I’ve received a lot of questions about the Vermont Media Alliance since we took the website live last week. Most of the questions boil down to this:
“What’s the plan?”
So, without further ado, here’s the plan (developed prior to launch and likely to evolve with member input):
Ever since the closure of the Vermont Film Commission, Vermont has lacked a state office or membership organization dedicated to the needs of its small but active film/video/new media production community. In surveys and conversations conducted over the last six months, the desire for a support organization of some sort has become clear, as has the need for an online production directory of the sort offered by film commissions and film offices in most other states.
The Vermont Media Alliance was organized as a mutual-benefit 501(c)(6) nonprofit corporation on June 17, 2014, with the mission of “promoting and supporting the production of world-class film, video and new media content in Vermont”. We plan to accomplish this mission in the following ways:
- Create a new online hub for Vermont’s film, video and new media production community at vt-media.org
- Create and maintain a new production directory for the state
- Sponsor professional-development workshops and networking events throughout the state (at least 8 in our first year of operations)
- Encourage the formation of VMA chapters to meet informally and strengthen local production communities
- Promote the work of our members via our website, e-newsletter and other venues
- Represent our members’ interests to government officials and legislators.
The Year-One Action Plan:
Our plan for our first year of operations is as follows:
- Create an exceptional public website and production directory employing an elegant, low cost and user-friendly membership management system.
- Recruit at least 100 members through the OCE mailing list, personal contacts, and social media.
- Expand the VMA website to include a locations showcase and other features as requested by members.
- Raise additional programming funds through corporate sponsorships and grants.
- Hold an official mixer/launch event at the Vermont International Film Festival (October).
October 2014-January 2015:
- Sponsor at least four professional-development and networking events.
- Recruit at least 50 additional members & establish at least five local VMA chapters
- Build partnerships with existing media-focused nonprofits (VTIFF, WRIF, Focus on Film, VCAM, ITV Fest, John. M. Bissell Foundation, etc.)
- Hold our first annual meeting
- Hold online elections for three of five board members.
- Hold at least four more professional-development workshops and networking events.
As we move into our second year of operations we hope to build out our chapter system, expand social and professional-development programming, seek new collaborations with compatible businesses and nonprofits and engage in limited, pragmatic legislative advocacy.