Resource Booklet: Resource Booklet: Arts & Entertainment Resources in New York City

AEWRC Arts & Entertainment Worker Resource Center

The AEWRC is building a website where we will provide critical information and resources to help support early career arts and entertainment workers in New York City - look for it in January, 2018! This list is representative of the kind of resources we are aggregating. If there are resources you believe we should include, we welcome your suggestions.  Please send any input to aewrc@cornell.edu

Survival: 101
Resources to help you meet basic needs as you pursue a career in arts & entertainment.
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Get Paid, Get Funded, Get Creating
Work space, grants, fundraising assistance, fiscal sponsorship, freelancers’ rights, professional development, community, jobs…
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Speaking Up: Advocating for Yourself & Others
A&E Unions, Arts Advocates, Networking for collective power.
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SURVIVAL: 101

Resources to help you meet basic needs as you pursue a career in arts & entertainment

NYC DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS DCLA

Dedicated to supporting and strengthening New York City's vibrant cultural life, the DCLA provides access by artists and cultural institutions to the information, materials and resources to reinforce their creative contributions to the City. Database of resources: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dcla/resources/resources.page

THE ACTORS FUND FOR EVERYONE IN ENTERTAINMENT

AF helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment, providing emergency financial assistance, health insurance counseling, financial education and more: http://www.actorsfund.org/services-and-programs

The AF offers primary and specialty healthcare at The Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. They accept most insurance plans and will work with the uninsured in the A&E industries to offer subsidized care: http://www.actorsfund.org/services-and-programs/friedman-health-center-performing-arts

The AF Housing Resource Center provides seminars and information on finding affordable housing, roommate and home sharing, tenants’ rights, housing court and purchasing your first home: http://www.actorsfund.org/services-and-programs/housing-resource-center

In addition to all the services they directly provide, the Actors Fund has a great database of other support resources: http://www.actorsfund.org/resources

FREELANCER’S UNION

Provides health insurance information and handpicked health insurance plans to fit freelancers' needs: https://www.freelancersunion.org/health/?zip=

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT MARKETPLACE

Investigate and secure health insurance, or find an insurance assistor in your area, to help you choose a plan: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov

NYC DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING PRESERVATION & DEVELOPMENT (HPD)

HPD offers a wide variety of programs that create newly constructed or renovated affordable rental housing throughout the five boroughs. Find and apply for affordable housing through these links:

NYC Housing Connect: https://a806-housingconnect.nyc.gov/nyclottery/lottery.html

NYC Mitchell Lama Connect: https://a806-housingconnect.nyc.gov/nyclottery/lottery.html#ml-home

City-Subsidized Rental Opportunities: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/renters/city-subsidized-rental-opportunities.page

ARTISTS HOUSING

An affordable housing community in NYC. This property has a Project-Based Section 8 contract with HUD, some or all of the rents at this property are based on tenant incomes: https://affordablehousingonline.com/housing-search/New-York/New-York-City/Artists-Housing/10018913

GYPSY HOUSING NYC on Facebook

Closed group to connect members of the NYC performing arts community who have a need for housing: https://m.facebook.com/groups/1650616371871158

NYS DEPARTMENT OF LABOR– WORKER PROTECTION UNIT

The areas under their jurisdiction can have a major impact on your daily life: https://www.labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/wp_index.shtm

Unemployment Insurance https://labor.ny.gov/unemploymentassistance.shtm

Wage and Hour Laws https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/workprot/lshmpg.shtm

Guidelines on Internships https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.pdf

Employee or Independent Contractor? https://labor.ny.gov/ui/dande/ic.shtm

To understand wage theft in America, watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqRQurUZ0No Worker Protection Unit Hotline: 1-888-4-NYSDOL

NYC DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS (DCA) OFFICE OF LABOR POLICY AND STANDARDS

Worker Bill of Rights: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/workers/workersrights/know-your-worker-rights.page

MONDAY NIGHT LAW

Community service program of the NYC Bar Association, providing free consultations with volunteer lawyers. The consultation is a chance to discuss questions you may have about a legal issue or process, and an opportunity to have a lawyer help you figure out what to do next:

http://www.nycbar.org/get-legal-help/our-services/monday-night-law

THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY

Provides legal representation to low-income New Yorkers: http://www.legal-aid.org/en/home.aspx

VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS VLA

Strives to protect the artistic community’s livelihoods, businesses, and creative works through access to dedicated legal representation and focused education programs. Free and low-cost legal assistance for artists and arts organizations: http://vlany.org

THE INDIE FILM CLINIC

Not-for-profit clinical program that provides free legal services to filmmakers producing independent, documentary and student films and to artists providing services in independent and documentary film: https://cardozo.yu.edu/clinics-professional-skills/clinics/indie-film-clinic

NYC HUMAN RESOURCES ADMINISTRATION

Get information and apply for benefit programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Cash Assistance, Medicaid renewal. https://a069-access.nyc.gov/ACCESSNYC/application.do


GET PAID, GET FUNDED, GET CREATING

Work space, grants, fundraising assistance, fiscal sponsorship, freelancers’ rights, professional development, community, jobs…

THE NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS – NYSCA

Dedicated to preserving and expanding NY’s rich and diverse cultural resources, they make grants to organizations and individual artists: https://nysca.org/public/about/mission_values.htm

NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS (NYFA)

NYFA provides the concrete resources that artists and emerging arts organizations need to thrive, including: fiscal sponsorship, professional development, funding: https://www.nyfa.org

NYC DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS -DCLA

The DCLA is the largest cultural funding agency in the nation. They provide financial support for individual artists through the borough Local Arts Councils listed below.

http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dcla/cultural-funding/cultural-funding.page

In addition to funding, these arts councils offer countless resources and services including: employment opportunities, professional development, creative collaborations, fiscal sponsorship, and teaching opportunities.

Bronx http://www.bronxarts.org

Brooklyn http://www.brooklynartscouncil.org

Lower Manhattan http://www.lmcc.net

Northern Manhattan http://www.nomaanyc.org

Queens http://www.queenscouncilarts.org/#home-1

Staten Island http://www.statenislandarts.org

CREATIVE CAPITAL

Supports artists through funding, counsel and career development seminars and services: https://www.creative-capital.org

DANCE/NYC

Promotes the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area. Provides numerous grants for dance makers, as well as networking opportunities, leadership training: https://www.dance.nyc/about/mission-and-programs

Established the Disability. Dance. Artistry. Fund (DDA Fund) to generate dance making and performance by and with disabled artists: https://www.dance.nyc/partner-resources/disability/fund

NEW MUSIC USA

Provides grants for composers, performers, musicians, ensembles, presenters, organizations and venues in NYC and elsewhere. https://www.newmusicusa.org/grants/

FRACTURED ATLAS

Empowers artists and arts organizations by eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression. Provides: fiscal sponsorship for artists and arts organizations, rehearsal and performance spaces through Spacefinder NYC, ticket sales and donation collection through artful.ly, business education through Fractured U, assistance with International Artists Visas, access to insurance. https://www.fracturedatlas.org

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

Supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community. Provides grants for creative workers and organizations in all areas of Arts & Entertainment: https://www.arts.gov

THE FOUNDATION CENTER

Connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Offers training and classes to strengthen fundraising skills, supports connection building through convenings, meetups and other special events. Has a comprehensive, searchable database of grantmakers. http://foundationcenter.org/ask-us/new-york

EXPLORING THE METROPOLIS

Fostering a vibrant and prolific performing arts community around shared resources of space and talent, and helping to broaden public access to the performing arts: http://exploringthemetropolis.org

CHASHAMA

Supports the process of artists by giving them space to create and present, and presents free, public events to diverse neighborhoods throughout New York City: https://www.chashama.org

THE FIELD

Provides professional and creative development services to performing and media artists, including fundraising support, fiscal sponsorship, workshops and thought leadership to empower artists and promote equity in the arts sector in NYC. https://thefield.org

SPACEWORKS NYC

Dedicated to expanding the supply of long-term, affordable rehearsal and studio space for artists working in NYC. https://spaceworksnyc.org/aboutus/

SCHOOL FOR THE VISUAL ARTS – Career Development Resource Page

Broad list of resources including: space, incubators, accelerators, jobs, disability resources, grants, LGBTQ resources, salary negotiation and website templates:

http://www.sva.edu/students/career-development/resources http://www.sva.edu/students/career-development/resources/resources-by-major

MAYOR’S OFFICE OF LABOR POLICY AND STANDARDS

Protects and promotes labor standards and policies that create fair workplaces to ensure all workers can realize their rights, regardless of immigration status, through: enforcement; outreach and education; research; advocacy; policy development.

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dca/downloads/pdf/workers/OfficeofLaborPolicyandStandards-WhatWeDo.pdf

OLPS supports NYC Freelance Isn’t Free. This law establishes and enhances protections for freelance workers, specifically the right to:

  • A written contract
  • Timely and full payment
  • Protection from retaliation

Learn more: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/about/freelance-isnt-free-act.page

NO FILM SCHOOL

A community of filmmakers, video producers, and independent creatives provide info for other filmmaking professionals, including grant opportunities: http://nofilmschool.com

CUNY CULTURAL CORPS

Modeled after the CUNY Service Corps, the Cultural Corps is a student pipeline for successful alumni into New York City’s arts and culture institutions: http://www1.cuny.edu/sites/culturalcorps/

MEDIA BISTRO

Provides career advice and employment listings for marketing, advertising, publishing, sales, PR, digital media, television, design jobs: https://www.mediabistro.com/jobs/openings/

OPERA AMERICA

Listings of non-performance jobs available in Opera across the country management, production, design, etc: https://www.operaamerica.org/applications/Jobs/index.aspx

“MADE IN NY” PA TRAINING PROGRAM

Developed in partnership between the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, this program provides individuals from diverse communities with training for entry-level positions in film production and access to employers in New York City's production industry: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mome/ini- tiatives/pa-training-program.page

http://www.dance.nyc/listings/auditions- dance auditions https://www.productionhub.com film production jobs https://music.thecreativeloft.com/music/jobs/in/new-york-city/ jobs for musicians

ARTISTS RIGHT SOCIETY

Represents the intellectual property interests of visual artists, handling the administrative tasks & business aspects of granting permissions for others to reproduce your artwork: https://www.arsny.art/

Copyright basics, article: http://www.arsny.com/copyright-basics/

KNOW THE STAGE

Information and resources for stagehands of all abilities and skill levels: http://knowthestage.com/

QUEER|ART|MENTORSHIP

Pairs emerging artists with established artists in a year-long exchange across five different fields: Film, Literature, Performance, Visual Art, and Curatorial Practice. http://www.queer-art.org/mentorship


SPEAKING UP: ADVOCATING FOR YOURSELF & OTHERS

A&E Unions, Arts Advocates, Networking for collective power

A&E LABOR UNIONS in NYC

Actors Equity Association AEA
Representing live stage actors and stage managers. http://www.actorsequity.org/membership/howtojoin.asp

American Federation of Musicians – AFM, Local 802
Represents Professional musicians. http://www.local802afm.org/about/are-you-802/

American Guild of Variety Artists – AGVA
Represents Variety Artists, e.g., ‘The Rockettes’. http://www.agvausa.com/aboutagva.html

American Guild of Musical Artists – AGMA
Represents the men and women who create America’s Operatic, Choral and Dance heritage. https://www.musicalartists.org

Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers – ATPAM
ATPAM members are press agents, publicity and marketing specialists, company managers, and house and facilities managers who are devoted to the health, vitality and success of staged entertainment of all types. http://www.atpam.com

Directors Guild of America – DGA
Represents Directors, Unit Production Managers, Assistant Directors, Associate Directors and Stage Managers in film, TV and Reality TV. https://www.dga.org/The-Guild.aspx

International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees, IATSE International
Represents Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada. http://www.iatse.net

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Broadcast Engineers, Local 1212
Represents engineers in Radio & Television. https://ibew1212.org

International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Motion Picture and Theatrical Trade Division
Represents workers in the motion picture industry including firms that produce feature films, television programs, commercials, and live theatrical productions. https://teamster.org/divisions/motion-picture-theatrical-trade

International Cinematographers Guild – IATSE, Local 600
Represents cinematographers and camera crews. https://www.icg600.com

Theatrical Stage Employees, IATSE, Local 1
Represents theatrical stagehands. http://iatselocalone.org/public/Become-a-Member

Make-up & Hair Stylists, IATSE, Local 798
Represents Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists who work in the production of Film, Television, Network Broadcast Television, Commercials, Theater, Video, New Media and anywhere Local 798 has a contract. https://www.local798.net/index.php?section=how-to-apply

Motion Picture Studio Mechanics, IATSE, Local 52
Local 52 is divided into seven “crafts” that perform different functions on a production: Property, Grip, Electric, Shopcraft, Sound, Video, and Allied/Medic. http://www.iatselocal52.org/?zone=view_page.cfm&page=Join20Us

National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians – NABET-CWA, Local 11
Represents engineers and employees who work at NBC Universal, NBA Entertainment, RAI -Radiotelevisione Italiana, Time Warner Cable, Bronxnet, and other video and audio production companies in the NY Metro area. http://www.nabetlocal11.org/

National Writers Union, UAW, Local 1981
Per NWU: All Writers. All Genres. All Media. https://nwu.org/member-benefits

SAG-AFTRA
Represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. The faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. https://www.sagaftra.org

Stage Directors & Choreographers – SDC
The theatrical union that unites, empowers, and protects professional Stage Directors and Choreographers throughout the US. http://sdcweb.org/member-services/apply-for-membership/

Treasurers and Ticket Sellers Union, IATSE, Local 751
Represents qualified and professional Box Office personnel within the jurisdiction of New York City. https://www.local751.com/aboutlocal751

Theatrical Wardrobe Union, IATSE, Local 764
Represents wardrobe workers in film, television and live performance in the New York City area, as well as child actor guardians on Broadway, at Radio City Music Hall and Lincoln Center Theatre. https://www.ia764.org

United Scenic Artists, IATSE, Local USA 829
Represents Designers, Artists, and Craftspeople in the entertainment and decorative arts industries. The members of Local USA 829 are Artists and Designers working in film, theatre, opera, ballet, television, industrial shows, commercials and exhibitions. https://www.usa829.org/Membership/HowtoJoin.aspx

Writers Guild of America-East
Represents the primary creators of what is seen or heard on television and film in the U.S., as well as the writers of a growing portion of original digital media content. Script Registration is one of the most popular services offered. Before you send your work to agents, producers and actors, protect your material with the Writers Guild Online Script Registration service. https://www.wgaeast.org/about-the-guild/become-a-member

Professional Arts Handlers, Teamsters, Local 817
Represents workers moving fine art and new high-end furniture. http://www.ibt814.com/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_page.cfm&page=Benefits

Local 2110, UAW
An amalgamated union covering universities, publishing, museums, law firms and other offices. We represent teachers, secretaries, administrators, editors, computer operators, librarians, museum curators, typesetters and graphic artists, among many others. http://www.2110uaw.org

ADVOCACY -

ALLIANCE FOR INCLUSION IN THE ARTS

The nation’s leading advocate for full diversity as a key to the vitality and dynamism of American theatre, film, and television. http://inclusioninthearts.org

THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, AUTHORS and PUBLISHERS – ASCAP

A professional organization of 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, owned and run by its members, and the world leader in performance royalties, advocacy and service for music creators. https://www.ascap.com

DANCE/NYC

Promotes the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area. https://www.dance.nyc/about/mission-and-programs

DRAMATISTS GUILD OF AMERICA

‘We help you protect and defend your ownership of your creative material by protecting youR copyright.’ https://www.dramatistsguild.com/membership/why-should-i-join

LEAGUE OF INDEPENDENT THEATER – LITNY

A League of Off-Off Broadway Theater companies. The League is an active participant in the political and social life of the Off-Off Broadway sector, meeting regularly with elected officials, service organizations and its member artists. http://www.litny.org/members

MODEL ALLIANCE

Through strategic research, policy initiatives and campaigns, we aim to promote fair treatment, equal opportunity, and more sustainable practices in the fashion industry. http://modelalliance.org

MOVEMENT RESEARCH

Valuing the individual artist, their creative process & their vital role within society, Movement Research is dedicated to the creation and implementation of free and low-cost programs that nurture and instigate discourse & experimentation. https://movementresearch.org/about

WORKING ARTISTS AND THE GREATER ECONOMY W.A.G.E.

Our mission is to establish sustainable economic relationships between artists and the institutions that contract our labor, and to introduce mechanisms for self-regulation into the art field that collectively bring about a more equitable distribution of its economy.http://www.wageforwork.com

FREELANCERS UNION

Promotes the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education and services. Spearheaded the Freelance Isn't Free Act: https://www.freelancersunion.org

INTERNET CREATORS GUILD

The ICG is here to listen to creators and coordinate efforts to resolve their concerns. We advocate for them to platforms, policy makers, and press. https://internetcreatorsguild.com/join

THEATER BREAKING THROUGH BARRIERS

TBTB is the only Off-Broadway theater, and one of the few theaters in the country, dedicated to advancing actors and writers with disabilities and changing the image of people with disabilities from dependence to independence. http://www.tbtb.org/index.html

AMERINDA

Through a variety of arts programs and services to artists, AMERINDA supports Native artists who embody the traditional practices and values that define Indian culture. We also promote the indigenous perspective in the arts to a wide audience through the creation of new work in contemporary art forms visual, performing, literary and media arts. http://www.amerinda.org/main.html

ASIAN AMERICAN ARTS ALLIANCE

Helps support individual artists and arts organizations access and share resources both online and in person. The Alliance builds community through programs that encourage peer-learning, collaboration, and professional development. http://aaartsalliance.org/

HARLEM ARTS ALLIANCE

A network based arts service organization comprised of established and emerging visual and performing artists, art lovers, businesses and organizations that serve the arts and culture community in Harlem and the Greater New York City area. http://www.harlemaa.org

HISPANIC ORGANIZATION OF LATIN ACTORS HOLA

In expanding job opportunities for Hispanic actors, HOLA strengthens and supports the available talent pool through its professional educational services and awards for excellence in theater. HOLA strives for an accurate, informed and non-stereotyped portrayal of Hispanic culture, people and heritage in theatre, film, television, radio and commercials. http://www.hellohola.org/index.html

STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM

The nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally, and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. https://www.studiomuseum.org

THE MUSLIM WRITERS COLLECTIVE

The Muslim Writers Collective is a grassroots initiative dedicated to promoting storytelling in the Muslim American community, featured in Vice, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, The Daily Beast, and more. http://www.muslimwriterscollective.com

NEW YORK WOMEN IN FILM AND TELEVISION

Supports women calling the shots in film, television and digital media. NYWIFT energizes the careers of women in entertainment by illuminating their achievements, providing training and professional development, and advocating for equality. http://www.nywift.org

THE CENTER

Empowering LGBT people, building strong community. Employment resources, immigrant services, health services, A&E panels and event production: https://gaycenter.org/about

INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER PROJECT

Champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources

at all stages of development and distribution. http://www.ifp.org/about/#.WU0jd0cjc-4

INTERNATIONAL STUDIO & CURATORIAL PROGRAM (ISCP)

Supports the creative development of artists and curators, and promotes exchange through residencies and public programs. http://iscp-nyc.org

EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO

The mission of El Museo del Barrio is to present and preserve the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all Latin Americans in the United States. Film, literary, visual and performing arts series, cultural celebrations, and educational programs. http://www.elmuseo.org/

NETWORKING -

FREELANCERS UNION SPARK EVENTS

SPARK meets on the first Wednesday of every month in cities and towns across the country. Join us to network, workshop your business, and build your local freelance community. https://www.freelancersunion.org/spark/

NYC SCREENWRITERS COLLECTIVE

A community of NYC based screenwriters engaged in a specialized script development process to enrich our member's scripts and propel them into the business of writing for film and television. http://www.screenwriterscollective.org

NUYORICAN POETS CAFE

Home for groundbreaking works of poetry, music, theater and visual arts. The Cafe champions the use of poetry, jazz, theater, hip-hop and spoken word as means of social empowerment for minority and underprivileged artists. http://www.nuyorican.org/

MEETUP – https://www.meetup.com

Find groups of any discipline. Writers, for example: https://www.meetup.com/cities/us/ny/new_york/writing/

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