Fiscal Sponsorship

SOMArts fiscally sponsors emerging arts groups and artists projects that are closely tied to our mission. Once a complete application is received, the review process takes approximately 4–6 weeks. Grant submissions and  fundraising can begin only after a project has been approved. To receive an application, please contact


Benefits of fiscal sponsorship at SOMArts include facilitation of tax-deductible donations, grant application review and consultation, and discounts on rehearsal and meeting space in our classrooms.

Additionally, fiscally sponsored artists receive free admission to the Make Art Your Business workshop series, which is offered in collaboration with ArtSpan.


Barbary Coast Amusements
Barbary Coast Amusements exists to create adventurous and extraordinary theatrical experiences, and to foster and advance the ideas of kindness, hope and everyday heroism in children of all ages. BCA is a queer female-directed theater group starring female protagonists in the roles of unlikely, underdog, modern-day heroes.

Come Out & Play
Come Out & Play is an annual festival of street games that turns New York City & San Francisco into a giant playground. The 2nd annual Come Out & Play Festival in San Francisco is being organized by over 15 local volunteer street game designers and players.”

forageSF is a wild foods community conceived of by Iso Rabins in early 2008, with the mission to connect Bay Area dwellers with the wild food that is all around them with wild edible food walks, Underground dinners, and the SF Underground Market.

QBOX was founded by Charles Gadeken in 1998 as BurningART Presents. From 1998 through 2001, Qbox produced over two dozen live events, several full-length documentaries, and a number of short programs which were broadcast both on local television and on the Web. Qbox events have featured prominent figures in the local art community, received many favorable reviews, established a solid patron base, and generated substantial income for Bay Area artists.

Queer Youth Printmaking
Chrysalis Printmaking Studio’s Katie Gilmartin provides free instruction at SOMArts for twenty-something artists who then leave their prints in the world: love, qualms, lessons, politics, nonsense, and more.

Seeing Peace
Former Secretary of Defense of the United States, Robert McNamara, commenting on wars of the 20th century, wrote: “In retrospect, we can now understand these catastrophes for what they were: essentially the products of a failure of the imagination.”
Seeing Peace was born out of an understanding that this failure of the imagination is the missing link in most institutional responses to conflict and hostility in the world. That without the imagination, without ability to “think outside the box,” without a vision from our creative community, our responses to war and aggression will only institute more wars and aggressions. Seeing Peace intends to rectify this by bringing the artist to the table. We intend to manifest a forum where the imagination is not only present, but is an active participant in the process of envisioning peace.

Sun & Moon Ensemble
Sun & Moon Ensemble is an international performing arts organization founded in 2001 and based in San Francisco. The Ensemble’s productions involve theater, dance, movement, masked characters, giant puppets, and live music, played for an audience of all ages and backgrounds.

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC)
APICC‘s mission is to support and produce multi-disciplinary art reflective of the unique experiences of Asian Pacific Islanders living in the United States.



Fil-Am Art Archive
WORLDS IN COLLISION is an investigation of Filipino American culture and creativity as a model of hybridity, a way to examine colonial histories, and a means to explore contemporary phenomena such as transnationalism and globalization.

Performing Community
Performing Community is a multi-faceted exhibition project that will be unfolding until its July 2012 culmination at SOMArts, in San Francisco, as part of their Curatorial Commons Residency program. Centered around contemporary dialogue involving the relationship between audience, participation, and exhibition making, Performing Community involves a select group of artist projects designed to engage, build and question the way community identity is formed and practiced, specifically through working in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco.