Victorian Jazz Archive had its
genesis in a meeting held in Sydney on June 23,
The Archive received two awards
in 2000 for the program entitled "Acetate Action"
where a concerted effort to transfer ageing acetate
discs to a digital form was successful, and is
ongoing. The first was the National Australia Bank
Community Link Award for Conservation, whilst the
second was the Museums Australia Award for
Conservation and Heritage.
In November 2005, the Archive won the
Knox Pride Award for Preservation and Conservation
organised by the Knox City Council and sponsored by
the Bendigo Bank. The Archive won the overall title
against seven other winners of all categories on the
Individual Awards have been
given to our immediate past General Manager, John
Kennedy. In 2002 John was awarded the "Volunteer Of
The Year in the Museum Industry" by Museums
Australia, and in January 2004, he was awarded an
Order of Australia Medal for "the preservation of
Australian jazz at the Victorian Jazz Archive".
Victorian Jazz Archive Inc. (VJA) was formed in
August 1996 - specifically to preserve all forms of
Australian jazz music and associated memorabilia. VJA is recognised by the National Film and Sound
Archive of Australia (NFSA) as being part of the
national distributed collection of audio-visual
material, and is also a member of the Australian
Jazz Archive National Council (AJANC).
the Archive's Charter is to provide access to its
material to the general public, music students and
researchers. This is achieved mostly by the
digitisation of sound resources and the photographic
collection wherever possible - depending on the
condition of the material.
The prime focus of the Archive
is to identify, collect, document, and exhibit all
types of Australian Jazz recordings, musical
instruments, videos, photographs, publications, and
Details of the Collection are being constantly added
to a central Data Base accessible from the
selection tab at the top of this screen.
In addition, the charter of the
VJA allows for the collection of overseas material
for use and study in the Archive's reference