Arts Advocacy

In addition to professional work,  Ben proudly serves on the board of two non-profit arts advocacy groups, the Graduate Acting Alumni Association (GAAA), and the Artists Financial Support Group (AFSG).  

As alumni of the NYU TSOA Grad Acting Program, The GAAA is passionate about the training we received and dedicated to enhancing our essential roles as artist citizens. We have created the Grad Acting Alumni Association to engage and connect the alumni of our program. Through the GAAA, the combined power of our alumni’s skills and talents will function as a multidimensional support mechanism, helping us to excel as the artist citizens we were trained to become. In collaboration with our NYU colleagues and other supporters, our Association is committed to sustaining the Grad Acting Program’s excellence, competitive edge, and diversity for years to come. We have created the Grad Acting Alumni Fund to further those goals and enable our graduates to go forth as distinguished artists and contributing citizens, unencumbered by prohibitive debt.


Our association:

  • Facilitates opportunities to develop and showcase new work

  • Builds and sustains a network of our graduates

  • Maintains an interactive website

  • Raises funds for the Grad Acting Alumni Fund, which will ensure Tuition Freedom in perpetuity for the program’s future students


The Artists Financial Support Group seeks to: 1) Educate student and professional artists on financial self-advocacy 2) Advocate legislative and institutional change in the cost of artist education and 3) Innovate new ways to manage student loan debt and to budget on an erratic income.




For artists who fear they'll never understand money or finance, the AFSG is a financial guide that hopes to inspire young talent by making them more confident about money, because only the AFSG understands the financial mistakes that can hinder the growth of up-and-coming artists.

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