National Television and Video Preservation Foundation Announces $350,000
Inaugural Preservation Grant Program
Los Angeles, October 10, 2003
The National Television and Video Preservation Foundation (NTVPF) opens
its inaugural grant program this fall with over $350,000 in first-year
preservation services donated by sponsors to award in support of
noteworthy television and video preservation projects. The NTVPF is an
independent, non-profit organization created to fulfill a long-standing
need by raising private funds and providing grants to support
preservation and access projects at institutions with television and
video collections throughout the United States.
The work to establish the NTVPF is being conducted through a
collaborative effort involving both public and private sector
individuals and institutions. The NTVPF has received critical support
from eighteen founding preservation sponsors and initial project funding
from three benefactors. This new 501 (c)(3) charitable Foundation
enables individual public and non-profit archives to preserve, and
provide access to, television and video materials that would otherwise
be lost to the public.
At this time, the NTVPF is offering Preservation Grants based on
preservation services donated to the NTVPF by commercial video and audio
facilities, storage companies, consultants and film laboratories.
Not-for-profit organizations in the United States, including local,
state and federal institutions, may apply for these services. The grants
target television and video works made in the United States or by
American citizens, which are not protected by commercial interests.
Productions originating on electronic video formats and film-based
productions made for distribution on television will be considered.
"One goal of this foundation is to offer a wide variety of grants
covering a broad range of challenges facing the preservation of
television and video materials - film problems, video problems, audio
problems. Even grants for climate-controlled storage are available for
institutions that cannot afford it," said Lisa Carter, Project Manager
for the NTVPF. "Our founding sponsors have really come through to help
meet these critical preservation needs."
Applications for this initial round of grants are due December 1, 2003.
For more information about the NTVPF, its grant program, or to apply for
a grant, visit the Foundation's website at www.ntvpf.tv or send email to
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"The American television and video heritage is now at a crossroads. One
direction leads toward catastrophic losses of film and videotape...
Another direction leads toward the managed preservation of extant
television and video materials that bear an important relationship to
American history and culture regardless of their reuse potential or
monetary value." -- Library of Congress Report, Television and Video
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Lisa R. Carter, Project Manager
National Television and Video Preservation Foundation
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