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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts & Humanities Councils & Agencies, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Arts Services, Management & Technical Assistance

Mission: The Arts & Business Council of New York's mission is to stimulate partnerships between the arts and business that strengthen both sectors in New York. The Arts & Business Council of New York (ABC/NY) is an arts service organization committed to strengthening the management and infrastructure of nonprofit organizations throughout New York City, reaching hundreds of institutions and thousands of individual artists and arts administrators each year. ABC/NY provides services at low or no cost to nonprofit arts organizations of all sizes and disciplines.

Programs: Business volunteers for the arts & employee engagement program: arts & business council of new york is the leading connector of the arts and business sectors in new york city. Our matchmaking site and consulting services offer a variety of opportunities to create meaningful partnerships between arts and business through volunteering, arts-based training, and customized arts events. We provide tools and research that highlight the importance of arts and business collaborations, and the numerous benefits to businesses and professionals that utilize the arts as a tool for growth. Our services can help your company approach business and mission-driven goals, while simultaneously advancing the arts and its impact in the community.

diversity in arts leadership internship program- the arts & business council of new york's diversity in arts leadership internship program strives to strengthen and advance diversity in the arts management field and provides college students working towards careers in the arts or business sectors with a hands-on introduction to arts nonprofits in new york city. The arts & business council of new york matches undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds with energetic host arts organizations and business mentors, who guide the students' personal and professional growth throughout the summer. Students selected to participate in dial become integral members of the arts organizations in which they are placed and engage with dial alumni and the staff of both the arts & business council of new york and americans for the arts, as well as attend a wide array of cultural events in new york city. Students gain invaluable exposure to dynamic leaders across a variety of arts disciplines and businesses and participate in professional activities and projects that prepare each one for his or her career, better equipped to enter the workforce as a diverse and creative future leader.

professional development- abc/ny offers various workshops, webinars, and online resources that educate the arts and business communities on the positive impact of partnering together. Professional development offerings cover a variety of themes and are applicable to all arts disciplines, including volunteerism, employee engagement, diversity, and leadership development. The programming not only features success stories as examples but also best practices for attendees as they return to their arts organization or business.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I guess I see the Arts and Business Council of NY as a service to the non-profit arts field, rather than a charity, in the classical sense of charity. ABC/NY provides professional volunteers (legal, financial, marketing, HR, etc.) to these small organizations with limited budgets. It helps to recruit and train potential board members,; there are regular seminars in all facets in the running of a non-profit organizations. This is all available to the members of ABC/NY. I have worked over several for many of their members assisting them with HR issues, some very short term, some longer, and every single one of them has been extremely gratifying, and I have met many wonderful people. I have recommended friends and will continue to do so whenever there is a need for more volunteers.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since retiring almost 10 years ago, I have worked with several non-profit organizations through ABC/NY - dance companies, theaters, music organizations, and a long-term assignment at one of the prominent museums in NYC which continues to this day. Through ABC/NY I have met people and done work that have given me great satisfaction and introduced me to a world in which I was only a spectator for many years. It's been a wonderful experience, one that I hope will continue for many more years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Arts & Business Council of New York helped me find professional fulfillment through volunteering my skills for arts organizations in the New York area. ABC-NY is staffed by professionals who work to understand the passions and desires of the volunteers in addition to their skills, and I felt like everyone I met took a genuine interest in me as a person -- not just as another volunteer.

The service the Arts & Business Council provide to the arts community is invaluable -- and obvious. But the service they provide to the business community in helping its members connect deeper to their professions and their neighborhoods is equally phenomenal. Through building lasting partnerships on both the individual and organizational level, the Arts & Business Council provides one of the most important and sustainable contributions to New York, and I am honored to be a small part of their work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

During the summer of 2010, I was an intern for the ABC/NY Multicultural Arts Management Internship. Having the opportunity to be a part of this organization gave me an extensive look at how the arts and business world operates. While the organization was professional and detailed throughout the duration of the internship, they also paid close attention to each intern, making sure that we got adequate information and made our appropriate connections. I completed the internship with more knowledge of the arts and business industry than I could have ever imagined! Undoubtedly, my experience with ABC/NY last summer will be hard to top.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern with the ABC/NY's 2010 Multicultural Arts Management Internship Program where I was granted the amazing opportunity to receive an insider's crash course on the non-profit arts community of New York. The program effectively wove together workshops, visits to prominent nonprofit organizations, and firsthand work experience in a passionate NY nonprofit to foster our understanding of the particular blend of passion, ingenuity, and keen management skills that make the arts, and the sharing of art with the public, possible. The staff

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was one of the interns in the 2010 Arts Management Program through ABC/NY. Because of comprehensiveness of the program and the dedicated staff at ABC/NY, I really got to see a 360 degree view of the field and the multiple ways to understand what art management really means. I found their mission especially important and compelling in today's world, where there is often a great perceived chasm between the business and arts world. ABC/NY seeks to bridge that gap between two seemingly distant fields, and in doing so it revitalizes both worlds and builds creative capital in New York.

Ann O

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to ABC/NY through my search for becoming a board member, & am now part of two steering committees there. Recently, as well, I attended their Arts Leadership Training Program designed to ready professionals toward a more executive level in the non-profit arts world- an extraordinary experience that I would highly recommend. This organization is not only high functioning, open, generous & visionary- but what really makes it stand out are the people. The core staff is incredibly engaged, approachable & committed beyond what you normally encounter. There is a zest that is infectious & I am greatly looking forward to my continued relationship with them toward discovering synergies & exploring new concepts for supporting the arts here in NYC.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a part of ABC/NY's Summer 2009 Arts Management Internship program. The program was very organized and well-run, and it definitely helped expose us to the fields of arts management and non-profit management. As a part of the program, I held a summer internship in the arts and went to workshops, classes, and networking events sponsored by ABC/NY. It was a great way to meet others interested in the arts and to take advantage of the vibrant arts community in New York City.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm not really sure how to describe my "role" but I worked with ABC-NY and they are excellent. The people who work there are spectacularly passionate, kind, and helpful, and the work they do is extremely important in today's environment. Helping arts organizations navigate the business world is an often-overlooked area that is so important. Their volunteer recruitment program really helps local arts orgs, and their multicultural internship program may be the best program of its kind in the country. Anyone who needs their services would do well to get in touch with them.

Phillip M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Arts and Business Council has been an amazing supporter of and resource for the theatre field in New York City. From their professional development series to their work on the Free Night of Theater NYC program, AB&C has been at the forefront in supporting the not-for-profits arts community.

Their staff is highly professional, very talented and a pleasure to work with on every level.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with ABC/NY is as an attorney volunteer. ABC is very active in recruiting volunteers in a variety of professions to assist its members. Working with the staff at ABC has been a treat for me. I admire their commitment to providing necessary information and assistance that the members could not otherwise afford. I appreciate the fact that the members are well-briefed by ABC as to what to expect from the volunteers. Its members are well-served by the expertise of ABC’s staff and their commitment to the arts. I guess I’m really saying that the organization is aptly named. It is an organization devoted to both the business of making art and the art of making business.