Founded in 2000, IAM built a vibrant array of accessible, affordable media and arts services for producers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Early programs included fiscal sponsorship, the award-winning journalism project Newsdesk.org, and public events such as the annual Expo for the Artist & Musician. While independently managed, these programs shared core values of free expression, public participation and informed, civic dialogue.
From 2000 to 2010 the Expo for the Artist & Musician served as a signature organizing and connection event for the Bay Area creative community and beyond, bringing in participants from as far away as San Diego, Portland and the Sierras.
Newsdesk.org pioneered coverage of important but overlooked news about the energy industry, public health, and more. In 2010 Newsdesk.org won a Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Over the years Independent Arts & Media would go on to provide fiscal sponsorship to dozens of programs and producers that share our mission. These programs have won distinguished awards and served crucial roles in empowering community participation in local culture and community.