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Creatives Rebuild New York Launches Programs to Support 2,700 Artists Across New York State

Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY) launched two funding opportunities aimed at providing transformational support for individual artists across New York State. The $125 million initiative provides either guaranteed income or employment opportunities to artists. Conceived and principally funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from the Ford Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), and with the endorsement of the Reimagine New York Commission, CRNY was formed to reactivate New York State’s creative economy after the devastating impact of COVID-19, and to secure the future of its artists.


Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY) and CNY Arts invite you to an online information session to learn more CRNY’s three-year $125M investment in the financial stability of New York State artists and the organizations that employ them.

Registration required

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/265204161787 to register in advance.

Once registered, a Zoom link will be provided in the confirmation email.

During the information session, CRNY team members will share details about eligibility requirements, selection processes, and deadlines for both programs. Attendees will also have the opportunity to connect with artists and organizations in [our region/community]. Upon request, all events can provide multilingual and ASL support.  



CRNY’s Guaranteed Income for Artists program will provide no-strings cash payments to New York artists who demonstrate financial need. 2,400 artists will receive $1,000 per month for 18 months. Recipients will be selected from a pool of eligible artists to ensure equitable distribution. Application details and eligibility requirements for the Guaranteed Income for Artists program are now available at www.creativesrebuildny.org/apply/guaranteed-income. All guaranteed income applications must be submitted by March 25, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern.


CRNY’s Artist Employment Program will fund employment for 300 artists working in collaboration with community-based organizations or municipalities across the State. Participating artists will receive a salary of $65,000 per year (commensurate with median household income in New York State) plus benefits and dedicated time to focus on their artistic practice. The partnering organizations are eligible to receive funding to support artists’ employment. Application details and eligibility requirements for the Artist Employment Program are now available at www.creativesrebuildny.org/apply/artist-employment. All joint artist employment program applications must be submitted by March 25, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern.


CRNY recognizes that race, class, ability, and other forms of privilege often dictate access to financial security. As such, CRNY is prioritizing outreach to communities across the State that have historically been under-resourced by philanthropy. Guided by leaders in the linguistic and disability justice communities, CRNY will also provide necessary accommodations so that non-English speakers, English language learners, people with disabilities, and those without Internet access are supported throughout the application process.


“Artists’ employment and livelihoods are notoriously precarious, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated this unpredictability and uncertainty,” noted Sarah Calderon, Executive Director of CRNY. “CRNY is thrilled to launch our Guaranteed Income for Artists and Artist Employment programs as a step toward building financial security, agency, and freedom for 2,700 New York artists, as well as supporting the broader ecosystem of organizations that employ them.”


Notably, artists played an integral role in the design of both the Guaranteed Income for Artists and Artist Employment programs. Building on the foundation of its nine member Leadership Council, in Fall 2021 CRNY convened a Think Tank—a diverse coalition of New York State artists, scholars, strategists, and activists with wide-ranging identities and lived experiences. Through bi-monthly meetings, this group determined the overall direction of both programs.


“The importance of having artists play a central role in designing CRNY’s guaranteed income and employment programs cannot be overstated,” said Emil Kang, CRNY Leadership Council Chair and Mellon Foundation Program Director for Arts and Culture. “This model is one that points to a necessary paradigm shift in how artists are supported and reminds us that artistic practice often extends beyond the studio and the stage and is often the result of hours of uncompensated labor.


Visit Creatives Rebuild New York's website for more information.