4. ^ "New York Foundation for the Arts". Retrieved 2015-03-04. 
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  8. ^ Seidman, Hugh. "The Brooklyn Rail Contributor - Hugh Seidman". Retrieved 2015-03-04. 
  9. ^ Budwig, Stormy. "Profiting from Dance". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved 2015-03-04. 
  10. ^ [5][dead link]
  11. ^ "New York Foundation for the Arts". Retrieved 2015-03-04. 
  12. ^ Taylor, Kate (June 18, 2010). "Art & Design: Creative Types, Learning to Be Business-Minded". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-03-04. 
  13. ^ "New York Foundation for the Arts". Retrieved 2015-03-04. 
  14. ^ Chak, Joanna (2012-11-27). "NYFA Emergency Relief Funds Available for Artists Affected by Sandy - News - Art in America". Retrieved 2015-03-04. 
  15. ^ "Welcome to NYFA Source!". Retrieved 2015-03-04. 
  16. ^ "New York Foundation for the Arts". Retrieved 2015-03-04. 

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