Presented by Imogen Smith, Genie Guerard and Nena Couch
L-R - DHC: Genie Guerard, Imogen Smith, Nena Couch, Hedra Packman Dance/USA: Michelle Ramos & Doug Singleton
Looking for answers about how to preserve and manage your records? Dance/USA recently announced the newly updated and redesigned Artist's Legacy Tooklit and Records Management Guide. Created by archivists from the Dance Heritage Coalition, the Toolkit and Guide offer reliable and user-friendly advice, tools, and templates to help performing artists and their organizations save and share the records of their work. This new free resource is available on the Dance/USA website.
To get started, find tips on Using the Toolkit, see the index of tools on the main page, or explore the resource by clicking the photos in the main menu. You can find templates for creating inventories; advice on proper storage and disaster planning; information about making materials accessible, and best practices for storing and organizing digital files, as well as links to vetted sources of information.
Artists at all stages of their careers benefit from good records management systems. Not only will these practices ensure the long-term preservation of your artistic legacy, but they can save time and enable you to actively use your records for re-staging, marketing, education, engagement, creative repurposing, and fundraising.
If you have questions or comments, contact Imogen Smith, Director of Archiving & Preservation, via email or call her at 202.833.1717 x303.
Dance Heritage Coalition's website has been archived by the Library of Congress and is viewable in LoC's archive of websites.
Dance Heritage Coalition's secure media network of digitized archival dance videos, formerly known as the Dance Preservation and Digitization Project and viewable at archive.danceheritage.org, has been donated to the University of Southern California. With generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, USC Libraries and the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance have re-launched the collection as the Dance History Video Archive (DHVA). The collection preserves culturally significant recordings that document global and U.S. dance traditions, creative work by outstanding choreographers and performers, and performances that helped to advance the art form. The DHVA makes a selection of archival videos accessible through USC's Digital Library, and continues to add new materials to the collection.