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The Resources section is an ongoing collaborative effort at The Actors Fund to provide a one-stop database of services and organizations that meet the unique and essential needs of the arts and entertainment professional. You can use the Category and/or State filter OR use the map above to find all resources by State.

Small Business and Entrepreneur

New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS)

New York City's agency for assisting small businesses.

New York State Small Business Development Center (NYS-SBDC)

Provides business counseling and training to New Yorkers who want to start a business or improve the performance of an existing business.

NYC Business Solutions

A set of free services offered by the NYC Department of Small Business Services to help businesses start, operate and expand in New York City. Whether you need financing assistance, legal advice, ways to score new business opportunities with the City, recruiting advice, or help with permits or licenses.

SCORE New York City

Score New York City provides professional guidance and information to maximize the success of America's existing and emerging small businesses. Offers seminars as well as one-on-one business counseling.

Start Small Think Big

Targets entrepreneurs and small business owners who either live in or sell goods or services in under-served New York City communities who possess the fundamental building blocks to create and sustain viable businesses but lack the resources to afford or otherwise access professional legal and financial expertise.

The Thypin Oltchick Institute (TOI) for Women's Entrepreneurship

TOI offers resources, classes and technical support for women contemplating starting a small business.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Provides pro bono arts-related legal representation and education to low-income artists and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. To do so, we offer legal counseling, educational programs, advocacy, and alternative dispute resolution. We believe that artists should understand certain legal and business matters to protect themselves and their creative endeavors.

Volunteers of Legal Services

The Microenterprise Project leverages law firms' and legal departments' deep expertise in business law to promote economic development in New York City. Through the project, pro bono lawyers help low-income microentrepreneurs and small businesses overcome legal obstacles so that their businesses can thrive.

Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO)

A "boot camp" for entrepreneurs. Offers 16-week workshops; with a charge only for workbook. Mission is to enable small business owners and budding entrepreneurs in under-served communities.

General Assistance

Max's Kansas City Project

Max's Kansas City Project provides emergency funding and resources to financially distressed individuals in the creative arts for housing, medical aid and legal aid.

Notify NYC

New York's official source for information about emergency events and important City services.


Lawyers Alliance: Disaster Relief

Helps nonprofits provide critical social services and emergency funds to people affected by terrorism, natural disasters, and other tragedies. They provide immediate assistance through telephone consultations, emergency trainings, and outreach to help nonprofits keep pace with emerging legal issues.


Open Pharmacy Locator

RxResponse displays pharmacies that are open in a disaster area, as well as the closest Red Cross shelter.

Entertainment and Performing Arts Union and Guild Assistance Funds

American Federation of Musicians Local 802: Musicians' Assistance Program

The Emergency Relief Fund provides direct grants to musicians in dire need. Local 802 members in good standing for at least two years are eligible.


Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts

The Foundation offers small grants to support opera and classical music professionals, with a focus on pensioners. Contact J. Andrew Lark at 212-986-6094 for more information.