“Access Sacramento Grant Request Approved- Status Quo funding for Another Year”

At the June 7th meeting of the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission, Access Sacramento’s request for funding was approved by a unanimous vote. Both operations and new equipment funding grants were approved as well as the Hometown-TV and Game-of-the-Week production grants.

Gary Martin, Access Board Vice-Chair, briefed the Commission on the many success stories and major accomplishments of the past year included:

Replacing well-worn video production equipment at the Coloma Community Center and conducted ongoing equipment training for staff and volunteers on new equipment with no significant down time or facility closures.

Updated multi-camera production equipment on the Hometown-TV and Game-of the-Week production truck while continuing to produce more than 65 annual events throughout the County.

On March 12, 2011, we launched the successful AccessLocal.tv web site inviting multiple partner organizations in South Sacramento who in turn have created more than 600 new blogs, press releases, and videos. The site now average more than 500 visitors per day.

We received grant funding of $100,000 for two-years from The California Endowment to help youth and families improve their health and well being in South Sacramento.

With help from the U.C. Davis School of Education, organized our third annual, highly successful, “Youth Media Forums for Social Change” held at The Sacramento Press – SacPress.com – May 11, 2012 in partnership with Sacramento City Unified Schools and UC Davis. 100 teens and adult mentors shared and discussed 20 youth created videos.

And this past weekend, our Coloma Center studios hosted 250 artists and entertainers with our “Express Yourself Festival” featuring talented local bands, dancers, nonprofit organizations, media partners, and tours of our facilities.

We also kicked-off the thirteenth year of our “Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival with the announcement of ten new local film projects at our Cast & Crew Call. In the past 12 years, 119 short films about our region have been completed and premiered on the Crest Theater big screen. Mark your calendars for October 7 and we will see you at the movies.

We have also documented significant increases in viewers of our channel 17 web streaming and “On-Demand” orders for our programming through Comcast’s Xfinity digital services. We are the only public access organization to have this “On-Demand” relationship with Comcast.

All of the above has been achieved with no increase to our Operations budget and with status quo staffing of five FT and six PT staff, unchanged in the last seven years.

Next week in this newsletter, our Chair, Jo Ann Fuller, summarizes our plans for the next 12 months thanks to the Cable Commission’s fiscal support. Be sure to attend the June 21 Annual Meeting to hear all the details.

article by Executive Director, Ron Cooper