Professional Organizations of interest to

The Academy Foundation is a professional honorary organization composed of over 6,000 motion picture craftsmen and women with the purpose of organizing and overseeing the educational and cultural activities of the motion picture industry, including the preservation of its history and the promotion of its future.

American Association of Museums

Founded in 1906, the American Association of Museums (AAM) is dedicated to promoting excellence within the museum community. Through advocacy, professional education, information exchange, accreditation, and guidance on current professional standards of performance, AAM assists museum staff, boards, and volunteers across the country to better serve the public.

American Film Institute

Organization to advance and preserve the art of the moving image. Includes the National Center for Film and Video Preservation that works towards preserving the United States� film legacy.

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) is the national membership organization of conservation professionals dedicated to preserving the art and historic artifacts of our cultural heritage for future generations.

Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA)

One of the top organizations for moving image archives and archives. They are based in the Unives States but their scope and influence has become increasingly international. Their website contains useful resources and links, and a free listserv. AMIA holds annual conferences and sponsors educational scholarships in moving image archiving.

Association of Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)

Founded in 1966, the Association for Recorded Sound Collection is a non-profit organization dedicated to research, study, publication, and information exchange surrounding all aspects of recordings and recorded sound.

Dance Heritage Coalition

Founded in 1992, the DHC was established to address problems identified by a field-wide study intended to evaluate and report on the current state of preservation and documentation of American dance.

The Film Foundation

Founded in 1990 to raise awareness about the need for preserving motion pictures in the United States. Supported by a number of famous directors, this organization encourages cooperation between archives and movie studios.

International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives

An international organization, affiliated with Unesco, of more than 400 members from more than 60 countries to foster relationships between archives and other institutions which preserve sound and audiovisual documents. Topics addressed include acquisition, documentation, copyright, acess, distribution, preservation, and the technical aspects of recording and playback.The organization holds an annual conference.

International Computer Music Association

An international affiliation of individuals and institutions involved in technical, creative and performance aspects of computer music. It serves composers, engineers, researchers and musicians who are interested in the integration of music and technology.

International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF)

International organization that brings together institutions dedicated to preserving the heritage of film. Founded in France in 1938, the organization now includes over 100 institutions in 60 countries.

International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT)

An international professional association founded in Rome in 1977. Made up of 180 members coming from over 70 countries, FIAT/IFTA is presently the most important professional organization in the field of broadcasting archives. Its membership is drawn from public and commercial broadcasters, national audiovisual archives and technical companies catering to the broadcasting industry.

Museum Computer Network

The Museum Computer Network is a nonprofit organization of professionals dedicated to fostering the cultural aims of museums through the use of computer technologies. They serve individuals and institutions wishing to improve their means of developing, managing, and conveying museum information through the use of automation.

Music Library Association (MLA)

The Music Library Association is the professional organization in the United States devoted to music librarianship and to all aspects of music materials in libraries. Founded in 1931, MLA provides a forum for study and action on issues that affect music libraries and their users. MLA and its members make significant contributions to librarianship, publishing, standards and scholarship, and the development of new information technologies. Includes a committee devoted to preservation issues.

National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF)

A nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America's film heritage. They support activities nationwide that preserve American films and improve film access for study, education, and exhibition. The website includes useful information on the state of film preservation in the United States.

New York Women in Film and Television

New York Women in Film & Television is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to helping women reach the highest levels of achievement in film, television and other moving-image media industries, and to promoting equity for women in these industries. Includes the women�s film preservation fund.

Orphans Film Symposium

The University of South Carolina Film Studies Program and the Film Library bring together an eclectic mix of moving image archivists, cinema scholars, preservation experts, curators, and filmmakers who work with orphaned material. Selected speakers will lead three days of presentations, screenings, and discussion. (USC will host its fourth symposium on the preservation, study, and use of orphan films March 25-27, 2004)

Society of American Archivists

This organization works to build a diverse and cohesive membership and to support members by addressing their professional needs as well as by developing a strong archival community.

Society for Cinema Studies

Founded in 1959, the Society for Cinema Studies is a professional organization composed of college and university educators, filmmakers, historians, critics, scholars, and others concerned with the study of the moving image. Some of the Society's goals are to promote all areas of media studies within universities and two-and four-year colleges, to strengthen the ties between the academic community and those who interact with it, and to promote the preservation of our film, television, and video heritage.

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)

Founded in 1916, SMPTE is a leading technical society for the motion imaging industry. It sets standards for how motion picture and television film, video, and equipment is produced today. SMPTE publishes guidelines, technical papers, and journals, and holds conferences

South East Asia/Pacific Audio Visual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA)

aims to provide a regional forum for addressing common issues and concerns related to the collection and preservation of, and provision of access to, the audiovisual heritage of member countries.