New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is a nonprofit service organization that empowers working artists and emerging arts organizations across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives and professional/organizational development.

NYFA was established in 1971 as an independent nonprofit service organization to serve individual artists throughout New York State. Since then we have extended our programs and services throughout the United States and the international community. Today, NYFA’s programs and resources are far-reaching and are rooted in a wealth of physical and online resources. Each year, NYFA awards $650,000 in cash grants to individual visual, performing, and literary artists based in New York State. NYFA’s Fiscal Sponsorship program, one of the oldest and most reputable in the country, helps national artists and arts organizations raise and manage an average of $4 million annually. NYFA’s Learning programs, including its Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp and Immigrant Artist Mentoring Programs, provide thousands of artists with professional development training and support. NYFA’s website,, is used by more than 1 million people and features more than 20,000 opportunities and resources available to artists in all disciplines.



  • NYFA Classifieds
    The most comprehensive arts-focused opportunities board, with listings for jobs, opportunities and services, and spaces.
  • NYFA Source
    The nation’s largest online arts database, with over 12,000 resources and opportunities, is accompanied by individualized advice through the NYFA Source Hotline,, and (800) 232.2789 (Monday-Friday, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST).
  • #ArtistHotline
    A monthly Artist Professional Development Day on Twitter, held every third Wednesday of the month with artists, cultural organizations, and arts professionals.
  • Business of Art
    A broad archive pertaining to the practical side of artmaking. Includes a variety of articles, interviews, helpful links, and more.


NYFA’s professional development programs, which include panels, individual consultations, and in-depth training opportunities. Most programs are for artists in all disciplines.

  • Boot Camps
    Intensive programs covering the core principles of sustainability, which an artist or arts administrator can apply to their practice or specific projects.
  • Immigrant Artist Program
    Includes access to mentorship, a monthly newsletter, and an online resource directory.
  • Doctor’s Hours
    One-on-one consultations for artists with industry professionals.
  • NYFA Coaching
    Remote or in-person consultations with NYFA staff customized to fit your needs.
  • Arts Business Incubator (ABI) Program
    Support through education, mentoring, and targeted funding with a cohort of New York City-based arts startups and organizations.
  • The Profitable Artist
    NYFA’s comprehensive career guide compiles a wealth of information for artists of all disciplines, including interviews and in-depth case studies.


NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship increases the funding opportunities of individual artists and artist-run organizations by allowing them to raise funds using NYFA’s tax-exempt status.

Program Benefits Include:

  • Increased access to funding opportunities
  • The ability to offer indivdual donors the incentive of tax-deductible donations and to collect those donations online
  • Access to services and resources that are exclusively available to fiscally sponsored projects and organizations
  • A custom profile of your organization or project on NYFA’s website
  • Payroll services and professional development consultations

Quarterly Deadlines: June 30, September 30, December 31, March 31


Each year, NYFA provides cash grants to individuals pursuing artistic excellence in all forms.

  • NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships
    NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships, awarded in fifteen disciplines over a three-year period, are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York and/or the Indian Nations located therein, for unrestricted use.
  • “Made in NY” Women’s Film, TV and Theatre Fund
    The “Made in NY” Women’s Film, TV and Theatre Fund, the latest in a groundbreaking series of initiatives by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), provides grants to encourage and support the creation of film, television, digital, and live theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of women and female-identified individuals.
  • Canadian Women Artists’ Award
    This $5,000 award provides financial support to an emerging or early career artist working in any discipline, and can be used in any manner the recipient deems necessary to further her artistic goals. It is supported by funding granted to NYFA by the Canadian Women’s Club (CWC) of New York as a way to continue its philanthropic work when it disbanded.
  • The Murray Reich Distinguished Artist Award
    This $10,000 award recognizes artistic excellence and provide resources to mature and established visual artists with a long history of creative practice.
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