Operating subsidies: care for your art archives

Proud of your achievements? Then your organisation probably also maintains its own archives. Somewhere in boxes on racks in the basement. Or very structured, with digital backups secured with a password. Did you know that there are tips for archiving your cultural heritage? And that the subsidy provider also checks whether you are caring for your archives?

Put your archives on track

Sound recordings, photos, posters, drawings, costumes, images, scores, videos, text material… There’s gold to be found in the archives of the average arts organisation! Besides, you don’t have to keep it for yourself, but maybe you also harbour treasures that are also interesting to others? Which is also why you can develop a good storage system. 

Taking care of your archives, that’s basic archive care. And there are tips for that. Check the tips and tricks from TRACKS. If your organisation has good reasons for doing so – and if you are able to explain these in your application – then you of course may approach the archives differently. It’s just that TRACKS shows how it’s usually done. You can contact them with all your questions about archival care. Even with questions about a tailor-made approach.

Basic archival care is…..basic

Why is more and more attention being paid at organisational level to archives? Because well-accessible archives can actually help everyone move forward. It is handy for yourself to easily reconstruct how you did something before in the case of revivals. But also think of artists and art organisations that work under the functions development and reflection: they certainly benefit from well-ordered archives.

It’s also enriching for other functions to be able to rely on one’s own archives and the archives of others. Think of inspiration for participation or suitable promotional material. Moreover, if you take archival care seriously, you can also earn income from rights, rental or sale in the future.