Resources

The following is a list of organizations that provide services and/or information useful to artists and cultural organizations:

Advocacy

  • Alliance for the Arts
    The Alliance for the Arts serves the entire cultural community through research and advocacy and serves the public through cultural guides and calendars.
  • American Association of Museums
    The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community.
  • Americans for the Arts
    Our mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Connecting your best ideas and leaders from the arts, communities, and business, together we can work to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts.
  • The ALLIANCE for Media Arts and Culture
    The ALLIANCE for Media Arts + Culture is committed to facilitating innovation, collaboration, strategic growth and cultural impact for the media arts field in the US and around the world.
  • NYC Artists Coalition
    A coalition of artists, creative organizations, community leaders, activists, policy makers, and specialists providing mutual support and advocating for informal and affordable community spaces in NYC.
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts for Transit
  • National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture

Artist Service Organizations

  • Actors Fund
    A human services organization for performing artists that provides health care access information, and programs and services for those in need, crisis or transition.
  • Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York
    A service and advocacy organization for the Off Broadway, non-profit theater community.
  • Arts & Business Council of New York
    Builds partnerships between arts organizations and businesses in the New York City community.
  • Bronx Council on the Arts
    Serves Bronx artists and arts organizations by providing financial support, re-grant funding, information services, technical assistance, professional development, and community programming.
  • Brooklyn Arts Council
    Offers service and support to Brooklyn artists and arts organizations, including re-grant funding.
  • College Art Association
    A service and advocacy organization for visual art professionals, students, administrators, and professors. Promotes dialogue among the visual arts community and provides access to professional development resources, fellowships, travel grants, publications, and legal and financial services.
  • Staten Island Arts
    Develops, fosters, and promotes arts, cultural, and humanities activities on Staten Island, and provides re-grant funding within the borough.
  • Dance/NYC
    Provides resources, professional development, and one-on-one consulting to the NYC dance community.
  • Fractured Atlas
    Provides artists with access to funding, healthcare, and education.
  • Harlem Arts Alliance
    Nurtures artistic growth and organizational development of artists and arts organization in Harlem and surrounding communities.
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
    Leading arts presenter, advocate, and service provider to artists and arts groups throughout Lower Manhattan. Also provides services and re-grant programs through neighborhood-based organizations across Manhattan.
  • New York Foundation for the Arts
    Supports the development of individual artists through services that include fiscal sponsorship and artists' fellowships.
  • Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance
    Supports artists and arts organizations in Washington Heights and Inwood, and serves as a catalyst in the cultural and economic development of Northern Manhattan.
  • NYC Artists Coalition
    A coalition of artists, creative organizations, community leaders, activists, policy makers, and specialists providing mutual support and advocating for informal and affordable community spaces in NYC.
  • Queens Council on the Arts
    Fosters, develops, and promotes cultural organizations within Queens, and provides services to artists and arts organizations including re-grant funding.
  • The Field
    Supports independent performing artists through programs focusing on the creation of new work, services include professional development workshops, fiscal sponsorship, and rehearsal space.
  • Spaceworks
    Spaceworks is a not-for-profit cultural community development organization dedicated to expanding the supply of long-term, affordable rehearsal and studio space for artists in New York City.

Funding and Grants for Artists

  • Brooklyn Arts Council
    Offers service and support to Brooklyn artists and arts organizations, including re-grant funding.
  • Bronx Council on the Arts
    Serves Bronx artists and arts organizations by providing financial support, re-grant funding, information services, technical assistance, professional development, and community programming.
  • Fractured Atlas
    Provides artists with access to funding, healthcare, and education.
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
    Leading arts presenter, advocate, and service provider to artists and arts groups throughout Lower Manhattan. Also provides services and re-grant programs through neighborhood-based organizations across Manhattan.
  • New York Foundation for the Arts Source
    NYFA Source lists over 12,000 awards, services and publications for individual artists and art professionals. More programs are added everyday.
  • Queens Council on the Arts
    Fosters, develops, and promotes cultural organizations within Queens, and provides services to artists and arts organizations including re-grant funding.
  • Staten Island Arts
    Develops, fosters, and promotes arts, cultural, and humanities activities on Staten Island, and provides re-grant funding within the borough.

Artist Housing

  • Actor's Fund Housing
    The Actor's Fund offers resources for navigating housing in NYC and offers access to affordable housing in NYC, NJ, and CA
  • Artist Certification under Soho Zoning Resolution
    Under applicable state legislation and the City's Zoning Resolution, certification as a working artist is necessary in order for an individual to qualify for joint living-working space in the M1-MA and M1-MB zoning districts (SoHo NoHo). This permits fine artists working on a professional level who demonstrate a need for a live/work loft to reside in specific lofts zoned for manufacturing. Pursuant to the City's Zoning Resolution, the Department of Cultural Affairs has been designated as the certifying agency.
  • The Loft Law
    In 1982, the New York State Legislature enacted the New York City Loft Law and established the New York City Loft Board to regulate the legal conversion of certain lofts in the city from commercial/manufacturing use to residential use. The Loft Law also established the Loft Board with the mission of coordinating the legal conversion of these spaces to safe residential use.

Artist Certification

  • Under applicable state legislation and the City's Zoning Resolution, certification as a working artist is necessary in order for an individual to qualify for joint living-working space in the M1-MA and M1-MB zoning districts (SoHo NoHo). This permits fine artists working on a professional level who demonstrate a need for a live/work loft to reside in specific lofts zoned for manufacturing. Pursuant to the City's Zoning Resolution, the Department of Cultural Affairs has been designated as the certifying agency.

    Get the application and additional information about the program (in PDF).

Funding Resources for Non-profits

  • DCLA Cultural Capital Funding
    DCLA, through its Capital Projects Unit, supports design and construction projects and major equipment purchases at the 33 City-owned cultural institutions and approximately 200 other cultural facilities throughout the five boroughs.
  • DCLA Cultural Development Fund (CDF)
    The Program Services Unit of the Department of Cultural Affairs is charged with the administration of the Cultural Development Fund, an annual grant-making process for New York City’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.
  • The Fund for the City of New York
    The Fund has developed and helped to implement innovations in policy, programs, practices and technology in order to advance the functioning of government and nonprofit organizations in New York City and beyond.
  • New York City Industrial Development Agency
    Issues tax-exempt bonds to nonprofit organizations that are planning major capital projects.
  • The Trust for Cultural Resources
    The Trust for Cultural Resources of the City of New York is authorized to issue triple tax-exempt debt for the benefit of certain cultural institutions.
  • Seedco Financial ArtBusiness
    Financial and technical assistance for small arts businesses and small-to-midsized arts nonprofit organizations. Offers financing for working capital, facilities expansion, and connects nonprofit organizations to a network of technical assistance providers.

Culturally and Population Specific Resources

  • Cultural Services for Seniors
    The NYC ARTS Cultural Guides for Seniors provide details on cultural programs for senior citizens across the five boroughs; ticket and membership discounts at arts organizations; and assistance available for visitors with disabilities.
  • Elder Artists' Legal Resource
    The Elder Artists' Legal Resource website offers information for visual artists who want to understand the estate-planning process, gain access to valuable resources, or prepare to engage legal services.
  • Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
    The Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) promotes the well-being of immigrant communities. In the de Blasio administration, we have prioritized three broad goals: enhance the economic, civic, and social integration of immigrant New Yorkers; facilitate access to justice for immigrant New Yorkers; and advocate for continued immigration reforms at all levels of government in order to eliminate inequities that impact New York's immigrant communities.
  • NYC Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Transsexual, Bisexual, and Questioning Runaway and Homeless Youth
    The NYC Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Transsexual, Bisexual, and Questioning Runaway and Homeless Youth develops strategies to address the unique needs of LGBTQ youth before they run away, to provide homeless youth with shelter and support, or to help reunite them with their families when appropriate. Strategies include cultural opportunities targeted to LGBTQ youth.
  • NYC Administration for Children's Services: LGBTQ Support
    ACS is committed to creating a safe and affirming environment where all young people can thrive, no matter their sexual orientation or gender-identity and expression. The ACS Office of LGBTQ Policy & Practice raises awareness and helps make sure that all of our services are affirming of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) youth and families
  • Theater of War
    Theater of War Productions will bring theater projects and community conversations that address critical public health and social issues to all five boroughs.The project will combine theater and public forums that engage both veterans and civilians in community-specific performances that foster health and healing through open discussion and exchange.

Targeted Services

  • Cultural Services for Seniors
    The NYC ARTS Cultural Guides for Seniors provide details on cultural programs for senior citizens across the five boroughs; ticket and membership discounts at arts organizations; and assistance available for visitors with disabilities.
  • LGBTQ Youth
    The NYC Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Transsexual, Bisexual, and Questioning Runaway and Homeless Youth develops strategies to address the unique needs of LGBTQ youth before they run away, to provide homeless youth with shelter and support, or to help reunite them with their families when appropriate. Strategies include cultural opportunities targeted to LGBTQ youth.
  • NYC Administration for Children's Services: Community Resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth.
    The NYC Administration for Children's Services publishes a guide to community resources available to LGBTQ youth in New York City.
  • Elder Artists' Legal Resource
    The Elder Artists' Legal Resource website offers information for visual artists who want to understand the estate-planning process, gain access to valuable resources, or prepare to engage legal services.

Technical Assistance and Professional Development

  • Alliance for Nonprofit Management
    Membership organization that delivers management and governance support services to nonprofit organizations.
  • Arts Manager
    Resource of solutions to management challenges faced by nonprofit arts organizations. Hosted by The Kennedy Center Institute for Arts Management.
  • Board Source
    A comprehensive resource that provides classes, publications, and tools to help nonprofit organizations build effective boards.
  • Engage NYC: Digital Media for Nonprofits Toolkit
    In 2013 the Department of Cultural Affairs joined NYC Digital, NYC Service, and Greater New York to host the Engage NYC: Digital Media for Nonprofits conference. All of the videos, presentations, and other materials are now available online.
  • Essensa, Group Purchasing for Non-Profits
    Since New York City is home to a vibrant and expansive nonprofit sector, the City has created a membership opportunity in Essensa, a group purchasing organization. Membership is free for all NYC nonprofits and provides access to discounts on a wide range of goods and services.
  • Foundation Center's New Focus on Funding for the Arts website
    A "one-stop shop" of free, easily accessible information including charts that show the geographic locations and giving interests of grantmakers supporting the arts, RFP listings, arts-related reference guides and resource lists.
  • Lawyers Alliance for New York
  • Mayor's Office of Contract Services
    Capacity Building and Oversight Initiative provides classes on internal controls, governance, and accounting for nonprofits.
  • New York City Business Solution Centers
    New York City Department of Small Business Services staff on hand to help identify permits and licenses required to open a small business in New York City, especially useful for artist entrepreneurs. One-on-one and small group technical assistance provided for marketing, accounting, and legal issues.
  • Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York
    Information source for the New York nonprofit community, offers management services, courses, and other technical assistance.
  • Temporary Public Art Resource Guide
    A guide to local agencies and organizations that provide permits for or facilitate temporary public art installations in locations around New York City.
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
    Provider of pro bono legal services, mediation services, educational programs and publications, and advocacy acts on issues vital to the arts community.

Emergency Preparedness Resources

Resources to assist cultural organizations in preparing for emergencies:

Resources for Arts Organizations and Artists Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

DCLA encourages organizations to reach out to their local NYPD precinct, FDNY station, CERT teams, area businesses, residents and schools, and peer cultural organizations to coordinate emergency preparedness efforts.

To report suspicious activity, call 1-888-NYC-SAFE (692-7233), 718-615-7506 or 311. In case of an emergency, call 911.

Alliance for Response New York (AFR NY)
AFR NY includes emergency planning and recovery resources specifically for organizations with physical collections. It provides information specific to protecting and salvaging artifacts, photographs, and other cultural records, as well as historic properties and family treasures. Alliance for Response's website also provides information about immediate recovery best practices and safety measures.
Find out more information.

CultureAID
CultureAID ("Active in Disasters") is a collaborative network of stakeholders and service providers committed to strengthening New York City's cultural community - including artists and organizations - before, during, and after disasters through an organized communications system, as well as coordinated activities and services to the field.
Learn more and join the network.

Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS)
CEAS is the City's program to ensure access for critical employees to restricted areas following a serious emergency.

New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
OEM plans and prepares for emergencies, educates the public about preparedness, coordinates emergency response and recovery, and collects and disseminates critical information.

NYC Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs)
New York City Community Emergency Response Teams (NYC CERT) are groups of dedicated volunteers who help to prepare their neighbors and communities for different types of disasters.

Ready New York
Ready New York is OEM's education campaign to prepare New York City residents and businesses for emergencies.

Open Data

Cultural Affairs Open Data Portal

NYC Open Data is an online portal that makes the wealth of public data generated by various New York City agencies and other City organizations available for public use. As part of an initiative to improve the accessibility, transparency, and accountability of City government, NYC Open Data offers access to a repository of government-produced, machine-readable data sets.

Access historical data on DCLA program funding on NYC Open Data.

Resources and Permitting for Public Art

Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program
New York City's Percent for Art law has required that one percent of the budget for eligible City-funded construction projects be spent on public artwork. Managed by the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Percent for Art program has commissioned hundreds of site-specific projects in variety of media by artists whose sensibilities reflect the diversity of New York City.

Governors Island
The Island created for and by New Yorkers, Governors Island is New York City’s shared space for art and play. Individuals or organizations planning an event that requires reserved space or has production needs not covered by the Island’s existing public amenities must apply for a permit. The Trust for Governors Island offers several types of permits. Please select a permit category below for more specific information.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
As part of their Training, Networking, Talks: Arts Advancement Series, LMCC produced the guide MAKING TEMPORARY PUBLIC ART & PERFORMANCE: What Artists Need to Know.

NYC Department of Parks & Recreation: Temporary Public Outdoor Art Guidelines:
For proposals in City parkland throughout the five boroughs.

NYC Department of Parks & Recreation: Proposal Guidelines for the Parks Arsenal Gallery:
For proposals in City parkland throughout the five boroughs.

NYC Department of Parks & Recreation; Events application page for permitting related to performances, concerts and very short-term art projects:
For proposals in City parkland throughout the five boroughs.

NYC Department of Transportation
DOT Art partners with community-based organizations and artists to present temporary public art in public plazas, fences, barriers, bridges, step streets, and sidewalks across the city.

NYC Street Activity Permit Office
Information on the permitting process for street fairs, festivals, block parties, farmers’ markets, commercial/promotional and other events on the City's streets and sidewalks.

NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
Guide for proposals that call for introducing elements or making modifications to a landmark site that will exist for a temporary period of time. Installations include signs, artwork, banners, kiosks and temporary modifications related to approved work.

Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
Guidelines for permits to support film and television productions of all shapes and sizes

The Metropolitan Transit Authority
MTA Arts & Design administers visual arts, performing arts and design programs throughout the MTA network, and welcomes professional artists who are interested in being considered for several program opportunities.

More Art
More Art is always looking for new artists to take part in the Art Creates Community Education program. Projects must be designed so as to directly involve students in the decision-making of the creative process.

Cultural Affairs Resources and Cultural Reports

  • CreateNYC: A Cultural Plan for All New Yorkers
    CreateNYC will incorporate intensive public input and an in-depth evaluation of the city’s cultural assets in a comprehensive cultural plan. CreateNYC is an exciting opportunity to create a long term roadmap for promoting greater equity, access, diversity and vibrancy, and expanding opportunities for ALL New Yorkers to access and participate in the city’s rich cultural life.
  • Interagency MOUs
    Local Law 40 of 2011 requires agencies to post certain memoranda of understanding and similar agreements (“MOUs”) entered into among governmental agencies. DCLA has not identified any covered MOUs or similar agreements to date. Please check back for future updates.
  • Department of Cultural Affairs Report on Diversity & Equity
    The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) prepared this overview of data collected by research firm Ithaka S+R on the staff and board makeup of nonprofit cultural organizations that received funding from the DCLA between FY13-FY15. We embarked on this effort as part of the de Blasio administration’s commitment to fostering a fairer and more equitable city, and we believe in the value of a cultural sector that reflects the communities it serves.
  • The Social Well-being of New York City's Neighborhoods: The Contribution of Culture and the Arts
    This report presents the conceptual framework, data and methodology, and findings of a two-year study of culture and social well-being in New York City by SIAP with Reinvestment Fund. The team gathered data from City agencies, borough arts councils, and cultural practitioners to develop a 10-dimension social well-being framework for every neighborhood in the five boroughs between 2014 and 2016.

Resources for Emerging Cultural Workers

CUNY Cultural Corps
Modeled after the CUNY Service Corps, which provides hundreds of CUNY students with paid work experience in civic-oriented jobs in community-based organizations and government agencies, the Cultural Corps is a student pipeline for successful alumni into New York City’s arts and culture institutions.

Participating in Arts and Culture in NYC

  • Cultural Benefits of IDNYC Municipal ID Program
    IDNYC is the new, free identification card for all New York City residents. IDNYC cardholders are now eligible for free one-year memberships at over 35 participating institutions in 2017.
  • NYC GO
    Find out what to do, where to go, where to stay and what to eat in NYC from the experts who know it best.
  • Venues with Free Hours and Suggested Admission
    The City of New York is home to more than 700 galleries, 380 nonprofit theater companies, 330 dance companies, 131 museums, 96 orchestras, 40 Broadway theaters, 15 major concert halls, five zoos, five botanical gardens, and an aquarium Many offer free, reducued, or pay-what-you wish admission.

Materials For The Arts

A program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, with support from the Departments of Sanitation and Education. They collect a wide variety of reusable materials from businesses and individuals and make them available for free to nonprofits and civic organizations with arts programming and public schools.

Learn more