2a. Mission Statement:
Standby is dedicated to fostering the creation and preservation of media art work by democratizing access to media technology, providing technical information and consultation, and creating resources which advance the development of the field as a whole.
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2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.:
Since 1983 The Standby Program has been providing artists and cultural organizations access to broadcast quality media post-production services at greatly reduced rates. Standby had no precedent when it began operations. It has since developed into a model program for making technically advanced media tools accessible to the arts community.
Rick Feist, a staff editor at Matrix Video in 1983, proposed the idea of the Standby Program to the company’s owners, who agreed to offer the service on a trial basis. During the first year a part-time administrator volunteered to process applications, schedule edits, file grant applications, etc. By 1984, Standby had secured a place for itself at Matrix and began to seek contributed income to cover the costs of administering the program. By 1985 the demand for Standby editing was so great that the program had to expand its administrative operations. A small initial grant from the New York State Council on the Arts allowed Standby to hire a part-time operations manager. To meet the demand for editing time, Standby had to triple its editing staff. New editors were trained and an increasingly larger amount of projects were taken on every year.
In addition to the grants from the New York State Council on The Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts which have constituted our main source of support for operation since 1986, Standby has been funded by the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation; the Andy Warhol Foundation; Art Matters; Con Edison and New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs.
In 1989, Standby had to relocate due to the closing of Matrix Video. An administrative office was established at 536 Broadway, in a space that was shared with Electronic Arts Intermix, a non-profit media art center dedicated primarily to distribution of video art. To safeguard the program against dependency on any one studio and against the ups and downs of private enterprises, Standby now works out of several different facilities.
In 1989-90, due to its growth, the Standby Program became incorporated and obtained its own 501 (c) 3, non-profit status.
In 1990-91 Standby undertook the publication of FELIX, Journal of Media Arts and Communications. FELIX aims at promoting the discourse on media arts and encouraging dialogue among video-makers.
Now in 2006, Standby is continually adding to its services so that we can continue to meet the technical needs of the arts and cultural community. As part of our new services, we now offer video and audiotape preservation and restoration services, specializing in open reel and 3/4” formats. Our offices are currently located at 135 W. 26th St., 12th Floor in Chelsea. Standby is the only program of its kind in NYC.
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