Fiscal Sponsorship

The Arts & Business Council is proud to be able to offer fiscal sponsorship to qualified arts projects and organizations that fit within our mission and may benefit from tax-exempt status and administrative support. Like an incubator for the creative sector, this program has launched several exciting Nashville-area projects.

Fiscal sponsorship through the Arts & Business Council provides structure for arts groups and individual artist projects that do not want (or are not ready) to become tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. We make it possible for groups to receive tax-deductible grants and donations as they grow. Sponsored projects must be arts-related, fit with the mission of the Arts & Business Council, and be based in or producing work in Tennessee.

Want to learn more about fiscal sponsorship, or see if you qualify? Read through our fiscal sponsorship FAQs.

All donations made to these projects through the Arts & Business Council’s Fiscal Sponsorship program are completely tax-deductible. You can support any of these projects by sending a check to the Arts & Business Council offices at 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212, noting the project in the memo line; or by donating online through the links below.


Our current projects:

CONVERGE
An interdisciplinary collaborative that develops thought-provoking ideas and perspectives, and provides a platform of support to creatives who seek to positively impact the community.

Elevare
Inspired by its Latin name meaning “to elevate”, the mission of Elevare is to explore the diverse depths of sacred choral repertoire in performances that exhibit the highest musical quality for audiences throughout the Mid-South region.

Free Fyre
Rekindling the mind & spirit to move the body through creative workshops, keynote speaking & the performing arts, Free Fyre provides transformative experiences for individuals, teams, and organizations.

Genesis Community Arts Center
Enhancing creativity and camaraderie by supporting and mentoring young, underprivileged artists in the Nashville area, while also promoting widespread self expression and appreciation in any medium.

Kennie Playhouse Theatre
Creating a platform that gives the underserved African American acting community an opportunity to perform for a diverse audience.

Kindling Arts Festival
A radically unique arts incubator and accelerator that embraces exciting original and experimental performance, and showcases interdisciplinary collaborations in surprising spaces, defying genre and cultivating authentic new aesthetics.

Nashvlle Industry Fund
Empowering first-time homebuyers employed in the service, creative, and music industries of Nashville through educational courses and financial assistance.

Nashville Made
Supporting locally made goods, especially through urban manufacturing.

Nashville's FLAVA!
Aims to help the restaurant industry dig out of and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic by bringing awareness to and reviewing Nashville’s amazing eateries through a fun, engaging, and community-led television program.

Paid 2 Play Artist Development Program
Helps artists build a professional live production while giving them a platform to execute it so that they can be in a position to negotiate getting paid for their art. 

Pikes Project
Spotlights the overlooked beauty along Nashville’s historic “Pikes” while engaging diverse communities in dynamic neighborhoods with creative placemaking, empowering neighbors to charge public spaces with their own creativity.

The River Arts Collaborative
Uniting 15 dynamic Nashville-based artists from four groups—the band Coyote Motel, light artists Darling Lucifer Productions, the Suspended Gravity Circus aerial dance company and Parlor Films—to create The River, a performance film experience in storytelling, songs, light and dance.

Tunes for Kidz
Providing children from every background with musical instruments by taking donated instruments not in use anymore and matching them to kids in need.

Underground Music Collective (UMC)
A robust, global multimedia platform that provides an outlet for musicians and industry professionals to share their talents, stories, and the lessons they’ve learned along the creative journey.

Victim No More
A film project with a mission to increase community education and awareness about child sexual abuse, particularly in the family and in the Black church, and to offer encouragement for survivors’ healing. 

Woolworth Sit-Ins Mural
A mural project to educate the public about the civil rights history of Nashville and honor the living participants of the Woolworth counter sit-ins with replicas of the original stools with their names on them.

Woven Theatre Company
Charging itself to be unashamed, audacious, fearless, rebellious, gritty, authentic, current, and queer, Woven Theater Company seeks to be a haven in which artists can creatively and boldly explore their unique voices and tell the stories that drive them.

Your Song
A collaborative songwriting program that connects performing arts centers, musicians, and artists with vulnerable communities to promote healing and community connectedness.


Previous Fiscally Sponsored Projects
Art Camp

Comeback Evolution

Creatives’ Day

Fashioned to Flourish

Firefly Artisan Fair

FIX Rock Opera

Ghosted

HerStory Cinephilia Society

Immersion Retreat

LocateArts

Media, Entertainment & Technology Alliance

The Missing Link

Nashville Arts Coalition

Nashville Design Week

Nashville Fashion Alliance

Nashville Music Video Festival

Nashville Walls Project

Off the Wall

Reverie – The Voyage of Dreams

SheLectricity

The Pentatonic (The Ripple Effect)

Voyage of Adventure Retracing Donelson’s Journey

World AfriCultural Community Project

Young Visionary Academy of Art