Chairman's Letter to APA|NY Members, April 2017
Dear APA New York Members,
As co-Chairs, we wanted to provide an update to you, our Members, on some important Chapter business.
- NY Photo Trade Association Meeting
- Regional Director Search
- Portfolio Review - May 2nd
- Board Members and Committee Volunteers
- Chat Room Launch
NY Photography Trade Association Meeting
At the end February, four of New York's photography trade associations met to find ways to coordinate our activities to better serve the Northeast photography community. The meeting included the heads of ASMP, APA, ASPP (America Society of Picture Professionals), and the NY Press Photographers Association (NYPPA).
We pledged to stand alongside one another where photographer's rights are threatened as well as pool our numbers to support ongoing copyright and rights advocacy for artists.
Regional Director Search
After 18 months without a part-time Regional Director (RD), the Board has decided the Chapter has enough financial resources to hire a part-time RD. This person will be vital to "keeping the lights on" and will be the principal front office person to handle Member issues, relationships with our partners, sponsors, and vendors. The RD will also help produce our robust event schedule and be the point person on our new social media strategy. Our search committee is finalizing the process and we will be introducing our new Regional Director soon.
Portfolio Review - May 2nd at Wix Lounge
Our premier annual Portfolio Review is your opportunity to get your best work in front of clients from advertising and editorial world. Our team has worked diligently over the past weeks to assemble a team of over 20 reviewers. The cost of our Members Only review is well below other portfolio reviews in the marketplace.
Hurry up and register for this great event, capped, like last year, with a Wine Mixer so you can network and meet with all the reviewers at the end of the evening.
Board Members and Committee Volunteers
We want to welcome Lisa Saltzman as the newest Board Member. However, we still need several more dedicated Members to join the Board. As you know, we are a Member run organization and we can only be as good as those people who step up to lead the Chapter. In addition, those who want to focus on specific issues, we have several Committees you can volunteer to work on: Membership, Advocacy, Benefits, Assistants, proof sheet magazine, Portfolio Review, Member Promotion.
And we always welcome your feedback and suggestions! Email us with any thoughts.
Chat Room Launch
You should have gotten an email from groups.io, where we are hosting our New York Chapter Chat Room. Several of you suggested this and we listened. The Chat Room is there to give you a forum to get advice from other Members on any industry topic. It will only be as useful as you make it, so please join and please participate. Several great topics have already come up including Test Shoots with Agencies and Pricing for Editorial Photography. Those of you not in the tri-State area can stay more connected with your colleagues.
APA is at the forefront of advocacy efforts for copyright reform and photographer’s rights. We probably don’t do a good enough job of letting members know how involved APA is in this fight or the important role we play on behalf of all photographers. APA was the sole supporter in the formation of ASCRL, The American Society For Collective Rights Licensing; this newly formed organization was established specifically for the purposes of maximizing the collection and distribution of foreign and domestic collective, statutory, and other direct and indirect licensing revenues for U.S. based copyright owners and authors, and for foreign rights owners and authors that are obtained from domestic licensing systems.
APA, along with many other organizations has been working with Members of Congress on introducing new legislation to broaden the rights of creators; our attorney has commented on bills proposed by Representatives Jefferies of New York and Chu of California and we hope that legislation is introduced before the summer recess.
Call to Action: Tell Congress to vote “Yes” on H.R. 1695
The bill would elevate the Register of Copyrights (previously held by Maria Pallante) to a position appointed by the President with the Advice and Consent of the Senate. We believe this will provide a more transparent and accountable selection process. The Copyright Office has been operating without a permanent Register since last October. It is urgent that this issue is addressed so efforts to modernize the Copyright Office can move forward.
It is vital that Congress hears from creators about the importance of this issue. APA and organizations representing creators from across the spectrum of the creative community have already voiced their support.
Take Action here through our partners at the Copyright Alliance
Finally, we want to thank you for being a member of APA. We work hard to negotiate the many benefits that come with membership and to produce events that are interesting, educational and provide opportunities to meet potential clients. By being a member you help support our efforts locally as well as provide a voice in Washington, DC. We would be grateful for your continued support by renewing your membership when the time comes and to even consider upgrading to a higher level of membership.
Wishing you continued success,