Arts & Business Council Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 1 E. 53rd Street 3rd Floor New York NY 10022 USA

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many different ways.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to get them more funding so that they could increase their work in the arts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... in the professional fulfillment I found through volunteering and the joy I have in working with ABC-NY's staff as often as possible.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

... not change a thing! (Except perhaps increase their funding so ABC-NY can do even more great work.)

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My knowledge that was expanded about the arts and business industry through workshops, site visits, an interactive internship and mentoring.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I learned all about nonprofits and our need to create sustainable and effective organizations that will continue to help support the arts community. I can also say positively that each and every intern in the ABC/NY summer internship came away from the program with an expanded knowledge base and even more passion for the arts, arts management, and nonprofits.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I didn't really understand what art management meant until I participated in this program, and thanks to all the site visits and professional development events that ABC/NY organized for us, we really came to understand the field through various lenses. The core staff at ABC/NY is extremely dedicated, attentive, and empowered all of us to maximize our potentials not just in the arts management sector, but in whatever we choose to do.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing; there needs to be more organizations like this one!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunteer & student

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change a anything

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through my summer internship, I learned so much about arts management that spanned everything from visual arts to dance and theater. I was able to work in a challenging intern environment that allowed me to develop business and arts skills.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change a thing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

interning for a local arts organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My work with them on the Free Night of Theater NYC program designed to attract new audiences to the not-for-profit theatre community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change them; they are tuned into the needs of the arts community and take their role very seriously. They are great at what they do.

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9 people found this review helpful

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.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing how much its members appreciate the assistance that ABC/NY provides them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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