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 2014-2016 Strategic Plan (PDF), approved by the Board on August 1, 2014.