Independent Arts & Media supports people and projects that use media and the arts to build community and participation.
IAM is a unique and growing fiscal sponsor for artists, journalists and media producers of all sorts. We support work that advances our mission, by enabling independent producers doing non-commercial work to raise their own funding, and develop and present their work on their own terms.
Our vision for fiscal sponsorship as a “free speech platform” — that empowers independent producers doing noncommercial work — comes from our own experience as journalists, artists and media producers who needed better infrastructure for their public-interest work.
Founded in 2000, IAM also produced large arts and media expositions around San Francisco, including the annual Expo for the Artist & Musician and Journalism Innovations conference, plus many other periodic workshops, screenings, panels and public discussions.
Democracy Needs Independent Voices
Democracy is more than political parties, opinion blogs and long lines at the local polling station.
Democracy is a conversation, one that’s going on all the time — an exchange of ideas, perspectives, experiences and information about our world and how we want to live in it.
Independent Arts & Media exists to broaden and deepen that conversation.
We support the media producers and culture makers whose important works don’t fit with the commercial mass-media formula — and whose innovations are below the radar of the big nonprofit institutions.