plasa-tn2PLASA publishes results of Covid-19 member survey
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

UK - A survey carried out by PLASA has revealed the financial struggles faced by businesses in the entertainment technology industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Conducted from 18 March and completed by 145 PLASA members, the study shows the early impact that various restrictions triggered by the pandemic have had on the industry, with PLASA currently conducting a follow-up survey to gain insight into the ongoing challenges that the sector is facing.
From those surveyed, half said that they’ve lost at least 50% of the business for the year, with a fifth saying they’ve lost between 80% to 100% of all their business.
PLASA is currently pushing for the government to include the events supply chain in the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business category in order to qualify for much needed Business Rates cash grants which are already available to shops, pubs, restaurants, theatres and music venues. Alongside asking the government to insist that landlords of rented business premises support business tenants through the coronavirus crisis.
PLASA says it is also concerned about "the number of freelancers who operate as limited companies who are not receiving a fair amount of support in comparison to their sole-trader colleagues. Many were forced to operate as a limited company to comply with off-payroll tax rules, are now unable to claim for dividends meaning they lose out on fair government support."
PLASA has a dedicated web page to support businesses and individuals during the pandemic, as well as closed groups on Facebook and Linked

aimblackrectangleinvert-jpgAIM launches £1m support fund for contractors
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

UK - The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has launched a support fund aimed at contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fund starts with assets of £500,000 committed by AIM and its members, with further contributions invited from all sectors of the music industry and beyond.
 The target is to distribute £1,000 to each of 1,000 workers within two months.
AIM CEO Paul Pacifico comments: “Despite government initiatives and the groundswell of support from the music industry, there are still many thousands of workers being left behind without the help that they need to get through this difficult time. Many of these people have suddenly found themselves with no source of income and with families to support, while government support measures for microbusinesses are hard to access for creative businesses and those for the self-employed are not expected to kick in before June.
“The independent sector’s strength lies in its sense of solidarity and community. We have already seen a hugely encouraging show of support for those who are struggling, but there is still more to do. This is a call to arms. Together, we can get through this.”
The AIM fund is open to any contractors due to work with new and developing artists currently signed to AIM member labels who have lost committed income because of cancelled artist projects. This includes tour crews, studio producers, mixing

 
 
strandStrand debuts theatrical luminaires
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

USA - Strand Lighting has debuted a range of luminaires for theatres, houses of worship, TV and film studios.
The company announced a new LED version of the Strand Leko Profile luminaire along with an updated Cantata Fresnel. Also launching are he new Coda LED Cyc and Aurora LED Strip luminaires.
The Leko Profile and the Cantata Fresnel are available in RGBALC as well as tunable warm and cold white versions. The full colour versions feature an RGBALC (red, green, blue, amber, lime and cyan) colour mixing system as well as the SmartColor Control system first seen on the recently announced Vari-Lite VL5LED Wash. “With a full RGBALC colour system, designers have a wide range of rich colour options that help them achieve the same deep colours they once obtained with gels,” explains Martin Palmer, Senior Product Manager, Vari-Lite and Strand Luminaires at Signify. “With the innovative SmartColor Control System, designers can now use LEDs to obtain those deep colours while still using classic CYM + CTO control.”
For better reproduction of skin tone and other colours on stage, the Strand Leko LED Profile and Cantata LED Fresnel are also available in two white output versions - a warm tunable white (2700K to 4500K) and cold tunable white (4000K to 7000K) variety - both of which offer a CRI exceeding 94 across all colour temperatures, as well as high TM30 and TLCI values.
Meanwhile, the new Coda LED Cyc and Aurora LED Strip luminaires benefit from the same RGBALC colour mixing system and SmartColor Control, bringing a wide range of rich, easily c

 
timaxpr-hitechmedia-newtimaxrussiandistributor-lgHi-Tech Media to distribute TiMax in Russia
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Russia - UK-based specialists in immersive spatial audio, Out Board, has appointed Hi-Tech Media to distribute TiMax SoundHub spatial audio processors and TiMax TrackerD4 stagetracking systems throughout Russia.
Hi-Tech Media represents a network of partners and dealers whose end-customers rely on the latest technical solutions to complement the status of their projects and take them to a new technological level. Hand in hand with Hi-Tech Media’s technical support and educational programs, dealers can now benefit from the integration of TiMax spatial audio and showcontrol to realise cost-effective and versatile immersive live performance and AV installation solutions .
Pavel Shemiakin, brand manager for Hi Tech Media’s pro audio department, says, “We are very pleased to begin our partnership with Out Board TiMax, whose products will offer our partners and dealers new opportunities for immersive theatrical, entertainment, corporate and complex AV environments: giving customers further dimension to impress their audience and visitors.”
Out Board director, Dave Haydon, adds, “TiMax always sits best with specialist sales and support partners who share our passion for leading-edge spatial reinforcement and immersive audio – Hi Tech Media’s technical knowledge, depth and contacts, coupled with a solid customer support ethic, makes them a natural fit.
“The team at Hi-Tech Media have already taken advantage of the one-on-one online TiMax training sessions we’ve introduced to assist sound designers through this extraordinary period

 
 

aqua-led-1700-framingpressPR Lighting releases latest in Aqua LED line
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

China - PR Lighting has announced the release of its new IP65-rated Aqua LED 1700 Framing - the first new product to come off the production line since coronavirus restrictions were lifted in China.
Designed to be sufficiently powerful to handle the demands of large outdoor events, the new fixture houses a 730W LED engine (8000K), enabling an extremely powerful output. It features a motorised zoom function, with a range of 7°-60°, and contains a colour wheel with six colour filters plus open, one rotating gobo wheel (with six exchangeable gobos plus white) and a fixed gobo wheel (with seven exchangeable gobos, plus white). In addition the unit has a full blackout framing system, with four rotating blades that can rotate infinitely and provide a complete curtain effect.
Other features include; four-facet prism; Linear frost (0-100%); exchangeable graphic effect wheel; 0-100% linearly adjustable focus and dimmer; linear iris (5-100%) with macros; double shutter-blade strobe (0.3-25fps); pan 540°, tilt 270° head movement, with auto position correction.
Thanks to a robust construction and its IP65 rating, Aqua LED Framing can be used outdoors in all conditions, either for one-off events or permanent installations, says the company.

 
k-arrayK-array sessions on control and live sound
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Europe - In an effort to make educational training more accessible, K-array Webinar Series will host free, live presentations of its audio solutions on a weekly basis. Two new topics are being offered this week.
Control Software is a one-hour webinar dedicated to sound technicians, audio engineers and system users will explain how to configure, tune, modify and manage your K-array system to give you maximum control.
Live Sound I and Live Sound II will detail the cutting-edge features employed in K-array's Live Sound solutions. Live Sound 1 will discuss at length the technology featured in the Pinnacle line, like Pure Array Technology, ideal for theatres and concert halls. Live Sound 2 is dedicated to the technology employed in the Mugello and Firenze lines, such as Slim Array Technology, Electronic Beam Steering and Advanced Bass Control, perfect for concerts, touring and live events.

 
 
rcfRCF presents multi-lingual training
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Italy - RCF has introduced a series of webinars focussing on RCF technologies and best practices in live sound and installed audio. The webinars - live streaming on RCF’s online platform - will be presented by RCF specialists in multiple languages.
Viewers and students will also be able to ask questions via a chat window during each live stream. There’s no need for an account or to download any software in advance.
Register for each session individually, then you will receive notifications one day and one hour before the webinar. Go to the RCF Online Education page for the complete schedule.
Topics include: Voice Alarm and Evac Systems according to ISO 7290-19 and CEN/TS 54-32; Line array sound system design PRO for LIVE events – Use of prediction software; Sub design with RD-NET, and Live Sound Design for Professionals: Line Array Systems with Oscar Mora.

 
glastonburyMartin Audio webinars prove popular
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

UK - Martin Audio’s new weekly education webinar programme has got off to a flying start with all sessions for its Low Frequency System Design ‘sold out’. The popularity of this session highlights the appetite for industry education during this difficult time.
“Our new webinar series seems to have been embraced by the industry,” reflects James King, marketing director at Martin Audio. “We had over 1,000 registrations for the first webinar session, which is around 10 times the average registration for one of our webinars. In fact, we had to upgrade our software package to accommodate everyone. Added to this, the training area of our website is now the most visited page after our homepage, and that has never happened before.
“These are very challenging times for the pro audio industry, and we wanted to play our role in helping industry professionals to stay active and connected,” he continues. “We are delighted with the response.”
The live webinars will continue each Wednesday, with the next session being on Display2.3, Martin Audio’s software for system design and the optimisation of line arrays on Wednesday 8 April. Following this will be sessions on EASE Focus, Wavefront Precision line arrays as well as their control software package Vu-Net.
Further, Martin Audio is hiring freelance industry professionals as guest speakers to share their experience and expertise. The first session of that type is with renowned sound designer and FOH engineer Simon Honywill and covers festival sound. During this webinar, scheduled for Wed

 
 
tignewsmediaTIG announces wave of webinars
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Europe - Technological Innovations Group (TIG) is rolling out a series of webinars and online training sessions to bring its vendor partners’ solutions directly into the home offices of its customers.
The initiative comes as countries across the EMEA region are in lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, with many workforces having to social distance themselves and work remotely from home.
Crestron’s Technical Institute (CTI) provides exclusive training of Crestron products at its worldwide and regional offices and online classes. Its instructor-led courses are available right now in 10 different time zones via Zoom Classroom, with peer-to-peer interaction. 
For Salamander Designs, TIG will be rolling out three new webinars in English, German and French. Starting in April, these will demonstrate how Salamander Designs’ advanced, flexible furniture systems are designed to fit in perfectly with specific audio/video products represented by TIG for the commercial markets.
TIG is also working with GUDE Systems to bring its customers a first-ever webinar on 7 April, offering the chance to find out more about GUDE’s Power Distribution Units and Remote Monitoring Management systems.
Further, with the move to remote working having been extremely rapid, allowing very little time to prepare for the long-term, TIG’s partner Hoylu is hosting 30-minute webinars throughout April to showcase its interactive collaboration software. Its Conn

 
robe-blue-skies-at-night-shipston-1Blue Skies at Night supports frontline workers
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

UK - Dan Ridd and Steven Haynes of Clearsound Productions in Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, positioned eight Robe MegaPointes on the roof of their warehouse - and beamed them around the town and up into the night sky, creating a piece of light art to connect the local community and show support for the efforts of frontline and essential workers and the National Health Service (NHS).
The action was inspired by the now weekly Clap For Carers initiative (started in the UK by Annemarie Plas) which united millions across the country who appeared in windows and doorways clapping and rattling or thumping percussive objects, the first of which had happened at 8.00pm on the previous Thursday.
Dan participated in this and realised just how much you can actually hear. This prompted him and Steve to think about what you might be able to see, coupled with the magical effect that the medium of light can have in unifying people and environments.
Taking advantage of the warehouse being on one of Shipston’s highest spots, the following night - carefully observing the social distancing rules - the pair experimented with a couple of different fixtures positioned on the warehouse roof, and hit on MegaPointe as the fixture to shine bright and slice through the darkness.
They then engaged in some industrious social media posting on the Saturday telling people in the area to watch the sky at 8.30 on the Sunday evening for a nice surprise, which generated a buzz of interaction even before the impromptu installation started.
When the time came on Sun

 
 
bandit-vraBandit announces Volunteer Relief Action
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

USA - As the nation and entertainment industry navigate the unfolding Covid-19 pandemic, all Bandit offices have made available to local governments and hospitals, power distribution systems, IT data distribution systems, and portable structures and lighting, completely free of charge. Bandit has also made available, free of charge, its Nashville rehearsal facility, Venue One, for use by any artist that needs a place to perform a live stream event during this critical time.
“Tennessee has been known as The Volunteer State since The War of 1812, and it was only right that Bandit step up and offer this free support,” said Bandit Lites chair and founder, Michael T. Strickland. “While all Bandit offices are under Safer-At-Home Orders, the entire staff is on full payroll. No one has been laid off at Bandit. When individuals are needed to accomplish a task, they are covered by the legal exemptions and the Bandit team jumps in and performs the task at hand.”
As the live entertainment industry went dark on 13 March, Strickland jumped into action. By Saturday he was on the phone with Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn working hand in hand all weekend and through the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Strickland was representing the interests of everyone in the live entertainment segment, from full time employees to freelancers. The Senators were not completely aware of the fact that the entire industry went to zero revenue in a single moment, and once Sen. Alexander and Sen. Blackburn fully understood the

 
disguisedisguise launches on-demand training hub
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

UK - In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, disguise has launched disguise OnDemand - a virtual hub that features access to free training and webinars exploring key features and elements of the disguise workflow. Held in multiple languages, multiple times a day, the platform will feature exclusive content, including the opportunity for the community to take part in specialist discussions on key industry topics, and hear from customers during spotlight discussions on showstopping case studies.
Designed as a place for the community to learn and keep up-to-date on all things regarding disguise, free online training sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are planning on running a condensed version of the Fundamental and Pre-Production Workflows Training, broken down into a series of six one-hour sessions where attendees can learn the core features, including the timeline, stage, configuring output feeds, and how to set up devices.
As part of a wider initiative to reach out to the disguise community, disguise is also offering the Designer software free until September, and giving a series of discounted USB dongle giveaways, as well as partnering with Notch on a ‘codemeter’ dongle sharing scheme, allowing more people to access to both their software.
“We understand this is a really hard time for our industry, and disguise is committed to doing what we can to support our community of freelancers, partners and customers across th

 
 
john-dodsonSonance strengthens Middle East presence
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

UAE - Sonance has announced the appointment of John Dodson as the new manufacturer’s rep for the Pro Series and 100v product lines within the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa territories. Dodson assumes direct responsibility for the channel partners, consultant relationships and authorised integrators in the region.
John Dodson has been in the audio-visual field for more than 35 years and has held positions in retail and distribution with numerous well-established commercial manufacturers. With this new appointment, Dodson is tasked with cultivating and discovering new commercial audio-visual business relationships. In addition to the Sonance line of commercial-targeted audio solutions, Dodson’s product arsenal also includes microphones, amplifiers, processors, cables, connectors and technical furniture.
Regarding the new appointment, Dodson states: “I am delighted to add the Sonance commercial products to my family of quality brands; these loudspeakers are a great fit with my existing lines, and I am looking forward to delivering them to my customers and friends around the region.”
Adrian Ickeringill, international sales director for Sonance, will manage Dodson from a Sonance product and strategy standpoint. “Having known John for years, I was only too aware of his extensive knowledge and network of customers throughout the Middle East market. We are delighted to have John on board, providing much needed focus in the Commercial market for our 100v line Pro Series, IS4C invisible series and Landscape & Omni series outdoor products.

 
adj-studioPEG creates live video studio with ADJ
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

USA - Quick to adapt its business model to the current situation, Premier Entertainment Group in Dothan, Alabama has transformed its warehouse into a full service video production studio. Kitted out with lighting from ADJ and sister company Elation Professional, the facility is being used by DJs, bands and church worship groups to professionally record sets that can then be broadcast through online streaming.
The effect of the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic on the entertainment industry has been truly profound, with every kind of event - from arena tours to wedding receptions - postponed for the foreseeable future. However, many entertainment professionals are utilizing modern technology to broadcast live performances and DJ sets directly to the comfort and safety of their fans’ homes. Which is the route that Premier Entertainment Group (PEG)’s president and owner, Dave Guiler, has quickly steered his business.
“When it first happened, a few weeks ago, that announcements were made about the need for social distancing and other protocols,” explains Dave, “we immediately started getting calls from clients postponing or cancelling events. We went from 70-80 events booked in March, to having absolutely nothing. I took about a day to recover from the shock, but then gathered together the guys and said the last thing we want to do is furlough anyone, or lay anyone off, so let’s do anything we can to keep everyone working and do the best we can to keep a full staff. And, so far, we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do that.”
PEG’s pl

 
 
central-churchChauvet enhances streamed Easter service
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

USA - Executive pastor Josh Parker and his team at Central Church in Augusta, Maine, have started livestreaming their Saturday evening and Sunday services.
Streamed on Facebook and YouTube, the services are providing the church’s community with an enriched and engaging worship experience, complete with production-level audio, graphics, and lighting. Still, as Easter approached, pastor Parker and his team were seeking to add an extra, and even more immersive element to their online services. This ultimately led them to journey 147 miles south to the Events United’s Studio Lab in Derry, New Hampshire.
“During Easter we always look for creative ways to reach more people by expanding production,” says Parker. “Once it became clear we would not be able to hold our usual Easter services, we started searching for innovative ways to improve our online production level. We had great experiences working with Events United before on our arena services, and most recently, I’ve been impressed by how quickly Tim Messina and his team have worked to provide a very generous and affordable online recording option for churches and events at their space in Studio Lab. It became clear to us that this was our Easter service solution.”
On Sunday 29 March, pastor Parker, along with a group of associate pastors and musicians, took to the Virtual Event Stage set up at the Events United Studio Lab to record a special service that will be shared on Facebook and YouTube on Easter Sunday. “The majority of our services, including the worship and sermon, were re

 
radisson-8-1Broadweigh solution for Radisson Blu
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Sweden - The Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Gothenburg recently commissioned a new 'design lighting' solution over the hotel's common area. Sweden based Priebe-ScanRig AB (PSRIG) was appointed to deliver and fit two large truss constructions with associated suspension. The truss would constitute as a carrier for the newly commissioned solution - with one of the constructions to be motorised while the other, permanently installed, would hang from steel wires.
Aart Gigengack, sales manager and co-owner of PSRIG explained: "During the installation of the lighting solution, the truss grids needed to be raised and lowered. With the installation being performed over an extended period of time, the installers needed a fast and simple way to see the loads being applied on each suspension point."
Aart specified the use of Broadweigh load cells and Handheld Advanced to the project - both vital to making sure that there were no overloads on the lifting points of the truss structure. The BW-HA advanced wireless handheld brings an additional level of portability to the Broadweigh system by expanding its standalone monitoring capabilities.
This device allows users to perform advanced operations with load shackle readings without the need for a PC and a base station. It can be configured into three operational modes; Roaming inputs - working straight out of the box and showing the nearest shackles with the same radio settings. This is ideal for walking between different areas with the Handheld Advanced and picking up readings from all shackles independently of

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Grant Support Plea - Two fifths of creative organisations estimate their income has dropped by 100% since the coronavirus outbreak, new data from the Creative Industries Federation has revealed. The data comes alongside an open letter to the government from CIF, calling for urgent grant support for creative businesses and charities that “fall between the gaps” for existing financial support, to “ensure the UK doesn’t become a cultural wasteland post-COVID-19”.
According to the survey of 2,000 creative businesses and individuals, 42% of organisations estimated their income has decreased by 100% since the outbreak. One in seven creative organisations believe they can last less than four weeks on existing reserves, while 63% of creative organisations predict a decrease in annual turnover of more than 50% by the end of 2020.
Among creative organisations, 45% said they did not understand the government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, which offers loans of up to £5m to small and medium-sized companies.
After Lockdown - Artistic directors have expressed fears that theatre audiences may be hesitant to return to public gatherings once lockdown rules are relaxed. Venues have been thrown into uncertainty after last month’s closure orders forced theatres to shut their doors and immediately suspend performances with no idea when they may be able to reopen.
Theatre leaders Daniel Evans of Chichester Festival Theatre and Theatr Clwyd’s Tamara Harvey told The Stage their organisations’ priorities now lay in se

 
josephLW Theatres commits to paying all staff
Monday, 6 April 2020

UK - LW Theatres - Andrew Lloyd Webber’s theatres - has committed to paying all staff, including those employed on a show-by-show basis - and has confirmed no redundancies are currently planned while the coronavirus outbreak continues.
In related news, Lloyd Webber’s musicals are to be screened on a new YouTube channel called The Shows Must Go On.
He sent an email to staff in which he acknowledged “how very difficult it is to be denied the ability to be together, not only with our theatre community, but more importantly with many of our loved ones” at this time.
Rebecca Kane Burton, chief executive of LW Theatres, also wrote to all staff outlining the company’s plans for the foreseeable future. “Our priority is to steer our staff and the company through these unprecedented times, so that we can continue to serve customers and provide jobs in the West End for many years to come. I want to thank all our staff for their support, understanding and commitment.
”As things stand we are not making any redundancies. All our staff will either continue to work or become furloughed workers. We have honoured our commitment to pay staff including those who normally only work with us when shows are running. We will continue to support our staff and help them through these difficult times.”
In his own address to staff, Lloyd Webber said: “We have all been affected

 
 
vista-by-chroma-q-training-webinarsChroma-Q offers free Vista training
Monday, 6 April 2020

World - Chroma-Q is offering free Vista by Chroma-Q lighting and media control training. Aware and saddened by the current market situation, they will be hosting weekly webinars to help you develop your knowledge and skills, from the comfort of your own home.
Says the company, “Understanding the importance to continue to support loyal clients and to continue education in the wake of cancelled events and one-to-one meetings, last week Chroma-Q hosted the first round of one-hour Vista 3 webinars, with an overwhelming 260 attendees. Each session ran twice, once each in BST and CDT time zones, making the training accessible to a wider audience.”
“Nurturing and developing the skills of our new and existing customers is so important to us. During a time where people may be unable to get on with their ‘usual’ jobs, we wanted to provide learning opportunities that we’re certain will come in handy in the near future,” said Paul Pelletier, global brand manager.
If you are interested in sharpening your Vista 3 skills, the Vista by Chroma-Q team will be bringing you a series of webinars every Wednesday and Thursday throughout April. Keep an eye out on the Vista by Chroma-Q website - course content and registration will be updated every Friday.
Visit www.vistabychromaq.com/training-events to register for the next webinars.

 
etcplogo1ETCP supports emergency field hospitals
Monday, 6 April 2020

USA - As Covid-19 impacts almost every aspect of the entertainment industry, ETCP Certified Technicians, with support of the IATSE (The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), are stepping up to put their expertise and available equipment to good use.
Michael Barnes, IATSE international vice-president and business agent for Local 8 says: “This is spreading way too quickly, and we felt like we have to do something to help. If you are helping you can’t feel helpless, and that is not where we want to be. IATSE Locals across the country are contacting governors state-by-state to offer their expertise in the installation of temporary structures to assist in the development of emergency field hospitals for Covid-19.”
Barnes continues: “I sincerely believe the model that is traditionally deployed in situations like this can be drastically improved upon. Implementing the use of rigging and lighting techniques we use every day to create temporary structures will result in a safer and more productive environment. The pre-engineered truss that we install for any temporary arena or outdoor stage allows much more flexibility; with the touch of a button, we can give health care personnel exactly what they need to operate most efficiently.
“No one is better prepared to solve a dilemma creatively than an entertainment industry professional. ETCP Certified technicians are very well-versed in setting up large volumes of equipment for touring shows in under 12 hours. The fact that we can use our skills to help save lives in a time of crisis

 
 
alltogethernowOnline concert supports City of Los Angeles
Monday, 6 April 2020

USA - On Saturday, 18 April, Rock Cellar Productions, in association with the Get Together Foundation, will present All Together Now! - an online concert event helping the City of Los Angeles during the coronavirus pandemic.
Keeping with the strict ‘stay at home’ regulations of health authorities and the guidance of local, state, and federal government officials, this virtual streaming event will give fans their music fix in the comfort of their own homes. The concert will feature an array of singers, songwriters, musicians, actors, authors, comedians, and celebrities of all sorts “coming together” to perform and send positive messages out to the City of Los Angeles and the world.
Early participation includes Jeff Bridges, Mike Love (The Beach Boys), Lisa Loeb, Steve Lukather (Toto), Vonda Shepard, Peter Beckett (Player), Alan Parsons Live Project, and Jesse Colin Young.
Viewers can donate to the L.A. City Coronavirus Relief Fund (https://mayorsfundla.org/covid19/) through a direct donation button or a text message appeal. All of the money raised will go directly to this relief fund to help Los Angeles support families and small businesses, relieve healthcare workers, provide critical medical resources, provide services to the unhoused, and fund research for Covid-19.
All Together Now! will be broadcast through Alert the Globe and available free on demand.
(Jim Evans)

 
southwardsChauvet lights museum Springsteen tribute
Monday, 6 April 2020

New Zealand - The Paraparaumu Southwards Car Museum marked the installation of its new lighting system with a concert in its 474-seat multi-use theatre by Adrian Dittmer’s Bruce Springsteen tribute band.
When he isn’t playing bass for the Springsteen tribute band, Dittmer is the sales and marketing manager of MDR Sound and Lighting in Palmerston North. After he reached out to the museum theatre, about a possible gig, its tech director Levi Hampton told him that the facility was looking to do a lighting upgrade.
“Once Levi mentioned what the theatre wanted to do, I put on my MDR hat and told him that we could supply anything he needed,” says Dittmer. “The theatre was pulling out the existing fly system, as it was no longer effective, and they were no longer hosting traditional theatrical productions. They were wanting to replace that system with a truss grid and a modern LED lighting solution.”
Dittmer gave the theatre the lighting versatility it needed by putting together a flexible rig that includes, 12 Maverick MK3 Wash, 16 Maverick MK2 Profile and eight Ovation E-910FC ellipsoidal fixtures (with 25° and 50° lens tubes) on a 15m by 13m truss grid with hoists.
Positioned evenly on the truss grid, the fixtures are able to provide full coverage across the theatre for dances and events thanks to their impressive output and throw distance. They can also turn around and create tight focused looks for concerts. This was made brilliantly clear during a performance at the theatre by Dittmer’s Springfield tribute band.

 
 
powersoftPowersoft updates training programme
Monday, 6 April 2020

Europe - Powersoft has scheduled further additions to its online training programme.
The company is offering sessions on its ArmoníaPlus software, focussing on creating a project, set-up, networking, and monitoring options.
There are also free webinars dedicated to Powersoft products, network connections and Dante/AES67 integration, Powersoft HealthPlus, and the Deva multimedia device.
The training sessions are offered in English, Spanish, and Italian.
The programme includes: Armonia Plus 1.4 How to set-up your project using all options (7 and 9 April); Deva multimedia system for safety and emergency management (8 April); Powersoft products network connections and Dante/AES67 integration (14 and 16 April); Powersoft HealthPlus, system monitoring and remote control using 3rd party control plug-ins (21 and 23 April).

 
prolyte-lsu-led-screen-bareProlyte LSU screen support system ready for hire
Monday, 6 April 2020

UK - Prolyte's LSU modular LED screen support system is now available for hire from Impact Production Services (IPS).
The Prolyte LSU system can be used to create freestanding LED screen support systems in a range of sizes. Designed to be used indoors for almost any LED screen system that has modules in 500mm wide multiple, it can also built to almost any size required. The kits from IPS contain a selection of components, and by combining different numbers of kits all kinds of screen support sizes can be constructed. If the screen needs to start higher, then IPS can supply a LiteDeck platform to boost the structure to the height required.
The system has already been deployed on a range of events, including on a corporate event in Paris for Showstyle where an 18m wide by 3m high LED screen was the centrepiece of a large room design. The LSU system was chosen particularly as it provides a clean finish to the front of the screen, with nothing sticking forward into the stage area. IPS project manager Tom Warden said: "Getting 18m of 2.9mm LED screen to line up seamlessly was one of my big concerns going into this project, and the Prolyte LSU system was brilliant onsite," adding that "the LED techs onsite all were very complimentary of the system, and how easy it was to set up".
The LSU system has adjustable feet on each base to make sure that the bottom horizontal connecting bar is level, and then vertical ladder truss sections attach to support the height of the screen. Arms then clamp onto the ladder sections and attach to the rear of the screen panels

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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