Please note: NYSCA’s FY2022 opportunities are now live. All pages will be updated to reflect current guidelines by June 21st.


About the Role

Advisory panels play a key role in NYSCA’s grant evaluation process. NYSCA selects a diverse group of professionals from across the state to fulfill the advisory panelist role. Panelists’ expertise spans every discipline represented in NYSCA’s grant programs as well as many facets of non-profit management.

NYSCA selects members of the advisory panels from a list of nominees. Each year, NYSCA solicits nominations from NYSCA staff, Council members, current panelists, current grantees, and the general public.

Members may be reappointed for a term of up to three years. In general, a panelist serving three consecutive years will not be reappointed.

The advisory panels evaluate and rate each grant application according to the Council’s three primary rating criteria:

  • Artistic/Programmatic Merit

  • Managerial/Fiscal Competence

  • Service/Outreach to the Public

Term: April 1 to March 31

Payment: Panelists are paid $200 per full-day panel meeting and $100 per half-day panel meeting. Expenses for travel, lodging and meals are reimbursable according to the U.S. General Services Administration’s per diem schedule.

Location of Panel Meetings: New York, New York


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Selection Process and Requirements

Nominations are now being accepted for advisory panelists. Advisory panelist nominations come from many sources, including arts organizations, council members, NYSCA staff and the public. Self---nominations are accepted. All panelists must be New York State residents for the duration of their service period. Advisory panelists will be recommended by the NYSCA staff with the approval of the Council. The deadline to submit your nomination for the FY2021 grant cycle is February 14, 2020. Advisory panelists must demonstrate expertise in at least one of NYSCA’s evaluation criteria: Artistic and Programmatic Merit, Managerial and Fiscal Competence, and Service to the Public. Panelists may apply to up to three NYSCA Programs.

Advisory panelists are required to act with utmost impartiality with respect to the evaluation and rating of applications and to protect panel deliberations from any potential conflict of interest or the appearance of such a conflict. Panelists will be required to acknowledge any affiliations with organizations making applications to the Council and must comply with New York State Ethics Laws.

To make a nomination, submit a completed Nomination Form and the nominee’s resume or summary of experience to NYSCA by mail or email at the addresses listed below by the due date.

Panelist nomination form

To nominate an advisory panelist, please complete the panelist nomination form and submit with the nominee’s resume or summary of experience via mail or email.

How to Submit a Nomination

Submit Nominations by Mail or Email:
New York State Council on the Arts
Attn: Advisory Panel Nominations
300 Park Ave. S, 10th Fl.
New York, NY 10010
[email protected]

Fairness and the Panel Process

In order to ensure fairness in the application review process, applicants are strictly prohibited from contacting Panelists associated with and/or involved in the activities or affairs of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) in any way to obtain or share information regarding the NYSCA application review process. This includes all activity associated with NYSCA at its main office, including panel discussions, and all communication with NYSCA staff including, but not limited to exchanges via email, telephone, or online system.

All data, materials, knowledge and information generated through, originating from, or having to do with NYSCA or persons associated with our activities, including contractors, is to be considered privileged and confidential and is not to be disclosed to any third party. This also includes, but is not limited to, any information of, or relating to, panel discussion, applications, and funding recommendations.

All inquiries about panel results and proceedings must be communicated to the NYSCA staff directly.