When Assets for Artists expanded to serve New York City in 2012, we gained not only the opportunity to work with an incredible population of artist-entrepreneurs, but also partnerships with some truly revolutionary arts and small business organizations. Each of our six NYC partners offers a unique set of services for emerging artists and creative business owners, from web resources to in person one-on-one counseling. Check them out below!
NYFA Classifieds gathers and publishes artist opportunities including calls for art, grant opportunities, degree programs, jobs in the arts, and studio space across the city and the nation. Business of Art is a compilation of articles on the various facets of creating a career in the arts such as fundraising for your art practice, legal advice, exhibition tips, money management, as well as interviews with artists across disciplines and many, many more resources are available on this page. Finally, NYFA Source lists over 11,000 awards, services and publications for individual artists and art professionals.
Boot Camps are intensive programs that offer artists a set of guiding principles and practices to sustain their work. The NYFA Boot Camp emphasizes strategic goal setting and the creation of a business plan, budgeting and money management, understanding grant proposals, improving writing and presentation skills, and identifying career opportunities. The Immigrant Artist Program (IAP) provides professional support to immigrant artists working in New York City, helping to integrate them into the cultural world of New York while upholding their distinct identities.
In-House Professional Development:
Doctor’s Hours are hosted monthly at the NYFA headquarters in Brooklyn. Artists receive practical and professional advice from arts professionals. Work Sample Review provides valuable insight into the selection process, strengthening applicants’ submission materials for funding, residencies and exhibition opportunities.
LMCC aims to build a creative community around a network of working artists, engaged audiences, and cultural motivators in Lower Manhattan and beyond. In addition to residencies and workshops for artists, LMCC fosters partnerships that catalyze community and artistic growth.
Trainings and Workshops:
LMCC presents a suite of free Professional Development Workshops throughout the year across Manhattan in areas such as budgeting, grant-writing, fundraising, portfolio maintenance, and donor relations. The Artist Summer Institute, administered through LMCC and Creative Capital, is a five-day intensive for working artists that focuses on strategic business planning, marketing, networking, and financial planning. The program runs in early August, and registration runs from early to late June. Basic Finance for Artists is a free, six-week intensive training where artists gather essential personal financial information, gain an understanding of their overall financial profile, develop skills in money management, identify their goals, connect with experienced finance and arts professionals, and access resources for ongoing learning.
Online Resources and Opportunities:
For those located remotely, LMCC offers downloadable Fact Sheets and Downloads rooted in the core curriculum of their intensive trainings, as well as Recommended Links and Opportunities Around Town.
The mission of Project Enterprise is to support and develop entrepreneurs and small businesses in under-resourced communities in New York City. Through micro-loans, business development services and networking opportunities, Project Enterprise helps entrepreneurs increase their standard of living, create jobs for their communities, and build financial assets. In 1997, Project Enterprise began offering peer loans to Harlem entrepreneurs and today serves communities across the five boroughs.
PE provides members with regular classes and special workshops on a variety of business topics ranging from financial management to marketing of your brand. Members also have access to PE staff who can provide technical assistance and refer members to more specialized training if needed.
Networking and Access to Markets:
Business-to-business networking, peer support, and exposure are critical to a small business’ success. Project Enterprise members are connected to PE’s network of entrepreneurs, allies and supporters. PE also hosts quarterly networking events.
NYC Business Solutions is a set of free services offered by the Department of Small Business Services to help businesses start, operate and expand in New York City. There are seven NYC Business Solutions Centers located throughout the five boroughs, offering support in nine core areas:
Business Courses – learn business skills
Legal Assistance – receive legal advice
Financing Assistance – access a loan
Incentives – access tax credits & other incentives
Navigating Government – cut through red tape
Recruitment – save money when hiring
Training – boost staff skills
Selling to Government – reach new customers
Certification – become M/WBE (Minority- and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise) certified
Accion is a micro-finance organization that lends with the mission of empowering small business owners with access to working capital and financial education. All resources are available in English and Spanish.
Financial Education Online:
ACCION provides a host of online/downloadable resources, tips, and worksheets in important areas of small business development such as Basic Money Management, Understanding Credit, Small Business Resources, Build Your Website, Business and Financial Tips, and many more.
ACCION Online has partnered with organizations nationwide to provide business owners with access to credit and business resources.
For more small business and artist-support organizations based in New York City, visit our Business Resource page.