Staying or Going

Should I stay in New York City? Should I even stay in the arts? These are two major questions that many artists in New York struggle with over the course of their careers. For MADE HERE’s final issue, we look at how performing artists have answered these questions and what factors have kept them not only in the arts, but also in New York City.

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episode 2: in NYC

New York is one of the most expensive and exhausting cities to live in, yet it continues to be the home for hundreds of thousands of performing artists. The artists in this episode explain what has kept them in New York City and what has made them consider leaving. 

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If the 1% Stifles New York’s Creative Talent, I’m Out of Here

An article about how New York is becoming a more business based city and slowly losing its creative side and pushing artists out.

Lena Dunham is Right About Rents Driving Artists Out of New York City

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Young Artists: Don’t Move to NYC

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I Used to Love Her, But I Had to Flee Her: On Living in New York

A writer discusses his experiences living and working in New York and what it was like once he finally left.

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Financial advice for artists moving to New York City.

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David Byrne: Will Work For Inspiration

David Byrne of the Talking Heads discusses how it is becoming increasingly more difficult for young artists in New York.

David Byrne Understand Why There’s No Room For Young Artists in New York

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On Moving to New York and Being Who You Say You Are

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The Actor’s Fund: New York Subsidizing Housing

A list of databases that can help artists find affordable housing in all five boroughs.

Performing Artists Resource Database

A collection of residency, fellowship and space granting programs for performing artists.

NYC Performing Arts Spaces

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Right Here NYC

A database that lists actors, musicians, artists and writers who have lived in NYC and where they lived in the city.

Still Kicking: Aging Performing Artists in NYC and LA Metro Areas

A study on aging performing artists, 62 and above, in LA and NYC. The study covers income, health insurance, legacy, retirement, career satisfaction and much more.

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