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New York Foundation for the Arts Invites Applications for Strategic Opportunity Stipends

Deadline: September 12, 2011

Strategic Opportunity Stipends, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts working in collaboration with arts councils and cultural organizations across New York State, is designed to help individual artists in all disciplines take advantage of specific opportunities that significantly benefit their career development. Strategic Opportunity Stipends are administered by NYFA, with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Artists working in all disciplines (including literature, media arts, visual arts, music, and theater) may request support ranging from $200 to $1,500.

A third party must invite the artist to participate in the proposed opportunity. Or alternatively, a third party must partner with the artist or sponsor the opportunity. An artist may devise an opportunity and approach a third party to assist with its execution and apply for funds to realize it.

Applications for funding must describe the opportunity and how it will take the applicant’s career to the next level within the context of her/his resume; be unique to the applicant’s career thus far; and involve a third-party invitation or partner. Because the intent of this award is to substantially advance an artist’s career, applications should clearly describe the concrete impact the artist’s career is expected to gain from the proposed opportunity. Recipients are chosen based on the most competitive career advancement opportunities.

Link to Complete RFP

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