Independent Documentary Sustainability Task Force

Independent Documentary Sustainability Task Force The Independent Documentary Sustainability Task Force is sponsored by Independent Filmworks Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Working alongside the IDA and media organizations like the Future of Music Coalition, the Independent Documentary Sustainability Task Force will identify persistent and emerging problems that are of central concern to indie filmmakers, their colleagues and those who support them. The Task Force will map the documentary ecosystem through a comprehensive qualitative and quantitative economic study that will take several years to complete. Preliminary data and findings will be shared along the way. An analysis of this information will help formulate a comprehensive picture of the institutional, structural and personal challenges documentarians face in their careers. The goal is to create an inclusive and effective pathway for problem solving in order to form a more equitable, diverse and sustainable field.

03/10/2017

From Scott Stringer, NYC Comptroller:

The arts are essential to New York City. Our cultural organizations enrich our neighborhoods, inspire and educate our youth, employ thousands of our residents, and attract millions of tourists to this city.

And yet President Trump is threatening to turn his back on the arts and our nation’s rich cultural heritage by eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts — a cut that would hurt cultural organizations in every neighborhood of this city and every community in this country.

Yesterday, my office issued a report that documents the N.E.A.’s critical role in supporting New York City’s cultural landscape, which includes not just our world-class museums and performing arts centers, but also scores of smaller organizations for whom these grants are critical lifelines. You can read the New York Times’ coverage here, or the full report here.

Here’s what we found:
419 of New York City’s cultural non-profits received funding from the N.E.A. in 2016, up from 272 in 2000.

Since 2000, City cultural organizations have received a total of $233 million in N.E.A. grants, including $14.5 million last year alone.

$21 million in N.E.A. grants have gone to arts education since 2000, so these cuts will limit resources that reach our kids.

Over that same period, the number of organizations receiving grants in Brooklyn and the Bronx more than doubled, while the number of Queens recipients increased 43 percent.

N.E.A. dollars do more than just fund programs. Earning a national grant is a “seal of approval” that draws other donors. That allows local organizations to expand their reach, experiment with new projects, and attract New Yorkers from every community.

Arts and culture are also essential to the economic vitality of our city. In 2016, performing arts companies, museums, and historic sites employed 30,154 staffers and paid $453.4 million in total wages.
In short, the arts ecosystem that the N.E.A. supports is critical to the health and vibrancy of our City and the nation at large. Its elimination would be broadly felt, in every borough and in every museum, theater, school, and community.

We must continue to send a clear and unmistakable message from our City to the White House: eliminating the N.E.A. is totally unacceptable. We can and will stand together to defend New York City, its values, and its cultural organizations.

We've all heard the expression, "You can't fight City Hall?"  Fallacious.Permit me to do a little bragging:  I'm proud t...
02/26/2017
Inside de Blasio’s ‘land grab’ aimed at boosting affordable housing data

We've all heard the expression, "You can't fight City Hall?" Fallacious.

Permit me to do a little bragging: I'm proud to share that a task force/coalition I helped found about a year ago has been fighting New York City's mayor, housing agencies, electeds, misguided non-profits...and winning! (See today's front page headline and two-page spread in the NY Post.)

The HDFC Coalition is making impactful change through sharing a common vision, communicating, collaborating, and (of course) ruffling a few feathers.

Let's work together for economic sustainability, and organic diversity, in the indie doc community. Thanks to Ford, the NEA, IDA, etc for moving the ball forward!

http://nypost.com/2017/02/26/inside-de-blasios-land-grab-aimed-at-boosting-affordable-housing-data/

!!! IMPORTANT ALERT !!!  The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is now under attack by the Trump administration.  Thi...
01/24/2017
Do not defund the NEA or NEH | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

!!! IMPORTANT ALERT !!!
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is now under attack by the Trump administration. This tactic was used by past conservative administrations — remember the CULTURE WARS of the 1990’s?

If you believe the NEA should not loose funding, take a minute to let your voice be heard. TAKE ACTION & SIGN THIS PETITION NOW!
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/do-not-defund-nea-or-neh-0

Recent reports suggest President Donald Trump plans to defund the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Without the NEA and NEH, artists and educators could be left without crucial government grants for their projects. Everything from orchestral performances…

11/16/2016

Every Artist Insured - with NYFA and The Actors Fund
A Free Workshop on Monday, November 28, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Struggling to make ends meet and unable to afford health insurance? Wondering if you qualify for free insurance, or the $20/mo plan? Wondering what the future holds for ‘Obamacare’ and how that may affect you?

Come to Every Artist Insured! This free workshop will provide you with clear guidance on what all your insurance options are, and answer all your burning questions. Open to anyone in visual, literary, or performing arts and entertainment.

Every Artist Insured!
Date: Monday, November 28, 2016, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: NYFA, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201

“Nobody ever pays you back for all of that effort you put into [development]. But then, if the film is good, you suddenl...
08/18/2016
Documentary pays? The price of filmmaking – part one

“Nobody ever pays you back for all of that effort you put into [development]. But then, if the film is good, you suddenly have all of these other people that are working for distributors, festivals and broadcasters – who are being paid a waged job – and they’re using the work that we’ve created as the central commodity of their industry without ever repaying the people that took the major risk at the beginning” –Emily James

http://realscreen.com/2016/07/07/documentary-pays-the-price-of-filmmaking-part-one/#ixzz4DkKMbzIe

In the first part of a special report, realscreen examines the economic pressures placed on some documentary filmmakers working today, and why doc directors - many of whom also play double duty as producers on their projects - aren't paying themselves for their time. (Top left: Jesse Moss; right: Em...

A loss for Sheffield but excited for Claire's new adventure!
07/20/2016
Claire Aguilar exits Sheffield Doc/Fest

A loss for Sheffield but excited for Claire's new adventure!

After a year and a half in the role, Claire Aguilar (pictured) is stepping down as director of programming and industry engagement at the UK festival.

07/19/2016
Keeping artists in New York City

Darren Walker joins host Charlie Herman on WNYC's Money Talking to discuss the increasing financial challenges New York artists face, and the risk of losing people vital to city's cultural fabric.

Darren Walker joins host Charlie Herman on WNYC's Money Talking to discuss the increasing financial challenges New York artists face

Great article by Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation
07/19/2016
Internships Are Not a Privilege

Great article by Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation

The unpaid internship system advantages those with networks and financial means while others wait at opportunity’s door. Proposals would change that.

Upcoming event in NYCGET PAID WHAT YOU'RE WORTHWITH HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOWednesday, October 28, 20156:00 pm - 9:00 pmHa...
10/16/2015
GET PAID WHAT YOU'RE WORTH

Upcoming event in NYC

GET PAID WHAT YOU'RE WORTH
WITH HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOO
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Harvard Club of New York City
35 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

RSVP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/get-paid-what-youre-worth-tickets-18634073014

JOIN Harvard Business School faculty and MORE magazine editors for cocktails and a one-of-a-kind panel discussion titled GET PAID WHAT YOU'RE WORTH. Learn from experts as they disclose surprising insights about the gender pay gap and strategies for achieving a raise or promotion. Be sure to bring yo…

If it's economically difficult for The Yes Men....
05/18/2015
It's All Downhill: Riding the Film-Finance Roller Coaster - Creative Capital Blog

If it's economically difficult for The Yes Men....

It’s All Downhill: Riding the Film-Finance Roller Coaster Posted on May 15, 2015 by The Yes Men The Yes Men We are currently preparing for a June 12 release of The Yes Men are Revolting, the third movie in a series that began fifteen years ago with a Creative Capital grant. As we gear up for the rel…

Also check out the Artists Financial Support Group (AFSG)http://www.artistsfinancial.org/about.html
01/27/2015
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Also check out the Artists Financial Support Group (AFSG)

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In the fall of 2010, several alumni of the NYU Graduate Acting Program met in New York. After graduating from one of the foremost artistic training programs in the country, we found ourselves...

Interesting perspective on an artist who raised $1.2 million on Kickstarter.  The New Yorker article notes, "an interest...
12/08/2014
Amanda Palmer’s Accidental Experiment with Real Communism - The New Yorker

Interesting perspective on an artist who raised $1.2 million on Kickstarter. The New Yorker article notes, "an interesting set of problems about art and work in an age when the mechanisms for valuing them have broken down."

Excerpt: "As a society, we’re supposedly committed to the principle that workers, the poor, those struggling to get by, deserve a share of the wealth for practicing their craft. But we also believe that investors and owners deserve returns on their equity. What we gloss over is the irresolvable contradiction between those two things." "

Corrections appended. Amanda Palmer, the singer who raised a spectacular sum on Kickstarter to fund her new solo album and then asked for volunteers to play with her for no pay when she went on tour with her band, Grand Theft Orchestra, a few months later, is the Internet’s villain of the month.* He…

Check out the research results of an Artist Revenue Streams study by our friend and supporter—THE FUTURE OF MUSIC COALIT...
12/08/2014
Research | Future of Music Coalition

Check out the research results of an Artist Revenue Streams study by our friend and supporter—THE FUTURE OF MUSIC COALITION

The goal of FMC’s research program is to execute statistically sound research that provides musicians, policymakers, the public and the media with a clear analysis of issues at the intersection of music, law, technology, and policy. Since 2001, FMC has published research on media ownership, the effe…

12/04/2014

A CALL TO ACTION

Please take a few minutes out of your busy day to check out our postings, share your comments, (hopefully give us a thumbs up) and spread the word among your colleagues.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT & GOALS: The Independent Documentary Sustainability Task Force will identify persistent and emerging challenges that are of central concern to filmmakers, their colleagues and those who support them.

By examining current and future economic trends, the Task Force will explore how gender, age, class and race are being impacted. The goal is to create an inclusive, effective, honest and open pathway for problem-solving in order to form a more equitable, diverse and sustainable field.

Working alongside the International Documentary Association and media organizations like the Future of Music Coalition, the Task Force will map the documentary ecosystem through a comprehensive qualitative and quantitative economic study that will take several years to complete. Preliminary data, findings and initial best practices guidelines will be shared during the process.

An analysis of the information will help formulate a comprehensive picture of the institutional, structural and personal challenges facing career documentarians, as well as the next generation of filmmakers.

The Independent Documentary Sustainability Task Force is sponsored by Independent Filmworks Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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