Basic Finance for Artists

An intensive seminar on money management and personal finance

Registration for Basic Finance for Artists (BFA) 2014 is now closed.
Stay up to date on our other professional development programs and sign up for our Opportunities for Artists announcements here.

Basic Finance for Artists (BFA) is a free, six-week intensive seminar on personal finance, developed to help artists make informed financial decisions and plans over the long term.

Designed especially for New York City-based artists, BFA will help participants develop financial awareness and balance through practical training in money management. LMCC’s curriculum takes into consideration the complexity of artists’ income and cash flow as well as the diversity of artistic practices. Sessions are led by artists and by financial professionals with arts expertise to ensure that instruction is relevant to artists’ needs.

Each three-hour session provides a combination of seminar-style learning and hands-on group and individual exercises. Artists who participate in this seminar will gather essential personal financial information, gain a better understanding of their overall financial profile, develop skills in money management, identify their goals, connect with experienced financial and arts professionals, and access resources for ongoing learning.

BFA alumni enjoy access to additional resources and training through Fractured Atlas ArtHome/MassMoCA/the Midas Collective’s Assets for Artists Individual Development Account (IDA) matched savings program. More information available upon selection.


  • Budgeting
  • Tax Basics
  • Debt & Credit
  • Homeownership
  • Financial Planning

Registration and Selection

Space for BFA is limited to 20 artists. Due to high demand, eligible participants will be selected through a lottery process. Only eligible and complete registrations will be included in the lottery. Artists will be notified of their selection on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Eligibility and Requirements

In order to be included in the lottery, artists must complete the online registration form (below) and meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. LMCC has secured the necessary funding to offer the seminar at no cost to participating artists. A full six-week commitment is mandatory for participation.
  2. Artists should be residents of New York City (five boroughs).
  3. Artists should be able to demonstrate a minimum three-year history of professional activity outside of any degree-granting program.

Note: Participants should set aside up to two hours each week for homework and workshop preparation.

Sessions Dates and Times

April 15—May 20, 2014
Tuesdays from 4—7pm


Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
125 Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor, Lower Manhattan


Registration is now closed.
Stay up to date on our other professional development programs and sign up for our Opportunities for Artists announcements here.
Artist will be notified of their selection by Tuesday, March 18 via email. There will be a waiting list in case of cancellation.

Questions? Prachi Patankar, Program Manager, Capacity Building & Community Initiatives 212-219-9401 ext. 117 /


LMCC’s Professional Development programs are supported in part by Charina Endowment Fund, F.B. Heron Foundation, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Lambent Foundation, and Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

LMCC’s Professional Development programs are also supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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