Case study

Curtis Institute of Music

Cloud hosted digital preservation software was chosen by the team at Curtis to provide streaming and long-term preservation of student recordings and digitized versions of hundreds of shelves of CDs, cassette tapes, and DVDs, some of which are now starting to decay.

Opened in October 1924, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia is one of the world’s most celebrated music academies. Founded by Mary Louise Curtis Bok, the heiress of the Curtis Publishing Company estate, the Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry.

Curtis needed a long-term storage solution that would provide different levels of access. For example, student recitals will not be available to the public as they are subject to copyright issues, and are primarily used as a learning tool for students and faculty. In addition, the Institute will also be ingesting institutional records, which can be accessed by certain people within the Institute’s administration. Using Preservica Cloud Edition the administrator can control who can see and use specific content, so they are only accessible by the intended audiences.