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arts-council-logo-440-tnArts Council DYCP fund opens for applications
Thursday, 29 October 2020

UK - Arts Council England has opened its £18m Developing your Creative Practice (DYCP) fund to a wider pool of creative practitioners in light of the COVID-19 effects on the workforce.
Able to apply for a grant this year will be DJs, performer/creators, arts and cultural educators, community practitioners/engagement specialists, movement directors, cultural conservators, creative enablers and creative technicians.
“We know that COVID-19 has had a significant impact for individuals, and many will need to develop themselves and their work to respond to the new environment,” says the Arts Council. “We want to support as many people as possible to reshape and redefine their work and continue to make a positive impact on creativity and culture.”
The grants, ranging from for £2,000 to £10,000, will be awarded for development activities from practitioners working across music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, libraries, combined arts, and museums practice. This includes professional development or researching or creating new work.
The money will be allocated in four rounds running until October 2021, with the first round now open to applicants. To be eligible, practitioners need to have one year’s experience, be based in England, have a UK bank account, and be aged 18 or over.
The first round closes at noon on 5 November, with decisions announced in the week commencing 21 December.
To apply, visit

optocore-launchimage-v6CMI to distribute Optocore in Australia
Thursday, 29 October 2020

Australia - Fibre network specialists Optocore has appointed CMI as its new Australian distributors. The brand provides a strong addition to the Melbourne company’s audio division portfolio.
CMI CEO, Peter Trojkovic said he was delighted with the appointment, stating that he was impressed by Optocore’s ability to provide “innovative, scalable and rock solid backbones”, embracing open standards. He noted that this will influence a range of their core market segments, including events, theatres, stadiums and studios.
“With many fibre-compatible solutions in CMI’s portfolio, this marks a strategic move by the audio division to position CMI as a one-stop solution for performance, broadcast and commercial audio networking.
“Optocore are the world’s most popular and innovative manufacturers of fibre optic networks. With systems already deployed in venues such as the Madison Square Garden, Bastille Opera House, Paris and the newly deployed system in the MCG, this appointment advances our position as the leading provider of performance audio solutions in Australia,” he continues.
“We look forward to working closely with Optocore’s solution engineers in providing time critical, redundant, audio and control infrastructure.”
Dawid Somló, Optocore sales distribution manager, says: “As a brand we have already been recognised by pro-audio professionals in Australia for many years. Therefore, I am delighted for the opportunity to begin cooperation with such a respected company as CMI Music & Audio. It is an important s

pmc-sandy-shop-floorPMC opens factory to meet monitor demand
Thursday, 29 October 2020

UK - Loudspeaker manufacturer PMC has opened a new factory in Bedfordshire, to cope with burgeoning demand for its CI series.
Since launching last September, CI monitors have proved ‘hugely popular’ with the installation market where they are delivering Hollywood studio audio quality. Incorporating the same proprietary PMC technology as the company’s award winning audiophile speakers and studio monitors, these slimline speakers are designed with a shallow depth for on-wall and in-wall custom installations. This design feature also makes them suited to professional studios that are embracing Dolby Atmos immersive audio for music and film mixing and want discreet monitors for their wall and ceiling channels.
“In addition to the flourishing custom installation market, CI monitors also form an integral part of our loudspeaker systems for Dolby Atmos and we anticipate a sharp uptake in demand as more and more professional studios embrace this format for music mixing,” says PMC’s owner Peter Thomas.
“Thanks to its the almost limitless headroom, power capabilities, pin-point accuracy and sonic fidelity, PMC’s system goes well beyond Dolby’s own minimum requirements, making it the template for many internationally acclaimed studios such as Universal’s Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and the legendary Dean Street Studios in London.”
Based on an industrial estate in Sandy - just 10 minutes from PMC’s head office in Biggleswade – the new factory covers 6,000sq.ft and includes additional space for warehousing. Alongside the lates

bpi-promoting-british-music-3-linesBPI/BRIT Awards make major donation to Crew Relief Fund
Thursday, 29 October 2020

UK - The BPI/BRIT Awards have announced the donation of £54,000 to the COVID-19 Crew Relief Fund administered by Stagehand, the Production Services Association (PSA) Welfare and Benevolent Fund. The money will help Stagehand’s relief fund to approach £240,000, which will be invested in supporting live music and events professionals affected by COVID-19 restrictions.
The contribution from the BPI and BRIT Awards comes on top of £1.62m of BPI-co-ordinated funds donated earlier this year by the recorded music sector to charities and organisations supporting artists, managers and venues through the pandemic - bringing the total distributed to date to £1.67m.
Geoff Taylor, chief executive BPI, BRIT Awards & Mercury Prize, comments: “Our industry is deeply interconnected and while everyone is feeling the pain of the COVID-19 pandemic in some way, no sector has felt its force to the same degree as the live business. This includes, the expert technicians and events professionals who help make great performances happen.
“That’s why it’s right that, in addition to previous donations to charities benefitting artists, managers and venues, we should not overlook this important part of the music family. We rely on their skills every year in staging The BRIT Awards and the Hyundai Mercury Prize, and we’re delighted to assist the important work of Stagehand supporting live production crew.”
Mike Lowe, Stagehand’s chair of trustees, adds: “As the BPI and BRITs donate £54,000 to Stagehand, it is met with our sincerest appreciation. F

jem-liveCreative trio launch event production company
Wednesday, 28 October 2020

UK - Events and creative industry professionals Mark Davies, Jerry Cleary and Edwin Higgins have joined forces to launch a new event production company, JEM LIVE.
The new venture combines a physical event production offering with services such as live streaming, extended reality (xR) and social media amplification to enable organisers and agencies to expand the reach of their event.
“We wanted to create a company which was fluent in virtual event technologies while not forgetting the importance of more classic elements of event production,” comments Davies. “High quality design, lighting, sound, staging etc. remain at the heart of live events but in the COVID-19 era we have to be willing to integrate virtual elements too.”
Davies has more than 25 years’ experience in live events and entertainment architecture and is responsible for the commercial and business development of the company including global operations and strategic planning.
With an extensive background in spatial and technical design, Cleary has worked at multiple leading companies in the industry and is responsible for channelling the creative vision of clients through all aspects of JEM LIVE and ensuring the quality of projects.
Higgins is an audio-visual specialist with a background in design and has worked extensively in delivering high profile live events around the globe. He is responsible for the technical direction of the company.

green-hippoGreen Hippo adds international sales partners
Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Australia - Green Hippo has added two new distribution specialists to its international sales network.
Representing the brand in Australia and New Zealand is Melbourne-based Corsair Solutions. Established in 2009, Corsair imports and distributes professional and commercial AV equipment and has established itself as a trusted partner of AV system integrators, pro audio and video equipment resellers and equipment rental companies throughout Australia and New Zealand. Corsair also distributes Green Hippo’s sister brand within Spitfire Creative Technologies, tvONE.
Meanwhile, Wholestage has been appointed to represent Green Hippo in Latin America and the Caribbean. Founded in Venezuela in 1998, Wholestage is today based in Miami, Florida, with offices in Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama, Chile and Spain. It specializes in the distribution of pro video, audio, rigging, lighting and control, and provides the latest technologies and solutions to the Central American, South American and Caribbean markets.
Mark Lampard, managing director of Corsair Solutions, comments: “We are extremely proud to be representing Green Hippo. As a distributor of many complex, highly technical products, we thrive on educating our partners and end users on their technical benefits and why they are valuable. As a market leader, Green Hippo naturally provides us with an exciting new entry into the live production and entertainment industries which will also allow us to cross-promote some of our other brands.”
Speaking on behalf of Wholestage, CEO Luis Duque says:

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Recovery Grants - Twenty-eight performing arts organisations have been awarded a share of £75m in the latest round of Culture Recovery Grants. Theatres including London’s Old Vic, Manchester’s Royal Exchange, Northampton Royal and Derngate and Shakespeare’s Globe have all been granted between £1m and £3m each in the first of two rounds for this strand. Six museums and one visual arts organisation were also awarded grants as part of the scheme.
Recipients include: Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust - £3,000,000; English National Ballet - £3,000,000; Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust - £3,000,000; The Old Vic Theatre Trust - £3,000,000; Shakespeare’s Globe - £2,985,707; Sadler’s Wells - £2,975,000; Adlib Audio - £1,650,356; Fabric Life - £1,514,262; Lights Control Rigging Productions - £1,076,179 and The Octagon Theatre Trust - £620,232.
Virtual Awards - The Olivier Awards 2020, held virtually for the first time because of the pandemic, saw three shows lead the field, with three accolades each, while Matthew Bourne made history, having now won the most Oliviers ever by one person, and Sonia Friedman Productions picked up the best new play prize for the fourth year running.
The most awards won by a single show, shared equally by & Juliet, Dear Evan Hansen and Emilia. & Juliet won three out of the four musical performance categories – which went to Miriam-Teak Lee, Cassidy Janson and David Bedella – while Dear Evan Hansen’s Sam Tutty picked up the fourth.
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mi-engineering-powersoftPowersoft appoints M.I. distributor for Thailand
Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Thailand - Powersoft has appointed M.I. Engineering as distributor for Thailand. Established in 1994, M.I. Engineering offers a wide range of audio solutions to a variety of projects, from home cinema to fixed installations. The company is a member of the Mahajak Group, a full service importer of sound system products.
“We pride ourselves in providing excellent service and quality audio products to our customers, which drives us to always be aware of the best solutions available on the market,” comments Attapol Praisri, M.I. Engineering’s product manager - professional audio division. “Everything that we have in our arsenal, not only suits our philosophy, but also the systems our customers want to build. Having Powersoft added to our portfolio is going to strengthen this position.”
M.I. Engineering was introduced to Powersoft last January by Arthur Soh, Powersoft’s APAC account manager, entering into a full partnership only a few months later.
“Powersoft’s amplifier platforms fit perfectly into our organisation,” adds Praisri. “The ArmoníaPlus software in particular is incredibly useful to us, as the remote capabilities save users time in large system solutions, such as those with complex speaker management.”
Soh says: “We are really pleased to have M.I. Engineering on board as a partner in the Powersoft family. They are a very well-known and reputable company in Thailand, with a breadth of experience in the South East Asia pro audio scene. From the very first meeting in their office, I was impressed how knowledgeable

avm3AVM extends Coda Audio inventory
Monday, 26 October 2020

Germany - Last year the Bremen-based service provider AVM Veranstaltungstechnik, chose to make a significant investment in Coda Audio systems. The company, led by managing director, Jens Wiegandt, took delivery of a range of sound reinforcement, including the compact arena line array AiRAY system, SCP-F subwoofers, APS (Arrayable Point Source), APS-SUBs, as well as LINUS DSP loudspeaker management amplifiers.
In the months before the Coronavirus pandemic struck, the systems had provided sound at top events such as the Summertime@Norderney and Tabularazza festivals, as well as at a host of concerts and corporate events.
“In the first instance, we chose Coda because we consider them to be a very technically innovative company. We were impressed by the excellent sound characteristics and high output they achieve from such compact and lightweight systems,” commented Matthias Kühl, sales and marketing mangager at AVM.
When it came to investing in audio technology again, the AVM team did not hesitate. This time the focus was on Coda’s N-RAY system. Following a trial of the system at Sixdays Bremen cycling event at the OVB Arena in January this year, the decision to purchase was taken immediately. Head of Sound, Niklas Hinsch said, “The output of these extremely compact speakers is unrivalled.”
In addition to a complete N-RAY system comprising 72 loudspeakers, AVM also purchased further Coda Audio products, among them, the 15-inch Low Frequency Extension SCN-F and loudspeakers from the HOPS-Series (passive 2-way High Output Point Source)

tradeshow-postponementETC postpones trade show attendance
Monday, 26 October 2020

USA - ETC has postponed any participation in traditional trade shows until July next year. “Out of concern for the safety of its employees and global community, ETC has announced that it will not participate in traditional trade show exhibitions until July 2021,” says a statement. “With the pandemic affecting many people’s ability and desire to travel, the company has instead decided to focus its resources on remote demos and online events.”
The statement continues, “A major part of the trade show experience is the chance to see the latest gear and get one-on-one face time with product experts. With this in mind, ETC has been hard at work converting in-house demo spaces throughout the company’s offices into studios for online product demonstrations. Customers may now use an online portal to schedule live, one-on-one demos of some of the company’s newest fixtures – ColorSource Spot jr, Source 4WRD Color, and the fos/4 Panel and fos/4 Fresnel studio products – from the comfort of their own homes or workplaces.
“With plans in the works to expand these online offerings, ETC hopes to make online demos a permanent resource for customers looking for the latest in lighting technology.”
Until live events can safely return, ETC is also turning its focus to online events and programmes. The company’s online Study Hall seminars – ongoing since the beginning of the pandemic shutdown – continue to provide remote learning and Q&A opportunities, with past sessions posted to an ever-growing YouTube library. Having held a successful

spacemapgoMeyer adds Spacemap Go roundtable sessions
Monday, 26 October 2020

USA - The Meyer Sound education team is returning with a series of Spacemap Go roundtable discussions in November and December. Each session will welcome questions from attendees and be answered by a team of panellists. The roundtables will also focus on different features of Meyer Sound’s new Spacemap Go spatial sound design and mixing tool.
Roundtable 1, What is Spacemap Go: Getting started quickly and programming offline (4 November) will explain how to get started, the components of a Spacemap Go system, the concepts of a Spacemap as well as provide a general application overview.
Roundtable 2, Implementing Spacemap Go into your workflow: System example and saving your work (11 November) will explore building multiple Spacemaps for a simple loudspeaker configuration, plus saving projects and snapshots. Regardless of a system’s size, Spacemap concepts remain the same.
Roundtable 3, Implementing Spacemap Go into your workflow: Utilising subsystems and offline workflow (18 November) will explore implementing Spacemap Go in a medium-sized system with multiple frontal speaker positions, surround speakers, front-fills, and side-fills. Attendees will learn how to implement subsystems (fill speakers and subwoofers) into the system and how to pre program an entire show offline before stepping into the venue.
Each session will be hosted at 9:00 AM PST and 5:00 PM PST by Meyer Sound technical support specialist Josh Dorn-Fehrmann and moderated by Meyer Sound senior technical support & education specialist Merlijn van Veen

hpuelearningHarman Pro extends Live Workshops series
Monday, 26 October 2020

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has announced the addition of 10 free Live Workshops available for registration.
From musicians and performers to designers and programmers, upcoming workshops feature audio and lighting experts who have extensive industry knowledge and experience. Collectively, the presenters have worked with various artists including Bob Dylan, Carrie Underwood, Green Day, Janet Jackson, John Mellencamp, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, Lou Reed, Marilyn Manson, Michael Jackson, Natalie Cole, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Styx, The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, U2, Van Halen and many more.
The workshops open for registration include: The Art of Perfect Playback in Lighting Design with Michael Keller (27 October), A Brief User’s Manual For A Lighting Career with Benny Kirkham (28 October), The ABC's of Awesome Lighting Technology with Brad Schiller (29 October), Theater to Events: Making Lighting Design Education Work Across Disciplines with Wes Richter (4 November), and Subwoofer Alignment with Full-Range Systems in the Time Domain with Charlie Hughes (5 November).
Over 100 Live Workshops have been conducted since the programme’s introduction and are now available at Harman Professional’s new online training platform. Workshops include Lighting for Houses of Worship: Touring, Multi-Location and Large Campus, Deconstructing Brandi Carlile's FOH Mix and System Engineer Skills for the Mix Engineer. Further sessions are in production for release in the coming months. Registration is via

ladecDee Events Centre gears up with L-Acoustics
Monday, 26 October 2020

USA - For more than four decades, the Dee Events Centre (DEC) on the campus of Weber State University (WSU) in Ogden, Utah has served as the home court of the NCAA Division I WSU Wildcats men’s and women’s basketball teams and played host to many Big Sky Conference championship games. This summer, the domed arena welcomed its newest ‘player’ - a new L-Acoustics Kara(i) loudspeaker system designed and installed by Salt Lake City’s Poll Sound.
Capable of seating nearly 11,600 spectators in its circular bowl, the Dee Events Centre is a multipurpose venue. It has also hosted its share of other college and professional sports, major touring concerts, commencements, religious and community events, and much more. Although the school has continually invested in various upgrades to the venue over the years, one thing that has remained unchanged for more than a quarter century has been DEC’s sound reinforcement system, which had become decreasingly effective with time.
“The facility’s previous sound system probably performed okay when it was installed back in the ’90s, but ‘state-of-the-art’ has certainly changed a lot since then, leaving the Dee Events Centre behind in terms of impact and intelligibility,” says Poll Sound owner Deward Timothy, who spearheaded the new L-Acoustics system design.
The Poll Sound team turned to L-Acoustics Soundvision design software to find the ideal solution for the venue. The result was a bowl system made up of 66 Kara(i) enclosures and a dozen SB18i subs. These are divided into six identical arrays of

logistics-next-audioNEXT-proaudio opens Porto logistics centre
Monday, 26 October 2020

Portugal - NEXT-proaudio has opened a new logistics centre that will operate as an extension to the company’s factory in Porto. Utilising three new automatic logistics software programmes (online interactive platform, Internal logistic software NXT and an automatic packing optimisation software) all based on the 4.0 technology, the new centre will significantly increase the available space, flexibility and efficiency of the company’s warehousing and all domestic and international operations, says NEXT.
The new logistics centre provides 1000sq.m of floor space for warehousing and logistics, as well as office space for sales, marketing and logistics control. The centre is located in Porto, 10km away from the main port and airport, making transport and logistics “easy and convenient”.
The centre is already in operation and gearing up for the launch of NEXT Audiocom.

the-survival-tour-hyde-parkThe Survival Tour tunes in with live events
Friday, 23 October 2020

UK - Five event professionals encapsulated the trials and tribulation of the UK’s events sector on the Survival Tour, 3-18 October. Their 1,700km ride traversed over a hundred venues closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, where the riders met the people who would have normally produced all kinds of events (insights into their journey can be seen here).
It was a bitter-sweet experience for the riders, both physically and psychologically, as Proper Productions’ Mark Ward explains: “Without any events to work on, we clipped our barely trained legs into our pedals, to highlight the dire plight of our industry. It was inspiring to bring together the venues and people along our route and hear tales of their personal circumstances and battles first hand. The support has been fantastic, raising awareness through local and national media coverage and fundraising over £30,000 for the Backup charity, which is still open for donations.
He adds: “This week’s Cliff Edge Report has been widely reported, it highlighted that the forced closure of events will have cost 170,000 jobs in the live music industry, that’s 100 jobs for each kilometre cycled, which is a very humbling thought.”

sound-hqSound HQ Solutions opens Festival Studio
Friday, 23 October 2020

South Africa - Making a decision to swim rather than sink, Sound HQ Solutions along with production manager Sharif Baker, who is also the chairman of TPSA and spokesperson for #LightSAred, have survived the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa with fewer bumps and bruises than many other companies during this tough time.
They recently launched their new Festival Studio in Muldersdrift, Johannesburg, a hybrid and virtual facility which includes outdoor stages, and are confident that they are able to pull off a variety of festivals and events for their niche gospel, jazz and music markets.
Alvin Bruinders, the owner of technical supply company Sound HQ Solutions, started working with Sharif Baker some 20 years ago on MY Joyous Celebration, a gospel powerhouse formed in 1996 to celebrate the political change in South Africa and the peaceful transition into democracy.
For the past eight years, the duo has worked closely together. When the Covid-19 lockdown was implemented in South Africa and many companies temporarily shut their doors, Alvin and Sharif jumped into survival mode and formed Vex Hygiene, a sanitising and fogging company. The unexpected success of this venture enabled Sound HQ to hold onto their staff, build a new storage facility and transform the existing warehouse into what is now known as the Festival Studio. They recently hosted a number of open days where clients were invited to pop in, on the hour, to view the new space, and needless to say, minds were spinning with endless ideas.
“We know, as South Africans and Africans that h

epic-virtual-production-lab-2-david-levvyROE Visual in Epic’s London Innovation Lab
Friday, 23 October 2020

UK - Epic, the company behind Unreal Engine, has finalised the refurbishing of its London-based Innovation Lab, including a complete virtual production LED stage featuring ROE Visual LED products.
Epic Games, known for its video games, develops the Unreal Engine realtime 3D creation tool. This game engine not only powers their internally developed video games such as Fortnite and Infinity Blade series but is used to develop the virtual backgrounds and sets that made virtual production in film possible.
Since the technique of LED virtual production was explored and the first pioneering steps were taken, both Unreal engine and ROE Visual have been involved.
“ROE had already proven itself at the very cutting-edge and high end of LED virtual production with its pioneering use on Star Wars Mandalorian. It was important for us at Epic to give customers and our own teams a chance to get hands-on with this world-class tech in the heart of London. More importantly though is the amazing working relationship we have with ROE Visual, so together we can experiment, discover and shift the boundaries ever further”, states Ben Kidd, technical artist and project lead for the LED stage.
“With the new London studio we now have the availability to try and test new features on a screen the size which is normally used for mid-sized to smaller virtual production stages and studios as well.”
The full-operational virtual production space, using ROE Visual products for the LED wall and ceiling, will not only be used for testing, but

prolyteProlyte appoints All Creation distributor for Japan
Friday, 23 October 2020

Japan - Established in 1995, All Creation is a professional construction team that provides stage setup, LED assembly, lighting installation, TV, movie set assembly, and other event services.
The collaboration between All Creation and Prolyte dates back to 15 years ago. At that time, bolts were the mainstream for connecting truss flange surfaces, and work would not progress without an impact driver. “However, Prolyte truss is easy to be connected by a hammer, and I was surprised and interested in the overwhelmingly fast assembly speed without worrying about forgetting to tighten the bolts,” says Koichi Okajima, CEO of All Creation.
Back in the day, there was a concern about the lack of experienced engineers in Japan. Safety issues and personnel training were the most discussed topics in All Creation. More importantly, they are the present and future subjects to be taken care of. "Using Prolyte products, I realised that not only can these problems be solved, but also the construction time can be shortened. Partnering with Prolyte helps us reduce cost; the costs in all perspectives. This is one of the reasons I choose Prolyte.
“In addition, next to the outstanding product that drives this partnership, the biggest reason is the close communication between Eddie and all the staff in Prolyte. They answered all our questions and fulfilled our requests sincerely and patiently by conducting multiple meetings. I look forward to continuing to improve my knowledge of products and expand Prolyte’s market presence in Japan.”
Eddie Slotboom, proj

eventsLive sector heads for Survival in the Square
Friday, 23 October 2020

UK - Over the last five months, the #WeMakeEvents campaign has been raising awareness around the current plight facing the live entertainment sector and its urgent need for financial support if it is to survive the COVID-19 crisis.
With the introduction of tier systems and the continued local lockdowns, hosting live events has become even more difficult than before. The campaign is therefore continuing to make its voice heard with the next stage of its protest action - Survival in the Square.
Gary White, lead producer of #WeMakeEvents, comments: “The latest government support packages, although welcome, are not reaching those who need them the most and will only benefit a small group. Larger, more meaningful action needs to be taken and, until it does, we will still be here campaigning.”
From 26 October (Monday), Survival in the Square will comprise a series of creative activities set to take place each day in Parliament Square. The activations will be socially distanced and COVID-compliant and will engage a variety of genres from across the performing arts spectrum.
Supporting the Survival in the Square initiative will be West End Waiting. “The West End Waiting Facebook group was created to bring people in the performing arts and events industry together,” says Lee Durnford, founder of the group. “The original idea was for us to be able to discuss relevant topics and give each other support. The group has grown to just over 12,000 members and we have a collective of West End musical directors, stage managers and choreographers who

ezgif-4-ad9eea7662d9Vectorworks Design Scholarship opens 1 December
Wednesday, 21 October 2020

USA - Continuing its commitment to cultivate future generations of designers, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks will open submissions for its fifth Vectorworks Design Scholarship on 1 December.
The scholarship programme invites undergraduate and graduate students in major disciplines related to architecture, landscape architecture, landscape, entertainment and interior design to submit either new or old projects.
“Last year, we received over 1,600 submissions worldwide and we’re looking forward to getting even more submissions this year,” said marketing programmes director Alice Lowy. “The Vectorworks Design Scholarship is an amazing opportunity for students to take the next step in their professional development by submitting to win scholarship prizes while showing off their creative designs.”
Students will be able to submit their best work for a chance to win up to $10,000 and gain professional recognition. Winners will also acquire free Vectorworks design software for their school’s lab and free virtual workshop training.
Those who wish to enter can visit to learn more and to sign up via email to be notified when entries open.
Additionally, students can visit the academic portal to receive a free educational copy of Vectorworks Designer and check out the inspiration gallery of last year’s winners to help get started.

ocaThe OCA Alliance launches refreshed website
Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Europe - OCA Alliance, the not-for-profit trade association that exists to promote and support the AES70 standard for open control architecture, has launched a new website with better, more easily accessible information and new resources for anyone that is interested in adopting or using AES70 in their projects.
“Our mission is to simplify the lives of AV professionals everywhere by encouraging and facilitating the adoption of AES70 as a universal, standards-based control and monitoring protocol,” says Bosch Communications’ platform strategist, Ethan Wetzell - also marketing committee chair for the OCA Alliance. “It’s a complex subject and knowledge levels vary enormously, so our first task was to distil the key messages so that the benefits are immediately clear to all. Then, we direct people to the information and resources they need according to their level of interest and type of application.
“Our aim was to ensure that the messaging is simple, clear and uncluttered so that people can find what they need within a few mouse clicks, whilst remaining the definitive resource for all things AES70.”
There is also a comprehensive tutorials section, where you can find out how AES70 works and its real-world uses and benefits.

prolightsProlights extends Asian reach with new distributor
Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Singapore - Prolights has entered into a distribution agreement for Malaysia and Singapore, with Acoustic & Lighting Systems. The Asian company is a household name in distribution of professional sound, lighting and accessories solutions.
General manager, Eugene Yeo, comments: “We support customers in many sectors of the industry, and thrive to offer them the best solutions for their applications. We see Prolights as a manufacturer with a vast product catalogue, allowing to tailor our customer's needs to their offering. Their tech-savvy R&D and sales make our lives very easy - we can see they are product-oriented and very passionate about the products they release.”
“We wanted to reinforce our presence in Asia, and Acoustic & Lighting Systems are the result of our ambition,” says Paolo Albani, international sales manager for Prolights. “Eugene and his team are very knowledgeable and respected, with a wide customer network. We couldn't be more excited to have them as our distributors.”

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Lockdown Priorities - When asked what the government should keep open in the event of a second national lockdown, just 2% of people said theatres should be the highest priority. A YouGov poll of more than 1,640 people asked each to rank what the government should keep open in order of priority. Top was schools and nurseries, with 57% putting this as the highest priority.
Only 2% said theatres, cinemas and art venues should be the top priority, just below pubs at 4%, while 12% said arts venues should be the government’s lowest priority. When it comes to pubs, 4% said reopening them should be the government’s top priority, compared with 24% who said they should this should be the lowest priority. Only 8% of the public said the government should prioritise universities above the other types of establishments. But almost two in five people (39%) ranked them as their second priority, making it the most popular choice after schools and nurseries.
In The Ring - Kneehigh Theatre, Zippos Circus and Hofesh Shechter Company are among more than 500 arts organisations to secure funding in the latest allocation of grants from the Culture Recovery Fund. The West End production of The Mousetrap, which recently backtracked on plans to begin performances this month, receives £228,973 to help restart performances to socially distanced audiences.
In total, 588 comedy clubs, circuses, festivals, regional theatres and local museums have been awarded a share of more than £76m. The money follows on from the £257m announced earlier, and supports organis

vigilanteVigilante Group offers creative solutions
Tuesday, 20 October 2020

UK - Immersive experience specialists Technically Creative have formed a collaboration with five other creative experiential providers to launch the Vigilante Group. The newly-formed group specialises in advertising, film, experiential spaces and design.
The companies involved are Cod Steaks - design and build artisans focusing on museums and branded attractions; Burning reel - film production; Creep -a film, animation and visual effect postproduction company; Afew - designers and developers specialising digital experiences for the web; Arcadia - event specialists, and Technically Creative.
Marc Broadbent, founder and director of Technically Creative says: “I am so excited for the companies, including our own, that have come together to form this exciting new collaboration. The Vigilante Group showcases the culmination of the achievements by so many of the dedicated creative teams within the group. We have united to provide unequalled results with a painless delivery.”
Mark Pyrah, development director at Cod Steaks, adds: “This is a group of individuals, created to widen our individual markets, skill base and creative thinking in ways that enhance our own existing client offers. Vigilante Group gives clients real creative solutions at real prices and I am excited at what this team can achieve.”


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