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Grant Basics

Release Forms and Clearances

For the protection of all parties, it is highly recommended that grantees receiving funding for film and video projects secure release forms from any on and off-camera talent and obtain proper clearances for the use of pre-existing footage, photographs or music not in the public domain.  The State Arts Council does not assume any legal responsibility for copyright infringement or disputes arising from projects where release forms were not obtained.

Sample Release Form: MSWord / PDF

We have provided this sample as a convenience only. You may modify it as needed. Please note that circumstances may warrant adding language specific to the project being undertaken.  Additionally, it may be advisable to obtain the consent of parents or guardians for any material concerning a minor.  

Note:  The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts makes no warranties or representations in connection with this sample release & consent form. Consultation with an attorney is recommended if you have any legal questions regarding model releases.


Click here for information on public domain, provided in Cornell University’s online Copyright Information Center.


Last updated: February 11, 2015

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