Adam Burnett offers strategic development and fundraising support for artists and small- to mid-sized non-profit organizations. Specifically, Adam offers their experience by galvanizing the act of fundraising through foundation and government funding sources.

Adam has worked in development across the non-profit arts sector at venerable New York institutions like Exit Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Dixon Place, Queer|Art, Momenta Art, and The Field. Additionally, Adam has worked with independent visual, performing and music artists to hone their proposals for foundations, individual donors and approach development as a creative undertaking rather than a burdensome responsibility.

Whether you are an artist seeking funding for the first time or a 20-year-old institution looking for new strategies, Adam will help you navigate the funding world with optimism and ingenuity. They will speak candidly about the realities organizations and individual artists face in the ongoing plight of funding in United States.

Adam’s creative development solutions have supported tier own artistic endeavors as the Managing Artistic Director of Buran Theatre, which they co-founded in 2007, and through which they produced their theatre works across the United States and abroad until 2017.

Adam is available for consulting and grant-writing, and charges on a case-by-case basis/sliding scale. For inquiries, please e-mail


“Before I finished one cup of coffee Adam managed to arm me with a dozen expert ideas for funding my future art and writing projects. His expertise is worth every drop!” -Gregory Sholette, Artist/Writer

“Adam Burnett makes grant writing into art. He is a mature and skilled writer who can turn nascent ideas into flesh and bone. He also has broad experience writing for both emerging art forms and established organizations and pursuing funds from both government and foundation sources – such that he can transition fluidly from one voice to another, from one request to another.” -Jennifer Wright Cook, Executive Director, The Field

“Adam is an experienced and thoughtful fundraiser/grant writer. He is personable and has precise and specific input concerning approaches to funders, and is responsive to the needs of the organization he is working with. His experience with funding organizations is invaluable. He has an excellent command of the language that funders expect, and he is able to present proposals to appropriate funders in a manner that is convincing and persuasive.” -Eric Heist, Director, Momenta Art

“By first listening carefully to my particular circumstances and needs, Adam was able to tailor his responses in ways that have specific relevance to my situation, avoiding generalizations that are available online or in a book. Drawing on his experience as a grant writer for various non-profits, he was able to clearly articulate which funders might be appropriate to an organization with our mission and budget. Lastly, I appreciate what I perceived to be an understanding and empathy for the hurdles that small non-profits face, and I plan to continue to solicit Adam’s realistic but encouraging advice as a means of support in facing these challenges.” -Peter Scott, Artist/Director, Carriage Trade

“I worked with Adam on several grant applications. He researched the guidelines and walked me through the entire process. He is a very intelligent and articulate writer. He understands each grant, so he asks the most relevant questions and writes the application clearly. It is also very pleasant to work with him because he is very patient and nice. And as an artist, I learned a lot fom looking at his work.” -Ira Eduardovna, Video Artist

“It’s a pleasure to work with Adam. He’s knowledgeable, genuinely interested in helping non-profits and punctual. Don’t hesitate to contact him.” – Annabella Gonzalez, Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater