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eBulletin • January 2012

What's New at NAMAC

NAMAC heads into the new year after a busy 2011. We've just released our 2011 Regional Report, Media Arts Organizations in the Evolving Digital Landscape, which features wisdom gleaned from 64 media arts leaders who met at four regional gatherings in Boston, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Texas. The report also features a series of eight case studies of media arts organizations around the country, many of which were posted to our blog last year in advance of the report's release. Click here to read the report.

Keep reading for news on our first-ever Campaign and Policy Institute, a new podcast on sharing leadership and decision-making in non-profits, and a whole bunch of new job postings and funding opportunities. NAMAC is also looking for candidates for positions on its Board of Directors. Three seats are open—scroll down to read more, or click here.

Happy 2012!

Campaign and Policy Institute a Success
A few reports are in on NAMAC's Campaign and Policy Institute, which took place in Washington, D.C. in December:

In a mid-Campaign Policy Institute blog post, Lindsay Bosch, Distribution Manager at the Video Data Bank, reflects on her experiences at the event. "While VDB may not be lobbying regularly for video art and artists in D.C.," Bosch writes, "it seems that there are many ways we can integrate policy education ... into the regular work we do." Click here to read more.

The Media and Democracy Coalition featured the Campaign and Policy Institute in its bi-monthly report, concluding, "We may not have solved the arts funding crisis ... but thanks to NAMAC’s work, the Institute’s participants will be able to join the fight." Click here to read more.

New Podcast: Structuring Leadership
NAMAC has released a new podcast, Structuring Leadership: Distributing Decision-Making in Your Organization, taken from its December 13th Telesalon of the same name.

In the podcast, the Building Movement Project's Frances Kunreuther and Caroline McAndrews (pictured) explore alternative ways to share leadership and decision-making in non-profit organizations, building on their 2011 article Structuring Leadership: Alternative Models for Distributing Power and Decision-making in Nonprofit OrganizationsListen to the podcast here.
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Thursday, January 19th • 11am

Webinar: Using Social Media to Build an Active Base of Donors
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Tuesday, January 31st • 11am

Webinar: Advanced Social Media Decision-Maker's Toolkit
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Call for Nominations

NAMAC is recruiting candidates to run for positions on its Board of Directors. All nominees must be NAMAC members in good standing. You may nominate yourself, or a colleague with their consent.

Three seats are open, for which service would begin in April 2012 and end in March 2015. Nominations are due by 5pm Pacific Time on January 31st, to be emailed to Executive Director Jack Walsh at

For this service to the organization and the media arts sector, candidates must provide strategic leadership for the future of NAMAC and the media arts sector; serve as a spokesperson and ambassador for NAMAC and the sector; participate on committees and task forces; make an annual personal financial contribution to the organization; and be available for two-day in-person convenings twice yearly.

Click here to see the complete posting on NAMAC's website
, and please call Jack at (415) 431-1391 extension 304 with any questions.

Member News

In December, the International Documentary Association submitted official comments to the United States Copyright Office asking that they renew the current exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that allows documentary filmmakers to rip videos from DVDs, provided that their use of the footage is within fair use doctrine. Read the comments here.

Friends of Film, Video, and Arts is accepting submissions for Albuquerque, New Mexico's Laugh Out Loud Friends of Film Funny Film Fest, due February 25th. Accepted entries will screen at the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque on March 31st, and will also screen in June 2013 as part of the Nickel Independent Film Festival in St. John's, Newfoundland. Apply here.


J-Lab and the McCormick Foundation are looking to fund four women-led new media projects intended to "rock the world of journalism" as part of their New Media Women Entrepreneurs program. Projects will receive initial funding of $14,000, followed by an additional $12,000, with the possibility of $2,000 more in matching funds. The application deadline is January 27th. Click here to find out more.

The National Film Preservation Foundation is offering Avant-Garde Masters Grants of up to $50,000 to support the preservation of works by significant American avent-garde filmmakers (works must be more than twenty years old). The registration deadline is January 31st. Click here for more information.

The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund is accepting proposals for its spring 2012 grant cycle. Funding of up to $20,000 is available for projects that are between development and preproduction, and up to $50,000 is available for projects in production or post-production. Applications are being accepted through February 9th. Find out more.

The National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants between $25,000 and $150,000 for Our Town creative placemaking projects, defined as arts projects that "shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, tribe, city, or region around arts and cultural activities." Applications are due on March 1st. Click here to read more.

The Native American Public Telecommunications Fund's Public Media Content Fund will award grants between $5,000 and $1,000 for video projects "boasting significant Native American Involvement," in order to help bring the projects to public television for national broadcast—"priority will be given to projects that can be part of an overarching PBS series about Native American peoples, history, culture, and contemporary issues." Proposals are due on March 16th. Download the application here.


Registration has opened for the 2012 Media That Matters Conference, which runs February 10th and 11th in Washington, D.C. This year's event, with the theme "Change for Good," will explore how "independent social change filmmakers can execute integrated campaigns that are strategic [and] action-oriented, and [that] have enduring impact." Find out more.

The National Federation of Community Broadcasters is accepting workshop and panel proposals for its 37th annual Community Radio Conference, which this year takes place in Houston, Texas, from June 13th through the 16th. Submit here.


In October, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy published Holly Sidford's Grantmakers in the Arts report "Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change: High Impact Strategies for Philanthropy."

The report challenges current funding models for arts institutions, arguing that funding has not kept pace with recent radical shifts in demographics, technology, and public interest. Read it here.

Development Manager, Streetside Stories (San Francisco, CA)—due January 25th

Director of Operations, Seattle International Film Festival
(Seattle, WA)—due January 31st

Executive Director, New Olreans Video Access Center (New Orleans, LA)—due January 31st 

General Manager, WMMT/Appalshop 
(Whitesburg, KY)

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