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Meet Artist Financial Support Group

The Artists Financial Support Group seeks to: Educate student and professional artists on financial self-advocacy, Advocate legislative and institutional change in the cost of artist education, and Innovate new ways to manage student loan debt and to budget on an erratic income."

In the fall of 2010, several alumni of the NYU Graduate Acting Program met in New York. After graduating from one of the foremost artistic training programs in the country, we found ourselves working in the arts, and yet struggling with debt and student loans. We were beginning to realize that we might not be able to afford to be artists, simply because we had gone to school to be artists. Attempting to leave shame and panic aside, we started the Artists Financial Support Group (AFSG). We began to write a book about student loans, and carefully prepared a workshop for the next NYU graduating class. Our goal was to share with those students everything we wished someone had told us when we finished graduate school. We did just that in May of 2011 when we gave our first workshop at NYU. The AFSG has since led workshops at NYU Grad Acting, NYU Grad Design for Stage and Film, Yale School of Drama, Juilliard, The Actors Fund, The SAG-AFTRA Foundation, SUNY Purchase, and Ithaca College, among many others.

Whether you're a writer, dancer, actor, composer, singer, designer, director, or artist of any medium, you are capable of taking control of your finances. Add self-discipline and a desire for financial improvement with a freelancer's tenacity and an artist's creativity, and a career in the arts is possible. But, it can't be done without taking ownership of your financial education and responsibility for your financial life. Get inspired to take control of your finances through this workshop! Presented by the Artists Financial Support Group.


Earlier Event: February 6
The Artist Co-op Cold Reading Series
Later Event: February 19
The Commonground