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Financial Assistance for Dancers

NYU Langone’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries provides medical care to injured dancers who may not otherwise be able to pay for treatment. Care at our Dance Clinic is provided by physicians who donate their time and professional services.

Dancer Fills Out Form at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries

Some costs may be covered by public or private sources. International students may also qualify for financial assistance.

Resources for Dancers During COVID-19

The following organizations and funds offer assistance to individual dancers and artists, organizations, or both. 

Financial Counseling

Patient financial counselors are available to discuss any outstanding financial responsibilities not covered by insurance. We can help you apply for assistance from government programs or from our financial assistance program.

You can reach a patient financial counselor by calling 866-486-9847 or by visiting us in the lobby of the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine at 560 First Avenue, Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM.

Special Assistance Fund

In 1997, the LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund at the New York Community Trust made a challenge gift to the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries to create an endowment that would ensure a long-term solution for providing dancers with access to healthcare when they don’t have insurance or other financial means.

Dancers with a proven financial need are eligible for support by this endowment if they complete an application and submit proof of income, savings, and expenses.

To find out more about the special assistance fund and to receive an application, please call 212-598-6054.

Medicaid Office Locations

If you are interested in seeing if you are eligible for Medicaid, a federal healthcare program for people who meet certain income guidelines, please view a list of office locations in the New York metropolitan area.