The vitality of today’s artistic community depends upon artists’ abilities to be exceptional creators, but also savvy entrepreneurs, managers, collaborators, and communicators. In its inaugural season NS is pleased to offer several programs geared towards preparing artists for enriching, well rounded, sustainable careers.

Summer Labs–

After a successful August Labs inaugural season in 2016, National Sawdust is pleased to extend the residency period and rename our residency SUMMER LABS.  We are looking for local New York based artists that focus on music based works including dance, multimedia and theatrical project, who need space to develop their project and who can commit to a showcase performance of at least 15 minutes of work for a public audience. In return,  NS will be able to offer in-kind support limited to 10-5 pm on Tuesday, 10-12 pm on Wed-Friday, with one showcase performance following residency period.  Any projects that require additional time or cannot work within these hours should not apply. National Sawdust does not provide any artist fees or housing/travel expenses for the residency period; however, in-kind contributions range from $1,500-$5,000 and includes a performance opportunity as well as dedicated marketing support and consideration for further development during NS regular season.

NS Internship Program –

NS Internships give undergraduate and graduate students the unique opportunity to support the operations of a brand new nonprofit music venue. On a bi-monthly basis, students shadow different key staff members. The goal of the ten-week internship is to illustrate the expansiveness of arts administration: from fundraising and finances, to marketing and communications, to hospitality and production. Students receive full class credit for participation.