October 25, 2011
Eugene H. Mopsik, Executive Director
American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
Phone: 215 451 2767
Philadelphia, PA… The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) has announced that it has received $307,700 from the Authors Coalition of America (ACA), an association of organizations representing independent authors including illustrators, photographers, songwriters, text writers and visual artists.
The main role of the ACA is to distribute money collected for copying non-title-specific works, those that cannot be identified individually or by copyright owner, primarily in Scandinavia and Europe. The money collected on behalf of unidentifiable American artists is distributed to ACA member organizations on the basis of established formulas. The funds are designated for use solely in industry education and advocacy.
According to ASMP President James Cavanaugh, “ACA funding allows ASMP to provide leadership in educational programs and advocacy issues which we believe to be of significant value to the photographic community.” ASMP’s Executive Director Eugene Mopsik stated, “The funding received from ACA has enabled ASMP to offer numerous resources to the visual arts community, such as seminars and conferences delivered around the country, online business resources, and advocacy in the courts.”
Examples of the programs and projects which ASMP has developed through these funds are: Strictly Business 3, the acclaimed photography business education series; Registration ©ounts, which creates awareness of copyright issues and encourages photographers and other visual artists to register their work; and dpBestflow, the latest in digital imaging best practices offered by ASMP in conjunction with the Library of Congress through its National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, and Student & Emerging Photographer Business Education.
ASMP has provided significant ongoing support to the following: the Picture Licensing Universal System (PLUS) Registry, a resource to provide unique searchable identifiers and image recognition to determine an image creator’s name, contact information and usage rights; Young Photographers Alliance(YPA) as a Major Founding Sponsor to set up mentoring and internship programs for student and emerging photographers; Eddie Adams Workshop Barnstorm, in which 100 photography students participate in an intense four-day gathering of top photojournalism professionals; George Eastman House, an independent nonprofit museum and educational institution that tells the story of photography and motion pictures; and W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund award to a photojournalist of exceptional talent, integrity and dedication. For more information on ASMP’s uses of ACA funds to benefit the industry, go here.
ASMP is the premier trade association for photographers, providing members with all the tools, information and support needed to run successful photography businesses. Over 7,000 strong with chapters throughout the country, ASMP members are recognized as a community of forward-thinking professionals.