Fiscal sponsorship

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PAM CUT is pleased to announce that we now offer fiscal sponsorship programs for multimedia artists in areas including: 

  • Film
  • Television
  • Gaming
  • Immersive and interactive media
  • Animation
  • Podcasts

What is fiscal sponsorship?

Fiscal sponsorship is when a nonprofit offers their tax-exempt status to artists. The tax exemption helps artists raise money to fund their project. 

Who’s the sponsor?

PAM CUT sponsors and manages money raised through grants, foundations, and private donations. PAM CUT works with artists (sponsees) to help fund and promote their project. 

How does PAM CUT help with promotion?

We promote artists by showcasing your work through various platforms and events:

  • PAM website
  • PAM e-news (125K+ reach)
  • PAM CUT e-news (25K* reach)
  • Workshops 
  • Social media

PAM CUT also offers sponsored artists the following services:

  • QR code that directs to a Giving Tree donation link 
  • Access to facility resources
  • Exhibition and workshop opportunities

How do I apply for a fiscal sponsorship?

Download the application and rules for a full explanation on our fiscal sponsorship program. Send your completed forms to ben@pamcut.org.

How are projects chosen?

We review applications as they’re submitted. You’ll be chosen by a panel of staff from PAM CUT and Portland Art Museum. 

We choose artists based on: 

  • Application fit
  • Budget
  • Project timeline 
  • Alignment with our mission — changing for whom, by whom, and how cinematic stories are told

What else do I need to know about getting sponsored?

As part of the application process, we’ll request a fundraising plan that includes:

  • Your project budget 
  • A list of potential donors

This potential donor list can include:

  • Grants
  • Foundations
  • Crowdfunding companies
  • Individuals 

For more information, please reach out to Head of Artist Services, Ben Popp – ben@pamcut.org.

Fee structure

Project Donations received Fee Percentage

  • Up to $100,000: 7%
  • $100,001 to $200,000: 6%
  • $200,001 and above: 5%

Projects we’re currently sponsoring

When I Close My Eyes

When I Close My Eyes melds visual artistry, music, and raw narrative, offering a deep dive into the complex tapestry of experiences faced by an Iraqi refugee in the United States.

The Divergent Gift: Unboxing Autism

The Divergent Gift: Unboxing Autism focuses on deepening positive Autistic identity through visualizing the various unseen struggles, challenges, gifts, and abilities of those on the (so called) “mild” end of the autism spectrum.

Fogtown

Fogtown is a puppet-lead comedic mystery-adventure TV series that follows the exploits of the brilliant (but easily distracted) Sherblock, and his ever-devoted companion Blockson. Fogtown is a show unlike any other, combining the powers of cutting-edge virtual production techniques and the timeless charm of handmade puppets.

Visit FogtownSeries.com for more information.

Matinee Baby

Matinee Baby is a queer romcom about a pansexual movie theater worker who’s invited on a series of dates by his customers, all of whom are trapped in the genres of the films they’ve just seen. This bawdy, 90s-style indie short, inspired by the works of Gregg Araki and Kevin Williamson, will be filmed and take place at a historic theater in Portland.

The Gorge Impact Film Festival

The Gorge Impact Film Festival recognizes the crucial role of storytelling in shaping our future. GIFF will showcase works that explore the intersections of joy, hope, and optimism with topics like environmental sustainability, technological advancements, the arts and architectural design, and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). 

The festival will embrace our tagline, “Joy, Hope, and Optimism on a Changed Planet,” as the guiding light for the films, conversations and insights we will collectively share during the event.

Desert Island Studios

Founded in 2016 by filmmaker Joe Bowden and Actor/Producer Ashley Song, Desert Island Studios is a mission driven Asian American owned media production studio, rental facility, and co-working space that focuses on supporting underrepresented creatives.

Trolley Park: Out West

Trolley Park: Out West visits one of the oldest trolley parks in the country – Portland’s Oaks Amusement Park. These parks helped usher in the golden age of amusement parks. In the early 1900s there were more than a thousand trolley parks. Now only a dozen remain. See how Oaks Parks celebrates the 4th of July and experience skating in the oldest roller rink in the USA.

Ready When You Are

Ready When You Are is a female-driven comedic short film that flips the script on traditional objectification, telling the story from Darcey’s perspective and objectifying the male Sexbot…until a series of jaw-dropping reveals – and the power of female friendship – force the characters to see each other equally, eye to eye. The film flirts with the possibilities of artificial intelligence, but at its heart, urges us back to the risk and unpredictable wonder of human connection. 

The movie will be filmed with a local crew in Southern Oregon.