City Artist Corps Grants is part of City Artist Corps, a new $25 million recovery initiative designed to help artists who were both hard hit by the pandemic and who may have been left out of other local and federal funding opportunities. The program is administered by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in partnership with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME).
City Artist Corps Grants are intended to support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The program will distribute one-time $5,000 grants to over 3,000 artists to help sustain their practice and engage the public across New York City’s five boroughs this summer beginning in July. Artists working in any discipline are eligible to apply.
New Music USA is proud to be a City Artist Corps partner organization. Other partner organizations include: Asian American Arts Alliance, A.R.T./New York, Black Public Media, Brooklyn Arts Council, Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx Documentary Center, Dance/NYC, Firelight Media, Flushing Town Hall, Indie Theater Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), MakerSpace NYC, Poets & Writers, and Staten Island Arts.
New Music USA will be hosting two Technical Assistance Webinars in July, with Closed Captioning and ASL assistance being provided. If you are unable to make either of our webinars, you can go over the PDF version of our presentation or check NYFA’s Technical Assistance Schedule page to see when sessions with other partner organizations are being scheduled.
Watch the recording of our first webinar on July 16:
Watch the recording of our second webinar on July 29:
Applications and grant announcements will roll out over the summer in three cycles. For all cycles, artists will be screened for eligibility by NYFA, and grant recipients will be selected by lottery. Check out the full application guidelines on NYFA’s website.
(Application Cycles 1 and 2 are no longer open. Grant recipients for Cycle 2 will be notified on August 2.)
Application Cycle 3 – Final Cycle
Engagements from September 3 to October 31
Open: Tuesday, July 27, at 10:00 AM
Close: Tuesday, August 10 at 10:00 AM
Recipients Notified: Wednesday, August 25
Frequently Asked Questions
How will applications be selected for funding?
Once closed, all applications will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility. Qualifying applicants will be selected by a lottery system overseen by NYFA.
Can/should I apply in Cycle 2 as well as Cycle 3?
Applicants only need to apply once, based on the timing of their proposed creative engagement. If an applicant submits an eligible activity with flexible dates but is not selected for a grant in their application Cycle, they will automatically be placed into the next available Cycle lottery.
Within the application form, the applicant will indicate if they would like their activity to be considered for future cycles.
Can I submit my application in a language besides English?
Yes! Applicants can apply in Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. Application information has also been translated into Arabic, Bengali, French, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Russian, and Urdu. New Music USA can additionally assist Hindi/Urdu-speaking applicants with writing their applications in English, just email email@example.com to schedule a one-on-one meeting.
- Where can I go if I have any more questions?