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Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Performing and Literary Arts

Grants to New York City Immigrant Performing Artists
and Writers for Mentoring Services and Peer Support

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and The Vilcek Foundation

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Grants to New York individual immigrant performing artists and writers in the New York City Metropolitan area for one-on-one mentoring services and peer support. Funding is intended to help non-USA-born artists achieve goals for their artistic career and to provide them with increased access to the New York cultural world and beyond through an exchange of ideas, resources, and experiences.

The program is open to performing artists working in music and composition, dance and choreography, performance art, and theater arts (acting, producing, directing), and writers including playwrights, storytellers, and poets, as well as those working in fiction and nonfiction. In bringing these two disciplines together, the program aims to nurture a productive environment for collaboration.

Additionally, the mentoring program fosters a community, providing opportunities to connect with other immigrant artists through group meetings, peer learning, and informal gatherings that include alumni from 2007 to the present. Through access to other artists, arts professionals, and organizations, the program offers immigrant artists the opportunity to focus on their career goals while navigating the shared experience and challenges of being an immigrant artist.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186184

Term of Contract:

The program will run from August to December 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Performing artists, including music and composition, dance and choreography, performance art, theater arts (acting, producing, directing), and writers (fiction, non-fiction, playwrights, poets, and storytellers). This includes all folk and traditional arts in these disciplines
- Live within the New York City Metropolitan area (within commuting distance of New York City)
- Were born outside of the United States (those born in United States territories, i.e. Puerto Rico or The U.S. Virgin Islands, may apply)
- Have been pursuing a career as an artist within the range of 1-10 years in the United States
- Are NOT currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is Monday, July 29, 2019. Notification will be by Monday, August 12.

Grant recipients must attend the following mandatory sessions.. Please check your calendar before applying:
- Introduction: Monday, August 26, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
- Meet the Mentors: Monday, September 23, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
- Alumni Mixer Meeting: Monday, October 7, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
- Check In: Monday, November 18, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
- Final Celebration: Monday, December 9, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

All meetings will be held at New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201 unless otherwise notified.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: New York City Metropolitan Area;   New York