New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) provides the concrete resources that working artists and emerging arts organizations need to thrive. 

NYFA Learning/Professional Development encompasses New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) professional development programs, which include panels, workshops, individual consultations, and training opportunities. To be notified of any events, workshops, and open calls, please sign up here

Established in 1971 as an independent organization to serve individual artists throughout the state, the mission of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is to empower emerging artists and arts organizations across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives and professional/organizational development. In 2009, we extended our programs and services throughout the United States and the international community.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts’ State & Local Partnerships program is pleased to announce the second year of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp, a series of professional development programs for the arts communities in New York State conducted over a three year period. 

The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents the Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp, an intensive, multi-day professional development opportunity that delves into the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts.

Topics to be featured include strategic planning, finance, law, marketing, and fundraising. Additional material will be drawn from NYFA’s popular textbook “The Profitable Artist” (Allworth Press, 2011).

The Boot Camp’s structure is a blend of formal lectures, breakout groups, and one-on-one meetings. Participants work through a flexible and dynamic “action plan,” that provides a blueprint for their future project, career, and business goals. 

There is no charge to participate in the Artist as Entrepreneur Program. Artists interested in attending are required to apply and participants are selected by a panel review process. Artists of all disciplines and career stages, including students, are encouraged to apply.

All programs are offered free-of-charge to participants.

Deadline: Sunday, August 27th, 2017. 11:59PM EST

Location: The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 
265 River St, Troy, NY 12180

Program Dates: 
Thursday, October 12: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Overview of Artist As Entrepreneur and Participant Introductions

Sessions One and Two
Friday, October 13: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, October 14: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Topics will include finance, law, marketing, strategic planning, and fundraising

Sunday, October 15: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
AM: Individual Consultations and PM: Individual Presentations in Groups

Attendance is mandatory to all sessions, please check your calendar before applying


  • Open to artists in all disciplines and career stages including students
  • Artists living and working in New York State

For the application we ask you provide:

  • Your long terms goals and why you are interested in applying to this program. 
  • A narrative bio of your professional career
  • A link to your website or online presence
  • Work samples 

*First time users will need to register with Submittable to access the application portal.
**Priority will be given to artists living and working in the Capital Region, however the program is open to artists throughout New York State.

Notification: On or before Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
On selection into the program, artists will be asked to pay a $25 program deposit which will be automatically refunded at the end of the program, if artists attend all sessions.  *If a family or medical emergency prevents attendance, this would be considered an exception to the rule.


This program is made possible through New York State Council on the Arts, State & Local Partnerships with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.