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From the NAMAC Desk

NAMAC / ACM National Conference Updates
Meet this year's Conference Producer, Sky Sitney, and mark your calendars for the NAMAC / ACM National Conference to be held August 6 - 8, 2014 in Philadelphia. This year's Conference theme: "State & Main: Intersecting Networks, Communities & Generations."

Results Published from 2010 - 2013 Mapping the Field Survey
NAMAC distributed more than 1,000 surveys, with 126 questions, to known media arts organizations in the United States in 2010 and again to the same list of groups in 2013. This first comprehensive survey of the media arts field yielded astounding results about the field's size and scope.

Trends in the Media Arts Field: Report from 2013 NAMAC Regional Gatherings
In 2013, NAMAC convened 70 media arts leaders in four regional gatherings held throughout the U.S. Here, we release the key findings from those gatherings and their implications for the field and for NAMAC's continued service therein.

National Leadership Institute 2014
NAMAC is delighted to host our annual National Leadership Institute for media arts and visual arts organizational leaders from September 21 - 25 in the foothills of the Oregon Cascades. Newly revised application guidelines will be released on our website mid-March and announced via our listserv and social media channels.

NAMAC News

Youth Media DoGooder Awards Open Feb. 28 for Public Voting!
We received almost 100 inspiring and thought-provoking submissions to the first-ever "Most Inspiring Youth Media" DoGooder Award! On Feb. 28, the four finalists will be revealed and you can vote on your favorite through March 10. The winner receives an amazing prize package!

NAMAC Joins 80+ Allies in Calling on FCC to Restore Net Neutrality
In January, NAMAC and 80+ organizations from around the country signed a letter calling on the FCC to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service and to restore Net Neutrality. Free Press hand-delivered this letter to the FCC on January 30. 

How the Loss of Net Neutrality Hurts Artists
Helen De Michiel, a filmmaker and educator -- and former NAMAC ED -- reflects on how the recent rulings on net neutrality will affect creative production, innovation, and competitive advantage in the US.

Notes from the Field
Media Arts news you can use from NAMAC Members and Allies

President Obama Intends to Nominate Dr. Jane Chu as NEA Chair
Dr. Jane Chu is President and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, a position she has held since 2006. 

Northampton Stands Up for Community Media
Recently, Northampton (Massachusetts) residents attended a public hearing to support their community media center, Northampton Community Television. The city of Northampton is currently renegotiating its cable franchise agreement with Comcast. Such negotiations are happening all over the country. Stay connected with your local media center and stand up for independent, community media.

A (free!) List of Grants for Filmmakers
Thanks to the team at No Film School for this extensive (and growing) list of grants for documentary and fiction filmmakers and screenwriters. They'll release grants with summer deadlines soon!

Exploring the Leadership Path Symposium (March 7, 2014)
Exploring the Leadership Path is an interactive half-day conference hosted by the University of Oregon Arts & Administration Program, offering the opportunity to engage with Oregon arts and culture sector leaders.

Exhibition & Professional Dev. Opportunities for Young Media Makers
The team at Venice Arts has created a public and easy-to-use doc that aggregates a range of awesome opportunities for youth creatives — film festivals, photo/art competitions, internships, scholarships and more!

Journalism in the Age of Surveillance & Other Media Consortium Conference Events
This year's Media Consortium Conference includes a full day of speakers and activities designed to help demystify internet surveillance and security. The second day of the conference includes a variety of panels on digital media storytelling and intersections between the media arts and journalism. Feb. 27 - March 1, Chicago.

Call for Proposals: National Arts Marketing Project Conference
This year's conference will be held in Atlanta, GA, November 7–10, 2014. This year’s theme is all about exploring the future terrain of arts marketing and engagement. What new engagement models, technology trends, revenue generators, or research are defining the new world of arts marketing and engagement?
Member Perks
  NAMAC is thrilled to partner with Shutterstock to promote and facilitate creative production. Through this partnership, all NAMAC Members—including Student, Independent Professional, and Affiliates—receive a 15% discount on standard licenses for Shutterstock's vast library of royalty-free video clips and royalty-free images.

Organizational Membership Discount in NAMLE
NAMAC is pleased to announce a partnership with the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). In celebration of this important collaboration, NAMAC Members will receive a 10% discount on individual and organizational membership to NAMLE. Offer does not extend to Lifetime Memberships in NAMLE.

NTEN Membership and Webinar Discounts
NAMAC is proud to be in continued partnership with the esteemed team at the Nonprofit Technology Network. Through this partnership, NAMAC Members receive NTEN's renowned webinars at NTEN member rates, and free introductory membership or 10% discount on a renewing membership with NTEN.

NAMAC Members Featured on Twitter
Check out our NAMAC Members Twitter List for a quick glance at Member activities! You can also view this feed on our homepage. If you are a member and don't see yourself on the NAMAC Members Twitter List, let us know and we will add you right away.

NAMAC is committed to offering added-value service for your membership. Let us know how we can continue to foster your work in the independent media arts.
 


Calls to Action

Tell Congress to Oppose the Comcast/Time Warner Merger

Comcast's proposed mega-merger with Time Warner Cable has yet to be submitted to the FCC for approval, so now is a perfect time to let your congresspeople know that you oppose any kind of merger between the nation's largest ISP and second-largest cable company.

This merger would put more than a third of all cable-TV subscribers in Comcast’s hands and give it control over more than half of the “triple-play” services that combine TV, phone and Internet service.

Comcast already owns NBC, MSNBC, Universal Studios and tons of cable networks. That means that for most of America, Comcast could control even more of what you see and how you see it. -- via Free Press


Comcast-Netflix Deal Signals New, Post-Net Neutrality Reality for Internet Users

The DC Circuit Court's decision striking down the FCC's Open Internet Order is barely a month old, and already we're seeing the first signs of a new, post-Net Neutrality media and telecommunications landscape. Comcast's deal with Netflix, announced this week, is the first example of a media company paying an ISP for preferential treatment. Without Net Neutrality rules in place, these sorts of deals could become commonplace. Sign Free Press's petition telling the FCC to restore Net Neutrality here!

 



Jobs

Director of Development, Frameline (San Francisco, CA)—due Friday, February 28th

Lead Youth Producer, Manhattan Neighborhood Network (New York, NY)—due Friday, February 28th

Manager of Youth Education, Manhattan Neighborhood Network (New York, NY)—due Friday, February 28th

Program Coordinator, About-Face (San Francisco, CA)—due Monday, March 3rd

House Manager, Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville, NY)—due Monday, March 3rd

Graphic Designer, Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN)—due Wednesday, March 5th

Teen Services and Digital Creativity Manager, Monroe County Public Library (Bloomington, IN)—due Wednesday, March 5th

Multimedia Teacher, Vision Education and Media (New York, NY)—due Monday, March 10th

Executive Director, Big Sky Film Institute (Missoula, MT)
—due Friday, March 21st

Open until filled
Independent Video Producer, BRIC (Brooklyn, NY)

Community Outreach and Media Manager, DCTV (Washington, DC)

Teaching Artists, TRUCE Arts and Media, Harlem Children's Zone (New York, NY)

Administrative Assistant, Kartemquin Films (Chicago, IL)

Campaign Manager, The Maryland Film Festival Parkway Campaign (Baltimore, MD)

Director of Development, Nantucket Dreamland Foundation (Nantucket, MA)

Digital Media Associate, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)

Digital Media Content Editor, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)

Director of Development, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)
 




NTEN Webinars

2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference: New to the NTC
Wednesday, February 26thʉۢ 11am
free for everyone

Three Steps to Make Facebook More Effective for Your Organization
Thursday, March 6th • 11am

$30 for members, $60 for non-members
 
Grants and Awards

Call for Entries: Project Catalyst
Project Catalyst provides a unique opportunity for media creatives of Asian descent to showcase their project to studios, networks, financiers, producers, production companies, agents and managers at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. Final deadline: Friday, February 28th

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
The Academy's Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. Up to five $35,000 Fellowships are awarded annually. Early Deadline: Friday, February 28th, 5pm PST. (Regular Deadline: Thursday, April 10th, 5pm PST)

Creative Capital Letter of Inquiry
Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in all disciplines. They are currently accepting online Letters of Inquiry for awards in Moving Image (formerly Film/Video) and Visual Arts. Deadline: Friday, February 28th

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America
This initiative supports the presentation of dance, music, and theater artists and ensembles and encourages arts presenters to reach new audiences, including communities with origins in Latin America that reflect the demographic changes that have taken place in the U.S. over recent decades. Administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, it funds projects that are developed collaboratively by presenter consortia based in the United States and its territories and ensure that engagements take place in at least three (and a maximum of five) different cities or towns. Deadline: Friday, February 28th

Flaherty Seminar Fellowships
The Flaherty is currently offering six Fellowships which provide economic support to applicants interested in attending the Seminar. Fellowships apply to graduate students, media professionals/producers in Philadelphia, emerging or mid-career professionals, and more. Deadline: Monday, March 3rd

IFP Independent Documentary Lab
Focusing exclusively on low-budget features, this highly immersive program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films—and their careers. Deadline: Friday, March 7th

On Screen/In Person Filmmaker Tours
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is seeking the best in new independent American film to tour through its On Screen/In Person program.  Selected films will be screened in communities across the mid-Atlantic region accompanied by their respective filmmakers. Filmmakers participate in post-screening Q&A sessions and collaborate with host sites on the tour to develop community engagement activities. Deadline: Friday, March 7th

Vision Maker Media Public Media Fund
With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the Vision Maker Media Public Media Content Fund will award support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Deadline: Friday, March 14th

Independent Lens
Independent Lens is currently seeking submissions of films in advanced rough cut or fine cut stage or completed films to broadcast during the October 2014-June 2015 season. Deadline: Friday, March 28th

Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund
Grants will be made to up to 6 projects that tell a compelling story and focus on one of Pare Lorentz’s central concerns—the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all or the illumination of pressing social problems. Deadline: Monday, March 31st

Call for Entries: The Spirit of 1848
The Spirit of 1848, a Caucus in affiliation with the American Public Health Association, is 
calling for submissions for its Spirit of 1848 Awards for Best Short Video, Song, and Chant linking social justice and public health. Prizes: Short Video: $300; Song: $175; Chant: $25. Deadline: Wednesday, April 30th

Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge
Create a unique, compelling, and personal short film that explores an empowering person or an optimistic story about individuals and communities who are overcoming poverty and hunger, combatting disease, or improving health. Your short film can be narrative fiction or documentary, imaginative, unorthodox, daring or simple—the style and structure are completely up to you but you must touch on economic inequalities. Deadline: Tuesday, July 1st


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