Here's a list of creative resources we appreciate and recommend:
The Freelancers Hub provides networking and workspace, pro-bono legal advice & mediation; financial management, accounting, tax planning and business support; access to health care, liability, and disability insurance, and deferred compensation and retirement planning assistance, and more—all $free of charge to independent workers.
The Field provides access to opportunities, resources, funding, advice and information to artists and culture workers with an intentional focus on those who experience barriers to advancement based on race, cultural identity, ability, sexual orientation, or other identities.
Fractured Atlas empowers artists, arts organizations, and other cultural sector stakeholders by eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression. Use their tools to raise money, manage risk, build an audience, find space, collaborate intentionally, and learn business skills.
The Actor's Fund is a national human services organization here to meet the needs of our entertainment community with a unique understanding of the challenges involved in a life in the arts. Services include emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health care and insurance counseling, senior care, secondary career development and more.
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) is a legal aid and education organization dedicated to New York artists and its arts and cultural organizations. VLA strives to protect the artistic community’s livelihoods, businesses, and creative works through access to dedicated legal representation and focused education programs.
Barnard Center for Research on Women offers a downloadable Resource Guide for Service Providers Working with Immigrants who are LGBTQ, Sex Workers, and/or HIV-Positive
Urban Justice Center Community Development Project provides legal, participatory research and policy support to strengthen the work of grassroots and community-based groups in New York City to dismantle racial, economic and social oppression.
Financial Support & Grants
Bronx Council on the Arts
Serves Bronx artists and arts organizations by providing financial support, re-grant funding, information services, technical assistance, professional development, and community programming.
Brooklyn Arts Council
Offers service and support to Brooklyn artists and arts organizations, including re-grant funding.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Leading arts presenter, advocate, and service provider to artists and arts groups throughout Lower Manhattan. Also provides services and re-grant programs through neighborhood-based organizations across Manhattan.
Queens Council on the Arts
Fosters, develops, and promotes cultural organizations within Queens, and provides services to artists and arts organizations including re-grant funding.
Staten Island Arts
Develops, fosters, and promotes arts, cultural, and humanities activities on Staten Island, and provides re-grant funding within the borough.
MAP Fund supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry. In particular, MAP is interested in supporting artists that question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape.
Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services.
Art Cards is an arts-related weekly email mailing list. Listings are free through their online form, though there's no guarantee the event will be posted.
Art Slant is a networking and content platform committed to providing a social perspective on art. It's free to use, but you'll need to create an account to post an event.
Art Week is an arts website that gets 280K visits per month. It's free to use, but you'll need to create an account to post an event.
Time Out New York is a guide to New York. Listings are free, but you'll need to email them all the necessary information (see their website) the Monday ten days before publication.
Artists on the Brooklyn Arts Council's artist registry can post events. It's free to join.
Fractured Atlas members can post events. It's free to join.
chashama nurtures artists by transforming unused property into work and presentation space.
Artist Studio Affordability Project (ASAP) organizes the art community to fight for affordable workspace in New York City.
Playground Brooklyn is a co-working space for artists, illustrators, filmmakers, designers, photographers, art organizations, writers and any kind of creatives.
The NYC Commission on Human Rights enforces the City Human Rights Law, and protects individuals from discrimination in housing based on the protected classes under the Law, promoting equal opportunity and prohibiting discriminatory practices that unfairly limit the housing choices of protected groups or individuals.
Health & Wellness
NY State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace is where you can quickly compare health plan options and apply for assistance that could lower the cost of your health coverage.
Medicaid provides health coverage to low-income people and is one of the largest payers for health care in the United States.
Gibney Dance offers highly subsidized videography services to the larger performing arts community.
Community Development / Urban Planning
"What Is ULURP?" is a toolkit created by The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) to explain the process by which major land use changes get reviewed and approved in New York City.
Zoned Out! Race, Displacement, and City Planning in New York City is a book edited by Tom Angotti and Sylvia Morse that explores the ways in which New York City's zoning policies cause gentrification and displacement of low-income communities of color.
Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York (NOCD-NY) is a citywide alliance aimed at revitalizing NYC from the neighborhood up.
The Center for an Urban Future (CUF) is a catalyst for smart and sustainable policies that reduce inequality, increase economic mobility, and grow the economy in New York City.
Government / Elected Officials
NYC Votes will help you register to vote, see who’s running, learn how and where to cast your ballot, and get other New Yorkers involved.
Find Your Community Board and take part in shaping your neighborhood through NYC Mayor's Community Affairs Unit.
"Who Represents Me: NYC" provides updated lists of elected officials and their local contact information.
WE Legal, launched by the city's Department of Small Business Services, aims to support female entrepreneurs in need of critical legal know-how.
Free legal services are available through the Commercial Lease Assistance Program to help eligible businesses with signing a new commercial lease; amending, renewing, or terminating an existing commercial lease; addressing a commercial lease-related issue.
Freelancers Hub and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts are partnering to offer free legal clinics to NYC freelancers in media and entertainment in order to help them protect their work and deal with legal challenges.
Opportunities & Materials
Materials for the Arts is New York’s premiere reuse center, providing a way for companies and individuals to donate unneeded supplies to thousands of nonprofit organizations with arts programming and public schools.