Ends on July 16, 2017

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.

Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) 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 are encouraged to apply.

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

Deadline: Sunday, July 16, 11:59PM

Location: Jamestown Community College - Cattaraugus Campus

260 North Union Street, Olean, NY 14760

Program Dates: September 8-10, 2017

Friday, September 8: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Overview of Artist As Entrepreneur and Participant Introductions

Saturday, September 9: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, September 10: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Session topics will include finance, law, marketing, strategic planning, fundraising, and small group breakouts for individual presentations.

A follow up individual consultation will be offered on a seperate date.

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


  • Open to artists in all disciplines and career stages
  • 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 in the Cattaraugus, Allegany, & Chautauqua Counties, however the program is open to artists throughout New York State.

Notification: On or before Friday, August 4, 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.

Questions: bootcamp@nyfa.org

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.
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