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

Artspire, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

Artspire, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

Role in The Untitled Chordettes Biopic

The New York Foundation for the Arts will be accepting donations and/or grants on behalf of the filmmakers and will take the responsibility of administering funds received in support of the development and completion of the film.  

ARTSPIRE/NYFA will not be providing any funds, but rather administrative support and use of their non-profit status for this project alone.


The New York Foundation for the Arts' mission is to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives.


NYFA was established in 1971 by the New York State Council on the Arts as an independent organization to facilitate the development of arts activities throughout the state.  NYFA's ability to provide Fiscal Sponsorship to individual artists and emerging organizations was established in 1976, and NYFA currently sponsors more than 368 Artists' Projects and 52 Emerging Organizations, in addition to supporting many others through its core programs.

In 1984, NYFA began overseeing and distributing Artists' Fellowships along with its public service component, Artists' & Audiences.  The Fellowship program has since expanded to award direct grants to New York State artists in sixteen disciplines - eight per year on a rotating basis - and has awarded more than $23.9 million over 3,688 artists since the program's inception.  Past recipients include subsequent winners of the Pultizer Prize, the Tony Award, the Academy Award (Oscar), Guggenheim Fellowships, MacARthur Fellowships, and many other honors.  Through NYFA's grant programs and fiscal sponsorship, more than $6.6 million is now awarded annually to artists and arts organizations.

NYFA Web services ( were launched in November 2002.  This web site now serves more than 120,000 unique visitors monthly, with over 3.8 million visitors accessing information in FY2007.  NYFA Source, a free, searchable online database of funding and other resources, serves more than 10,0000 artists monthly in the visual, performing, media, and literary arts nationwide.  NYFA's Artists Learning also offers progressional development opportunities through semi-annual Business of Art Conferences and Leaders Circles program for art professionals.

Other nights from NYFA's past include its leadership of the New York Arts Recovery Fund, which distributed nearly $5MM to 135 organizations and 352 individuals in New York City after September 11, 20001; the development of Artists in the School Community program; and participation in many important studies by the Urban Institute and other research centers.

Today, NYFA continues its history of serving artists, the arts community, donors, and the broader public, following 36 years of responding to the changing needs of the arts community in New York State.  NYFA is proud to provide organization strength and a record of solid leadership in its many roles as grantor, fiscal sponsor, community leader, and progressional resource for the extensive constituency of artists, arts organizations, and communities in New York and beyond.  


Artists who were supported early on in their careers by NYFA include: Spike LeeJulie TaymorAndres SerranoJunot Diaz, and thousands of other notable visual artists, filmmakers, playwrights, sculptors, authors, architects, poets, composers, and choreographers.

Other programs include Fiscal SponsorshipBuilding Up Infrastructure Levels for Dance (BUILD) grants, and the New York Theater Program. NYFA also has a Learning program which includes the Boot Camp for artists, and the Immigrant Artist Program, which provides mentorship, exhibition opportunities, information, and resources to immigrant and first-generation artists working in New York City.

Artspire, created by NYFA, is one of the oldest and most reputable fiscal sponsorship programs in the country.

Fiscal sponsorship allows individual artists and emerging arts organizations in all disciplines the ability to raise funds using NYFA's tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3)-classified organization. Under NYFA's fiscal sponsorship, artists and organizations can optimize the reach of their fundraising efforts. 

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

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