AS-AP

Survey: American Opera Projects

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Organization: 
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1988
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$250,001 - $500,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Presenting Organization
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
American Opera Projects, Inc. (AOP) is a driving force behind the revitalization of contemporary opera and musical theater in the United States through its exclusive devotion to creating, developing, and presenting new American opera and music theatre projects. AOP’s mission is to identify, develop, and encourage the work of emerging and established talent and to attract new audiences to innovative opera and musical theater—to educate, inspire, engage and challenge people of all ages and backgrounds. Our projects employ primarily American artists and speak to contemporary America to create a lasting legacy of relevant music theater.
Website Link to Organization's History / Organization Overview: 
www.operaprojects.org/projects.htm
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History: 
www.operaprojects.org/about.htm
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Robert Lee rleeiii@aol.com
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Richard Peaslee dickpeaslee@earthlink.net
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Charles Jarden cjarden@operaprojects.org
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Unknown
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
Yes
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
Yes
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
None / Not Applicable
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Are there other threats to your organization? Please describe below.
Part 7.
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
1. Very Important
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
Yes
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
No
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Drain on Existing Staff Time
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
No
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
No
Where are these locations?: 
Where are these locations? [I.E. Home / Office of Private Individual(s) (i.e. Former Board, Staff, Funders, etc)]
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
No
survey_field_49: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Yes
Part 10c.
10c. How are arrangements made for access to archive?: 
Interested parties call or email us and reuqest a time. We don’t really advertize it, but we are thinking of changing that policy.
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Correspondence
Board Minutes
Financial Records
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Audiotapes [Any Format]
Other Audio Recordings (i.e. records, etc.)
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Other Digital Materials
Films
Photographs
Videotapes
Other:: 
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other:: 
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Brochures
Commercially Published Materials
Programs of Events
Other:: 
Other Printed Publications
11e. Other: 
Layouts / Sketches / Instructions for Performances
Other:: 
Other
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
1990-1999
2000-2005
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Other Boxes
Three-Ring Binders
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
None
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
21 - 30
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
----
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
21 - 30
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
81 - 90
Other Archive Storage Units - Please describe below.: 
digital files
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Yes
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
No
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
Yes
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
Interns
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
Manual System (Card File, File Folders)
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
None or Limited
Part 19.
19. What type of climate-controls are present in the area[s] in which the archives are stored?: 
Limited climate-controls
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
continue archiving
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
staff
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
design
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
staff
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
make more available
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$10,001 - $15,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$50,001 - $60,000
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
Yes
25b. Who?: 
OPERA America, Inc. www.operaamerica.org
Part 26.
26. Additional information, comments, observations, and questions.: 
Knowing about other music archive institutions
Finish
survey_field_150: 
American Opera Projects
Who executed this survey.: 
Charles Jarden and Matt Gray
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: 
Yes