NYFA Online Learning: Proposal Writing

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NYFA Online Learning: Proposal Writing: How to work smarter, not harder, on getting what you want!

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The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce its next online workshop, part of an Online Learning Initiative that provides professional development workshops to artists and creatives nationally and internationally through a webinar platform. The first Fall workshop is “Proposal Writing: How to Work Smarter, Not Harder, on Getting What You Want,” presented by Rebecca Guber, Founder and Director at Asylum Arts. It will take place online on Tuesday, September 17 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST.

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Many opportunities for artists require written proposals, which can seem like a skill far removed from your artistic process. This session will delve into how to open doors by presenting your best self and work in written proposals. We will touch on the different types of proposals and how to begin the process. We will also go into the different pieces of a proposal including the introductory letter, project description, artistic statement, bio, CV, and budget. Guber will shed light on what happens during the review process, and discuss the most common missteps artists make.

This workshop will cover:

  • Different types of proposals that artists may encounter
  • Common elements of a proposal and best practices
  • How to ensure that you are being selective and strategic
  • How to be most efficient with your research and proposal writing
  • What happens during the review process

Presenter: Rebecca Guber, Founder and Director at Asylum Arts

For: Individual artists that already do or hope to start applying regularly to grants, residencies or are pitching projects via written materials.

Location: Anymeeting Webinar Platform

Questions: Email learning@nyfa.org

Presenter’s Bio: Rebecca Guber is the Director and Founder of Asylum Arts, a global network of over 600 emerging Jewish artists. She was previously the Founder and Director of the Six Points Fellowship. Guber has built a community of artists exploring Jewish ideas and identity through fellowship commissions for new work, grants, international retreats, and professional development. Over the last 12 years, her projects have been the largest direct funder of emerging Jewish artists, distributing over 1.5 million dollars for new projects. Artists supported through her efforts have produced readings, workshops, and performances, and have been featured in hundreds of articles and blog posts, including major press, radio, and national TV. Guber, who founded the Shpatzirin Festival, has also worked at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Guber has reviewed many thousands of proposals over her 20 years in the art world and has facilitated many review panels. She hates jargon, and loves proposals that are unusual, interesting, and paint a clear picture.

Our 2019 Fall workshops highlight alumni from NYFA’s Emerging Leaders Boot Camp Program. If you are interested in learning about the next application cycle, sign up on our mailing list.

Technology Requirement:

You may attend this webinar using either a Mac or PC computer (with speakers), standard phone, smartphone, or tablet device.

Please use the AnyMeeting App or Chrome for the best webinar experience.

Make sure your Adobe Flash Player plugin is up-to-date. If it is not, you will be prompted to update it, which will take about a minute. Strong wifi or hard-wired Internet connection is preferred.

For additional technical questions or issues, please email at learning@nyfa.org.


This workshop will be recorded. The recording will be shared with all previously registered participants after the session concludes, regardless of whether participants attend the live webinar or not. The recording will be posted online for 6 months, but not available for download.

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