New York Foundation for the Arts

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The New York Foundation for the Arts
Founded 1971
Focus individual artists
emerging arts organizations and Visual Arts
Performing arts
Literary Arts
Business of Art
Area served
New York State, United States, International
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, and individual support, established in 1971.[2] 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."[3] The organization has approximately 30 staff members, including executive director Michael L. Royce.[2]


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 has since expanded their programming around the country and internationally focusing on four core program areas: Artists' Fellowships, Fiscal Sponsorship, Professional Development, and Online Resources.


NYFA's core programs for artists are: Artists' Fellowships, Fiscal Sponsorship, NYFA Learning (Professional Development), and Online Resources.

NYFA's Artists' Fellowships Program provides unrestricted grants of $7,000 to New York-based artists every year. Since 1985, the program has awarded over $27 million dollars to more than 4,000 artists. For the 30th anniversary of the fellowship program, NYFA is celebrating with multi-disciplinary programming around New York State. NYFA's Artists' Fellowships are administered with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts.[4]

NYFA's Fiscal Sponsorship program enables individual artists and emerging arts organizations in all disciplines the ability to raise funds using NYFA's tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3)-classified organization among other benefits.[5]

NYFA Learning consists of an Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, in-depth Boot Camps, an Arts Business Incubator, and one-on-one consultations with industry professionals either in person at NYFA's office or on Skype through distance consultations.[6]

NYFA's Online Resources include NYFA Source, the nation's largest online database of grants, opportunities, and services to artists; NYFA Classifieds, a job, opportunity, and space board for artists and arts workers; and a weekly series of Business of Art articles.[7]

NYFA published a book, The Profitable Artist: A Handbook for All Artists in the Performing, Literary, and Visual Arts, with Allworth Press in 2011.

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, Lisa Park, and many other visual artists, writers, choreographers, architects, filmmakers, and inter-disciplinary artists.


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