Independent Arts & Media is a unique and growing fiscal sponsor for artists, journalists and media producers of all sorts. We support independent producers and projects that advance our mission, by enabling independent producers doing non-commercial work in the public interest to raise their own funding, and develop and present their work on their own terms. Our vision for fiscal sponsorship as a transformative “free speech platform” comes from our own experiences as journalists, artists, and media producers who needed better infrastructure for their public-interest work.

Founded in 1999, IAM built a vibrant array of accessible, affordable media and arts services for producers in the San Francsico Bay Area, including public events such as the annual Expo for the Artist & Musician and Journalism Innovations conference and publishing programs such as the award-winning journalism project Newsdesk.org.

Over the years IAM has continued to provide fiscal sponsorship services to independent producers and projects.  IAM currently supports 45 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.

Read more about our Mission; get the latest Independent Arts & Media News; learn about our Staff and Board; and our Organizational Policies.


2014-2016 Strategic Plan

The IAM Board of Directors recently completed a strategic planning process detailing three years of goals and strategies to support IAM’s growth and leadership in the arts and media field. View the final version of IAM’s Strategic Plan 2014-2016 (PDF), approved by the Board on August 1, 2014.