THE STANDBY PROGRAM, INC. is a non-profit media arts service organization founded in 1983. Standby's mission is to foster the creation and preservation of media art work by democratizing access to media technology, providing technical information and consultation, and creating resources which advance the development of the field as a whole. Standby provides artists and independent makers access to state-of-the-art media services at affordable rates. Standby is an innovative program that allows the arts community access to the resources of the private sector. The program operates out of several top-rated media post-production studios located in New York City. These facilities drastically discount their rates for Standby clients by as much as 25 -85% off list prices.


The Standby Program is supported, in part, by public funds from: the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Standby has also received support from: Wave Farm, The Experimental Television Center, the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Community Trust, and the Peter Norton Family Foundation, as well as by the support of our participating facilities.image preview