Independent Arts & Media is a San Francisco-based nonprofit fiscal sponsor organization.

Founded in 2000, IAM’s mission is to support independent, non-commercial arts and media projects and producers for the purpose of building community and civic participation, and facilitating cultural engagement and free expression.

IAM currently provides fiscal sponsorship to over 60 affiliates dedicated to non-commercial work in media and the arts, including publishing, theater, dance, music, visual art, film and video, journalism, history, and public-events production.

Our ultimate vision is to strengthen a culture of democracy by cultivating arts and media projects that engage neighbors in civic life.


What is Fiscal Sponsorship?

First and foremost, fiscal sponsorship enables our affiliate projects to receive tax-deductible donations and grants from individuals and organizations. Depending on the type of sponsorship relationship, affiliated projects may also have access to other resources and services as detailed in the Fiscal Sponsorship Policies & Procedures Manual.

Learn more about our services and application process …

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Wavelength Media / Arts

IAM is proud to be a founding member of the Wavelength Media / Arts joint venture with nonprofit Media AllianceWavelength Media / Arts is designed to leverage complementary strengths and advance our shared vision of informed and empowered participation in civic life.


Phase One was initiated in 2013 with the goal of designing and building a suite of services for independent, non-commercial projects and producers using fiscal sponsorship, professional development, media- and arts-policy advocacy, and community engagement as our delivery platforms. Phase Two will seek to expand these services to the broader media and arts community.


Contact Independent Arts & Media:

P.O. Box 420442
San Francisco, CA 94142

(415) 738-4975

admin [at]

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