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The following is a list of organizations that provide services and/or information useful to artists and cultural organizations:

Alliance for the Arts

American Association of Museums

Americans for the Arts

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts for Transit

National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture

Art Service Organizations
Actors Fund
A human services organization for performing artists that provides health care access information, and programs and services for those in need, crisis or transition.

Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York
A service and advocacy organization for the Off Broadway, non-profit theater community.

Arts & Business Council of New York
Builds partnerships between arts organizations and businesses in the New York City community.

Bronx Council on the Arts
Serves Bronx artists and arts organizations by providing financial support, re-grant funding, information services, technical assistance, professional development, and community programming.

Brooklyn Arts Council
Offers service and support to Brooklyn artists and arts organizations, including re-grant funding.

Chamber Music America
Provides health, liability and instrument insurance and other benefits to chamber musicians and composers who are Chamber Music America members.

College Art Association
A service and advocacy organization for visual art professionals, students, administrators, and professors. Promotes dialogue among the visual arts community and provides access to professional development resources, fellowships, travel grants, publications, and legal and financial services.

Staten Island Arts
Develops, fosters, and promotes arts, cultural, and humanities activities on Staten Island, and provides re-grant funding within the borough.

Provides resources, professional development, and one-on-one consulting to the NYC dance community.

Fractured Atlas
Provides artists with access to funding, healthcare, and education.

Harlem Arts Alliance
Nurtures artistic growth and organizational development of artists and arts organization in Harlem and surrounding communities.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Leading arts presenter, advocate, and service provider to artists and arts groups throughout Lower Manhattan. Also provides services and re-grant programs through neighborhood-based organizations across Manhattan.

New York Foundation for the Arts
Supports the development of individual artists through services that include fiscal sponsorship and artists’ fellowships.

Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance
Supports artists and arts organizations in Washington Heights and Inwood, and serves as a catalyst in the cultural and economic development of Northern Manhattan.

Queens Council on the Arts
Fosters, develops, and promotes cultural organizations within Queens, and provides services to artists and arts organizations including re-grant funding.

The Field
Supports independent performing artists through programs focusing on the creation of new work, services include professional development workshops, fiscal sponsorship, and rehearsal space.

Spaceworks is a not-for-profit cultural community development organization dedicated to expanding the supply of long-term, affordable rehearsal and studio space for artists in New York City.

Capital Resources
The Trust for Cultural Resources
The Trust for Cultural Resources of the City of New York is authorized to issue triple tax-exempt debt for the benefit of certain cultural institutions.

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New York City Industrial Development Agency
Issues tax-exempt bonds to nonprofit organizations that are planning major capital projects.

Seedco Financial ArtBusiness
Financial and technical assistance for small arts businesses and small-to-midsized arts nonprofit organizations. Offers financing for working capital, facilities expansion, and connects nonprofit organizations to a network of technical assistance providers.

Targeted Services
Cultural Services for Seniors
The NYC ARTS Cultural Guides for Seniors provide details on cultural programs for senior citizens across the five boroughs; ticket and membership discounts at arts organizations; and assistance available for visitors with disabilities.

The NYC Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Transsexual, Bisexual, and Questioning Runaway and Homeless Youth develops strategies to address the unique needs of LGBTQ youth before they run away, to provide homeless youth with shelter and support, or to help reunite them with their families when appropriate. Strategies include cultural opportunities targeted to LGBTQ youth. 
Learn more about the commission.

The NYC Administration for Children’s Services publishes a guide to community resources available to LGBTQ youth in New York City.
NYC Administration for Children’s Services: Community Resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth.

Elder Artists' Legal Resource
The Elder Artists' Legal Resource website offers information for visual artists who want to understand the estate-planning process, gain access to valuable resources, or prepare to engage legal services.

Technical Assistance and Professional Development
Alliance for Nonprofit Management
Membership organization that delivers management and governance support services to nonprofit organizations.

Arts Manager
Resource of solutions to management challenges faced by nonprofit arts organizations. Hosted by The Kennedy Center Institute for Arts Management.

Board Source
A comprehensive resource that provides classes, publications, and tools to help nonprofit organizations build effective boards.

Engage NYC: Digital Media for Nonprofits Toolkit
In 2013 the Department of Cultural Affairs joined NYC Digital, NYC Service, and Greater New York to host the Engage NYC: Digital Media for Nonprofits conference. All of the videos, presentations, and other materials are now available online.
Access the EngageNYC Digital Toolkit.

Foundation Center’s New Focus on Funding for the Arts website
A "one-stop shop" of free, easily accessible information including charts that show the geographic locations and giving interests of grantmakers supporting the arts, RFP listings, arts-related reference guides and resource lists.

Lawyers Alliance for New York

Mayor’s Office of Contract Services
CapacityBuildingand Oversight Initiative provides classes on internal controls, governance, and accounting for nonprofits.

New York City Business Solution Centers
New York City Department of Small Business Services staff on hand to help identify permits and licenses required to open a small business in New York City , especially useful for artist entrepreneurs. One-on-one and small group technical assistance provided for marketing, accounting, and legal issues.

Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York
Information source for the New York nonprofit community, offers management services, courses, and other technical assistance.

NYCulture Calendar      
Cultural nonprofits are encouraged to contribute events to the NYCulture Calendar. Items listed on the NYCulture Calendar are shared with NYC & Company’s Cultural Calendar, events calendar and 311 call centers.
Visit the NYCulture Calendar.

Temporary Public Art Resource Guide
A guide to local agencies and organizations that provide permits for or facilitate temporary public art installations in locations around New York City.
Access the guide.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Provider of pro bono legal services, mediation services, educational programs and publications, and advocacy acts on issues vital to the arts community.

Emergency Preparedness Resources
Resources to assist cultural organizations in preparing for emergencies:

Resources for Arts Organizations and Artists Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

The Department of Cultural Affairs has compiled updated information on federal, state and local resources for arts organizations and artists impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Access the Disaster Relief Resources document.

New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
OEM plans and prepares for emergencies, educates the public about preparedness, coordinates emergency response and recovery, and collects and disseminates critical information.  
Find out more information

NYC Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs)
OEM coordinates the CERT program in NYC, which brings together volunteers who support their local communities through emergency education and response. 
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Private Asset Logistic Management System (PALMS)
Through OEM PALMS, businesses can donate goods, services and facilities for use by the City in an emergency.  
Register your organization

Ready New York
Ready New York is OEM's education campaign to prepare New York City residents and businesses for emergencies. 
Download a copy of Ready New York

Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS) CEAS is the City's program to ensure access for critical employees to restricted areas following a serious emergency.  
Find out more information  

DCLA encourages organizations to reach out to their local NYPD precinct, FDNY station, CERT teams, area businesses, residents and schools, and peer cultural organizations to coordinate emergency preparedness efforts.

To report suspicious activity, call 1-888-NYC-SAFE (692-7233), 718-615-7506 or 311. In case of an emergency, call 911.

CultureAID CultureAID (“Active in Disasters”) is a collaborative network of stakeholders and service providers committed to strengthening New York City’s cultural community – including artists and organizations – before, during, and after disasters through an organized communications system, as well as coordinated activities and services to the field.  
Learn more and join the network.  

Alliance for Response New York (AFR NY) AFR NY includes emergency planning and recovery resources specifically for organizations with physical collections.  It provides information specific to protecting and salvaging artifacts, photographs, and other cultural records, as well as historic properties and family treasures.  Alliance for Response’s website also provides information about immediate recovery best practices and safety measures.
Find out more information.

Other City Agencies
New York City Department of Small Business Services

New York City Economic Development Corporation

New York City Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services

Find a health insurance plan that works for you or your organization

NYC & Company

Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit

Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting

The Artful Manager
Discusses topics around business model development in arts administration.

Department of Investigations
To report fraud, waste or serious mismanagement, please call Inspector General Jodi Franzese at the NYC Department of Investigation 212-825-5904.