Our Mission

The Sweater Fish Society promotes equal representation in the film, television, music, new media, and theatre industries. Why?

Because Representation Matters.

Photo grid of many artists at work.

Asian, Black, Indigenous,  Latino, Pacific Islanders, Disabled1, LGBTQ+, and Women artists/performers have yet to reach proportional representation within the entertainment industry, but there have been gains in specific areas, including film leads and overall cast diversity2.

Every artist, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation,  or socioeconomic status is present in our vision of the future for the entertainment industry. 

How do we enact our mission?

We offer scholarships and grants for emerging BIPOC/disabled/LGBTQ+ artists and diverse works by all artists.

We help artists from all over the world maintain their careers via our programs like CAVAA3.

We provide rich data sets about current and past representation states of equality for research purposes.

We build initiatives to promote equal representation in the entertainment industry.

We help an artist’s project reach the public eye when the industry has ignored their message.

We educate content makers about how to make their product inclusive and accessible to their peers who are Deaf, hard of hearing, and vision impaired.

To learn more about our programs, click here.


  1. Disabled Artist:  At the SFS, after much research, we currently align with ‘identity-first language’. If this is uncomfortable, please do not hesitate to contact us with your thoughts. We’d be happy to explain why we went this direction. When working with individuals, we will always use what that person prefers, however, as a general rule, we do not use ‘person first language’ when addressing people on our website.
  2. 2020 UCLA Diversity Report
  3. CAVAA – The Central Archive for Visual and Auditory Artists