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VLA MOST CALLED LIST TABLE OF CONTENTS Accounting Assistance 1

  1. 1. VLA MOST CALLED LIST TABLE OF CONTENTS Accounting Assistance 1 Alternative Dispute Resolution/Arbitration/Mediation2 I. Inside New York City 2 A. General 2 B. Film/Video/Theatre/Acting 4 C. Literature 5 D. Music 5 E. Visual Arts 6 II. Outside New York City 7 Bankruptcy Assistance 9 Bar Associations 10 I. Inside New York City 10 II. Outside New York City 12 Business Assistance 13 I. For-Profit Businesses 13 II. Not-for-Profit Organizations 16 A. Starting an NFP 16 B. Managing an NFP 18 Consumer Assistance 24 Copyright, Patents and Trademarks 25 County Clerks/Courts 28 Dance 30 Disability Services 32 Employment 34 Funding/Loans/Grants 36 I. General Assistance 36 II. Specific Assistance 40 A. Not-for-profits 40 B. Music 41 Health 43 Housing 47 Human Rights and Human Services 50
  2. 2. Immigration 56 Insurance 56 I. General 58 II. Liability 60 Interdisciplinary Arts Organizations 64 Legal Assistance 67 I. General 67 A. Inside New York City 67 B. Outside New York City 70 II. Special Interest 72 A. AIDS Related 72 B. Children/Youth 72 C. Civil Rights 72 D. Disability 73 E. Elderly 73 F. Ethnic Groups 74 G. Gay and Lesbian 74 H. Homeless 75 I. Prisoner's Rights 75 J. Women 75 III. Forms 77 Literary/Writers 78 Music 80 Permits 82 Small Business Assistance 84 Tax 88 Television, Radio and Film 89 Theater 92 Umbrella Sponsors 94 Visual Arts 96
  3. 3. 1. The Support Center for Non-Profit Management (212) 924-6744 fax (212) 924-9544 Accountants for the Public Interest 305 7th Ave., 11th floor New York, NY 10001-6008 www.supportctr.org info@supportctr.org * Provides training programs in management, financing, and fundraising. Will match NFP organization with a volunteer accountant. Services are on a sliding scale. Initial one-hour consultation is free. 2. Lutz and Carr (212) 697-2299 fax (212) 949-1768 300 East 42nd Street, 8th Floor New York, NY 10017 www.lutzandcarr.com info@lutzandcarr * Private accounting firm that assists artists and accepts referrals from VLA. Clientele includes largely established individual arts and NFP arts organizations. 3. New York State Society of Certified Public Accounting Foundation for Accounting Education 530 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor (212) 719-8300 fax (212) 719-3364 New York, New York 10036-5101 www.nysscpa.org * Will assist NFP and start up groups seeking pro bono accounting services. Contact: Sanjay Paranandi 4. Accountants for the Public Interest- New Jersey (609) 918-0527 fax (609) 918-0528 P.O. Box 241 Highstown, NJ 08520 www.apinj.org accountants1@earthlink.net
  4. 4. ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION / ARBITRATION / MEDIATION I. IN NEW YORK CITY A. GENERAL 1. American Arbitration Association (212) 484-3266 fax (212) 307-4387 Regional office: 1633 Broadway New York, NY 10019 Corporate office: 335 Madison Avenue, 10th Floor (212) 484-4000 New York, NY 10017 www.adr.org * Provides mediation services where clause in contract specifies arbitration, or where parties agree to enter mediation. Fees depend on the amount in controversy and the rules specified in the contract. Will handle cases from all jurisdictions, including international cases. Provides arbitration services, training for arbitrators, information seminars. Has a library dedicated to arbitration issues and publishes Guide to Arbitration. Has offices throughout the country. Interested parties should call for a copy of the rules. 2. American Guild of Variety Artists (212) 675-1003 fax (212) 633-0097 184 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor New York, NY 10010 * Resolves disputes and sets fees and work rules for entertainers who range from swimmers and skaters to circus and nightclub acts. 3. Association for Union Democracy (718) 855-6650 fax (718) 855-2799 500 State Street, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11217 www.uniondemoncracy.org * Promotes principles and practices of internal union democracy in the American labor movement. Will provide information on and representation of unionists under their rights within unions and under the law. 4. The Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (212) 533-7500 257 Park Avenue South, 4th Floor New York, NY 10010 * Provides pre-purchase information to customers and offers mediation and arbitration of consumer complaints. An advertising review staff and trade practice specialist investigate and correct misleading and deceptive advertising and selling practices. www.newyork.bbb.org 5. Bronx Mediation Center (718) 585-1190 fax (718) 585-1962 IMCR Dispute Resolution Center 384 East 149th Street, Suite 330 Bronx, NY 10455 www.mediate.com/imcr * Walk in center or call for appt. All pro bono mediation. Community volunteers of varying levels of experience. All mediators are certified. 6. Safe Horizon/ Brooklyn Mediation Center-King's County (718) 834-6671 210 Joraleman Street Room 618 fax (718) 834-6681 Brooklyn, NY 11201 www.safehorizon.com * A division of Safe Horizon. Call for appt. All pro bono mediation. Community volunteers of varying levels of experience. All mediators are certified. Handles issues concerning custody and visitation, parent/teen disputes, and landlord/tenant, parent/school, civil, and minor criminal complaints. www.safehorizon.org
  5. 5. 7. The Columbia Law School Mediation Project (212) 854-4291 Mediation Clinic fax (212) 854-3554 435 West 116th Street New York, NY 10027 www.law.columbia.edu/centers/ADRbrochure.pdf * Offers pro bono mediation services to organizations and individuals in certain cases. Director: Prof. Carol Liebman. 8. Court Dispute Referral Centers (Manhattan) (212) 374-8116 346 Broadway, 4th Floor, Room 419 fax (212) 374-2640 New York, NY 10013 www.courts.state.ny.us * Walk-ins only, no appointments. All pro bono mediation. Community volunteers of varying levels of experience. All mediators are certified. Open weekdays from 9 AM-1 PM and 2 PM- 3:30 PM. 9. Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation (212) 721-0770 37 W. 65th Street, 2nd Floor fax (212) 721-0773 New York, NY 10023 www.transformativemediation.org * Think tank develops and provides resources and training for the mediation field. Offers mediation, facilitation of communication, and long-range planning help on a negotiable fee or pro bono basis. Contact Prof. Sally Pope. spnyc@earthlink.net 12. The Lesbian and Gay Community Center (212)620-7310x321 Project Resolve -- Center Mediation fax (212) 924-2657 208 West 13th Street New York, NY 10011-7799 www.gaycenter.org/programs/mhss/mediation.html * The center's 20 professionally trained volunteer mediators handle areas such as child visitation, property distribution between separating couples, termination or conditions of employment, dissolution of business, roommate boundaries, community agency board disagreements, and other areas. Service is free. 13. Safe Horizon Manhattan Mediation Center (212) 577-1743 346 Broadway Room 400W New York, NY 10013 http://www.safehorizon.org/medthlp.html * Walk in center or call for appt. All pro bono mediation. Community volunteers of varying levels of experience. Some are attorneys, some are artists. No maximum income level for clients. 14. National Labor Relations Board, Region 2 (212) 264-0306 26 Federal Plaza, Suite 3614 New York, NY 10278-0104 www.nlrb.org * Federal regulatory agency that accepts complaints regarding trade unions. B. FILM/THEATRE/VIDEO/ACTING 1. Actors Equity (212) 869-8530 165 West 46th Street fax (212) 719-9815 New York, NY 10036
  6. 6. www.actorsequity.org * Business department may help resolve disputes, set fees, work rules and safety standards, and assist in fee collections for professional performers in the legitimate theatre who are members. Breach of form contracts with producers or promoters handled free. Most collective bargaining contracts will name arbitrators. 2. American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) (212) 532-0800 260 Madison Avenue, 7th Floor fax (212) 545-1238 New York, NY 10016 www.aftra.org * Administers regulations for franchised talent agents. Collective bargaining contracts usually include a provision for arbitration. 3. Directors Guild of America (212) 581-0370 110 West 57th Street fax (212) 581-1441 New York, NY 10019 www.dga.org * Resolves disputes (attorney on staff) and sets fees and work rules on behalf of film and television directors. Minimum dues - $200/yr; minimum initiation fee varies according to category. 4. Dramatists Guild (212) 398-9366 1501 Broadway, Suite 701 fax: (212) 944-0420 New York, NY 10036 www.dramatistsguild.com * Helps to resolve disputes (lawyer on staff) and sets fees and work rules for lyricists, composers and playwrights for members only. Membership is $75-125 per year. 5. Screen Actors Guild (SAG) (212) 944-1030 1515 Broadway, 44th Floor fax (212) 944-6774 New York, NY 10036 www.sag.org * Resolves disputes, sets fees and work rules, and hears complaints regarding job safety for film and television actors. Benefits for members only. 6. Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC) (212) 391-1070 1501 Broadway, Suite 1701 fax (212) 302-6195 New York, NY 10036 www.ssdc.org * Resolves disputes, negotiates and administers agreements, and provides arbitration and contract services for stage directors and choreographers. Has 1 in-house attorney. Sets fees and work rules for Broadway, Off-Broadway, and stock productions. Members must have directed at least two union productions. C. LITERATURE 1. Dramatists Guild (212) 398-9366 1501 Broadway, Suite 701 fax: (212) 944-0420 New York, NY 10036 www.dramatistsguild.com * Helps to resolve disputes (lawyer on staff) and sets fees and work rules for lyricists, composers and playwrights for members only. Membership is $35-125 per year. 2. Writers Guild of America (212) 767-7800 fax (212) 582-1909 Registration (212) 757-4360
  7. 7. 8887th Avenue New York, NY 10019 www.wgaeast.org * Resolves disputes, sets fees and work rules, and registers works by radio, television or screenwriters as proof of origination of the ideas. Also helps collect fees. Helps both members and nonmembers. D. MUSIC 1. American Federation of Musicians (212) 245-4802 fax (212) 489-6030 Local 802 322 West 48th Street New York, NY 10036 www.local802afm.org * Musicians union resolves disputes between members, receives grievances, and sets fees, work rules, and ethical standards for professional musicians, vocalists, and sidepersons. Services include collection from defaulting employers and negotiation of international and local contracts. Primarily deal with collective bargaining contracts for sidemen. 2. American Guild of Musical Artists (212) 265-3687 fax (212) 262-9088 1727 Broadway, 2nd floor New York, NY 10019 www.agmaatl.com * Resolves disputes and sets fees and work rules for opera, ballet, dance, concert, recital, and oratorio artists and stage managers. Collective bargaining contracts usually include a provision for arbitration. 3. Dramatists Guild (212) 398-9366 fax: (212) 944-0420 1501 Broadway, Suite 701 New York, NY 10036 * Helps to resolve disputes (lawyer on staff) and sets fees and work rules for lyricists, composers and playwrights for members only. Membership is $35-125 per year. www.dramatistsguild.com 4. Songwriters Guild (SGAC) (212) 768-7902 1560 Broadway Suite #1306 fax (212) 768-9408 New York, NY 10036 www.songwriters.org * Resolves fee and royalty disputes for songwriters who are members. (Membership requires desire to be a songwriter plus $70). *** 5. Recording Industry of America (202) 775-0101 fax (202) 775-7253 1330 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20036 www.riaa.org * Represents all major record labels for legal services. Can answer questions regarding legal entitlements of individual record companies. E. VISUAL ARTS *** 1. American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) (215) 451-2767 150 North 2nd Street fax (215) 451-0880 Philadelphia, PA 19106 www.asmp.org
  8. 8. * Resolves disputes and sets ethical and fee standards. 2. Graphic Artists Guild (212) 791-3400 fax (212) 791-0333 90 John St., Suite 403 New York, NY 10038 www.gag.org * Files grievances, resolves disputes and sets industry fees and ethical standards for creators of graphics, illustrations, crafts, textiles, needle arts, etc. Membership ranges from $55-$270 per year. 3. International Foundation for Art Research (212) 391-6234 500 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1234 fax (212) 391-8794 New York, NY 10110 www.ifar.org Will authenticate works to resolve controversies over whether a work of art is stolen, forged or misattributed.
  9. 9. II. OUTSIDE NEW YORK CITY 1. Center for Dispute Settlement, Inc. (Livingston County) (716) 243-7007 fax (716) 243-7006 Livingston County Government Center 6 Court Street, Suite 103 Geneseo, NY 14454 www.cdsadr.org * Call for appt. All pro bono mediation. Community volunteers of varying levels of experience. Not all mediators are professionals. 2. Center for Dispute Settlement, Inc. (Monroe County) (716) 546-5110; fax (716) 546-4391 300 State St. 3rd Floor Rochester, NY 14614 www.cdsadr.org * Walk in Center or call for appt. All Pro Bono Mediation - Community Volunteers of varying levels of experience. Not all mediators are professionals. 3. Center for Dispute Settlement, Inc.-Ontario County (800) 862-4733 110 Exchange Street Geneva, NY 14456 www.cdsadr.org * Walk in Center or call for appt. All Pro Bono Mediation - Community Volunteers of varying levels of experience. Not all mediators are professionals. 4. New Justice Conflict Resolution Services (315) 471-4676 City Court Dispute Resolution Project fax (315) 475-0769 1153 W Fayette Syracuse, NY 13204 Director: Nancy Phillips * Walk in Center or call for appt. All Pro Bono Mediation - Community Volunteers of varying levels of experience. Not all mediators are professionals. 5. Jeff Lewis Mediation Center (Lewis County) (315) 376-7991 7L Plaza Courtyard fax (315) 785-0322 Watertown, NY 13601 www.jefflewismediation.org * Walk in center or call for appt. All Pro Bono Mediation - Community Volunteers of varying levels of experience. Not all mediators are professionals. 6. Jeff Lewis Mediation Center (Jefferson County) (315) 785-0333 7L Plaza Courtyard Watertown, NY 13601 * Walk in center or call for appt. All Pro Bono Mediation - Community Volunteers of varying levels of exeprience. Not all mediators are professionals. 7. Madison County New Justice Conflict (315) 361-4438 Resolution Services, Inc. 112 Farrier Ave.
  10. 10. P.O. Box 365 Oneida, NY 13421-0365 * Walk in Center or call for appt. All Pro Bono Mediation - Community Volunteers of varying levels of exeprience. Not all mediators are professionals. 8. Mediation Alternative Project (Nassau County) (516) 489-7733 fax (516) 489-7532 50 Clinton St., Suite 102 Hempstead, NY 11550 www.eacinc.org * Walk in center or call for appt. All Pro Bono Mediation - Community Volunteers of varying levels of experience, some are attorneys. 9. Oneida County Justice Center (315) 797-7364 fax (315) 793-8078 Utica Community Action 253 Gennesee St. Utica, NY 13501-3688 * Walk in center or call for appt. All Pro Bono Mediation - Community Volunteers of varying levels of experience, some are attorneys. 10. Dispute Resolution Center of Orange and Putnam Counties, Inc. (914) 294-8082 14 Scotchtown Road fax (845) 294-7428 P.O. Box 510 Goshen, NY 10924 * Walk in center or call for appt. All pro bono mediation. Community volunteers of varying levels of experience, some are attorneys.
  11. 11. BANKRUPTCY ASSISTANCE 1. Budget and Credit Counseling Services, Inc. (BUCCS) (212) 675-5070 fax (212) 647-1618 Outside New York area call (800) 475-1994 55 Fifth Avenue, 13th Floor New York, NY 10003 www.buccs.org * Assists individuals or NFP's that have financially overextended themselves in setting up a program to reduce debt. For debt management, there is a monthly fee of $35-60. Offers one-on-one credit counseling for free. Licensed by NY and NJ State Banking Dept. Offices in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, and Hackensack, NJ. 2. New York County Lawyers Association (212) 267-6646 fax (212) 406-9252 14 Vesey Street New York, NY 10007 www.nycla.org * Does not make referrals or do pro bono work but if matters are referred from other agencies (e.g., Legal Aid, GMHC) they will handle consumer bankruptcy, will drafting, divorce, deportation defense cases, etc. Provides training for attorneys who participate in their pro-bono programs.
  12. 12. BAR ASSOCIATIONS I. IN NEW YORK CITY 1. Bronx County Bar Association (718) 293-5600 851 Grand Concourse, Room 124 fax (718) 681-0098 Bronx, NY 10451 * Will refer contested and uncontested divorces and wills. $25 cash fee for referral. Hours Monday through Thursday, 9:30 am– 12:30 pm. 2. Brooklyn Bar Association (718) 624-3894 Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc. fax (718) 624-3926 123 Remsen Street, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201 www.bklynbar.org * Will handle pro bono projects [e.g., uncontested divorces, bankruptcy, battered women, family law for battered women (custody disputes) and simple wills] for financially eligible, low-income Brooklyn residents. bklynvlp@aol.com 3. LeGaL (Lesbian and Gay Law Association) (212) 353-9118 Fax (212) 353-2970 Administrative Offices (no client services at this address) 799 Broadway, Suite 340 New York, NY 10003 www.le-gal.org * Offers a referral service (212-459-4873). Also has a free walk-in general legal clinic most Tues. nights (call ahead to check) from 6:30 to 8:00 (sign-in begins at 6:00) at 1 Little West 12th St. (before April 2001) or 208 West 13th Street (after April 2001). Will offer new clinic on public benefits starting after Feb. 2001. The organization is a bar association with programs for members, an advocacy agenda, etc. 4. New York City & County Bar Associations (212) 626-7373 Spanish line: (212) 626-7374 fax (212) 575-5679 a. Referral Service 42 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036 * Will refer clients to a lawyer for legal problems (1/2 hour consultation = $25 except for personal injury, workers comp, social security, and disability issues, which are free; appointment necessary). After the initial consultation, client arranges a fee schedule with the appointed attorney. One attorney only per referral. www.abcny.org and click on “The City Bar Fund.” b. Community Outreach Law Program (212) 382-6629 * Volunteer attorneys provide basic advice and assessment of legal issues including elder, homeless, immigration, and adoption, conduct seminars for community residents, and provide legal counseling in a community or courthouse setting. Free. www.abcny.org and click on “The City Bar Fund.” c. Monday Night Law Program (212) 626-7373 * Half-hour one-on-one legal counseling provided by attorneys from the Young Lawyers Committee. Suggests options, provides referrals, distributes reference materials, and explains housing, family, bankruptcy/consumer credit, and labor law. Advisory only; they don’t represent clients. The service is free but you must make an appointment through the City Bar Referral Service (212) 626-7373. Be sure to ask for the Monday Night Law Program. This program takes its summer hiatus from June 25th through October. Call first to check. www.abcny.org and click on “The City Bar Fund.” 5. New York County Lawyers Association (212) 267-6646
  13. 13. 14 Vesey Street fax (212) 406-9252 New York, NY 10007 * Does not make referrals or do pro bono work but if matters are referred from other agencies (e.g., Legal Aid, GMHC) they will handle consumer bankruptcy, will drafting, divorce, deportation defense cases, etc. Provides training for attorneys who participate in their pro-bono programs. www.nycla.org 6. New York Trial Lawyers Association (212) 349-5890 fax (212) 608-2310 132 Nassau Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10038 * Provides publication discounts, health insurance, a newsletter and a directory. www.nystla.org 7. Queens County Bar Association (718) 291-4500 fax (718) 657-1789 90-35 148th Street Jamaica, NY 11435-4097 * Will refer clients who call from 10-12 or2-4 pm or come in from 9-4:30. A 1/2-hour initial consultation is $25. Fees are then determined by the attorney. www.qcba.com a. Queens Volunteer Lawyers Project (718) 739-4100 fax (718) 657-1789 attn: Ivan Werner * Contact: Ivan Werner. Assistance available to residents of Queens County. If financial eligibility (125% of Federal poverty level) requirements are met, the project will provide pro bono representation in civil matters, including housing and family law, uncontested divorces, government benefits, property foreclosure, name changes, and simple wills. Client pays out- of-pocket expenses. 8. Richmond County Bar Association (718) 442-4500 fax (718) 442-2091 152 Stuyvesant Place, 2nd Floor, Suite 203 Staten Island, NY 10301 Correspondance to: P.O. Box 140593, Staten Island, NY 10314 * Provides a general referral service. Attorneys set fees. No pro bono service. Hours are 9 am – 2:30 pm. www.richmondcountybar.org
  14. 14. II. OUTSIDE NEW YORK CITY 1. Albany County Bar Association (518) 445-7691 fax (518) 445-7511 Albany County Courthouse, 16 Eagle Street Room 315 Albany, NY 12207 www.albanycountybar.com 2. American Bar Association (ABA) (800) 285-2221 fax (312) 998-5528 750 North Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60611 * Will provide a list of attorney referral services by region. www.abanet.org 3. Erie County Bar Association (716) 847-0662 fax (716) 847-0307 Volunteer Lawyer's Project 700 Statler Towers Buffalo, NY 14202 www.eriebar.org * Refers eligible prospective clients to local attorneys. 4. New Jersey Bar Association (732) 249-5000, x7557 Resource Center for Law Office Management New Jersey Law Center 1 Constitution Square New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1520 * Provides a legal library (number above) which is open to the public. Other services are for attorneys only. www.njsba.com *** 5. New York State Bar Association (518) 463-3200 fax (518) 463-4276 One Elk Street Albany, NY 12207 * Provides legal publications for lawyers and laypersons, and continuing legal education seminars. There are 22 specialty law sections, a Lawyer Referral Program (in rural districts) and impaired attorney programs. Pro bono services available if applicable. www.nysba.org
  15. 15. BUSINESS ASSISTANCE I. FOR-PROFIT BUSINESSES 1. American Woman's Economic Development Corporation (917) 368-6100; fax (212) 986-7114 216 East 45th Street, 10th Floor New York, NY 10017 * AWED offers business counseling and training to women of any age or background, even if they are home-based. AWED offers courses for all levels of business development, as well as support services to help women sharpen their entrepreneurial skills. Counseling sessions are available in person or by phone. A special hotline/counseling service enables women entrepreneurs to get quick answers to urgent questions or in-depth counseling from experts. www.awed.org 2. Association of Graphic Communications (212) 279-2100 fax (212) 279-5381 330 7th Avenue, 9th Floor New York, NY 10001 * A non-profit professional trade association that provides continuing education, management seminars, technical and financial consulting, employment referral, insurance programs, and other services and programs for members and non-members. Publishes newsletter. www.agcomm.org 2. Association of Hispanic Arts, Inc.(AHA) (212) 727-7227 fax (212) 727-0549 250 West 26th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY 10001 * AHA aims to advance Latino arts, artists and arts organizations. Provides management advice, information, technical assistance and referrals for Hispanic artists and arts organizations. Publishes newsletter/event guide 4 times a year and a Hispanic organization directory. www.latinoarts.org 4. CSC Corporation Service Company 800-927-9800 Corporate Headquarters: 2711 Centerville Road, Suite 400 Wilmington, DE 19808 Fax: 302-636-5454 * Will assist attorney through the incorporation process in all states for a fee, including directing corporation papers to the proper state government officials, etc. www.incspot.com 5. National Executive Service Corps (212) 269-1234 fax (212) 269-0959 120 Wall Street, 16th Floor New York, NY 10005 Contact: Betty Lefferts, Vice President x 103 * Consults for arts organizations of all sizes within NY metropolitan area. Deals with fundraising, board and staff relationships, development, administration, human resource problems, marketing and strategic planning. Modest fee is charged based depending on size of project and organization's budget. NESC offers a mentor program matching organizations with budgets between $75,000 and $400,000 with a specialist in the organization's field of choice who is available once a month to provide assistance. www.nesc.org 6. New York City Department of Business Services (212) 696-2442 fax (212) 618-8991 110 William Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10038 * Retired business executives provide free, one-on-one assistance to NFP's and all businesses on any questions pertaining to the operation of a business. Also provides licensing for street vendors, certification for local, women- or minority-owned businesses, and info about receiving city contracts. www.nyc.gov/html/dbs/home.html
  16. 16. 7. New York State Small Business Development Center (212) 346-1899; fax (212) 346-1613 Pace University 1 Pace Plaza, Room 483 New York, NY 10038 * The SBDC works with entrepreneurs to develop winning business plan,; find appropriate sources of capital funding, and introduce applicable management information systems. Primarily for help with start-up companies. www.pace.edu/sbdc 8. Empire State Department of Economic Development (212) 803-2200; fax (212) 803-3175 Minority and Women's Business Division 633 Third Avenue, 34th Floor New York, NY 10017 * Assists businesses with financing; provides training and management conferences; lobbies for programs that benefit women-owned businesses; and offers help on government contracts and participation in international trade. www.empire.state.ny.us 9. The Puerto Rican /Latino Business Development Center (212) 803-3213 633 Third Avenue, 32nd Floor New York, NY 10017 * The Latino Business Development Center is a resource that helps enhance and expand business opportunities for existing and future enterprises within the Puerto Rican/Latino community. The center provides legal, financial, marketing and banking experts familiar with governmental and private sector financing availability. The center also provides assistance with preparing the bid and loan packages required to compete for state and other government contracts, and advocacy for fair and equitable practices and procedures. 10. Small Business Administration (SBA) 26 Federal Plaza, Room 3100 New York, NY 10278 a. General Information (212) 264-4354 out-of-state: (800) 827-5722 * Counsels small companies regarding taxes, marketing, legal issues, insurance, financing, exporting, distribution, etc. www.sba.gov b. Small Business Development/Publications (212) 264-9488 c. SCORE Volunteers (212) 264-4507 * The SCORE program provides retired businessmen and women volunteers to assist clients with business start-up and operation. SBA attempts to match volunteers and businesses by field. Hours are 10:00 - 2:00. No appointment is necessary. 11. Urban Business Assistance Corp. (212) 995-4404 Fax: (212) 995-4255 NYU/ Leonard N. Stern School of Business Kaufman Management Education Center 44 West Fourth Street, Suite 5-61 New York, NY 10012 * Provides technical assistance to eligible clients, including help with creating business plans, marketing strategies, loan proposals, etc. Will assist some NFPs but mission is to assist minority- and women-owned for-profit businesses. Must apply. There is a $25 application fee; subsequent fees based on financial need and time required. Also offers occasional low-cost community courses on related business topics. www.ubac.org
  17. 17. 12. Blumberg Excelsior (212) 431-5000 62 White Street New York, NY 10013 * Will assist attorneys through the for-profit and NFP incorporation process for a fee. Services include checking name availability, drafting articles of incorporation, acting as incorporator and supplying corporate kit. Fees vary and are subject to change but should be comparable to CSC/Prentice-Hall. For info. call x570 or x571. Out of state: (800) 221-2972.
  18. 18. BUSINESS ASSISTANCE II. NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS (SEE ALSO: UMBRELLA SPONSORS) A. STARTING A NFP 1. Blumberg Legal Forms (212) 431-5000 62 White Street (Office) fax (212) 431-5111 66 White Street (Store) New York, NY 10013 * Provides Form A-191 for NFP incorporation in New York State at $4.25 for a 3-form minimum. Blumberg is a complete legal stationery store and THE source for blank legal forms. www.blumberg.com 2. Center for Non-Profit Corporations (732) 227-0800 fax (732) 227-0087 1501 Livingston Ave. North Brunswick, NJ 08902 * Provides advocacy information, liability insurance, a health plan and publications letter to member organizations (membership is $35-$600 on a sliding scale, based on the organization's budget). Also provides direct legal assistance to members with NFP incorporation and tax exemptions for $100/hour fee. Will advise or refer those who want to start a NJ NFP. www.njnonprofits.org 3. CSC Corporation Service Company 800-927-9800 Corporate Headquarters: 2711 Centerville Road, Suite 400 Wilmington, DE 19808 Fax: 302-636-5454 * Will assist attorney through the incorporation process in all states for a fee, including directing corporation papers to the proper state government officials, etc. www.incspot.com 4. Lawyers Alliance of New York (212) 219-1800 330 Seventh Avenue, 19th Floor New York, NY 10001 * Will help organizations incorporate as a NFP on a pro bono basis. Clients must fill out an application which is reviewed before consultation. They also have a special program providing assistance to child care providers whether for-profit or NFP. (They generally refer arts groups to VLA and we refer non-arts groups to them.) Open 9:30-6, Monday-Friday. 5. New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) (212) 366-6900 155 Avenue of the Americas, 14th Floor New York, NY 10013-1507 * NYFA is a nonprofit arts service organization, one of the largest providers of grants and services to individual artists and their organizations in all artistic disciplines in the United States. Through its fellowships, residencies, sponsored projects, management services, loans, information and advocacy services, the Foundation works with artists and arts organizations throughout New York State and other parts of the country to bring the work of contemporary artists to the public. The Foundation administers statewide programs and services organized under three divisions. a. Artists Program and Services * Artists Fellowships: Cash awards of up to $7,000 for creative artists in NY State for use in career development. Different disciplines featured each year. Call x217 for more info. * Special Opportunity Stipends (SOS): Small cash grants allowing artists to take advantage of unique career opportunities. * Sponsorship Services: Assists individuals and emerging arts organizations with obtaining funding and other general financial services. Monthly seminars are held. An application is
  19. 19. required (applications accepted in March, July, and November). A modest fee is charged for accepted applicants. b. Educational and Information Programs * Artists in Residence (AIR): Awards matching grants to schools, universities and NFP's to develop projects in schools and communities (sponsoring organization, not artists, apply). There are four types of grants: Planning Grants, Implementation Grants, Developmental Opportunity Grants and Technical Assistance Grants. For info. call x222. * Communications: Publishes FYI, a quarterly journal, "Arts Wire", a national computer-based network providing art related info., "Arts Wire/New York", same as above for NY. Sponsors "Common Ground", an annual conference and does advocacy work. For info. call x212. c. Finance and Administration * Revolving Loans: Provides short term cash flow loans to NFP's with a grant pending before the NY State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts or the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. There is a service fee. Artists in need of loans may apply to the Artists Community Federal Credit Union (212-366-5669) or the Special Arts Fund for Emergencies (SAFE). For more info. call x203. 6. New York State Department of State (518) 473-2492 Division of Corporations 41 State Street Albany, NY 12231 * Organizations must register as NFP entities with this office. The office is the clearinghouse for all information on corporations doing business in NY State. Will supply info. on fees, name availability, required forms, etc. Callers can check the status of pending files at 1-900-835-2677. www.dos.state.ny.us a. NY Dept. of State Telcorp Line (900) 835-2677 * The Telcorp line currently has a $4.00 fee for use. They will supply information on existing corporations (e.g., currently authorized to do business in NY, name of contact person, standing, or status of a filing, etc). Not for availability of names. Up to 5 searches can be conducted at once. 7. Office of the Attorney General (212) 416-8400 fax (212) 416-8393 New York State Department of Law Charities Bureau 120 Broadway, Third Floor New York, NY 10271 * NFP organizations that intend to solicit over $25,000 in contributions must be registered with this office. Office will supply registration form. 8. Pentacle (212) 278-8111 264 West 38th Street New York, NY 10018 * Will provide fiscal administration and grant writing for a fee, including company checkbook maintenance, computerized financial reports, payroll administration, payment of bills, filing government reports, budgeting and accounting services. See also "Managing NFPs" and "Umbrella Sponsors". 9. Blumberg Excelsior (212) 431-5000 62 White Street New York, NY 10013 * Will assist attorneys through the For-profit and NFP incorporation process for a fee. Services include checking name availability, drafting articles of incorporation, acting as incorporator, supplying corporate kit, etc. Fees vary and are subject to change but should be comparable to Prentice Hall. For info. call x570 or x571. Out-of-state call: (800) 221-2972.
  20. 20. B. MANAGING A NFP 1. Alliance of New York State Arts Councils (631) 298-1234 P.O. Box 96 Mattituck, NY 11952 * Provides management and technical services, educational programs for member organizations, publications and advocacy services for NY state arts organizations. 2. Americans for the Arts (212) 223-2787 1 East 53rd Street New York, NY 10022 * Maintains a national arts policy clearinghouse, a resource for researchers that includes 4000 publications. Contact to set up an appointment. Sponsors arts education programs and government advocacy to encourage private sector awareness and giving. a. Visual Artist Hotline (800) 232-2789 * A national toll-free referral service for visual artists that provides assistance with funding, fellowships, group insurance, public art programs, studio and living space, residency, health insurance and legal matters. Provides information on arts education, funding, and health coverage, and a catalog of publications useful to artists and arts organizations. All the info they provide over the phone is available on their website. Hours: 1-5 pm, Monday-Friday. www.nyfa.org 3. ART/New York (Alliance of Resident Theaters) (212) 244-6667 575 8th Ave. Suite 17 South New York, NY 10018 * Provides free information and workshops for member theaters on board diversification, event planning, marketing and financial management, insurance, vendors, agents, contracts and copyright. Provides an intern directory, job book, rehearsal space guide, employee referral, seminars, and publications for professional NFP theaters (Off- Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway). Will also provide emergency cash flow bridge loans of up to $3,000 at no interest for member theaters (based on grant letter, contract or other collateral). Any NFP theatre in NYC is eligible for membership (fee: $100-$750); will serve those with or without 501(c)(3) status. www.offbroadwayonline.com
  21. 21. 6. Association of Graphic Communications (212) 279-2100 fax (212) 279-5381 330 7th Avenue, 9th Floor New York, NY 10001 * A non-profit professional trade organization that provides continuing education, management seminars, technical and financial consulting, employment referral, insurance programs, and other services and programs for members and non-members. Publishes a newsletter for members. www.agcomm.org 7. Association of Hispanic Arts, Inc. (AHA) (212) 727-7227 250 West 26th Street, 4th Floor fax(212) 727-0549 New York, NY 10001 * AHA aims to advance Latino arts, artists, and arts organizations. Provides management advice, information, technical assistance and referrals for Hispanic artists and arts organizations. Publishes newsletter/event guide 4 times a year and a Hispanic organization directory. www.latinoarts.org 8. Cause Effective (212) 643-7093 fax (212) 643-0137 39 West 14th Street Suite 408 New York, NY 10011 * Provides assistance/consulting in management of special events for non-profit groups. www.causeeffective.org 9. Citizens Committee for New York City (212) 989-0909 fax (212) 989-0983 305 Seventh Avenue, 15th Floor New York, NY 10001 * Works primarily with neighborhood volunteer groups to assist their efforts to improve the quality of life in New York City. Provides assistance through incentive grants, training, consultations, and publications to 501(c)(3) organizations and unincorporated grassroots neighborhood volunteer groups. www.citizensnyc.org 10. Field . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (212) 691-6969 161 Avenue of the Americas fax (212) 255-2053 New York, NY 10013 * Offers workshops on grant writing and production management. Membership includes discounts on workshops, publications, etc. $75 per year. Performing artists and writers may apply for Independent Artists Challenge Program - call for further information. Also serves as umbrella organization on first come, first serve basis. www.thefield.org 12. Fund for the City of New York (212) 925-6675 121 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor fax(212) 925-5675 New York, N.Y. 10013 * Provides nonprofit organizations with cash flow loans of up to $50,000, $20,000 for first time borrowers, against approved government contracts and occasionally foundation or corporate grants. www.fcny.org 13. General Services Administration (800) 688-9889 Federal Information Center 26 Federal Plaza New York, NY 10278 * Refers individuals to appropriate government services - everything from employment to immigration, social security etc. Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 14. Independent Feature Project (212) 465-8200 Fax: (212) 465-8525 104 West 29th Street, 12th Floor
  22. 22. New York, NY 10001 * Provides a range of services and programs to members, including development, production, financing, distribution and marketing support. Has an internationally recognized annual showcase of members' independent films September 17-24. Provides monthly seminars and screenings. Membership fees are: $100 - individual, $65 - student, $150 - households, $75 - associations. www.ifp.org 6. National Executive Service Corps (212) 269-1234 fax (212) 269-0959 120 Wall Street, 16th Floor New York, NY 10005 Contact: Betty Lefferts, Vice President x 103 * Consults for arts organizations of all sizes within NY metropolitan area. Deals with fundraising, board and staff relationships, development, administration, human resource problems, marketing and strategic planning. Modest fee is charged based depending on size of project and organization's budget. NESC offers a mentor program matching organizations with budgets between $75,000 and $400,000 with a specialist in the organization's field of choice who is available once a month to provide assistance. www.nesc.org 18. New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) (212) 366-6900 155 Avenue of the Americas, 14th Floor New York, NY 10013-1507 * NYFA is a nonprofit arts service organization, one of the largest providers of grants and services to individual artists and their organizations in all artistic disciplines in the United States. Through its fellowships, residencies, sponsored projects, management services, loans, information and advocacy services, the Foundation works with artists and arts organizations throughout New York State and other parts of the country to bring the work of contemporary artists to the public. The Foundation administers statewide programs and services organized under three divisions. a. Artists Program and Services * Artists Fellowships: Cash awards of up to $7,000 for creative artists in NY State for use in career development. Different disciplines featured each year. Call x217 for more info. * Special Opportunity Stipends (SOS): Small cash grants allowing artists to take advantage of unique career opportunities. * Sponsorship Services: Assists individuals and emerging arts organizations with obtaining funding and other general financial services. Monthly seminars are held. An application is required (applications accepted in March, July, and November). A modest fee is charged for accepted applicants. b. Educational and Information Programs * Artists in Residence (AIR): Awards matching grants to schools, universities and NFP's to develop projects in schools and communities (sponsoring organization, not artists, apply). There are four types of grants: Planning Grants, Implementation Grants, Developmental Opportunity Grants and Technical Assistance Grants. For info. call x222. * Communications: Publishes FYI, a quarterly journal, "Arts Wire", a national computer-based network providing art related info., "Arts Wire/New York", same as above for NY. Sponsors "Common Ground", an annual conference and does advocacy work. For info. call x212. c. Finance and Administration * Revolving Loans: Provides short term cash flow loans to NFP's with a grant pending before the NY State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts or the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. There is a service fee. Artists in need of loans may apply to the Artists Community Federal Credit Union (212-366-5669) or the Special Arts Fund for Emergencies (SAFE). For more info. call x203.
  23. 23. 19. Non-Profit Coordinating Committee (212) 502-4191 fax (212) 502-4189 1350 Broadway, Suite 1801 New York, NY 10018-7802 * Provides low-cost liability insurance, tax, health insurance, retirement benefits and liability insurance workshops and bimonthly informational newsletter to members. They are primarily advocates for NFP's on a city, state and federal level. Offer workshops which are free for members; at a fee for non-members. Roundtables meet periodically for financial managers and executive directors. Membership is $25-600/year, on a sliding scale. www.npccny.org 21. Performing Arts Resources, Inc. (212) 673-6343 fax (212) 673-1856 88 East 3rd Street, Suite 19 New York, NY 10003 e-mail: dbradypar@aol.com * PAR is a NFP membership organization which offers assistance to individuals and companies seeking technical and administrative information in the performing arts (dance, music, theatre, etc.). Services include: Personnel Network linking stage technicians (managers, designers, carpenters, etc.) and administrative personnel with arts organizations; Consultation Service providing individualized guidance and technical support on all aspects of performance and management; Resource Center, a storehouse of information, specifically on the technical aspects of performance and theatre; Set Recycling Hotline for making arrangements for set recycling and reuse. PAR also provides workshops and seminars and sells publications. 22. The Support Center for Non-Profit Management (212) 924-6744 Accountants for the Public Interest fax (212) 924-9544 305 Seventh Ave., 11th Floor New York, NY 10001-6008 Attn: Barbara Gerson, x310 * Provides training programs in management, finances and fundraising. Will match NFP organization with a volunteer accountant for a $150 fee (covers 20 hours of work). Accounting services for individuals are $50/hour. Initial consultation is free. 23. Urban Business Assistance Corp. (212) 995-4404 fax (212) 995-4255 44 West 4th Street, Room 5-61 New York, NY 10012 www.ubac.org * Provides long-term technical assistance to eligible clients, including assistance with creating business plans, marketing strategies, loan proposals, etc. Will assist some NFPs, but mission is to assist minority- and women- owned for-profit businesses. Must apply. There is a $25 application fee; subsequent fees based on financial need and time required. Urban Business Assistance also offers community courses (at low cost) 3 times a year in business management, marketing, accounting, loan strategies, etc. 24. The Volunteer Consulting Group, Inc. (212) 687-8530 9 East 41st Street, 8th Floor New York, NY 10017 * The VCG is a NFP founded in 1969 by the Harvard Business School Club of NY. Works locally and nationally to strengthen the governing and management capability of nonprofit boards with a special focus on matching boards and potential trustees. They engage in board recruitment and board consulting and maintain a database on their placements and offer seminars for potential trustees. Seminar info. is available in workbook form. NFP's need to have 501(c)(3) status, a functioning board of directors, and must have been in existence for at least 2 years to be eligible.
  24. 24. CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 1. The City of New York Department of Consumer Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(212) 487-4444 42 Broadway New York, NY 10004 www.nyc.gov/html/dca/home.html * Consumer Information is available to both consumer and businesses. Referrals. Complaints against businesses can be filed, and business licenses can be verified. 2. Better Business Bureau (212) 533-6200 Inquiries and Complaints Division 257 Park Ave South, 4th Floor New York, NY 10010 www.newyork.bbb.org *Customers can obtain complaints against local businesses for $3.80 plus tax for each report. Automated system and must enter credit card info immediately at this number. www.newyork.bbb.org
  25. 25. COPYRIGHT, PATENTS AND TRADEMARKS (SEE ALSO: MUSIC (FOR COLLECTION OF USAGE FEES)) 1. American Composers Alliance (212) 362-8900 73 Spring St. Rm. 505 Fax: (212) 925-6798 New York, NY 10012 www.composers.com * Provides copyright information for member professional concert musicians. Also functions as a publisher for members' music. Must be a member of BMI. 2. American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) 150 North 2nd Street (215) 451-2767 Philadelphia, PA 19106 www.asmp.org * Provides copyright advice to members. 3. ART/New York (Alliance of Resident Theaters) (212) 244-6667 fax (212) 714-1918 575 Eighth Avenue, Suite 17S New York, NY 10018 www.offbroadwayonline.com * Provides free information on copyright for professional NFP theaters (Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway). 4. Authors Guild Inc. (212) 563-5904 fax (212) 564-5363 330 West 42nd Street, 29th Floor New York, NY 10036 www.authorsguild.org * Will answer copyright inquiries from members (published book and/or magazine writers or those with a pending contract). $90 annual membership fee. 5. Core Search (212) 627-0330 28 West 23rd Street, 7th Floor fax (212) 627-1833 New York, NY 10010 * Private trademark search firm. 6. Copyright Office Forms and Circulars Hotline Library of Congress Washington, D.C. 20559 www.loc.gov/copyright a. General Information (202) 707-9100 * Recording. If you know the name of the copyright application form or circulars you require they will mail them to you. b. Public Information Office (202) 707-3000 * Will answer general copyright and filing questions, refer to appropriate office, etc. Available 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. c. Reference and Bibliography (202) 707-6850 * Will estimate amount of time for a copyright search. Cost is $100/1st hour and $50/each additional hour. Will search for registration by number or name. d. Certificates and Documents (202) 707-6787
  26. 26. * Will provide copies of certificates of registration and other documentation (litigation statements, etc.). Reference search costs $20. The copy of the registration is $8. There is a $50 rush fee for requests to be processed in 10 to 15 business days. Normal processing is 6-8 weeks. e. General Counsel (202) 707-8380 * Internal counsel for copyright office. Available to answer questions about copyright law, rights, infringement, etc. Very helpful. f. Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (202) 707-8380 g. Documents Unit (202) 707-1759 h. Licensing (202) 707-8150 * Collects copyrights fees from cable TV. 7. Dramatists Guild (212) 398-9366 1501 Broadway, Suite 701 fax: (212) 944-0420 New York, NY 10036 www.dramatistsguild.com * Helps to resolve disputes (lawyer on staff) and sets fees and work rules for lyricists, composers and playwrights for members only. Membership is $75-125 per year. 8. Government Liaisons Services, Inc (703) 524-8200 (800) 642-6564 fax (703) 525-8451 3030 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 209 Arlington, VA 22201 * A for-profit corporation that conducts trademark, copyright searches. 9. Patent Office (703) 308-HELP Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Arlington, VA 20231 www.uspto.gov * Automated information line. Will answer general patent and trademark questions and send application forms and booklets. 10. Poets and Writers, Inc. (212) 226-3586 72 Spring Street, Suite 301 fax (212) 226-3963 New York, NY 10012 * Will provide information on copyright and publishing. Information Center is open from 11:00AM - 3:00PM for questions. Also publishes a guide to copyright. 11. Thomson & Thomson-Copyright Research Group 1750 K Street, NW, Suite 200 (800) 356-8630 Washington, D.C. 20006-2305 www.thomson.com * Will discuss copyright search, registration process and costs with non-lawyers. Will do a copyright search for $430 (takes 5 business days); rush service available for an additional $610 (48 hours) or $800 (24 hours). 12. Thomson & Thomson – Trademarks (800) 692-8833 (617) 479-1600 500 Victory Road North Quincy, MA 02171-3145 www.thomson.com * Will discuss trademark search, registration process and costs with non-lawyers. (1) federal, state, common law database search - $355; (2) company name search - $565; (3) music media search - $260; title search - $400.
  27. 27. 13. Writers Guild of America (212) 582-1909 Registration: (212) 757-4360 888 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10019 www.wga.org * Will register a work by a radio, television or screenwriter, as proof of origination of the idea for a $22 fee if less than 150 pages, for $32 if between 150 and 350, and for $57 if over 350 pages. The manuscript is sealed and kept on file for 10 years. It is an alternative form of proof to copyright registration in the event of infringement but does not replace registration. 14. Trademark Research Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(212) 228-4084 300 Park Ave S, 8th Floor New York, NY 10010 * Private trademark search firm.
  28. 28. COUNTY CLERKS/COURTS 1. Supreme Court a. Bronx County Civil Branch (718) 590-3642 851 Grand Concourse Bronx, NY 10451 www.courts.state.ny.us * County Clerk and business certification. $100 filing fee plus $10 per certified copy. b. Clerk of the Court, Ex Parte Part (718) 590-3715 * NFP approval. 2. Supreme Court (718) 643-8012 Kings County 360 Adams Street, Supreme Court Building Brooklyn, NY 11201 www.courts.state.ny.us * County clerk and business certification (d/b/a). $100 filing fee, plus $10 per certified copy. 3. Supreme Court a. New York County Clerk, Business Section (212) 374-8314 60 Centre Street, Room 109-B New York, NY 10007 www.courts.state.ny.us * County clerk and business certification (d/b/a). $120 filing fee (includes 2 copies). b. Clerk of the Court, Ex Parte Part (212) 374-4748 60 Centre Street, Room 315 New York, NY 10007-1474 Attn: Karen Morse www.courts.state.ny.us * NFP approval. c. Pro se Clerk, Civil Court (212) 374-4646 111 Centre Street #118 New York, NY 10013 www.courts.state.ny.us d. Small Claims Court (212) 791-6000 111 Centre Street New York, NY 10013 www.courts.state.ny.us 4. Supreme Court a. Queens County (718) 520-3704 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard Jamaica, NY 11435 www.courts.state.ny.us * County Clerk and business certificates (d/b/a). $100 filing fee, plus $10 per certified copy. Call ahead for details. b. Clerk of the Court, Ex Parte (718) 520-3793, x2585 www.courts.state.ny.us * NFP approval.
  29. 29. 5. Supreme Court (718) 390-5389 Richmond County Clerk of Court, Ex Parte 18 Richmond Terrace Attention: Court Desk St. George, Staten Island, NY 10301 www.courts.state.ny.us * Business certification (d/b/a). $120 filing fee. Also NFP approval. 6. Supreme Court (914) 285-3080 Westchester County 110 Grove Street, Room 330 White Plains, NY 10601 www.courts.state.ny.us * County Clerk, records, notary, NFP approval, small claims assessment review and business certification (d/b/a). $33 filing fee. Hours: 8am - 5:45, Monday through Friday. 7. USDC-Northern District of NY (315) 793-8156 US Courthouse, 10 Broad Street Utica, NY 13501 www.courts.state.ny.us 8. USDC-Western District of NY (716) 551-4211 304 US Courthouse Buffalo, NY 14202 www.courts.state.ny.us
  30. 30. DANCE 1. The Actors' Fund of America (212) 221-7300 National Headquarters 729 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10019 www.actorsfund.org * The Actors' Fund is a national organization (with regional offices in Chicago and LA) providing services to ALL entertainment professionals. Its programs provide a full range of services for entertainers in need. Will provide financial assistance, grants, and recommend a supportive plan of action for individuals and entertainment professionals in film radio, television, dance, opera, circus, variety and the legitimate stage (including union members). Services are open to technical workers as well. The Fund is famous for its Conrad Cantzen Shoe Fund, which will pay up to $40 towards a new pair of shoes - begun by an individual who realized that actors were paid less money if their shoes look worn. Other programs include: AIDS Initiative Program which provides emotional, physical and financial support for persons with HIV; Chemical Dependency Services, which provide support from recognition to treatment and education; Mental Health Services, which provides primarily assessment and referrals; Services to Employable Persons (STEP), which provides emergency financial assistance in conjunction with referrals to unions, etc.; Elder Care and Disabled Services, which helps seniors and the disabled remain independent via financial assistance, counseling and referrals; Retirement and Nursing Home, located in Englewood, NJ, the 50- bed home is a model facility created specifically for entertainment professionals. Eligibility: must have earned at least $5000/yr. from entertainment for 3 of last 5 years. 2. American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) (212) 265-3687 fax (212) 489-6030 1430 Broadway, 14th Floor New York, NY 10018 www.musicalartists.org * Represents opera, ballet, dance, concert, recital, and oratorio artists and stage managers. Sets fees and work rules, and resolves disputes. www.agmaatl.com 3. Career Transition for Dancers, Inc. (212) 764-0172 165 W. 46th St., Suite 701 fax (212) 764-0343 The Actor’s Equity Building New York, NY 10036 www.careertransition.org * Helps dancers through changes in their careers. Counseling and scholarship services available. Mentor networking available. 4. Dance Theatre Workshop (212) 691-6500 219 West 19th Street New York, NY 10011 www.dtw.org * Has a fiscal conduit program that allows individual artists and performance arts co.'s to channel funds. Fee is membership plus a percentage of donations received. Sponsors and produces independent artists of all disciplines (dance, music, theater, visual arts). Acts as a local agent for out-of-town artists. Provides newspaper advertising discounts, bulk mailing and box office reservation services for members. Membership fee = $85/individuals. 6. Kitchen Center for Video, Music, Dance, Performance, Film and Literature (212) 255-5793 512 West 19th Street fax (212)-645-4258 New York, NY 10011 www.thekitchen.org * Arts space which presents live performances and videos. Provides 2 hourly rental space for rehearsals, film shoots, etc. (at times, rentals may be restricted to scheduled performers). Room sizes are: 200 seat; 75 seat. Call Sheila Callahan for facilities questions.
  31. 31. 8. Performing Arts Resources, Inc. (212) 673-6343 fax (212) 673-1856 88 East 3rd Street, #19 New York, NY 10003 members.aol.com/perfrtrsrc e-mail: dbradypar@aol.com * PAR is a NFP membership organization which offers assistance to individuals and companies seeking technical and administrative information in the performing arts (dance, music, theatre, etc.). Services include: Personnel Network linking stage technicians (managers, designers, carpenters, etc.) and administrative personnel with arts organizations. They interview and assess all candidates to match the exact needs of the individuals and the organizations; Consultation Service providing individualized guidance and technical support on all aspects of performance and management; Resource Center, a storehouse of information, specifically on the technical aspects of performance and theatre; Set Recycling Hotline, which makes arrangements for set recycling and reuse. PAR also provides workshops and seminars and sells publications. 9. Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC) (212) 391-1070 fax (212) 302-6195 1501 Broadway #1701 New York, NY 10036 www.ssdc.org * Represents stage directors and choreographers, sets fees and work rules and resolves disputes for Broadway, Off- Broadway and stock productions. Provides health insurance and a pension plan. Members must have directed at least two union productions. Will negotiate and administer agreements, provide arbitration and contract services (has 1 in-house attorney). Will also advise freelancers about prevailing rates for negotiated agreements. Membership fee: $1150. a. Health insurance and pension inquiries (212) 869-8129
  32. 32. DISABILITY SERVICES 1. Eastern Paralyzed Veteran's Association (718) 803-EPVA 75-20 Astoria Blvd. Jackson Heights, NY 11370-1178 295 West Houston, Room 205 (212) 807-3163 New York, NY 10245 * Lobbying organization. Provides information on ADA and accessibility checklist. 2. Hospital Audiences, Inc. (212) 575-7660 TDD: (212) 575-7673 548 Broadway, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10012 * Broad-based advocacy organization. Publishes Access for All, a listing of NYC galleries, museums, theaters, and other art spaces, with an evaluation of their level of compliance with the ADA and general accessibility information on each facility. Will answer most questions on disabilities and is a good referral source. 3. The Jewish Guild for the Blind (212) 769-6200 fax (212) 769-6266 15 West 65th Street New York, NY 10019 * Advocacy organization for the blind. Resource for those seeking to provide access to people who are blind. 4. The Lighthouse (212) 821-9200 TDD: (212) 821-9713 fax (212) 821-9705 111 E. 59th Street New York, NY 10022 * Advocacy organization for the blind. Resource for those seeking to provide access to people who are blind. 5. New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (212) 788-2830 100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor TTY: (212) 788-2842 New York, NY 10038 * Provides assistance to individuals with complaints against discrimination and denial of access. Also assists organizations and facilities seeking to comply with access requirements. 6. New York League for the Hard of Hearing (917) 305-7700 TDD: (212) 255-1932 71 West 23rd Street New York, NY 10010 * Advocacy organization for the deaf and hard of hearing. Resource for those seeking to provide access to people who are deaf and/or hard of hearing. 7. New York Society for the Deaf (212) 777-3900 TDD: same number 817 Broadway, 7th Floor New York, NY 10003 * Advocacy organization for the deaf and hard of hearing. Resource for those seeking to provide access to people who are deaf and/or hard of hearing. 8. Resources for Artists with Disabilities, Inc. (212) 691-5490 77 7th Ave., Penthouse H New York, NY 10011 * RAD coordinates and promotes exhibition opportunities for professional visual artists with disabilities. RAD assists artists with disabilities in transporting their artwork to shows. Committed to promoting equal public access to disabled artists.
  33. 33. 9. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (212) 748-8500 7 World Trade Center, 18th Floor New York, NY 10003 * EEOC has set anti-discrimination policy for employers on the basis of race, age, disability and other discreet minorities. Any discrimination by employers may be reported to the EEOC for investigation. 10. U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Public Access Section P.O. Box 66738 Washington, DC 20035-6738 * Investigates and prosecutes violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Public Access Section handles violations of access requirements for persons with disabilities.
  34. 34. EMPLOYMENT 1. City of New York Department: Training Resource Information (800) 562-7692 220 Church Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10013 * Provides job training and placement for New York City residents. 2. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (212) 748-8500 7 World Trade Center, 18th Floor New York, NY a. Publications Department (800) 669-3362 * The EEOC is a federal commission and has jurisdiction over all employment related discrimination matters based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability or equal pay. The process begins by filing a complaint in person with the EEOC, which will then investigate the complaint and file charges if appropriate. Complaints must be filed within 300 days of most recent harm to be considered and employer must have over 15 employees. 3. National Employment Lawyers Association Referral Service (NELARS) (212) 302-0718 500 5th Ave., Suite 1930 New York, NY 10110 * A consultation by phone and referral service for employees. Handles a wide variety of employment issues. The charge starts at $25 for the first half hour of consultation. 4. New York State Department of Labor Teleservice Line (212) 352-4000 * This hotline provides callers with step-by-step instructions on how to file for unemployment. In addition, the hotline provides information on unemployment qualifications. 5. New York State Department of Labor (212) 352-6000 375 Hudson Street New York, NY 10010 * Provides a variety of employment-based services including unemployment, alien certification, and employer information. 6. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Missing Participant Program 1200 K Street N.W. Washington 20005 * A federal agency created to help workers trace their pensions. A request should include name, address, daytime telephone number, Social Security number, date of birth and name and location of the employer, as well as dates of employment. Any nine-digit employer id number and three-digit plan id number should be included. 7. Workers Defense League (212) 627-1931 275 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10001 8. New York State Community Service Center 52 West 20th Street New York, NY 10010 * Can file for unemployment benefits with this agency between the hours of 8:30 and 12 noon Monday through Friday. Claims must be filed in person.
  35. 35. FUNDING/LOANS/GRANTS I. GENERAL ASSISTANCE 1. The Actors' Fund of America (212) 221-7300 National Headquarters 729 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10019 * The Actors' Fund is a national organization (with regional offices in Chicago and LA) providing services to ALL entertainment professionals. Its programs provide a full range of services for entertainers in need. Will provide financial assistance, grants, and recommend a supportive plan of action for individuals and entertainment professionals in film radio, television, dance, opera, circus, variety and the legitimate stage (including union members). Services are open to technical workers as well. The Fund is famous for its Conrad Cantzen Shoe Fund, which will pay up to $40 towards a new pair of shoes - begun by an individual who realized that actors were paid less money if their shoes look worn. Other programs include: AIDS Initiative Program which provides emotional, physical and financial support for persons with HIV; Chemical Dependency Services, which provides support from recognition to treatment and education; Mental Health Services, which provides primarily assessment and referrals; Services to Employable Persons (STEP), which provides emergency financial assistance in conjunction with referrals to unions, etc.; Elder Care and Disabled Services, which helps seniors and the disabled remain independent via financial assistance, counseling and referrals; Retirement and Nursing Home, located in Englewood, NJ, the 50- bed home is a model facility created specifically for entertainment professionals. 2. Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation (212) 226-0581 380 West Broadway New York, NY 10012 * Foundation offers individual support to 10 artists per year who have demonstrated maturity in their art form (20 years of work) and who are in financial need. Must write for an application. Also provides emergency assistance (from $1,000 to $10,000) for catastrophic events to qualified artists who have demonstrated maturity by work as a painter, sculptor or printmaker for at least ten years. 3. Americans for the Arts (212) 223-2787 1 East 53rd Street New York, NY 10022 * Maintains a national arts policy clearinghouse, a resource for researchers that includes 4000 publications. Contact to set up an appointment. Sponsors arts education programs and government advocacy to encourage private sector awareness and giving. Also operates the Visual Artists Information Hotline, a national toll-free referral service for visual artists that provides assistance with funding, fellowships, group insurance, public art programs, studio and living space, residency, health insurance and legal matters. The Artists Information Hotline number is 1-(800)-232-2789. Provides information on arts education, funding and health coverage, and a catalog of publications useful to artists and arts organizations. Hours: 9-5. 4. American Guild of Variety Artists Sick Relief Fund (212) 675-1003 184 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor New York, NY 10010 * Provides emergency grants for members. The sick and relief fund will pay for a variety of unpaid bills, such as rent and utilities. 5. Art Matters, Inc (212) 539-3120 PO Box 1815 Chelsea Station New York, NY 10113-1815 * Emergency grants available to individual artists "based on critical need as well as artistic matter". 6. Artists Community Federal Credit Union (ACFCU) (212) 246-3344; fax (212) 246-3366 351 West 54th Street
  36. 36. New York, NY 10019 * Provides bridge loans (using grant award letters from established funders as collateral) to member artists and those employed in the arts community. Hours: 12-5, Monday, Wednesday & Thursday. 7. Arts International (212) 984-5370 Institute of International Education 809 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017 * Administers programs of grants, advocacy, exchange and training programs assisting U.S. and international artists and arts organizations. Grantmaking programs include The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions, Gateway (provides grants to African, Asian, and/or Latin American performing Artists), Lila Wallace- Reader's Digest International Artists program (6 month international residencies for visual artists), Cintas Foundation Fellowships (Cuban artists in architecture, photography, visual arts, music composition and literature). 8. Non-Profit Connection (718) 230-3200 Management Support Fund One Hanson Place, Suite 2504 Brooklyn, NY 11243 * Provides awards between $500-5,000 to community organizations citywide, primarily to those based in Brooklyn. The money is distributed for specific projects that are designated to strengthen an organization's management so it can serve its community more effectively. Also maintains a non-profit library and conducts training workshops. 9. Business Committee for the Arts (212) 664-0600 1775 Broadway, Suite 510 New York, NY 10019-1942 * Works with businesses to help develop new ways to support the arts. Does NOT have a specific grant. 10. Council on Foundations (202) 466-6512 1828 L Street N.W., Suite #300 Washington, DC 20036 * Works to promote responsible and effective philanthropy. Provides educational programs, professional development workshops, publications and technical assistance. Maintains reach efforts, offers support services, runs special initiates, and publishes books, studies, reports and surveys on organized philanthropy. 11. Field (212) 691-6969 161 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10013 * Offers workshops on grant writing and production management. Membership includes discounts on workshops, publications, etc. $75 per year. Performing artists and writers may apply for Independent Artists Challenge Program - call for further information. Also serves as umbrella organization on first come, first serve basis. 12. Foundation Center (212) 620-4230 79 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10003 * Library of information on grantmakers, including who they are and what they will fund. Offers free orientation to the library. 10:00 am - 9:00 pm Monday and Wednesday; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Also offers free orientations for grant-seekers on select Tuesdays at 9:00 am and 5:30 pm. 13. Pentacle Foundation of Independent Artists (212) 278-8111 246 West 38th Street New York, NY 10018 * Provides grant writing assistance for dancers and other performing artists.
  37. 37. 14. Fund For the City of New York (212) 925-6675 121 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor New York, NY 10013 * Makes cash flow loans of up to $50,000, $20,00 for first time borrowers, against approved government contracts and occasionally foundation or corporate grants. All 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in New York are eligible. 15. New York City Economic Development Corp. (212) 619-5000 110 William Street New York, NY 10038 * Has bonding authority. Provides loans at below-market interest rates to smaller nonprofit and for profit organizations with capital and cash flow financing problems. 16. PEN American Center (212) 334-1660 568 Broadway, Suite 401 New York, NY 10012 * Provides emergency grants and awards for American writers. Authors must have previously published. 17. Poets and Writers (212) 226-3586 72 Spring Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10012 * Publishes a magazine that provides information on grants and awards. 18. Pollack/Krasner Foundation (212) 517-5400 863 Park Avenue New York, NY 10021 * Provides grants to artists (primarily visual) for on-going developmental projects, for professional, personal or medical reasons. Artist must demonstrate merit and need. Write for application. Slides required. Evaluation process takes 3 - 9 months, although may be expedited in case of emergencies. 19. Theatre Development Fund, Inc. (212) 221-0885 1501 Broadway, Suite 2110 New York, NY 10036 * Will serve as a last resort lender to performing arts organizations with whom they are already working. Also runs TKTS, maintains a mailing list, a costume collection and runs a voucher program. 20. Authors League Fund (212) 268-1208 330 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036 * Awards interest-free loans to writers in financial need. Particularly concerned with the elderly, ill, or uninsured.
  38. 38. II. SPECIFIC ASSISTANCE A. NOT-FOR-PROFIT 1. ART/New York (Alliance of Resident Theaters) (212) 244-6667 fax (212) 719-1918 575 Eighth Avenue, Suite 17S New York, NY 10018 * Provides bridge loans, subject to availability, of up to $3,000 at no interest for professional NFP theaters (Off- Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway) who are members. Loans are based on grant letter, contract or other collateral. 2. National Association of Artists Organizations (NAAO) (202) 347-6350 1436 U Street NW, Suite 205 Washington, D.C. 20009 * Provides grants to NFP organizations for technical consulting and other assistance. 3. Association of Fundraising Professionals (212) 582-8565 fax (212) 582-8492 211 West 56th Street, #7J New York, NY 10019 * Will make referrals to members of the association who are employed as development professionals by nonprofit organizations. 4. New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (212) 643-7770 330 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10019 * Maintains a revolving credit loan fund for NFP arts organizations for renovations of creative space. 5. New York Foundation for the Arts (212) 366-6900 155 Avenue of the Americas, 14th Floor New York, NY 10013-1507 * Provides short-term cash loans to NFP organizations to help bring works to the public, while they have grants pending from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NY State Council on the Arts or the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Also provides matching grants to schools, school districts, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations developing and implementing projects with artists in schools and the community. Arranges for conferences and workshops, and holds an annual $7,000 grant competition for individual artists. (As a component of this fellowship, the artist must perform a public service activity.) The Foundation's Artists' New Works Project provides organizational, affiliation, fiscal management services and promotion for film and video makers. 6. New York State Council on the Arts (212) 387-7000 915 Broadway New York, NY 10010 * New York City Council on the Arts is a funding agency that provides support toward the activities of non-profit organizations in New York State and helps to bring artistic performances and programs of high quality to the state's citizens.
  39. 39. 7. Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (212) 502-4191 fax (212) 502-4189 1350 Broadway New York, NY 10018-7802 * Seeks to improve and protect New York's non-profit sector. Membership services include "government watch" in New York City Hall, Albany, and Washington; a bimonthly newsletter for NY nonprofits; seminars and workshops; assistance with liability insurance; retirement plans; health insurance; and information and referrals. 8. Pentacle (212) 278-8111 246 West 38th Street New York, NY 10018 * Will provide grant writing services (submission and administration of applications for grants awarded by the NEA and NYS Council on the Arts) for a fee. See under "Managing a NFP" or "Umbrella Sponsor" for more info. 9. New York Foundation for the Arts (212) 366-6900 155 Sixth Ave. 14th Floor New York, NY 10013 * Will provide loans, grants and technical assistance or some combination of the above for emergencies that threaten Manhattan-based NFP cultural/arts organizations. SAFE places the highest priority on those unforeseen circumstances which threaten an organization's ability to provide services. 10. The Support Center for Non-Profit Management (212) 924-6744 fax (212) 924-9544 Accountants for the Public Interest 305 Seventh Avenue, 11th floor New York, NY 10001-6008 * Provides training programs on fundraising, management, and finances. B. MUSIC 1. American Federation of Musicians - Local 802 (212) 245-4802 fax (212) 489-6030 322 West 48th Street New York, NY 10036 * Musicians’ union provides financial help for the disabled and welfare (in some locals). 500 local unions represent professional musicians in every field of activity, including vocalists and sidepersons. A 24-hour toll-free helpline is available for members, providing emergency cash. www.local802afm.org 2. American Music Center (212) 366-5260 30 West 26th Street, Suite 1001 New York, NY 10010 * Provides a library and resource center, including information on grants and commissions, for serious classical and contemporary musicians.
  40. 40. 3. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) (212) 595-3050 One Lincoln Plaza New York, NY 10023 * Offers scholarships and awards to encourage new writers and reward excellence. 4. BMI (Broadcast Music Inc) (212) 586-2000 320 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019 * Provides a library and grant resource center open to the public. Awards annual cash grants to young student composers of concert music, and scholarships to young composers, artists, conductors and musicians. 5. Meet the Composer (212) 787-3601 2112 Broadway, Suite 505 New York, NY 10023 * Meet the Composer raises money from foundations, corporations, individual patrons, and government sources and design programs that support all styles and genres of music. Meet the Composer awards grants for composer fees to non-profit organizations that perform, present or commission original works.
  41. 41. HEALTH 1. The Actors' Fund of America (212) 221-7300 National Headquarters 729 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10019 * The Actors' Fund is a national organization (with regional offices in Chicago and LA) providing services to ALL entertainment professionals. Its programs provide a full range of services for entertainers in need. Will provide financial assistance, grants, and recommend a supportive plan of action for individuals and entertainment professionals in film radio, television, dance, opera, circus, variety and the legitimate stage (including union members). Services are open to technical workers as well. The Fund is famous for its Conrad Cantzen Shoe Fund, which will pay up to $40 towards a new pair of shoes - begun by an individual who realized that actors were paid less money if their shoes look worn. Other programs include: AIDS Initiative Program which provides emotional, physical and financial support for persons with HIV; Chemical Dependency Services, which provides support from recognition to treatment and education; Mental Health Services, which provides counseling, information and referrals; Services to Employable Persons (STEP), which provides emergency financial assistance in conjunction with referrals to unions, etc.; Elder Care and Disabled Services, which helps seniors and the disabled remain independent via financial assistance, counseling and referrals; Retirement and Nursing Home, located in Englewood, NJ, the 50-bed home is a model facility created specifically for entertainment professionals. 2. Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation (212) 226-0581 380 West Broadway New York, NY 10012 * Foundation offers individual support to 10 artists per year who have demonstrated maturity in their art form (20 years of work) and who are in financial need. Must write for an application. Also provides emergency assistance (from $1,000 to $10,000) for catastrophic events (e.g., fire, flood, emergency) to qualified artists who have demonstrated maturity by work as a painter, sculptor or printmaker for at least ten years. 3. AIDS Center of Queens County Inc. (718) 896-2500 97-45 Queens Boulevard, Suite #1220 Rego Park, NY 11374 a. Jamaica Office (718) 739-2525 175-61 Hillside Avenue, 4th Floor, Room 403 Jamaica, NY 11432 b. Far Rockaway Office (718) 868-8645 1600 Central Avenue Far Rockaway, NY 11691 * Provides comprehensive social services for people with HIV/AIDS in Queens. Volunteer lawyers will handle wills, family and matrimonial law and other matters. 4. American Guild of Variety Artists (212) 675-1003 184 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor New York, NY 10010 * Provides health insurance and emergency grants for members. The sick and relief fund will pay for a variety of unpaid bills, such as rent and utilities. 5. Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) (781) 293-4100 P.O. Box 479 Hanson, MA 02341 * Provides a list of art and craft products certified for safety. 6. Artists Fellowship, Inc (212) 255-7740 47 Fifth Avenue
  42. 42. New York, NY 10003 * Grants only to professional fine artists in time of health-related emergency or bereavement. Requests for funding are reviewed monthly. Only accepts calls on Fridays. 7. Artists Welfare Fund (212) 941-0130 New York Artists Equity Association, Inc. 498 Broome Street New York, NY 10013 * A program of the New York Artists Equity Association, Inc. Interest-free loans available to all professional visual artists (not limited to NYAEA members). For health emergencies; copies of medical bills and such are required. Members are eligible to apply for individual or group health insurance. $35 annual membership fee. 8. Cardozo Bet Tzedek Legal Services (212) 790-0240 55 Fifth Avenue, 11th Floor New York, NY 10003 * Provides pro bono representation in cases involving medicade and social security to elderly and disabled individuals unable to afford private counsel; student clinic; classes only during academic year. 9. Coalition for the Homeless (212) 964-5900 89 Chambers Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10007 * Provides advocacy and direct services to provide decent shelter, adequate food and affordable housing for children in foster care and homeless persons, including those who are HIV infected or mentally ill. 10. Consumer Product Safety Commission (800) 638-2772 Publication Requests Washington, D.C. 20207 * Will provide information on federal government safety publications and recalled products. Consumers can also report unsafe product complaints. 11. Gay Men's Health Crisis (212) 367-1000 119 West 24th Street New York, NY 10011 Legal Department (212) 367-1040 119 West 24th Street New York, NY 10011 * Provides legal services to persons with AIDS--regardless of sexual orientation--including preparation of wills and power of attorney (business and medical), and advice, information and representation regarding immigration, landlord/tenant, debtor/creditor, insurance discrimination and family law matters (do not handle tort or divorce matters). 12. Harkness Center for Dance Injuries (212) 598-6022 301 E. 17th Street, #407 New York, NY 10003 * Works in conjunction with Hospital for Joint Diseases to evaluate and treat musculoskeletal problems and injuries. Also provides 24-hour emergency care. Fees are based on a sliding scale according to ability to pay. 13. International Foundation for Performing Arts Medicine (973) 227-6107 170 Changebridge Road Montville, NJ 07045
  43. 43. * Fund-raising organization for medical research, prevention and treatment of performance-related injuries. Provides information about Performing Arts Medicine. 14. LAMBDA Legal Defense and Education Fund (212) 809-8585 HIV/AIDS Project 120 Wall Street, 15th Floor New York, NY 10005 * Handles test case litigation, discrimination and harassment cases of gays and lesbians. 15. Legal Action Center of the City of New York (212) 243-1313 153 Waverly Place, 8th Floor New York, NY 10014 * Provides pro bono legal services to recovering drug and alcohol abusers and persons with AIDS in employment discrimination matters. Also serves as a resource center, providing information on nationwide drug and alcohol treatment programs, lawyers and policy-makers for subscribers only. Subscription is $250 - $1,000. 16. Miller Health Care Institute for Performing Artists (212) 523-6200 425 West 59th Street, Suite 6-A New York, NY 10019 * The Miller Health Care Institute for Performing Artists is the largest and most comprehensive program of health care for the performing artists in the country. The Institute provides general and specialized care for established musicians, actors, dancers, and singers, for students, and for those in allied professions - teachers, coaches designers, writers, journalists, directors, and production crews. 17. New York City Commission on Human Rights (212) 306-7500 Pro Bono Assistance Program 40 Rector Street New York, NY 10006 * Investigates and prosecutes complaints alleging violations of the New York City Human Rights Law, which prohibits discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment, including discrimination against persons with AIDS. 18. New York City Consumer Product Safety Commission (212) 466-1612 6 World Trade Center, Room 350 New York, NY 10048 * Accepts complaints on consumer products. 19. Pollack/Krasner Foundation (212) 517-5400 863 Park Avenue New York, NY 10021 * Provides grants to visual artists for on-going developmental projects, for professional, personal or medical reasons. Artist must demonstrate merit and need. Write for application. Slides required. Evaluation process takes 3 - 9 months, although may be expedited in case of emergencies. Must write, no phone calls. 20. St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center (212) 523-6200 Kathryn & Gilbert Miller Health Care Institute for Performing Artists 425 West 59th Street, Suite 6A New York, NY 10019 * Provides general and specialized health care for artists and performers, students and persons in associated trades (teachers, coaches, production crew, designers, directors, conductors, etc.). Care includes checkups and physical, women's health services, lab tests, treatment of injuries and illnesses, and psychological counseling. Specialities include treatment of repetitive strain injuries. Facilities include a physical therapy studio, a voice lab and a

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