Wednesday, March 26, 2014

OOB Support/Service Organizations

As artists, we want to just be artists, but there is a whole administrative/business side of being creative. It isn't always easy to wade through the red tape and paperwork. We are lucky that there are so many organizations that provide administrative support, development assistance, and access to services that helps artists and arts organizations develop the infrastructure of our endeavors.

Fractured Atlas
Fractured Atlas helps artists and arts organizations with the business part of creating art. Their services include: fiscal sponsorship (so that you can accept donations), insurance (both health and liability insurance), ticketing (, training, International Artists Visas assistance, maintain the NYC Performing Arts Spaces venue database, and more.

The Field
The Field helps D.I.Y. artists and arts organizations build their businesses and develop management strategies. Their programs include: fiscal sponsorship, training & workshops, grant application feedback/assistance, access to MFTA and the TDF Costume Collection, and more.

Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./NY)
A.R.T./NY provides many resources and opportunities for the Off-Off-Broadway community through its four core programs: Funding, Training, Space, and Connections.

Theatre Development Fund (TDF)
TDF is dedicated to nurturing the live theatrical arts in NYC. Most visibly TDF runs the TKTS stand in Time Square, which sells discounted tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. However, there are several programs that are specifically designed to support the OOB community. The discount ticketing program, "Off-Off @ $9" and the new video project "Meet the Theatre." Read more details about these programs. In addition, the Costume Collection maintains and rents some incredible costumes at deep discounts.

Theatre Resources Unlimited (TRU)
TRU is a resource and information sharing network for the theatre community.  TRU programs include: panels and workshops, TRU Producer Boot Camp, a producer development and mentor program, an annual general audition, writer/producer speed-dating, and more.

Theatre Communications Group (TCG)
TCG is a national organization that is dedicated to bringing the U.S. theatre community together through networking and knowledge-building. They do this through: events, research, grants, advocacy and they publish American Theatre Magazine, and much more.

Arts and Business Council of New York (ABC/NY)
ABC/NY is a program of Americans for the Arts and is dedicated to nurturing artists and arts organizations through developing a volunteer base, leadership and infrastructure and new audiences and income streams. It also works to stimulate the economic and cultural strengths of the arts community.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
The goal of NYFA is it empower emerging artists and arts organizations across New York state. Their four flagship programs include: fiscal sponsorship, learning and professional development, awards and grants and resource sharing.

Did we miss your favorite arts service organization?  We want to know about it. Please share.