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The Arts & Business Council acts as a fiscal agent for start-up and small arts groups that are seeking to raise funds through grants and donor support but are not yet incorporated as 501(c) 3 organizations. If incorporation is the right next step, we educate and aid organizations during that process as part of our mission to support cultural groups throughout their development. If you are currently seeking fiscal sponsorship, contact us to learn more or download our application for fiscal sponsorship.

Meet our Current Fiscal Sponsorees

  • AREA CODE: Through online and decentralized in-person experiences across Boston, AREA CODE Art Fair will feature works from New England’s most inspiring art galleries, nonprofit organizations, and individual artists (including 2020 Masters graduates) without gallery representation. Along with the fair’s main section, AREA CODE debuts curated sections focused on online artist talks and performance art, drive-in or drive-by outdoor presentations of digital/video art, and storefront displays.
  • Art in the Park, Worcester: Public art has the power to energize our public spaces, arouse our thinking, and transform the places where we live, work, and play into beautiful and welcoming spaces that invite pause and interaction. Art in the Park is an extraordinary biennial exhibition of sculptures by New England artists at Worcester’s historic Elm Park.
  • Battle of the Biotech BandsA fun, community-driven, networking event, Battle of the Biotech Bands features bands associated with Boston-based biotech companies competing to raise money for a charitable foundation of their choosing.
  • Billboard Hope: This project hopes to beautify and energize the public square and residential space that lives in the shadow of the billboard on the corner of Roxbury and Centre Streets, in John Eliot Square, Roxbury.
  • Boston Trans Chorus: The Boston Trans Chorus empowers and supports the transgender community through music, as well as outreach and research, so that transgender people are able to build community and lead happier and more integrated lives.
  • Culture Hustlers:  Culture Hustlers is a business school for creators, made by creators. They help artists build a creative business in one year through podcasts, documentaries, webinars, potlucks, pop-ups, one on ones, and more. All donations go towards scholarships, given to students based on diversity, merit and need.
  • Dunamis: Dunamis ignites agency and transformative growth for emerging artists and arts-managers of color by serving as a nexus for professional development, community-building, consultation, production, advocacy and developing equitable pipelines for access and leadership in creative spaces.
  • Guy Mendilow Ensemble: Folding radio theatre-style stories into a top flight world music concert, the Guy Mendilow Ensemble  is “an international tour de force” (Bethlehem Morning Call) from the Middle East, South and North America. GME combines musicianship with cinematic storytelling in shows that “explode with artistry, refinement, and excitement” (Hebrew Union College).
  • Improbable Research: The goal of Improbable Research and projects like their Ig Nobel Prizes is to make people laugh, then make them think. They seek to spur people’s curiosity, and to raise the question: How does one decide what’s important and what’s not—and what’s real and what’s not—in science and everywhere else?
  • New England Musicians Relief Fund (NEMRF) was founded to provide financial relief for freelance musicians to weather the 2020 COVID-19 global pandemic. NEMRF is dedicated to fostering long-term security for professional musicians in New England by providing financial assistance and critical resources as a safety net for musicians experiencing unexpected or catastrophic income loss.
  • Perfect 36 The Musical: Perfect 36 is a musical about the passage of the 19th Amendment. The show focuses on events in Nashville, TN in August of 1920 as Tennessee voted to ratify the amendment. Originally created in 1996, this redux includes a reading of the newly revised script and score.
  • Powerful Pathways: Powerful Pathways is a creative civic design lab and consultancy that works in policy, community development and the arts using creative media tools, applying design thinking principles and a social equity lens. Their mission is to facilitate social change through consulting, programming and training to non-profits, government agencies and social enterprises.
  • SOUND SCULPTURE:  An interactive public-art creation designed to make musical composition more physical, and sculptural creation more audible. Portable, location-sensitive blocks are manipulated in space to create physical / sound / light structures.
  • Space for Action: Space for Action curates live events and multimedia content at the intersection of art, science, and culture with the purpose of bringing people across disciplines and communities together to process and make progress on the existential threat of climate change.
  • The Makanda Project: The Makanda Project is an ensemble dedicated to performing the previously unrecorded compositions of Makanda Ken McIntyre.
  • The Mobile Incubator: The Mobile Incubator is on a campaign across the US–region by region–to help artists, designers, writers, producers, directors, and other cultural entrepreneurs. Installing as public art, the Mobile Incubator gathers business questions through open office hours and a hotline, and then dispatches advice through podcasts, workshops, livestreams, field reports and exhibitions.
  • The Underlings Theatre Co.: A theatre company specializing in classical and classically-inspired productions centered around diversity, inclusivity, and gender equity.

Previous Fiscal Sponsorees

  • Convergence Ensemble: This diverse group of instrumentalists and artists is committed to engaging audiences, inspiring local pride, and strengthening the collaborative artistic connections between our various Boston neighborhoods. The ensemble offers compelling concerts featuring seldom-heard instrumental and vocal works, as well as the classics of chamber music repertoire.

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In Conversation with Tim Hall: Self-Investment through the Creative Entrepreneur Fellowship

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Creative Hub Worcester: Providing Art through Challenging Times

In 2016, Stacy Lord and Laura Marotta started 501(c)(3) Creative Hub Worcester (CHW) to bring accessible arts education to the Worcester Area. CHW’s mission is to provide affordable and accessible opportunities in the arts for…

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Ayana Mack on Self-Care and the Art of Keeping Busy During a Pandemic

Recently, we were able to catch up with Ayana Mack (CEF ’16), a visual artist, designer, and UX/UI strategist based in Boston. She has designed pieces for Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley's 2018 campaign, BAMS Fest, and…

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