of artists helping artists.
Throughout EZTV's 25
year history, members of EZTV's core group have helped literally
hundreds of artists by donating equipment usage, expertise, professional
contacts and other resources. Numerous productions, exhibitions,
performances and lectures would simply never have existed without
the intellectual and economic generosity of EZTV.
This idea, which began
with EZTV founder John Dorr, has continued and expanded with EZTV's
current group, and will always be a fundamental principle of EZTV's
values. Named "Artist-Run Philanthropy" by EZTV's
Michael Masucci, it is a sharp contrast to the recent decline in
public support for the arts. "We must support the genius of
creativity" says Masucci, "for if the society is not wise
enough now to do it, we, the artists of our communities must do
it for ourselves and our colleagues." In addition to its help
for the arts, it has a long-standing tradition of contributing technical
and artistic support to worthy medical and other community projects,
ranging from working with physically challenged children, to AIDS
awareness, to teaching video skills to at-risk youth.
Make no mistake, EZTV
fully supports the idea of public funding for the arts. However,
the current economic and social climate has shrunk the budgets of
granting organizations. Until such time that the public recognizes
the enormous contributions made by local, touring and community-based
artists, EZTV will work towards helping its local artists' community.
It is commonplace, and
admirable, for people to contribute to their favorite charities.
Unfortunately, recent scandals in the "Charity Industry"
have alerted these generous donors that, all too often, their contributions
largely do not directly help the people the money was intended for.
Too many times a significant portion of the funds raised have not
gone to the needy, but has been wasted on expensive galas, lavish
office space, travel junkets and inflated administrative salaries.
EZTV's generosity is strictly pro-bono, and often uncredited and
When a billionaire donates
money to create a building for a university, museum or public center,
this donation is, of course, an important and appreciated effort.
Many buildings, named after these philanthropists, such as Carnegie
Hall, the Getty Center, the Geffen Medical School at UCLA, and the
Guggenheim Museums all reflect the power of the donor as much as
the importance of the facility. In comparison, when middle-class
or working class artists help other artists, it creates a methodology
for fundamental change in the ability of those artists to produce,
exhibit and/or experiment through collaboration within their own
medium or alongside other mediums or forms.
We support what we do
by the work that we do. Our commissions, collaborations and services
help support our community and cultural projects.
We are the donor. Therefore,
we are not encumbered by the demands, opinions or fashion of an
outside funding source. In addition to creative and technical support,
we also have long-standing experience in what is now called 'microcinema'
. Our model of lean production allows us to be very open and flexible
in our curatorial and charitable decisions. When we feel that an
artist deserves a public exhibition, we will convert part of our
studio into an art gallery. When a filmmaker is willing to share
his/her ideas and work with an intimate and appreciative audience,
we turn our studio into a screening room. This is truly creative
control. And this is yet another example of how the desktop video
and digital revolution can empower us all. All without the 'red
tape' that can bog down the emerging artist and producer.
Without the benefit of
'deep pockets', EZTV has proven that one can make instrumental change
in the fabric of the local culture without having to be a member
of the super-rich. Unlike the current trend of "Venture Philanthropy",
places unreasonable expectations upon the success of the project,
"Artist-Run Philanthropy" comes from the grass-roots of
our society and effects its change in a way that fully understands
the internal culture and realistic goals of the organization or
Because of the large
number of inquiries which we receive each year for support, we can
only focus on those projects which can make a positive difference
in the social, intellectual or artistic fabric of our community. If
you believe that your project qualifies, please email
with full details.