Artist Service Organizations

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Helping Artists to Thrive

The Actor’s Fund of America

The Actors Fund is a nationwide human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. The Fund is a safety net, providing programs and services for those who are in need, crisis or transition. Ex: jobs, career, computer skills.

Alliance for the Arts


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A.R.T./New York

The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York is an arts service organization dedicated to supporting New York City’s vibrant community of non-for profit theatres. NP Seminars, space rentals, listings.

Americans for the Arts


1000 Vermont Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington DC 20005
Description: An advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the arts and culture in communities throughout the U.S.A.


Arts & Business Council

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2010, Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. From offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it serves more than 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders

Aperture Foundation, 547 W. 27th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Description: Devoted to photography and related visual arts. Sponsors exhibitions, publications, and research.
Art and Science Collaborations, Inc.
Description: Formed to raise public awareness about artists and scientists who use science and technology to explore new forms of creative expression, and increase communication and collaboration between these fields.
Arts and Healing Network, P.O. Box 276, Stinson Beach, CA 94970
Description: An organization devoted to an exchange of information for those interested in the healing potential of art.
The Arts Extension Service, University of Massachussetts Amherst, 223 Middlesex House, 111 Country Circle, Amherst, MA 01003
Description: Sponsors programs in arts management, business development, fund-raising, advocacy, leadership, and marketing. Also publishes and distributes books and guides.
Description: A site devoted to information and exchange of information pertaining to visual art and feminist cultural production across and between disciplines and geographical boundaries. Provides news, art reviews, book reviews, exhibition opportunities, and other career-related opportunities for women artists.


Asian American Arts Alliance


Beth Hark Christian Counelling Center Emergency housing, well-being and food help during the day 26 E 120th St nr 5th Ave

Blue Earth Alliance, P.O. Box 4490, Seattle, WA 98194
Description: A membership organization devoted to exhibitions and photographic projects that educate the public about endangered cultures, threatened environments, and social concerns.

Bronx Council on the Arts

The Bronx Council on the Arts’ organizational mission is to encourage and increase public awareness and participation in the arts and to nurture the development of artists and cultural organizations.

Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC)

BAC gives grants, presents free and affordable arts events, trains artists and arts professionals, teaches students, incubates new projects and promotes artists and cultural groups across our borough. Brooklyn’s cultural anchor since 1966, BAC has also been the catalyst helping the arts community grow. We continually evaluate and evolve what we do to meet the changing times, and keep our commitment to community engagement, diversity and inclusion when it comes to the arts in our borough.

Brooklyn Arts Exchange
Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn Museum

Brown Paper Tickets

We are ticket buyers and event producers. We go to small intimate shows and big commercial festivals. We’ve worked as concert promoters. We’ve sold tickets in community theaters and in stadium box offices.

Buskers Advocates


Celebrating self-expression as a basic human right essential for the healthy growth of youth, individuals and communities COMMUNITY ARTS ADVOCATES, INC. Stephen H. Baird, Founder and Executive DirectorPO Box 300112, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) – NYC   Address: 1825 Park Ave #602, New York, NY 10035

Phone:(212) 307-7420

“As an Afro Latina designer, the Caribbean Culture Center African Diaspora Institute has been an incredible organization for me to learn, build and celebrate the .

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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.

Career Transition for Dancers

Career Transition For Dancers is a nonprofit organization that enables dancers to define their career possibilities and develop the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines.

Chamber Music America
Provides health, liability and instrument insurance and other benefits to chamber musicians and composers who are Chamber Music America members.

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.


Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island

The Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island cultivates a sustainable and diverse cultural community for the people of Staten Island by: Making the arts accessible to every member of the community; Supporting and building recognition for artistic achievement; Providing artists, organizations, and arts educators the technical, financial and social resources to encourage cultural production.

The Content Creators Coalition
Description: An organization comprised of visual and performing artists, writers, and other creators that are joining together to demand fair treatment from those who profit from their work.
Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), P.O. Box 838, Montpelier, VT 05601
A national artists’ service organization whose mission is to safeguard and sustain the careers of artists working in craft disciplines, and provide emergency resources that benefit all artists. Programs and services include emergency relief, emergency preparedness and recovery resources and educational programs, an artist preparedness campaign, and research on the needs and status of working artists.

City Lore documented and advocated for cherished local establishments, public spaces and community landmarks. Also, “living archives” of oral histories, teaching artist and family workshops.

Creative Capital – Investing in Artists who Shape the Future

Creative Capital has awarded $40 million to 642 groundbreaking artists nationwide … creative minds to strengthen their careers and enrich their communities.


Dance/NYC exists to strengthen the professional dance field in New York City—serving as the voice, guide, and infrastructure architect for all local dance artists, audiences, and managers within the creative economy.

Dramatists Guild of America

The Dramatists Guild of America was established for the purpose of aiding dramatists in protecting both the artistic and economic integrity of their work. The Guild believes that a vibrant, vital and provocative theater is an essential element of the ongoing cultural debate which informs the citizens of a free society. The Guild believes that if such a theater is to survive, the unique, idiosyncratic voices of both men and women who write for it must be cultivated and protected

Directory of Arts Services Organizations
Description: Search the directory to find arts organization in your area, including only those have worked with or are members of Americans for the Arts.

En Foco, 1738 Hone Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461
Description: A national organization that supports contemporary fine art and documentary photographers of diverse cultures, primarily U.S. residents of Latino, Africa and Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific. Sponsors traveling exhibitions, an image library, registry, and publishes the journal Nueva Luz.
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.


Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop – The Billie Holiday Theatre

Brooklyn’s Billie Holiday Theatre is the new home for a vital program for new and developing playwrights: Frank Silvera WritersWorkshop. Regular reading series.

Fractured Atlas

248 W. 35th Street, Suite 1202, New York, NY 10001

Fractured Atlas is a non-profit organization that serves a national community of artists and arts organizations. Our programs and services facilitate the creation of art by offering vital support to the artists who produce it. We help artists and arts organizations function more effectively as businesses by providing access to funding, healthcare, education, and more, all in a context that honors their individuality and independent spirit. By nurturing today’s talented but underrepresented voices, we hope to foster a dynamic and diverse cultural landscape of tomorrow.

Guerrilla Girls
Description: A group of women visual and performing artists and writers dedicated to fighting discrimination.


Grant Space

Grant Station

Harlem Arts Alliance

Harlem Arts Alliance is a network based arts service organization comprised of established and emerging visual and performing artists, art lovers, businesses .

Handweavers Guild of America, Inc., 1255 Buford Highway, Suite 211, Swanee, GA 30024
Description: Provides forums for the education of handweavers, handspinners, basketmakers, and fiber artists in related disciplines.  Publishes Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot

Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA) is a not-for-profit arts service organization committed to nurturing the artistic growth of artists and the organizational development of arts organizations based in Harlem and surrounding communities.

Harkness Center for Dance Injuries

To enhance the health, well-being and quality of life of dancers and dance companies by providing state-of-the-art

affordable medical care.

IDEA International Dialects of English Archive | free dialect and accent …

A top site to listen to and study accents and dialects from across the world. Hundreds of recordings and phonetic transcriptions using the IPA are featured on.

Immigrant Artist Program Directory
Description: Lists art service organizations and other resources for immigrants and refugees. Sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts.


Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, 756 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
Description: Recognizes the work of artists who demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world and who are motivated by a unique personal vision. Sponsors exhibitions and programs.  Publishes The Outsider, a quarterly magazine.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been a leading voice for arts and culture Downtown and throughout New York City for over 35 years, producing cultural events and promoting the arts through grants, services, advocacy, and cultural development programs. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is dedicated to making Manhattan a thriving center of arts activity with relevance to the arts community worldwide. It does this through a range of grants, cultural programs and advocacy.

Lotus Music & Dance

Multicultural dance association in New York, offering lessons, workshops and performances of traditional ethnic forms of dance and music.

Meet the Composer

Meet The Composer supports the creation of new musical work and the engagement of new work with people and communities throughout the United States. We are motivated by a core belief that interaction with a living composer and his or her music has the power to invigorate and inspire musicians and audiences alike.

Materials for the Arts

Founded in 1978, Materials for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, provides thousands of NYC’s arts and cultural organizations, public schools, and community arts programs with the supplies they need to run and expand their programs. MFTA gathers materials from companies and individuals that no longer need them and makes them available, for free, to the artists and educators that do.

Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises

Enhance the ability of MWBEs to compete for contracts and ensure their meaningful participation in our procurement process; Provide educational assistance to MWBE suppliers on the methods of doing business with the DOE. DOE MWBE Events: Find out about upcoming seminars, such as How to Do Business with the DOE, as well as vendor fairs that DOE will be attending.

Music Under New York – MTA

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

At present, more than 350 soloists and groups participate in Music Under New York providing over 7,500 annual performances at 30 locations throughout the …

National Association of Independent Artists
Description: Dedicated to the professional and economic success of its membership. Serves as an advocate for improving the profession of artists. Publishes The Independent Artist, a semiannual magazine.
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, 1208 Buena Vista, San Antonio, TX 78207
Description: The nation’s leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. Sponsors workshops and conferences. Publishes monthly magazine and newsletter.
National Association of Women Artists, 80 Fifth Avenuue, Suite 1405, New York, NY 10011,
Description: The oldest professional women’s fine arts group in the United States. Encourages the growth and development of women artists, and provides cultural and educational programs.

National Black Theatre Festival

July 31 – August 5, 2017. In Winston-Salem, NC – City of the Arts Submissions will be accepted starting June 1st. 447Days6Hours59Minutes40Seconds .

National Conference of Artists, Executive Headquarters, 7822 South Dobson Avenue, Chicago, IL  60619.
Description: The oldest national organization for African-American artists in the United States.  Devoted to the preservation, promotion, and development of African-American artists through exhibitions, educational programs, and research.
National Endowment for the Arts, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20506-0001
Description: A federal agency that supports America’s cultural heritage, nurtures the expression of human creativity, supports the cultivation of community spirit, and fosters the recognition and appreciation of excellence and diversity in the nation’s artists. Sponsors grants and program.
National Women’s Caucus for Art, P.O. Box 1498, New York, NY 10013
Description: Represents the professional and economic concerns of women artists, art historians, educators, writers, and museum professionals. Sponsors conferences and exhibitions.
New York Foundation for the Arts, 20 Jay Street, 7th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Description: Sponsors national arts information programs and works with artists nationally and in New York.


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 Performing Arts Spaces

Space Solutions for Music, Dance, & Theatre. A Project of Fractured Atlas.


Pentacle is a leading voice and resource for some of today’s most exciting contemporary dance and performance artists. For over 35 years, our exemplary services and projects have empowered artists to do what they do best . . . create works of art.


THE POINT Community Development Corporation is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx.  We work with our neighbors to celebrate the life and art of our community, an area traditionally defined solely in terms of its poverty, crime rate, poor schools and substandard housing.  We believe the area’s residents, their talents and aspirations, are THE POINT’s greatest assets.

Queens Council on the Arts

The mission of the Queens Council on the Arts is to foster and develop the arts in Queens County and to support arts organizations and individual artists in presenting their cultural diversity for the benefit of the community.

The Riverside Church – Library

Riverside Church Foundation Center of New York Ask Us – Foundation Center The Cloister Library of The Riverside Church has partnered with the …

Senior Artists Initiative, 711 Willow Way, Penn Valley, PA 19072
Description: A nonprofit organization that assists artists in understanding the need for and processes involved in organizing their life’s work. Educates artists about the process of documenting and inventorying their work, legal issues pertaining to their art, estates, and artists rights. Sponsors an Inventory And Oral History Project, and produces video interviews of established artists for online viewing.


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.

Theater Mania

Comprehensive listings, news, reviews, interviews, video content and online ticketing for Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway and theater nationwide. provides listings and editorial coverage for over 40 markets, widely distributes free email newsletters and special offers to its subscribers, online marketing programs, box office, telephone, and online ticketing services.

Theatre Development Fund

Theatre Development Fund. The live theatrical arts afford a unique expression of the human condition that must be sustained and nurtured. TDF’s two-fold mission is to identify and provide support, including financial assistance, to theatrical works of artistic merit, and to encourage and enable diverse audiences to attend live theatre and dance in all their venues. TDF Costume Collection     Providing Costumes for Not-For-Profit Theatre and More.

Theatre Resources Unlimited (TRU)

TRU was formed to promote a spirit of cooperation and support within the general theatre community by providing information and a variety of entertainment-related services and resources that strengthen the capacity of producing organizations, individuals producers, self-producing artists and other theater professionals.

Theatre Communications Group (TCG)

To strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre.

Volunteer Laywers for the Arts (VLA)

Since 1969, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts has been the leading provider of educational and legal services, advocacy and mediation to the arts community. As the first arts-related legal aid organization, VLA is the model for similar organizations around the world.

Women Environmental Artists Directory
Description: Sponsors a website devoted to providing information about the art fields of ecoart and social justice.

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Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)
Description: A New York-based activist group that focuses on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions, and establishing a sustainable model for best practices between cultural producers and the institutions that contract their labor.