Fiscal Sponsorship

The Arts & Business Council offers Fiscal Sponsorship to qualified arts projects & organizations, independent films and documentary media projects that align with our mission and are in need of administrative and fundraising support. This support structure allows projects and organizations—not wanting or in the process of applying for nonprofit status—to receive tax-deductible donations and grants in order to foster growth through increased access to funding. Like an incubator for the creative sector, Fiscal Sponsorship has been instrumental in launching several noteworthy Tennessee-based initiatives such as Creatives’ Day, Kennie Playhouse Theatre, Kindling Arts, Nashville Design Week, and Nashville Industry Fund among many others.

We offer Fiscal Sponsorship for two project categories:

Arts Projects & Organizations
Eligibility requirements:

    • Projects must fall within the scope of the Arts & Business Council’s mission to create a thriving, sustainable creative culture in Nashville.
    • Main project activities must be based in Tennessee.
    • Sole proprietorships, nonprofit corporations, or single-member LLCs are eligible.

Independent Films & Documentaries
Eligibility requirements:

    • Projects must fall within the scope of the Arts & Business Council’s mission to create a thriving, sustainable creative culture in Nashville.
    • Films & documentary projects must be made primarily in Tennessee with at least 51% of production occurring in the state.
    • Must be independent or documentary media projects such as a short or feature film, television or docu-series, web series, podcast, or experimental and immersive media.

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

All donations made to the Arts & Business Council in support of a fiscally sponsored project are tax-deductible as allowable by law. You can support any of these projects by mailing a check to the Arts & Business Council offices at Arts & Business Council, 99100, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212 with the project name in the memo line, or by donating online through any of the links below.


4 Short Stories

A collection of four evening-length performances, created and directed by four TN-based artists. The creative directors design each element that goes into their story: choreography, lighting, set, costume & every element in between, empowering them to explore & express their creative voices.

AfricaNashville

AfricaNashville promotes cross-cultural relationships between celebrated African and American artists and provides hands-on artistic and educational exchanges from their respective cultures through music and dance.

Bad Water

Bad Water is led by a burning desire to support and connect deeply with artists, engage intentionally with the community, and to defiantly encourage the exhibition of diverse, experimental and evolving art practices in the American South.


THE COLD FUSION PLAY

The Cold Fusion Play is a devised theatre piece with a cast comprised of Memphis youth, allowing them an opportunity to work through issues within today’s political climate.

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.

The Gourd

The Gourd is creating a music & urban farm event celebrating synergies between making music & growing food in community.

Melodia Studio Scholarship Program

Melodia Studio Scholarship Program provides music lessons for all, regardless of ability to pay, through scholarship funds that pay teaching artists and administrators fairly for their work.


 

Nashville Made

Supporting locally made goods, especially through urban manufacturing.

Nashville Museum for Children & the Arts

Nashville Museum for Children & the Arts

Igniting imagination, curiosity, empathy, and the creative process in all children and their families through art and play.

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.


The Other People

“The Other People” is a dark claustrophobic horror film that explores our misconceptions about home, safety, and the cost of forbidden knowledge.

The Sacral Project

The Sacral Project empowers and educates artists and audiences by providing opportunities to engage in historically taboo conversations around sexuality, intimacy, and connection.

Southern Dialogues

Southern Dialogues is creating an arts and journalism platform to re-imagine the landscapes, legacies and futures of the southeastern United States.


Touched By Sun

Touched By Sun brings Nashville together to inspire and support the next generation by spotlighting BIPOC artists and showcasing the boundless artistry of Black women in music.

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.

Who Speaks for Earth

“Who Speaks For Earth” is a documentary short combining song, narration, live-action clips and artwork, whose purpose is to illustrate the peril many of earth’s species face and explore the animal biodiversity and human diversity needed to protect and conserve the Earth and its creatures.


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

Genesis Community Arts Center

Ghosted

HerStory Cinephilia Society

Immersion Retreat

Kennie Playhouse Theatre

Kindling Arts Festival

LocateArts

Media, Entertainment & Technology Alliance

The Missing Link

Nashville Arts Coalition

Nashville Design Week

Nashville Fashion Alliance

Nashville Industry Fund

Nashville Music Video Festival

Nashville Walls Project

Off the Wall

Opportunity in Overalls

Paid 2 Play Artist Development Program

Pikes Project

Reverie – The Voyage of Dreams

The River Arts Collaborative

SheLectricity

The Pentatonic (The Ripple Effect)

Underground Music Collective

Voyage of Adventure Retracing Donelson’s Journey

World AfriCultural Community Project

Young Visionary Academy of Art