Local 802’s Resource Center guides members to access entrepreneurship opportunities & support through curated links and information.
The New York State SBDC offers free business consulting to any New Yorker hoping to start or grow a small business. The SBDC also offers a host of programs designed for specific groups of entrepreneurs.
SCORE small business mentoring is offered through the national nonprofit, Service Corps of Retired Entrepreneurs (SCORE). The program is free and matches business owners with volunteer mentors. There are thousands of mentors nationwide, making it possible to find an experienced mentor whose expertise matches your business needs.
NYFA Coaching sessions are customized to your needs, either in-person, or remotely. Services include personalized feedback, recommendations, and guidance to artists.
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The NY Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Program (IAP), serves a community of artists with diverse backgrounds who share the experience of immigration. IAP pairs emerging foreign-born artists with artists who have received a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship and/or past participants of the program.
The BOC is a micro-enterprise/small business development organization with over a decade-long record of delivering customized business services to under-served entrepreneurs in New York City.
WBC – the BOC Women’s Business Center offers business training, one-on-one counseling and financing resources to help women entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.
The New York-based Foundation Center (CANDID), offers events, classes, and other resources. Candid provides knowledge-building tools, all available to you at no charge. Visit Candid New York during their hours of operation—Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
NAWBO Institute for Entrepreneurial Development, a 501(c)3 non-profit educational foundation provides opportunities for capacity building and organizational development for emerging and established women entrepreneurs.
The Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) was created to address historic disparities in City contracting and provide minority and women entrepreneurs increased opportunities to do business with the City. The Office is responsible for developing policy, enhancing coordination among City agencies, and providing oversight and accountability of the City’s M/WBE Program. It serves as a One-Stop-Shop for M/WBEs interested in doing business with the city and its agencies.
NYC Financial Empowerment Centers provide FREE one-on-one professional, financial counseling. Reduce your debt, understand your student loans, strengthen your credit score, start saving, balance a budget, separate personal and business finances, and much more.
The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) helps unlock economic potential and create economic security for all New Yorkers. Connecting New Yorkers to good jobs, creating stronger businesses, and building thriving neighborhoods across the five boroughs.
NYSSBDC provides entrepreneurs with FREE business counseling, training, and business research.
The NYC Small Business Support Center offers easy access to services from multiple agencies to help businesses start, operate, and grow.
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NYPL SIBL – the New York Public Library of Science, Industry and Business offers events and business seminars.
BPL Business & Career Services – Visit the new Career Center on the Central Library at 10 Grand Army Plaza (2nd floor), to find books, eResources, assistance and more.
SCORE provides free and confidential business resource services to entrepreneurs. SCORE’s website offers free live and recorded webinars & interactive courses on demand on small business topics. There are 300 chapters nationwide which also host in-person events.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business. SBA provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s go-to resource and voice for small businesses.
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Women’s Venture Fund is a nonprofit organization that helps women to establish thriving businesses. Located at 50 Broadway, 29th floor, NYC.
The Actors Fund Creative Entrepreneur Project equips performing artists and entertainment professionals with resources to successfully navigate the entrepreneurial journey and increase their income and independence through business ownership.
America’s SBDC represents America’s nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) – the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories. Get FREE business consulting and at-cost training.
Element 46 provides programming, mentoring and free workspace. Entrepreneurs will be situated in one of a thriving co-working space in urban centers within Westchester, embedded in an existing start-up community.
https://www.howtostartanllc.org/new-york-llc/ Registering an LLC in the state of New York shouldn’t be an intimidating process. This guide reviews specific steps needed in New York State to properly established and register your Limited Liability Corporation the right way.
The NYC Small Business Support Center offers easy access to services from multiple agencies to help businesses start, operate, and grow.
NYC Start Up Step-by-Step. Get a customized list of requirements for your business. Answer the questions on the to get a list of the City, State, and Federal licenses and permits you need, as well as additional information.
NYC Business Start Up Quick Guide. What’s required to do business in New York City? Select your business type for a summary of key steps for meeting government regulations when starting your business.
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is a nonprofit service organization that empowers working artists and emerging arts organizations across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives and professional/organizational development.
NYFA Arts Business Incubator (ABI) Program provides a small cohort of NYC-based arts startups with 18 months of custom-tailored, formalized support from NYFA’s knowledgeable staff and network of experts. Learn to apply business principles to the growth and sustainability of your career.
The “Artist as Entrepreneur” Boot Camp teaches fundamental principles of sustainability and profitability in the arts: finance, law, marketing, and fundraising through a blend of formal lectures, breakout groups, and one-on-one meetings.
NYFA “Business Models” helps you design a business to survive and grow. Plans consists of two parts: (1) your product (and the work that goes into its production) and (2) identifying and building your audience, getting your art out in the world, and making sales.
Science, Industry & Business Library Start Up Workshops. Each workshop will be offered three times at the Science, Industry & Business Library (SIBL) – located at 188 Madison Avenue @34th Street. Note: The workshop schedule is subject to change. Please check back for updates.
The Start Up Digest. The personalized insider newsletter for all things startup in New York City and around the world. Tailored reading lists keep you connected to topics of your choice.
Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.
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The SBA offers a variety of online courses to help you plan, launch, manage and grow your business.
SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE provides mentoring and education to thousands of startup and existing businesses. These FAQs may help as you start your small business journey with SCORE.
SCORE Webinars and Courses on Demand: SCORE offers free online workshops on topics ranging from startup strategies to marketing and finance. Attendees can watch webinars live, view recordings online on their own time or learn through interactive courses on demand, so you can walk through each module at your own pace.
The New York Small Business Development Center (NYSSBDC) offers an Entrepreneurial Training Course – Entreskills. This is a self-paced online course in entrepreneurial education, which can be used to start a business, grow a business, and to write a business plan.
NYC Small Business Services (SBS) partners with Coursera to offer free online classes. Programs include: Building Your Own Business, Operating and Financing Your Business, Mastering Marketing & Sales, Managing & Leading People, Achieving Your Growth Potential.
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ACM Lifting Lives is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Lifting Lives funds programs that promote healing through the power of music. Only 501(c)(3) entities are eligible.
The Ditson Fund, established in 1945, funds of performances and recordings of music by emerging American composers. Having awarded over 2,000 grants starting in 1940, the Ditson Fund plays an important role in support of contemporary American music.
Foundation Center and GuideStar are now CANDID. Need a Grant? Candid is the smartest, fastest way to find scholarships, fellowships and awards for students, artists, researchers, and individuals.
The Frank Beebe Fund provides fellowships for gifted young musicians, performers and composers in classical disciplines, who wish to pursue advanced music study and performance abroad, usually in Europe. Apply Online
GrantNews is the premier newspaper for nonprofit and business leaders. GrantsNews.com/arts serves nonprofits, government agencies, grant recipients, individuals, small businesses, funders, nonprofit and small business industry leaders writers.
GrantSpace offers training focused on Fundraising, Organizational Sustainability, and Leadership/Management. Learning opportunities are designed to develop skills, practices, and behaviors which best prepare individuals for success.
GrantWatch – Find Nonprofit and Individual Grants. Grant Watch has a wide array of grants for individuals representing the diverse population of the USA. Serving teachers, students, homeowners, veterans, minorities, Native Americans, new immigrants, American Citizens.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation provides opportunities for artists to explore and create, assists with audience building, and provides support services for career development.
The Music Performance Trust Fund brings free, live, professional music programs to multiple types of communities through large-scale festivals and park concerts, educational activities, teacher training and assemblies in schools; intimate assisted living facility and senior center events; and more.
The easiest way to apply for a grant is to seek the assistance of the AFM Local in your geographic area. Use the Local Office Locator.
New Music USA fosters connections, encourages appreciation, and provides financial support for new music created in the United States
The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre provides grants to encourage and support the creation of digital, film, music, television, and live theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women. NYC MOME initiative provides finishing funds for film, television, and digital projects; funds for the creation of music recordings or videos; and production funds for live theatre.
NYFA provides over $2 million in cash grants every year to individuals pursuing artistic excellence in all forms.
NYFA provides unrestricted grants of $7,000 to New York-based artists through NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships. The funds can be used in any manner the artists deem necessary to further their careers. The 2022 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Categories include Music/Sound.
Learn about available SBA grants and cooperative agreements and find out if you meet the requirements to apply.
StateraArts directly serves marginalized populations working in the Arts sector, who self-identify as creators, educators, and administrators. StateraArts works to uplift, amplify, and advance women* and non-binary people in the Arts.
*Women: Statera recognizes the limiting nature of the binary use of woman. We serve and welcome anyone on the gender spectrum who identifies either always or some of the time as a woman. We also serve and welcome those who are non-binary, while recognizing that not all non-binary people identify with aspects of femininity.
802 members are entitled to free legal advice and, in some instances, representation. If you have legal questions, contact Harvey Mars, counsel to Local 802.
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Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is the leading legal aid and education organization dedicated to New York artists and its arts and cultural organizations. VLA serves the artistic community’s need for legal services by providing access to free or low fee legal services. Qualifying artists can request legal assistance on all arts-related legal matters.
Contact 212-319-2787, ext.1 or submit online application:
VLA provides industry specific classes and workshops to more than 5,000 participants annually. View Course Calendar
Our Department of Education offers a wide variety of discipline-specific and general educational programs, both at its office and privately on location for law firms and art, cultural and service organizations.
To suggest a topic or to request for VLA to present educational programming to your constituents, members or employees, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.319.2787, ext. 12.
Financial aid is available for qualified individuals. Please note that your application does not guarantee a full or partial scholarship. Some classes are exempt.
To apply for a scholarship, applicants must provide VLA with a letter explaining which financial bracket they fall under and which class and date they would like to register.
Financial Brackets Guidelines
Unemployed (no income): 75% scholarship
Income up to $35,000: 50% scholarship
Income $35,000 to $50,000: 25% scholarship
Income over $50,000: No Discount
NYC.gov – Get free legal advice. Legal matters are important to small businesses, but legal terms and fees can be daunting. The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) can connect you to free one-on-one legal services, helping you to:
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NewYorkMusicians.com – Create your own Local 802 Musician profile page! Use the NYMusicians Quick Start Form to create your online profile. Please see quick start form for content requirements. FREE for active status Local 802 members.
AFM Entertainment: The American Federation of Musicians Booking Service. Music is Our Business
Create a profile on the AFM’s Booking Service website. For more information log into the Musician’s Area. (You must be logged into the AFM website to view this information.)
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SCORE offers a 1hr webinar on Simple Social Media Must-Do’s. For small business owners, keeping connected with customers on social media can feel overwhelming. In this webinar, SBS’s Director of Social Media Strategy highlights some simple social must-do’s and shares tips for keeping up with ever-changing social media platforms.
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The New York Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides customized solutions through advisement, education, research and advocacy for Entrepreneurs, Innovators and the Small & Medium Enterprise community.
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NYC’s Department of Small Business Services. SBS offers free in-person courses on entrepreneurship at locations across New York City. Courses are available in Business Planning and Operations, Finance, Marketing, Selling to Government, Live Webinars.
New York City’s Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) Programs offers in-person seminars on career, jobs and small business topics.
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SCORE – Take a Workshop. SCORE offers in-person workshops and events in 300 chapters nationwide. Get advice from mentors, and network with other small business owners in your community.
Women’s Development Center. WEDC Helps Your Business Thrive. Learn how to plan a winning strategy, grow with discipline and achieve smart business goals. Our experienced staff and trainers can assist your business at every stage. WEDC supports the talented women entrepreneurs of Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Duchess, Ulster, Orange and Sullivan Counties.
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