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The New York Foundation for the Arts Accepting Applications for Artist Fellowships

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) online application for the 2016 Artists’ Fellowships are now available. Deadline for application is January 28, 2016.

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has awarded Artists’ Fellowships of $7,000 to individual originating artists living and working in New York State and/or Indian Nations located therein for unrestricted use. The Fellowship award accepts submissions in 15 different disciplines with 5 disciplines reviewed each year on a rotating 3 year cycle. Fellowships are awarded to artists of all career levels regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, or ability/disability.

Artists’ Fellowships are not project grants but are instead intended to fund an artist’s vision as displayed across a single criterion of work. Fellowships are not awarded to interpretative artists such as dancers or actors, applicants must be the originators of the work, ie. choreographers or playwrights. NYFA is committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. In 2015, NYFA awarded 91 Fellowships to 95 awardees with 4 collaborations totaling an amount of $642,000.

For complete guidelines and application, visit NYFA.org.

The following categories will be reviewed during the 2016 cycle:

  • Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design
  • Choreography
  • Music/Sound
  • Playwriting/Screenwriting
  • Photography




Applications for the 2016-17 award cycle will open in Fall 2016. The following categories will be reviewed:

  • Crafts/Sculpture
  • Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts
  • Nonfiction Literature
  • Poetry
  • Digital/Electronic Arts


Applications for the 2017-18 award cycle will open in Fall 2017. The following categories will be reviewed:

  • Fiction
  • Folk/Traditional Arts
  • Interdisciplinary Work
  • Painting
  • Video/Film
  • The Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence, in painting


About NYFA

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 development. NYFA serves individual artists through providing financial and informational assistance across four flagship programs, Fiscal Sponsorship, Learning, Online Resources and Artists’ Fellowships.

NYFA’s Artists’ Fellowships are administered with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.


Deadline 1/28/2016
Contact Name Artist Fellowships
Contact Email artistfellowship@nyfa.org
Website http://nyfa.org