Four prominent institutes in the domain of preservation and exploitation of cultural heritage have joined forces with the aim to create a comprehensive guide to the work of Europe’s greatest composers of contemporary classical music. The partners are: the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, the National Audiovisual Institute, Poland, the French Audiovisual Institute and the Arvo Pärt Centre, Estonia.
National Audiovisual Institute (NInA) is a cutting-edge cultural institute and an archive which for a decade has been engaged in preservation and dissemination of the Polish audiovisual heritage. The mission of NInA is collecting, archiving, reconstructing and providing access to the most valuable manifestations of film, music and theater. In 2013 NInA published a special online collection dedicated to the work of three Polish outstanding composers: Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. In 2014 the Three Composers collection, NInA’s flagship project in terms of providing access to content, was nominated for the Archive Achievement Award – the most important industry award in the world – in the category „Most innovative Use of Archive”
The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision is an advanced and trendsetting audiovisual archive that has successfully made its way into the digital realm. It maintains and provides access to 70 per cent of the Dutch audiovisual heritage, comprising more than 1 million hours of television, radio, music and film and web video, making Sound and Vision one of the largest audiovisual archives in Europe. The institute operates as a visitor attraction aimed at the general public and is visited by over 250,000 people annually. Sound and Vision has a strong Research & Development department and is involved in various (inter)national research projects.
The main interest of Sound and Vision in the Music in Movement project is to gain knowledge on its music collections and present it to a new, international audience. It builds on earlier work in Europeana Sounds, and the digitisation programme Images for the Future. Other music related projects that Sound and Vision is involved in are RE:VIVE and Hooked.
The Arvo Pärt Centre (APC) is a personal archive and a research centre that gathers and mediates information about Arvo Pärt’s creative output. The core of the Arvo Pärt Centre is the archive, which brings together the entire creative heritage of the composer and related information and documents, both in physical and digital form. Besides the archival work, the centre is also branching out in other directions. Several publications have been released, including a book In principio, a complete collection of the texts in Arvo Pärt’s work, and a CD Songs from Childhood with a selection of children’s songs composed by Arvo Pärt between 1956–1970. The centre is also organising annual ﬁlm screenings to show selected ﬁlms featuring Arvo Pärt’s music. APC was founded in 2010 by Arvo Pärt and his family.
The core activity of the Institut National de l ‘Audiovisuel (INA) is collecting, safeguarding, digitising, restoring and making available French radio and television heritage, which amounts to over 70 years of radio and 60 years of television programs. Its collections amount to over 4 millions hours of radio and television and more than one million photos. About 950 persons work in the company. Ina runs a vocational training centre and has launched in October 2007 two Masters degrees in Audiovisual Archiving and Audiovisual Production. Since 1995, Ina has been in charge of the Legal Deposit for TV and radio national broadcasts, 100 TV channels and 20 radio broadcasters are recorded 7/7 around the clock for that purpose. In 2006 a law extended the Legal Deposit to web contents, Ina was designated as responsible for harvesting content from all broadcast related web sites which amount to over 9000 web sites today. Ina provides online services for professionals (broadcasters and producers) who have direct access to all digitised collections. The online access for the general public was launched in April 2006 with 300 000 programs available on line, mainly for free viewing and possible purchase for personal use.