Independent Arts & Media

Independent Arts & Media

P.O. Box 420442
San Francisco, CA 94142
(415) 738-4975


Year organization became a 501(c)(3): 2000
Year of first fiscal sponsorship: 2001
Number of sponsored projects: 60

Fiscal sponsorship fee:
10-12% depending on type of sponsorship

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aligned mission
  • Type of service
  • Other: IAM affiliates must be U.S. based or have a U.S.-based manager of national, regional or local programming;  must not use funding raised through IAM to lobby for or against legislation or to  participate, directly or indirectly, in a campaign for or against a candidate for public office.

Types of projects or services we sponsor:

  • Arts and culture
  • Other: IAM supports independent art and media producers doing public interest noncommercial work, including online and print publishing, theater, dance, music, visual art, film and video, journalism, history and public-events production. View our full list of sponsored affiliates here:

Services we offer projects:

  • Bill paying
  • Bookkeeping/accounting
  • Insurance
  • Legal services
  • Organizational development
  • Receiving property and stock donations
  • Tax reporting
  • Other: Donation and financial management; grant development and administrative support

Based on Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right: Our model(s) of fiscal sponsorship are:

  • Model A, Direct Project
  • Model C, Preapproved Grant Relationship

Organization description:

Independent Arts & Media is a unique and growing fiscal sponsor for artists, journalists and media producers. We support independent producers and projects that advance our mission, by enabling independent producers doing noncommercial work in the public interest to raise their own funding, and develop and present their work on their own terms. Our ultimate vision is to strengthen a culture of democracy by cultivating art and media projects that engage neighbors in civic life.