UK - Unprecedented line-up of world-renowned photographers donate prints of iconic music artists to raise money for Stagehand’s COVID-19 Crew Relief fund.
Over 100 iconic prints of renowned music artists taken by globally celebrated photographers including Rankin, Tony McGee and Jill Furmanovsky are now on sale.
Available for £95 each, the sale represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of music history, with many of the prints usually unavailable to buy. 100% of proceeds go to Stagehand - the only UK charity specifically dedicated to providing hardship funding for live music crews who have fallen on tough times.
Available from today for a limited four-week period, expect a mix of established photography names, from Gerry Mankovitz and Pooneh Ghana to Adrian Boot and Ki Pharaoh. The eclectic range of artists represented in the photographs include David Bowie, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Bob Marley, Mick Jagger, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Marina Diamandis, The Streets, Florence and the Machine, Liam Gallagher, Jonny Greenwood, Beth Ditto, Tina Turner, Brett Anderson, Alice Cooper, Sting, Stormzy, Kate Nash... to name just a few.
Mike Lowe, Chair of Stagehand’s Board of Trustees, comments: “The livelihoods of people working in live music productions has been decimated by the effects of COVID-19. Every day we hear from people who are struggling and Stagehand is raising funds to help those in most need, with the simple aim of helping to keep roofs over heads and food on tables.”
All photographs are on sale at Prints For Music
Denmark - Kinovox is the latest distributor to join the Powersoft family in the Scandinavian region.
Founded in 1943 and based just outside of Copenhagen, Kinovox began as a rental staging distributor, before expanding over the years to include broadcast, retail, and digital visual recording products. Today, the company is a dominant supplier of high-quality pro-audio products and offers a vast support system for its clientele.
“We have always been aware of Powersoft, as its phenomenal products have always been prominent in the market - for very good reason,” said Jesper Kirkegaard Jensen, co-owner of Kinovox Scandinavia. “When the opportunity came up to work with Powersoft, we knew we couldn’t pass it up and immediately accepted.”
The company has an intricate understanding of the professional AV market in Denmark, and its future, of which it says is fast turning to remote working installations. “The market is leaning heavily towards installation, which is where Kinovox is at its strongest,” says Jensen. “Conferencing and meeting rooms are, without a doubt, in very high demand, and are simply being made to handle remote work in order to fit with the world we currently live in. Having Powersoft in our portfolio will be a fantastic asset to our product offering for integration.
“We’ve been supplying brands like Audio-Technica, Bluesound and RDL for years, and Powersoft supplements that portfolio of products very well with high power, low consumption amplifiers,” continues Jensen. “The recent launch of Powersoft’s Mezzo
Australia - Jands, Australia’s largest theatre and audio visual technology distribution company, celebrates 50 years of continual ownership on Friday, 27 November, capping five decades that closely tracks the history of live production and indeed, Australian rock’n’roll.
Starting with some psychedelic lights in the basement of their parents’ home, Brothers David and Paul Mulholland were soon joined by school friend, (the late) Eric Robinson and went on to buy the fledgling J and S Research Electronics on 27 November 1970. The business took off as live music boomed from the straight-laced 1960s and solid state technology took hold, allowing louder, larger amplifiers. Column PA systems gave way to horn loaded systems derived from cinemas while swirling psychedelic liquid lightshows were replaced with stage lighting systems.
Jands built all their equipment - including speaker cabinets and cases being handmade by the company accountant Robert Young, Strobes, Colour Organs, dimmers and amplifiers being made in the company’s Marrickville factory. When promoters began booking international acts for outdoor concerts more sophisticated sound systems were required. Rock festivals like Sunbury needed more and louder sound, soon the Par Can came along and Jands bought the first 20 Altman versions, quickly copying a hundred to fulfil the demand.
“There is no better example of the strength of Jands expertise than when we were asked to provide audio for the first Elton John tour of Australia and New Zealand,” recalls Chairman Paul Mulholland. “All
Onerous Restrictions - Theatres have criticised new restrictions planned for December, claiming they are “more onerous” than previous ones and will have major financial ramifications for the sector. Prime minister Boris Johnson announced a new three-tier system that will come into play when lockdown ends on 2 December, and the system will be "made tougher" than before. This includes a requirement for indoor entertainment venues to close in Tier 3, meaning theatres in these areas will be prevented from reopening to audiences next week.
In Tiers 1 and 2, public attendance at performances is limited to whichever is lower, 50% capacity or 1,000 people indoors. The London Palladium is due to start performances of Pantoland in December. LW Theatres chief executive Rebecca Kane Burton said the new measures are more “onerous than they were before” and demanded to see the evidence driving the latest decision.
“Operating with a wide range of safety and social distancing measures, many of which exceeded the government guidance at that point, the London Palladium was open from September until the start of the current national lockdown. During this period, and since, we have not been contacted by NHS Test and Trace, or any of our customers, to suggest that a single coronavirus case might be linked back to our theatre,” she said, adding: “Now the government is set to make the restrictions on theatres more onerous than they were before, we look forward to understanding the evidence which will have informed this decision.”
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USA - Two key players in the conferencing audio market have joined forces. Shure has acquired California-based Midas Technology, also known as Stem Audio, which specialises in providing a suite of products including table, ceiling and wall microphones as well as loudspeakers, control interfaces and hubs.
With the acquisition of Stem Audio, Shure will be able to further expand and diversify its solution offering for organisations of all sizes, while Stem Audio will benefit from the global infrastructure and support capabilities that Shure provides.
“We both believe in ecosystems. Working together, we aim to provide customers with better options to deploy great audio in more spaces, more cost effectively, and more quickly,” said Chris Schyvnick, president and CEO, Shure. “Shure and Stem Audio understand the importance of good quality audio and taking care of customers, so this acquisition is a great fit for both organisations.”
The addition of the Stem Audio line complements Shure’s product offering and provides customers with a greater choice of products as their needs evolve – from a “build your own room” assignment to an “I need a professional integrator” project. Stem Audio has developed a proven business model that is attractive to a wider variety of customers looking for audio solutions, filling the market need in a very efficient way.
“We’re thrilled to be joining a company with an unrivalled pedigree and history in manufacturing audio products,” said Jacob Marash, CEO and founder, Stem Audio. “Shure’s scale
UK - GoboPlus.com has partnered with Rosco to bring to market a new range of gobos in support of our technical entertainment charity, Backup. Designed by Exactly13 LTD and exclusively licensed to GoboPlus.com, the new gobo designs are all inspired by elements of the Backup logo and are a practical addition to GoboPlus.com’s existing Backup logo gobos and the expanding range of charity gobos available from GoboPlus.com.
The new range comprises 15 aerial, breakup and texture designs, each of which will generate a £3 donation to Backup for every glass gobo sold and £1 for every metal gobo.
Paul de Ville, CEO of GoboPlus.com, explains the reasoning behind the initiative: “The aim is to create a legacy income stream for Backup which stretches far into the future, beyond current troubles, and to emphasise the importance of continued support for those in need within our industry. We are a small company with a big heart and while no-one is in a position to make huge donations at this time, we see these little donations like bricks in a wall: all of our small contributions combined together will make a big difference to those who need it."
While individual gobo sales will have a cumulative impact, de Ville also has an idea for supercharging those contributions. “We would like to invite all lighting manufacturers with their own in-house gobo supply capabilities to support Backup by incorporating one of the new designs into their new – or existing – fixtures,” he says. “To this end, GoboPlus.com is happy to waive any license fee for the Backup
Germany - Top executives from d&b audiotechnik, the Royal Albert Hall, Audiotonix and Live Nation recently came together to address the future of shared entertainment experiences at the ‘Horizons Summit: Entertainment, Technology and Beyond.’
The virtual panel discussed the effect the pandemic has had on the live events industry and how shared entertainment experiences might look in the future.
The discussion, led by journalist and author, Dan Daley, included Amnon Harman, Group CEO d&b audiotechnik; Jackie Wilgar, senior vice-president Live Nation; Craig Hassall, CEO Royal Albert Hall, and James Gordon, CEO Audiotonix.
The Summit addressed common partner and customer concerns as well as industry trends including: the pivots required to keep live entertainment companies alive; the future of drive-in and virtual concerts; government support during the pandemic; and the indicators of industry recovery.
“2020 has brought incredible challenges for everyone in this industry. While many of these conversations have been taking place behind closed doors over the last few months, this Summit gives the industry the opportunity to openly address challenges and to discuss what we believe will be the future of live entertainment,” commented d&b’s Amnon Harman. “Community matters, strength in numbers matters and we need to bring everyone together to navigate these challenging times.”
To watch the Summit please click here.
USA - There is a special joy the production team at Life Challenge Church, Odessa, Texas, takes in putting together Sunday morning children’s services. Creative spirits run a little more freely, and new ideas are explored more deeply in a bid to make bible stories come to life for young worshippers.
“The kids service gives us an opportunity to go a little more outside the box,” said Gabriel Loera, technical director at Life Challenge Church. “We do more immersive and moving fixtures and contrasting colours across the crowd. We use more upbeat and themed EP backgrounds during the full service rather than just during worship. The kids really respond well to the full immersive environments.”
On 18 October, the church gave adult worshippers the opportunity to channel the childhood imagination that resides inside them with a Sunday Nights Kid Service, an event that shared imagery from the children’s program with the congregation at large. Helping to create this unique experience was a collection of Chauvet Professional fixture supplied by Sweet Southern Sound.
“We do this several times a year,” said Loera. “It’s a family focus initiative that lets parents experience worship as their children do every Sunday morning. Everyone really enjoys it.”
Contributing to the immersive environment through the sanctuary for the event were richly saturated colours from the rig’s COLORado and Ovation fixtures. Loera positioned six COLORado 1 Solo fixtures above the first rows of pews and six over the upstage deck to provide a consistent col
UK - Vestel Visual Solutions reports that it has been selected by Reading Football Club as its official visual technology partner. Vestel’s digital signage, interactive screens and video walls have been deployed throughout the club’s training complex at Bearwood Park in order to support a number of activities, ranging from tactical analysis to providing players with fitness and nutritional advice.
The new Bearwood Park facility is home to Reading FC’s men’s and women’s first teams, young professionals (Under-23s and Under-18s) and Academy players from ages 8 to 18. It also houses the coaching staff and management team, alongside a significant proportion of the club’s administrative staff.
Reading FC has now equipped the facility with Vestel’s screens to digitally enhance areas such as the yoga room and first team gym, the media room - which includes an interactive screen that uses touch screen technology to support both interviews and analysis - the Academy and the women’s Academy, the manager’s office, the parent’s room, reception areas, the medical room and multiple classrooms. These solutions will support the education, training, rehabilitation and performance of the club’s players, as well as its corporate activities.
“Our commitment to the elite performance of our players meant we outgrew our old training facility, Hogwood Park, and as a result we’ve spent a number of years designing and building Bearwood Park,” said Tim Kilpatrick, head of sales and partnerships at Reading Football Club. “We chose Vestel to suppo
South Africa - The newly refurbished Seabrooke’s Theatre at Durban High School (DHS) is making waves and delighting audiences with one successful comedy after the next. After a seven-month entertainment famine, the theatre was launched with Sylvia, presented by KickstArt Theatre Company, which ran from 23 October to 1 November.
Seabrooke’s Theatre is a 100-seater auditorium used by the schools Dramatic Arts Department as well as by amateur and professional companies and groups. Thanks to a generous contribution by DHS old boy and theatre lover, Chris Seabrooke, a much-needed renovation and equipment upgrade was made possible and commenced at the start of the Covid-19 South African lockdown. The theatre has been repainted, seats reupholstered, a green room/dressing room is currently being built, and on the technical side, a lighting and audio system has been supplied and installed by DWR Distribution’s Michael Taylor-Broderick and Nick Barnes.
The new lighting equipment includes 13 Robe ParFect 150s, six Robe LEDBeam 150s, four ETC Source Four 25 to 50 degree Profiles, a Le Maitre MVS Hazer with control via a grandMA dot2 onPC.
A Quest Sound system comprises of two HPI25 Front loaded 600w rms low profile and high power speakers, two HPI 12S Compact Passive Sub-Bass Speakers, two Quest 2004 Stereo Power Amplifiers, a Allen & Heath 16 channel digital console, two Audix OM2 Vocal Microphones, one Audix AP42 OM2A Wireless Microphone. In addition, Michael and Nick have rehung some of the lighting bars and added a patch panel to allow for
USA - Signalling the start of its around-the-clock festive music broadcast, iHeartMedia New York’s 106.7 LITE FM marked its Flip to Christmas in the New York City skies with a dynamic, animated aerial light show from Verge Aero. The pre-recorded livestream aired at litefm.com on 13 November from 7pm-8pm.
Verge Aero flew 200 drones in Manhattan from a safe launch zone on Governors Island in the New York Harbour. Accompanied by a medley of Carrie Underwood’s first Christmas album, My Gift, the drones created a spectacular visual celebration with the New York City skyline in the background. The show featured a series of colourful, precisely choreographed festive imagery and animations including a Christmas tree, a drummer boy, a snowman, opening of a gift, a ringing bell, a dove being released, the Empire State Building and concluded with Milton Glaser’s ‘I Love NY’ logo.
Originally scheduled to launch Friday, 13 November, the show was moved up three days due to a threatening weather forecast. Verge Aero had to create the show on site in four hours because of the schedule surprise and earlier commitments.
“Our open platform allows us to quickly import graphics and animations and create shows on the fly,” said Nils Thorjussen, CEO of Verge Aero. “The software takes care of all the safety critical aspects of flight so that designers can focus on making their show look beautiful.”
“We knew we had to do something unforgettable for our annual flip to 24/7 Christmas music on 106.7 LITE FM,” said Joe DeAngelis, direc
Serbia - ARX Systems has announced that Player Music Shops will distribute the full portfolio of ARX professional USB audio interfaces and signal processing solutions in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Slovenia, Macedonia and Albania. As one of the more long-established companies in this region, Player represents over 50 brands covering professional audio, DJ, studio, hi-fi, lighting and MI, with five stores as well as a successful online presence.
Executive director of Player, Predrag Malinovic, has been key in growing the network of clients so that the company now can offer turnkey solutions for applications from musicians to government contracts. The addition of the ARX product range gives Player flexibility in what they can offer across all applications from broadcast, live events and installations, as well as for musicians.
ARX managing director Colin Park comments, “We have worked with Player on a number of contracts and they have proved to be a great company to work with, who understand our target market and who can hit the ground running with the ARX range. We look forward to growing our business in this region.”
USA - Last year, US-based charity Behind the Scenes’ Mental Health Initiative conducted a survey that revealed that bullying, harassment and intimidation are “a common experience” in our industry. Respondents said: “Emotional abuse is part of the culture,” and “harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are rampant”.
As a result, the Mental Health Steering Committee has launched a campaign (btshelp.org/stopbullying) to help workers and employers alike understand the signs and consequences of this behaviour. The aim is to raise awareness and encourage all who experience or witness bullying, harassment or intimidation, to speak up.
The resources provided include a set of posters to raise awareness of words, actions and behaviours that constitute bullying, harassment or intimidation; information to empower individuals to Be Informed, Be Aware, Show Support, and Take Action; and a sample policy and procedures to identify, investigate and resolve instances of bullying, harassment or intimidation and to provide support to those who experience these behaviours.
One survey respondent wrote: “My workplaces are decades behind in helping people with emotional wellness. That starts with the aggressive behaviour, belittling behaviour, yelling, throwing objects, etc. that I see on the jobsite constantly. Most folks feel that they have to just have a tough skin and take the abusive behaviour in their
UK - The Guildford School of Acting (GSA) is hosting development project Creating Theatre in a COVID Landscape.
Developed alongside FUSE ARTS, Creation Theatre and Fray Studio, the project has created four COVID-compliant theatrical events, which will be livestreamed as part of two seminars to be held on 20 and 27 November.
Working with GSA’s technical theatre students and partnering them with professional creatives, the project explores how challenging and provocative theatre can be produced whilst maintaining a COVID-secure environment. It also provides an opportunity for GSA’s students to collaborate with industry professionals in exploring and developing viable contemporary theatre practices in the COVID era.
The seminars will discuss the challenges and possibilities of producing theatre within the context of the global pandemic with the insight and expertise of the next generation of technicians and actors, asking the following questions:
• How can we collaborate as an industry to produce live theatre against the context of the global pandemic?
• How can we retain the “magic” of a live theatre show through the power of theatre technology?
• How can we produce innovative and viable shows that minimise financial exposure and encourage venues to risk showing Covid compliant work?
Mig Burgess, project creator and programme leader for BA Theatre Production at GSA, says:
“We want to do our part to help get the lights back on in theatres across the country in any way we
New Zealand - disguise has added Streamliner Productions in New Zealand to its worldwide partner network. Streamliner are now a disguise xR creative & rental partner.
The disguise partner network consists of over 200 partners specialising in the disguise workflow and hardware, enabling end-customers to source the best equipment as well as technical and creative talent to help bring live and virtual experiences to life.
Streamliner has recently invested in disguise’s award-winning vx4 as well as the newly-released rx hosting platform for third-party render engines - a key component of the xR solution, engineered for the future of virtual production. The technical production house has also undergone specialist training in the disguise workflows and xR technology to achieve the partner status and accreditation, also becoming the only official partner in the country to deliver a full end-to-end xR production.
“Our crew combines decades of live event experience with an in-depth knowledge of high-end video systems and we’re adept at working on high profile, time-critical projects”. says Richard Manu, Streamliner owner and GM. “We continually invest in the latest hardware, software and systems that gives our clients access to the most advanced technology. Introducing several disguise products into our workflow has brought together those systems and now coupled with the xR pipeline, nothing is out of reach.”
Since investing in the disguise ecosystem, recent work has also seen an official partnership between key players in the NZ film a
UK - Carallon Limited, an R&D company responsible for creating innovative control products, has announced it has become an employee owned business.
Carallon was founded in 2004 by seven colleagues who enjoyed working together creating new control products for the entertainment industry. All seven of those original founders still work for Carallon today, including Nick Archdale, Chris Hunt and Richard Mead who remain its board of directors.
Over 16 years, it has gone from strength to strength, growing substantially from seven to over 70 employees, and spawning spin-off companies Pharos Architectural Controls, Brompton Technology, and new start-up SixEye. Pharos and Brompton have both been regular winners of high-profile awards for their innovative products, with Brompton Technology recently winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2020: International Trade.
As of May 2020, Carallon is now owned by an Employee Ownership Trust, which acts for the benefit of all current and future employees, and through elected employee trustees gives all staff a say in major strategic decisions.
Managing director Richard Mead explains, “On day one, Carallon was set up as a business owned and run by its original seven employees. Although we’ve got bigger, we wanted to make sure that ethos was preserved and that there was a clear structure in place for the long-term future of Carallon. Employee ownership fosters a spirit of teamwork and less hierarchical management structures, so it fits with our style very well.”
“While the other directors and
UK - The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Events has now been re-established as an official group in Parliament following the appointment of a new chair and vice-chair.
Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet, will be the chair of the group. Theresa takes over from James Heappey MP, who was chair for four years, until his appointment as Minister for the Armed Forces prevented him from serving in that role. Robert Largan, MP for High Peak, will serve as vice-chair.
The APPG will continue to act as the industry’s voice in Parliament and has been credited with establishing stronger links between the events industry, Parliament and government in recent years. Villiers is an experienced MP having served her constituency since 2005, and having previously held the positions of Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Minister of State for Transport.
Commenting on the APPG, she says: “I am delighted that the APPG for Events is being re-established. At a time when the conference and events sector has been devastated by the COVID outbreak, it is more important than ever that we have this group working in Parliament to speak up for this crucial part of our economy.”
The APPG are in the process of inviting members from both Houses of Parliament, and from all parties, to join the group, and are targeting over 250 MPs and peers, in particular those who have either event venues or major events within their constituencies.
A series of industry briefings are being scheduled ov
UK - Orbital Sound has launched a new product stream with its food & beverage (F&B) delivery platform OrderBoard - building on its success in the drive-In market with the Car-Link Retail wireless in-car audio and information system.
OrderBoard, part of the Car-Link Technology suite of products, is designed to address the limitations of remote location infrastructures, handling contactless payments, F&B kitchen orders, delivery, stock control and reporting in ‘a fast, reliable and powerful data-efficient package’.
As the live events industry focuses on re-inventing itself in the current environment, OrderBoard provides a novel solution to F&B delivery, directly addressing the all-important Covid compliance and secure socially-distanced operation, says the company.
MD Chris Headlam comments: “The addition of the OrderBoard software takes the whole customer experience to a new level. Developing OrderBoard was our response to the well-documented challenges faced by the festival & live industry to give a contactless ordering system that was possible in a remote environment.
“We picked up the gauntlet earlier this year, and have had an outstanding response to the Car-Link Retail’s capabilities. So much so that we are now expanding into Houses of Worship with our ‘donate’ facility, and also excitingly into the corporate and live spaces.
“We recently conducted a series of events with the AA, implementing the full OrderBoard package in conjunction with Car-Link Retail - tailored to provide corporate informati
UK - Safety consultants First Option have launched Event COVID-19 Supervisor / Compliance Officer Advanced Level Training. Adapted from the company's broadcast course, the new training material is written by event safety expert and course leader Martin Barraclough and incorporates procedures outlined in Tour Production Group’s COVID-19 Working Procedures Guidance.
The First Option course trains individuals to implement, monitor and oversee COVID-19 arrangements on event productions. Candidates have access to learning resources to support their ongoing education including First Option‘s The Yellow Book - COVID-19 Production Manual, written by a team of microbiologists, medical doctors, and chartered safety consultants.
The Event COVID-19 Supervisor / Compliance Officer Advanced Level Training has already received positive feedback from its first round of attendees. Touring production manager Paddy Hocken [Biffy Clyro, Queen], was amongst the first to complete it. “I personally got a lot out of this training, and believe the whole class did too,” he comments. “It’s also great that it links back to TPG’s detailed guidance. I would strongly recommend this course to anybody working in live events or concert touring in a senior role. Martin is exceptionally well placed to deliver this course.”
Having worked in live events for some years himself, Barraclough adds: “With the traditional events world being continually challenged by COVID-19 restrictions, making this course accessible to event planners and potential COVID-19 Super
UK - Digital solutions company inurface media has partnered with Active International. This collaboration will allow inurface to offer several solutions and products and allow its customers to utilise the benefits of digital signage and health technology across any number and type of businesses by financing their investments through Active International’s trade model.
On this new partnership, Josh Bunce, CEO and founder of inurface, comments: "This new partnership with Active is something we are incredibly proud of. We want to ensure that as many people can access the technology solutions we have created and know that the Active team can help more people consider these options as viable. Right now while we are a business individually, but we rely on other companies opening and running to survive, so it is in everyone's interest to try and establish a situation which is as safe as possible for businesses in the hope this will stop any further disruptions or steps backwards. Active's expertise and client base are unrivalled in their field and we hope this is the start of a long-term partnership."
Kieron Murphy, media director at Active, adds: “During these times of continual change, the one constant that all businesses face is the need to find commercial solutions that preserve cash flow and boost consumer demand. We are delighted to be working with inurface media to provide our clients alternative ways to fund next-generation digital display signage to enhance their customers’ instore experience.”
UK - Audiologic has announced a new partnership with background music service provider Perfect Octave.
The agreement “capitalises on a module available within QSC’s widely acclaimed Q-SYS software-based ecosystem and recognises the move to fully digital distributed audio is gaining pace” says Audiologic.
The solution allows for multiple zones of curated, fully licensed music for businesses to be run directly from the audio processor. Advance scheduling, importing music from third party platforms and custom mixes are now fully under control without the need to install multiple third-party boxes.
Peter Sheppard of Perfect Octave comments: “This market is always evolving. There has been rapid change in how people discover and experience music and that shows no sign of slowing. The way people are listening to new music has shifted from radio play to streaming services. However, there is a downside to this. We find people are much more inclined to stick to what they know with music rather than venture out of their comfort zone and try something new. This is so easy to fall into with streaming platforms and algorithms that decide what music would suit you best.”
He continues: “Public spaces such as retail stores, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities have an enviable ability to provide exposure to new music for their customers or guests. Being responsible for the discovery of music is very powerful for any brand so there are always those that look to improve their offering and be the memory that comes back to someone when they hear a
Planning Ahead - Theatres in England will no longer be at risk of demolition without planning permission, thanks to new laws introduced this week by the government. Housing and communities secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed that theatres, concert halls and live music venues will no longer be subject to permitted development rights, which allow certain buildings to be demolished without full planning permission to encourage growth and redevelopment.
The changes cover venues that are not listed buildings. Many theatres are listed, and require listed building consent before any alterations can be carried out. The government said it had put the new laws in place to protect the country’s arts venues, which it said "cannot easily be replaced and are an intrinsic part of our cultural heritage". As such, permitted development rights have been removed for performance venues, and planning permission will now be required to demolish any theatre.
The Show Goes On - The Theatre Support Fund, which created The Show Must Go On merchandise, has raised more than half a million pounds for performing arts charities during the pandemic. Set up six months ago by Chris Marcus and Damien Stanton to help theatre workers affected by Covid-19, the Theatre Support Fund has taken more than 40,000 orders for its The Show Must Go On! merchandise and raised more than £500,000.
Bonnie Langford and Christopher Biggins have also now launched a range of festive merchandise for the Theatre Support Fund, which will continue to raise money for the charities support
USA - Behind the Scenes has announced that Light Touch Designs has become its newest Pledge-a-Service member by pledging fees from speaking engagements and online training to the charity.
Light Touch Designs is a Chicago-based design firm supplying lighting design services to the corporate meeting and special event industry. Owner Michael Sharon, a 30 year veteran of the profession, is happy to share his knowledge of design, programming and Vectorworks drafting with the community.
On making his commitment to the charity, Michael commented, “As freelance workers in a high-risk industry, we are all just one accident away from financial ruin. BTS has provided a crucial safety net to help people back on their feet. In times of pandemic, when we are all working to share knowledge and keep the industry alive, it seems right that I should take my teaching income and put it back into the community.”
BTS Foundation chair, Rick Rudolph, commented, “We were so pleased when Michael contacted us about joining the programme. As he rightly guessed, funds are needed now more than ever to care for our colleagues’ physical and mental health. This industry has always been a family and Michael’s desire to help those in most need during this time is a shining example of that. There is so much wonderful online training and webinars happening right now and we hope others will follow Michael’s example of giving.”
The Behind the Scenes charity provides entertainment technology professionals, or their immediate dependent family, who are seriously ill or i
Canada - BroaMan has appointed Contact Distribution as its exclusive Canadian distributor.
Contact was first introduced to BroaMan’s sister company Optocore in 2005. Since then both companies have enjoyed a successful working relationship and participated together on many large projects ranging from installations in performing art centres such as Massey Hall, Roy Thomson Hall and the National Arts Centre; sports venues including Rogers Arena, The Scotiabank Centre and Place Bell; and both special events and installations for Broadcast including the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
“When we started with Optocore, many in the industry hadn’t taken those first steps into digital networking,” says Bill Coons, director of Contact Distribution. “We are now at a point where not only system designers and operators are more accepting of fibre solutions but fibre is a sheer necessity due to increasing channel counts, numerous different mediums and formats and the expanding production needs of events and shows to draw in and captivate audiences. BroaMan products are the next evolution of technology and people are ready to make that jump.”
BroaMan sales distribution manager, Dawid Somló, assisted with the transition. “Contact Distribution is a well-known and highly-respected company in Canada,” he stated. “They have distributed Optocore products successfully for many years, developing a vast knowledge base in the field of fibre optics. Due to the close cooperation it was entirely logical to also hand over the distribution of our video and d