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2020 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

This year's theme: "Your Window to the World"

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The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage - 27 October - is a key initiative for both UNESCO and the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) to honour audiovisual preservation professionals and institutions that safeguard our heritage for future generations. Around the world audiovisual archives join together annually on this day to celebrate their work with events that not only highlight the vulnerability of these valuable materials, but also to celebrate the often unheralded work of the institutions that provide protection and preservation, ensuring their availability in the future.

This year, the theme of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is "Your Window to the World".

Changes to the IASA listserv

IASA’s mailing list has been migrated to a Google Groups system with a new address. The list replaces the Listserv that was maintained and hosted for 17 years by the National Library of Norway under the care of Lars Gaustad. Our thanks to Lars and the Library for their long-standing support in this way.

All subscribers to the Listserv have been transferred to the new list. Further instructions including signing up, or cancelling your sign-up, are available at

GRAMMY Museum Grant Program to advance the archiving of recorded sound heritage


The GRAMMY Museum is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for their 2021 grant cycle. With funding generously provided by the Recording Academy®, the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals for audio preservation projects, as well as scientific research efforts. The program’s aim is to advance the archiving of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas and to explore the impact of music on the human condition.

Launch of the IASA Preservation Training Programme

 The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) is delighted to announce the launch of the IASA Preservation Training Programme. Developed by IASA’s Training and Education Committee, it is intended to share and develop audiovisual archival skills wherever in the world they are most needed. More information.


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