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Welcome to New York City, SVA’s hometown, and the leader of today’s creative economy, with more than 14,000 creative businesses and nonprofits. According to the EY Global Talent in Global Cities 2015 study, New York attracts more creative talent than any other city in the world because it “enjoys a unique cultural scene, embedded in a cosmopolitan and forward-thinking urban environment.” There is no better place to study, practice and work as a creative professional.


  • With 295,755 people working in the visual and performing arts, independent art, advertising, film and television, broadcasting, publishing, architecture, design and music, New York City is home to more creative professionals than any other city in the U.S.
  • New York City has 1,384 art gallery spaces (David Zwirner Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, Cheim & Reid); 412 dance organizations (Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, New York City Ballet); 131 museums (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art); 96 orchestras (New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera, Chamber Orchestra of New York), 40 Broadway theaters (Majestic Theater, Ambassador Theater, Minskoff Theater); 1,841 music venues that includes 15 major concert halls, and 4,224 cultural nonprofits that includes 380 nonprofit theater companies.
  • New York City is the second-busiest filmmaking capital in the world, with four major film studios and several independent companies. The local film and television industries employ more than 130,000 New Yorkers.
  • Employment in film and television production has grown by 53 percent over the past decade.
  • About 276 feature films and 91 television shows are produced in the city each year.
  • New York City is considered the heart of stand-up comedy in the U.S.
  • The American comic book was invented in New York City and graduates of the BFA Cartooning program at SVA are considered frontrunners for careers in the city’s mainstream and alternative comics fields.
  • New York City is home to over 15,000 media and entertainment companies, including the four major American broadcast networks, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.
  • Four of the U.S.’s top 10 daily newspapers (by circulation) are produced here: Daily News, New York Post, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. About 200 newspapers have an office in the city.
  • New York City is the center of the global advertising industry, with two of the “Big Four” agencies—Interpublic Group and Omnicom Group—headquartered here. Every major agency has a New York office and the industry employs about 36,000 people locally.
  • The book publishing industry of the U.S. is based in New York City. Large publishers such as HarperCollins, Penguin, Scholastic and Simon & Schuster, along with niche houses such as Lee & Low Books and Melville House, together employ around 25,000 area residents.
  • More than 350 magazines are produced in New York City. Condé Nast (The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, etc.), The Hearst Corporation (Cosmopolitan, Esquire) and Time Inc. (People, Sports Illustrated, TIME) are all headquartered here.
  • New York City is also home to major online media companies, including AOL, BuzzFeed and Gawker Media.

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