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elation-learning-centerElation Learning Centre launches online
Friday, 7 August 2020

USA - Although the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic effect on peoples’ lives and the industry, lighting professionals are taking the downtime as an opportunity to educate themselves and prepare for the eventual reopening.
Elation Professional is offering just such an opportunity with launch of a new online Learning Centre available on the www.elationlighting.com website. Designed to provide lighting professionals with easy-to-access learning options, the new resource site is full of free educational and training material.
Available training videos include Obsidian Control Systems covering the Onyx platform, Dylos pixel composer, Capture Visualization software, and more; Elation Educational Experience (E3) training videos are presented by one of the industry’s top technical educationists, ETCP recognized trainer Richard Cadena. Other resources like White Papers and How-to Articles covering a host of topics relevant to lighting professionals are also available.
The entire Elation Hour and Innovation Hour webinar series is available to view. Elation’s popular virtual presentation series addresses the technology and process behind the company’s most popular product series and includes discussions with some of our industry’s most noted designers.
Elation’s Virtual at Home Demos is a video series that sees Elation’s sales team and product specialists demoing some of Elation’s newest lighting products from the comfort and

sc2000x1000TIG to represent SiliconCore technology in EMEA
Friday, 7 August 2020

Europe - Technological Innovations Group (TIG) has announced a strategic partnership with SiliconCore Technology, developer of energy efficient LED displays.
The partnership will allow TIG to offer complete solutions for creating smart spaces, including LED displays, control and automation solutions, touch panels, distribution and monitoring solutions, AV furniture and collaboration and management software.
“As this exciting new partnership demonstrates, we’re fully committed to offering our customers the most advanced solutions available,” said Robin van Meeuwen, CEO of TIG.
“With already the best in AV/UC technology in the house, adding a brand such as SiliconCore makes our offering complete. We have been looking for a long time to add LED displays to our portfolio and with SiliconCore we feel we have found the perfect partner. Their vision of offering the highest quality and most energy efficient LED display technology, fits with the TIG vision of being the premium provider of AV and UC technology.”
Paul Brown, vice president sales UK at Silicon-Core Technology, comments: “The partnership between SiliconCore and TIG is a true testament to the future of the market. Although the global pandemic has had a detrimental impact on project installations, the partnership signifies a positive move towards a stronger future.
“SiliconCore consistently researches and develops its LED technology, driven to provide the most reliable and sustainable display technology on the market. By joining forces with TIG we’re able to widen our r

 
 
wemakeeventsredalertrgbRegistration opens for #WeMakeEvents day of action
Friday, 7 August 2020

UK - Registration details of the #WeMakeEvents campaign’s upcoming protest day have been made available for those wishing to take part in the day of action on 11 August (Tuesday).
#WeMakeEvents is raising the alarm for the live events and entertainment sector affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a series of events taking place in London and other UK cities next week.
With demonstrations on the river Thames and its banks, campaigners will urge the UK government to ‘throw us a line’ before the talent and expertise that makes the UK’s live events and entertainment industry world-leading is lost.
Journalists and politicians have been invited to board a boat at Westminster Pier, from where they will sail through a series of ‘arenas’ which will feature many of the capital’s iconic landmarks lit up in red. Industry members wishing to take part in the action are being asked to line up, socially-distanced, on river banks and bridges to create a Red Alert route. In key locations, supporters will lower down red rope lights to the boat as it passes, to symbolise the throwing of a line.
Those wishing to join the route must wear face coverings during the event and must pre-register via EventBrite, where they can also select their preferred location to join the action. Participants are asked to wear red and download the MyLight - Flashlight mobile app to turn their phone’s flashlight red.
Andy Dockerty, managing director of Adlib, comments:

 
ESTA draft standards now in public review
Thursday, 6 August 2020

USA - Two more ESTA draft standards are now available for public review until 21 September 2020.
BSR ES1.7 - 202x, Event Safety - Weather Preparedness addresses the considerations, development, and use of event planning strategies that mitigate weather-related risks associated with live events, and with the temporary structures used for these events.
BSR E1.4-2, Entertainment Technology - Statically Suspended Rigging Systems establishes minimum performance requirements, recommendations, and guidelines that can be used for installation, use, maintenance and inspection of statically suspended rigging systems, permanently installed in venues used for entertainment purposes.
Both of these draft standards, along with their respective public review forms and instructions, can be downloaded at https://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php.
On 6 July, ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved another ESTA standard: ANSI ES1.9 - 2020, Crowd Management. This standard - the second to be published in a series of event safety guidance standards currently in development - helps the user understand the basic principles of crowd management theory and vocabulary, so they can be appropriately applied to certain reasonably foreseeable risks that arise during live events. It is available for free download from the TSP website at tsp.esta.org/freestandards. It is also available for sale from ANSI and IHS.

 
 
ctCTME establishes Integrated networks team
Thursday, 6 August 2020

UAE - CTME now has a fully established Integrated Networks team who are on hand to deliver specialist event communications across its wide range of projects. The department is headed up by Rob Turner who has been working alongside Middle East managing director Andy Reardon to develop this new.
Reardon explains, "It was important we had the right people to set up and run this new division, and I am pleased to announce we now have a team of highly experienced and established Integrated Network professionals. The team consists of several key players who have a long history of working together after originally working at Delta Sound before the company was taken over last year."
The team have years of experience in event communications across various sectors such as corporate, entertainment, sporting events, virtual events and much more. Their experience across multiple events in the region has given them an excellent understanding of a number of venues in and around the GCC. Turner adds, "This knowledge is really valuable, especially when helping clients during site visits and in the planning prepping stages with the other departments."
Integrated Networks has never been considered the most exciting part of an event and can often be overlooked in the quoting stages. With ever-advancing technology, it offers clients added benefits and can facilitate a more seamless event approach.
Turner states, "With our Riedel (MediorNet) approach, all different departments can prep and interface their various disciplines with the whole event in mind, not just t

 
lcaLights Camera Action re-locates
Thursday, 6 August 2020

UK - Lights Camera Action (LCA) has re-located to new premises in High Wycombe and will be trading as normal from this location with its newly-built offices and demo area.
Stock levels on all the products will be maintained at their current levels so the fast turnarounds you have been used to from LCA will absolutely continue, says the company.
“If getting out to our new location is a little harder for you don't worry we have access to a greater number of delivery vans or we can happily ‘meet you halfway’ as needed.”
The new address is: Centauri House, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP12 4HQ UK (+44 (0)8833 7600).

 
 
trinityStage Electrics wins Trinity Arts Centre tender
Thursday, 6 August 2020

UK - Stage Electrics has announced it has been successful in tendering for the supply of new LED lighting, RCF Art Series monitors and Altair wireless communication systems for the Trinity Art Centre, Gainsborough. The lighting package includes Martin ELP-CL profiles and ETC ColorSource Pars, supported with a combination of Chauvet Professional Rogue R3 Spots and R2X Washes.
A Chamsys MQ70 was specified as it offers the flexibility they need for this space, set within a Grade II listed gothic church. An Altair HD wireless communications system was selected following a successful pre-lockdown demonstration at the venue to ensure the Extreme Wireless beltpacks would provide the coverage and reliability they required.
Stage Electrics also manufactured all the cables to complete the system in their in-house cable workshop.

 
taiden-genevaExertis ProAV Australia to distribute Taiden
Thursday, 6 August 2020

Australia - Taiden, manufacturer of conferencing systems, has appointed Exertis ProAV Australia to serve as its value-added distribution partner in Australia.
Exertis ProAV Australia president & CEO Kevin Kelly comments: “Taiden’s successful market development of advanced conference system technologies has produced an outstanding range of solutions for every size of meeting environment, from conference rooms to auditoriums, classrooms and large-scale congresses.
“Spanning 15 different styles and more than 700 distinct product solutions, Tiaden offers a solution for every type of meeting. The addition of this vitally important line to our portfolio of branded solutions brings a new range of options to our resellers and the customers they serve.”
Exertis ProAV Australia general manager Nick Cocks adds, “Taiden solutions have been applied in some of the world’s most important and prestigious venues and events, including the United Nations headquarters in New York, the Council of Europe (COE) headquarters, the G20 Summit, APEC Summit, IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings, ASEM Summit and BRICS Summit. Taiden has emerged as one of the world’s most trusted brands in the global conferencing marketplace.”
Taiden general manager of overseas marketing department Christy Fang notes, “Exertis ProAV Australia’s extensive knowledge of the communications and conferencing needs of all customers across all of the vertical markets we serve is going to play an important role in helping us to drive our long-term sales growth in Australia. We a

 
 
ldiLDI 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19
Thursday, 6 August 2020

USA - Live Design International (LDI) is the latest major industry event to fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic. Questex, the parent company of LDI, has announced the event will be forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. LDI was originally scheduled to run 23-25 October 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.
The event has been rescheduled for 19-21 November 2021.
The organisers say in a statement: “We recognise the tremendous economic and emotional impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the global market, and we are committed to working with each stakeholder on a solution to support your business. For more than three decades, LDI has been the hub for the global live production community to learn about new technologies and applications, engage with peers and industry vendors and replenish creativity.
“This will be the first time in our 32-year history that the event has been forced to cancel. Our thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected by the current situation. Our number-one priority remains keeping our entire industry safe and helping to rebuild in the near future, in a manner that reflects our community-forward focus.
“The LDI team is working through the logistics that are involved with cancelling an event. Any paid attendance options will be automatically rolled over to the 2021 show. Exhibitors and sponsors will be contacted shortly with additional information. Thank you for your continued patience and support.”
Immediate exhibitor enquiries should be addressed to Marian Sandberg, vice-pre

 
powersoftPowersoft pledges support to Crew Nation fund
Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Italy - Powersoft has partnered with the Crew Nation charitable fund to help provide relief to live music crews around the globe.
Crew Nation has been created to extend a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who depend on a constant run of shows to make a living.
The fund - powered and administered by charitable 501c3 organisation, Music Forward Foundation - has been kickstarted by Live Nation, which has contributed an initial $5m and committed to match the next $5m given by artists, fans, and employees. So far superstars such as Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Metallica, John Mayer, and many more have shown their support and donated.
Having become aware of the initiative, Powersoft has pledged to donate 5% of the proceeds from all of the touring amplifier platforms sold between 27 July and 15 October, to Crew Nation. The Powersoft campaign that will follow is based on the key concept that ‘behind every show stands a great live music crew’, to underline the importance of the people behind the scenes of the shows that are so important to so many.
The campaign will be spread over several different media such as web banners, banner newsletters, social channels, and in print in the international trade media.
Powersoft’s brand, communication and trade marketing manager, Francesco Fanicchi, comments: “As with every person involved in the industry, we know how difficult the last months have been for professionals in the live event industry; in particular the touring and venue crew who are completely dependent on live shows to survive.

 
 
final-callFinal call for tonight’s #LightSAred
Wednesday, 5 August 2020

South Africa - Organisers of the #LightSAred initiative have issued a final call for participants to join today’s activities.
The campaign will see the South African event industry join in a widespread protest action to highlight the lack of government support for the sector, which has been severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
Today, some of the country's favourite artists and performers, including Prime Circle, John Vlismas, Kyle Cassim, Refentse Morake, will perform live, whilst an original campaign anthem featuring a range of leading South African artist will be released.
“We are calling on all South Africans to heed the call of the technical production and live entertainment industry," the organisers said. "If you look out of your window today, 5 August, between 18:00 and 20:00 you will see the city lit up in red. We will be streaming live on all our digital platforms from 10am till 9pm.”

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Rebuilding Trust - Industry leaders are developing a quality mark to be displayed in theatres and on other promotional materials, aimed at rebuilding trust among theatregoers. It is one of a number of measures being planned to regain the confidence of theatregoers when venues are able to reopen. Staggered start times for shows are also being considered, as well as plans to work with Transport for London on helping audiences get to theatres.
The plans are being drawn up by the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, which have revealed they will be creating a quality assurance mark – which it is hoped will be an official icon – to “encourage consumers that theatregoing is safe” and to show that theatre is “ready for business”.
“This will be used in promotional materials and in venue signage alongside other health and safety messaging and campaign communications to reassure audience members and encourage consumers that theatregoing is safe,” the bodies said in a briefing to inform members of ongoing plans in light of the pandemic.
SOLT and UK Theatre added that they planned to create a safety video for theatres to use, once they are able to reopen, to demonstrate how they are following guidelines, alongside what the bodies described as “ticketing principles” to allow greater flexibility for audiences.
Job Losses - Theatre job losses have increased from 3,000 to 5,000 in a month, according to figures from entertainment union BECTU. Figures published by the union on 3 July revealed that employers had notified the union

 
 
blue5LEA Professional partners with Blue5 for EMEA
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

UK - LEA Professional, manufacturer of pro-audio amplifiers with cloud- and IoT-based technologies, has announced a partnership with Blue5 Technology to serve their growing presence in the EMEA region.
Blue5 Technology was founded recently by David Budge, who has over 20 years’ experience in the pro audio industry with previous roles at Harman and Bose, working in the European, Middle East and African markets.
“AV customers across all verticals are seeking specialized solutions and are moving away from institutionalised corporations towards entrepreneurial, dynamic partners with market-proven depth. LEA Professional is a global player in AV but retains the entrepreneurial culture and customer focus. It is exactly the right partnership AV customers need in these times of change,” said David Budge. “LEA Professional has the ability to be agile and they’re not held back by the restrictions that come with a large organization. Instead they can work closely with customers and ensure they are giving them exactly what they need.”
Blue5 Technology will represent the full suite of LEA Professional products, including the newly-launched Cloud Platform. The LEA Cloud Platform allows for remote control and monitoring as well as providing a unique opportunity for recurring revenue streams for integrators to add to their service contracts. For Blue5 Technology the cloud platform was one of the main draws towards LEA Professional.
“LEA Professional is embracing new technologies; which we are not seeing from others in the industry. Progressive i

 
iscveISCE rebrands as ISCVE
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

UK - ISCE has renamed and rebranded as ISCVE Ltd - The Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers.
Says the organisation: “Recognising the diversity of our members and the markets they operate in, along with the convergence of technologies, the Institute has undertaken this identity and name change to embrace the wider scope, skills and sectors of our members and supporting members.”
ISCVE president, Helen Goddard states, “We recognise that audio without visual, in today’s markets, is a little like tea without biscuits, you rarely see one without the other.
“So while it is important for us to continue to embrace members and market sectors of our origins, we also welcome with open arms, members who are working within additional disciplines, skill sets and technologies and our brand identity has been changed to reflect that.
“Training programmes offered by ISCVE already include acoustics, assistive hearing, PA & sound reinforcement systems, voice alarm and audio-visual technologies, so this is a very natural progression, and of course, ISCVE training programmes continue to be fully CPD accredited.
“CPD accreditation is important for our members, particularly in the UK, as it continues to be the most recognised standard of training, by government, public and private sector bodies, for our markets.”
ISCVE training courses include programmes presented by leading consultants, engineers and practitioners and are open to members and non-members. A full schedule of courses can be found on the recently rebran

 
 
lightitinredLightItInRed supports #WeMakeEvents
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

UK - Grassroots campaign initiative #LightItInRed is part of the 11 August ‘Red Alert’ day of action being organised and coordinated by #WeMakeEvents and PLASA.
Red Alert is also being supported by numerous companies, professionals, organisations and other individuals and practitioners working in the entertainment technology industry and performing arts sector.
The Red Alert campaign’s goal is to get the live entertainment and technical production sector in front of politicians, specifically those in the exchequer and at the DCMS (Department of Culture Media & Sport), the latter as the industry’s representatives at parliamentary level.
The reason is to demand urgent financial help for the sector and its substantial support infrastructure … until mass gatherings can return.
The industry is on the brink of collapse following no work or cashflow for five months, and no timetable for a re-start.
This is further exacerbated by recent changes to the coronavirus jobs retention scheme (JRS) meaning that already cash-strapped companies will be under further pressure to make redundancies.
On 6 July, #LightItInRed initiated a lighting action that saw nearly 700 buildings, monuments, landmarks, and spaces all over the UK lit in ‘emergency red’ to raise awareness of this dire situation.
#WeMakeEvents Red Alert is the next step.
“The call is even more urgent now – so we are again asking everyone if they can get actively involved and light something red for the 11 August,” says #LightItInRed co-founder Steven

 
wemakeevents#WeMakeEvents enters Red Alert with industry backing
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

UK - The #WeMakeEvents campaign has progressed into the ‘Red Alert’ phase, with planned activities set to take place across London and other major cities in the UK on the evening of 11 August.
The initiative will raise the alarm for the live events and entertainment sector, which has been badly-hit by the pandemic, resulting in countless event cancellations.
The campaign reports that the disruption of the summer season alone has affected over 600,000+ jobs in outdoor events. Meanwhile, a campaign survey revealed that redundancies in the sector are already happening, with 15% of businesses stating that they plan to make redundancies during August and 70% reporting that they could be forced to do so by the end of 2020.
The campaign warns that the termination of the government’s furlough scheme and the self-employment income support scheme in October would leave up to one million industry professionals with no financial security. “The complete lack of work in the sector combined with the withdrawal of government support will force industry professionals, including the 72% of freelancers, to seek work in other sectors,” says a statement.
Live events may not be able to return until March 2021 due to social distancing rules and the long-term planning now has the collaborative support of 17 trade bodies and several more production companies and manufacturers required for many arena tours, festivals, and stadium events.

 
 
audiovisionProlights appoints AudioVision distributor for Romania
Monday, 3 August 2020

Romania - Prolights has announced the appointment of AudioVision as its distributor for Romania with immediate effect.
AudioVision covers “complete sound, lights and special effects solutions for the most entertaining experiences”. It started as a production company which is now well established and still developing.
Vasile Mara, general manager for AudioVision says: “For the last 25 years we have been an active part in the events industry, also providing complete audio solutions for the retail market. Working in this kind of industry we are highly passionate of, is synonymous of pure satisfaction. We have proven several times that we can make a difference by offering highly qualitative and reliable products and services. The main purpose of our company is to provide the best sound, lights and special effects solutions for the user and become an icon both for the products we sell and for the services we offer.
“We had the chance to recently visit Prolights’ headquarters, seeing up close the advanced technologies used and appreciating the ability to manufacture high quality products at an attractive price. We sincerely hope that this will be a long and an active partnership that will bring new opportunities in support of both brands.”
Antonio Parise, international area manager for Prolights adds, “I had the pleasure to meet AudioVision some years ago. I am convinced they are the right company for developing Prolights in the Romanian market and we are impatient to start working together.”
Paolo Albani, international sales m

 
ek-online-storeOnline ordering announced for Electro Kabuki
Friday, 31 July 2020

UK - Electro Kabuki has started a process to enhance its website. The site at https://electrokabuki.com now offers an online ordering and payment facility covering the entire range of Electro Kabuki systems, components, accessories and spares for UK delivery.
With the new e-commerce and shopping cart functionality, web visitors can now select from over 20 different products lines including Starter Packs, Flight Cases, individual Electro Kabuki dropper modules and an array of accessories.
In this first phase of the website’s upgrade, online ordering and delivery is limited to destinations in the UK, with ex-VAT prices listed in pounds sterling. The second phase will see this functionality rolled out to other geographic territories and currencies.
“The shopping function is live and working,” comments Electro Kabuki product specialist Tim Lloyd. “For now, our online operations only scope the UK while we fully appraise our shopping cart technology. People trust Electro Kabuki with proven engineering expertise at its heart and this must apply equally to our online transactional procedures. Once we are satisfied, we plan to extend the scope of online ordering and payment.”
Overseas Electro Kabuki users can still use the website to select items and automatically assemble and submit a list of materials to obtain a quotation that will include shipping costs in local currency.

 
 
th-espaceTH e.Space opens for business in Bristol
Friday, 31 July 2020

UK - Event suppliers T.H. Collective, Fineline Lighting and Mechanical Mouse have teamed up to launch a new broadcast studio, TH e.Space.
Offering a full range of remote broadcast services, the studio is located at T.H. Collective’s Bristol headquarters and enables customers to produce remote video content while observing social distancing guidelines.
In addition to recording and editing the broadcast, the team at TH e.Space can offer clients a wide range of services including Q&As, live polling, speaker coaching, live captioning, graphics and more.
Nick Hobbs, director at T.H. Collective, comments: “We’ve launched TH e.Space as a direct response to the changing needs of audiences due to the coronavirus pandemic. During lockdown we’ve all become very accustomed to consuming remote content and this new studio offers a higher production value for businesses looking to take their video broadcast to the next level, all while observing social distancing.”
Fineline Lighting director Rob Sangwell adds: “TH e.Space offers organisations looking to produce a virtual or hybrid event the opportunity to create high quality, professional video content.
“As a number of restrictions remain in place for live events and large-scale business meetings, having a virtual component will give organisers the potential to reach a large, international audience from the comfort of the studio.”

 
robe-lightthesky-poland-2Robe at the heart of the Krakow sky
Friday, 31 July 2020

Poland - The Tauron Arena in Krakow is a popular venue among artists, promoters, working crews and music fans on the normally busy year-round European arena touring circuit, but like most venues, it lies shuttered and empty while the live entertainment industry is ‘on hold’.
Lighting designer Maciej Hofstede from design / creative direction specialist Of Course, based in Bochnia, who would usually be juggling a full schedule of tours festivals and band shows, decided to go large when it came to participating in the recent #LightTheSky Poland lighting action.
He was among several other companies and organisations from Krakow joining the event on 1 May, including the FOH Foundation, the Tauron Arena, Studio Techniki Oświetleniowej (STO), Mediam and TechnoStage - in a show of strength from the second largest cities in Poland.
Maciej and a crew of four - lighting crew chief Sebastian Szafrański plus Artur Szewczyk, Bartosz Syguła and Sławomir Broszkiewicz - created an impressive heart-shaped lighting installation in the Tauron Arena’s parking lot. The shape was inspired by the LightTheSkyPoland logo.
All the lighting equipment for the heart was supplied by Lighting Techniques Studio (STO), coordinated by Sławomir Broszkiewicz, and this included 20 Robe Pointes, 14 Spiiders and 20 LEDWash 800s which were arranged in the massive heart shape, while other parts of the building and the surrounding areas were illuminated with LED floods and Sunstrips, all programmed and run from a grandMA2 console.
“The goal was to make a light-work t

 
 
pipleft-to-right-ally-curran-nigel-bennett-mark-sheffieldPip Studios offers Dolby Atmos capability
Friday, 31 July 2020

UK - Audio post production facility Pip Studios is now fully open, offering Dolby Atmos capability from its six purpose-built Atmos stages on its site in Winnersh, Berkshire. Co-founded by Ally Curran, Mark Sheffield and Nigel Bennett, Pip aims “to bring its expertise to bear on offering state of the art audio localisation services for feature films, television, gaming, and streaming industries”.
The six Atmos stages are all Dolby certified, equipped with 24-fader Avid S6 mixing consoles, and aligned for theatrical and home entertainment mixing. The stages have been built and equipped by leading suppliers, including Level Acoustic Design, Westwood Joinery, HHB Scrub, Bell Theatre Services, AKA, Wire Broadcast, Jigsaw 24, and Dolby.
“The COVID-19 pandemic delayed our official opening by a month, so we used that time to further refine the facility,” comments Pip Studios chairman Nigel Bennett “Happily, we were able to keep building it out with only minor delays on certain materials. The UK production sector has lacked Atmos capacity for a while and opening these six stages now is perfect timing as production starts to ramp up again.”
Pip Studios will offer a wide range of audio services, including localisation services and ADR recording.
“We have designed a facility that meet the needs of our clients, whilst ensuring the space is adaptable for a variety of audio work and new business,” says Curran. “As a completely new and independent facility we are also able to offer highly competitive rates, as well as being agile and respon

 
robbie-williams-bst-hyde-parkTouring industry pros issue COVID-19 guidelines
Friday, 31 July 2020

Europe - Professionals from across the global concert touring industry have joined forces to form the PSA Tour Production Group (PSA TPG) in order to provide a unified response to the impact of COVID-19 on live music events.
The body is a new arm of the Production Services Association (PSA) and includes tour managers, production managers, safety professionals, venue and festival managers, travel and logistics specialists, promoters, and industry suppliers.
The Covid-19 Working Procedures Guidance outlines how touring productions - which include one-off shows, festivals and live events of any size that require moving personnel and equipment to a new destination - can better align with suppliers, venues and promoters through consistency and consultation to assist risk management relating to COVID-19 transmission.
Based around a hierarchy of control (including elimination, substitution, engineering controls, administration and PPE) and a responsive threat scale, the guidance details different levels of design, schedule and control measures appropriate to conditions. These measures include social distancing, health declarations and monitoring, hygiene and cleaning, and mitigation.
Members of the PSA TPG have worked for artists including Madonna, Queen + Adam Lambert, Sam Smith, P!nk, Kings of Leon, Robbie Williams, Spice Girls, One Direction, Adele, U2, BST Hyde Park, Reading Festival,

 
 
joshuareissAES announces results of 2020 elections
Thursday, 30 July 2020

USA - The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced the incoming officers and governors following the 2020 Board of Directors and Board of Governors elections.
The Society’s membership has elected Joshua Reiss as president-elect, Marina Bosi as treasurer-elect and re-elected Valerie Tyler as secretary.
Additionally, Alex Kosiorek has been re-elected as VP Western region, USA/Canada; Gabriel Herman has been elected as VP Eastern region, USA/Canada; and Elena Prokofieva has been elected as VP Northern region, Europe.
“Congratulations to all the newly elected Governors and officers of the AES,” says President Agnieszka Roginska. “We look forward to the new ideas and energy they will bring to AES governance. All of the candidates on the 2020 ballot were extremely qualified – they honoured the Society with their willingness to serve, and for that we offer our sincere thanks. To those leaving the Boards, we express our deepest gratitude for their service and commitment to the Society.”

 
blspropodcastgeneralpromotionpress-release1200x672pxdarkBluesound Pro launches Surroundscapes
Thursday, 30 July 2020

Canada - Bluesound Professional has announced the launch of a podcast and video content series called Surroundscapes, featuring ideas from invited expert guests from around the world who use A/V technology in innovative ways. It is targeted at commercial A/V integrators, consultants, as well as business owners, interested in creating memorable immersive experiences that point to the future of business in retail, hospitality, wellness, and office environments.
Hosted by Graeme Harrison, VP and GM of Bluesound Professional, Surroundscapes is part A/V tech nerd talk and part psychosocial experimentation, helping audiences discover the sound and visual stimulus techniques used in public spaces to engage people and drive business outcomes.
“Surroundscapes has been many months in the making and I’m extremely excited to be able to share what we’ve been working on,” says Harrison. “Our first set of guests include some very forward thinkers like Julian Treasure, renowned expert in sound and communications and five-time TED Talk speaker, and Rob Anders from Niio, a digital art platform that powers some of the most inspiring multimedia art installations in the world.”
Surroundscapes is presented in quarterly mini-series, with each mini-series comprised of five to eight episodes of audio podcasts and video presentations focused on a specific topic within the central theme of the ‘future of business’.
“Initially, we were thinking only of a podcast but as we started to list out who we wanted as guests, it quickly bec

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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