WHO WE ARE:
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), currently in its 68th season, is one of America’s leading Orchestras. It performs great music, presents leading artists, educates, and engages music lovers. The Orchestra is known for the excellence of its live performances, presentations, world-renowned choruses, and impressive list of 27 GRAMMY® Award-winning recordings.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Archives was established in May 2013 to identify, collect, and make available information and records created by the Orchestra and all of its affiliated groups and programs. The Archives holds information from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 68 seasons and beyond with more than 300 linear feet of materials, including audio recordings, photos, press clippings, concert programs, videos, and much more. There is one major problem, though: only a very small portion of this material is digitized. What’s left is deteriorating fast and will soon be lost to the world. This is where you come in.
WHAT YOU’RE SUPPORTING:
Your donation will enable the ASO Archives to purchase technology necessary to convert three videos of the Orchestra led by world-renowned former ASO Music Director Robert Shaw into digital form. These important historical videos, dating back as early as 1970, will be lost forever if not converted to digital form quickly, as very limited technology still supports this type of conversion.
Additionally, donations will support the purchase of a scanner that will allow the Archives to digitize more than one thousand photographs of some of the world’s best musicians who have graced the stage with the Orchestra and Chorus, including Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, and Aaron Copland, to name just a few. All of these photos will be digitized and available in the ASO Archives by November 1, 2013.
By supporting the digitization project, these invaluable videos and photos of some of the world’s best performers and directors will not be lost, but rather preserved timelessly for the world to enjoy.
GOALS & COST:
Digitization of video 1 – Robert Shaw Footage: $503
Digitization of video 2 – Robert Shaw Leading Handel’s “Messiah”: $1,736
Digitization of video 3 – Robert Shaw Leading Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony: $1,039
4TB hard drive and affiliated labor costs: $550
1000 photos scanned: $1,172
GRAND TOTAL: $5,000
Risks and challenges
This project will be a fairly simple process if all goals are met and we can purchase the necessary equipment for the digitization process. The challenge will be to scan and digitize all of the material as quickly as possible so we can get it back out to you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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