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cueschedule-etcETC CUE conference scheduled for 17 February
Friday, 28 January 2022

World - Over 1,200 people representing more than 60 countries around the world have already registered for ETC’s 2022 CUE conference. The 24-hour event is slotted for 17 February and starts in Asia at 11:00am HKT with a keynote address from ETC’s vice-president of marketing David Lincecum. This is followed by the European sessions, which will take place from 10:00am to 5:00pm GMT.
ETC staff and other industry experts follow with a series of sessions over the course of the day in multiple time zones and multiple languages including French, German and Russian. The conference wraps up in North America at 5:00pm CST.
The agenda will cover the topics impacting the live events industry. Session topics include product technology, building theatrical systems, industry sustainability, and encouraging diversity in the workplace.
The North American sessions will feature Amber Whatley as she talks about Black Out, the programme she founded for underrepresented individuals with an interest in lighting design. A live panel discussion on encouraging diversity in the industry, led by Tony award winner Karen Olivo, is also scheduled.

optimalOptimal Audio appoints Canadian distributor
Wednesday, 26 January 2022

UK - Recently launched U.K. manufacturer Optimal Audio has announced the appointment of Erikson Pro as its exclusive distributor in Canada.
Erikson Pro, part of JAM Industries, distributes a range of brands to the audio and lighting sector, including Allen & Heath, Audient, Chauvet Professional and Martin Audio. Through an extensive network of exclusive representatives, the company maintains close relationships with resellers, consultants and professionals across the sector, priding itself on the high standards and responsiveness of its customer service and technical support.
Dom Harter, managing director of Optimal Audio, comments: "We're delighted to be partnering with Erikson in what is a large and important market. As part of the Focusrite Group, we’re familiar with Erikson’s excellent work with our sister brand Martin Audio, and consequently approach this partnership full of confidence that our fledgling brand is in the best possible hands.”
Christian Bouchard, vice-president at Erikson Pro, adds: “Our long-standing relationship with Dom Harter along with our involvement in the commercial sector through our dedicated division, meant that it was an entirely natural progression for us to work with Optimal Audio. We are excited by the innovation and excellence of Optimal Audio - the added value in performance technology it offers will have a strong appeal for installers seeking superior quality in audio playback, whilst efficiently maintaining the essentials of public address.”

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Cover Up - Theatres across England have indicated they will continue to ask audiences to wear masks for the safety of their staff and other theatregoers, despite restrictions being lifted later this week.
Prime minister Boris Johnson announced last week that Plan B measures - including mandatory mask wearing in theatres - would be lifted this week. Following his announcement, numerous theatres have said that they plan to continue requesting face coverings inside their venues.
Sheffield Theatres said it had taken the decision to continue with mandatory face coverings beyond 27 January, with this decision reviewed every two weeks in light of the number of cases locally.
“Since the theatres reopened last summer we have been encouraging audiences to wear masks during their visit. We took the decision to introduce mandatory face coverings before Plan B in early December and this remains an important part of our measures to protect staff, cast and audiences,” it said, adding there would be exceptions for those who are exempt from wearing face coverings, those under 12 years of age, and when people are eating or drinking in the building.
The Mayflower in Southampton also said it would be continuing to ask audience members to wear masks. “As the wearing of face coverings is not mandatory, our staff will not confront members of the audience who do not comply. The government guidance is clear that people are advised to wear face coverings in enclosed or crowded spaces," it said.
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unusualUnusual de-rigs six-tonne museum piece
Tuesday, 25 January 2022

UK - Thomas Heatherwick’s Materials House was commissioned by the Science Museum in London as an exhibit to show “everything that anything can be made of” for the Challenge of Materials gallery. The idea was that, instead of prioritising any one material to make the house from, and then exhibiting small samples of all the other materials within it, the studio chose to make the house itself from all of the materials.
The result - six-metre-high pieces of each material bonded together into a single element of many strata was built in situ on the first floor of the museum in 1999 and remained a centrepiece of the gallery until December 2021, when Unusual Rigging was called upon to help the museum remove the exhibit from its long-time home, and lower it to the ground floor, ready for transportation to be held in storage.
Robin Elias, director at Unusual Rigging explained: “Materials House is a fantastic artwork made of 213 materials, bonded together in over 2000 individually shaped pieces sourced from more than eighty suppliers and sponsors. Measuring 7m x 4m x 1.5m, it had been welded to substantial steel foundations beneath the floorboards at the museum. It was displayed at a jaunty angle and restrained by attachment to an overhead beam, but it had no useful fixing points and was of indeterminate weight but estimated to be between 4-8 tons.”
In order to be able to move Materials House in one piece, Unusual needed to remedy this - it was vital to know the exact weight of the exhibit and design and install a system to allow the team to move it

ayrton-perseo-leonardslee-gardens-james-ratchford-photography-smlTSL invests in Ayrton Perseo Profile
Tuesday, 25 January 2022

UK - Lighting and rigging equipment and services specialists, TSL, has a diverse portfolio of clients across the live events industry. With an impressive remit that encompasses music, theatre, corporate, sporting and e-sport events, the need for reliable, versatile lighting fixtures to handle this varied field of activity is paramount.
“Last year, when we looked to evaluate and increase our range of outdoor profiles, we were intent on investing in LED fixtures which were robust and flexible enough to cope with the many demands we put upon our equipment,” explains TSL director, Loz Wilcox. “We were looking for a fixture which could support our clients on their exterior lighting projects. We tried out options from several manufacturers and chose Perseo above all others for a number of reasons. It’s a great feature-packed fixture, with all the things you’d expect from that range and size of fixture and, to me, it feels like the IP65-rating is just an added bonus! We view it as a light that can do everything, which can be spec’d on any show, not just outside events.”
Sixty Perseo Profile fixtures were purchased from Ambersphere Solutions, Ayrton’s exclusive distributor in the UK, following a demonstration from Ambersphere’s managing director, Glyn O’Donoghue. Fifty of the IP65-rated fixtures were immediately put to use by lighting designer, Adam Povey, on a high-profile, themed woodland walk in the north of England.
“The event ran from October to January in the worst of weathers, during which time we had only one swap out,” says

powersoft-gm-tom-kneselPowersoft US relocates, appoints new BDM
Tuesday, 25 January 2022

USA - Powersoft has moved offices to a larger and more suitable space in Flanders, New Jersey, for the increasing requirements of the company. This expansion has been supported by the appointment of Sara Schiffler as the new business development manager for the Americas.
The new location in New Jersey has the benefits of dedicated private offices, demo/training space, a lab area and is only 45 minutes away from Newark airport. Powersoft’s previous headquarters, more geared towards early-stage companies, was on the fourth floor with shared amenities and without any direct access to loading bays.
“Our new headquarters significantly improves our ability to host our customers and dealers for training, demonstrations and seminars,” says Tom Knesel, general manager at Powersoft US. “The atmosphere is far more relaxed for our employees, and we have almost tripled the space, thus providing better service to our customers while supporting growth.”
Sara Schiffler joins Powersoft with over two decades of AV experience to continue pursuing her passion for audio. Schiffler, who also speaks Spanish and Portuguese, has been appointed to the role of business development manager, to further develop opportunities for Powersoft in the Americas. She previously worked at audio manufacturer Music Tribe, as well as a variety of manufacturers in the AV industry.
“Tom was looking for someone with a deep background in integration and with experience in live sound. I had previously worked with Tom at Music Tribe and I knew him as a leader who I respect and t

steve-kim-0121Ingang Audio to distribute Optocore and BroaMan
Tuesday, 25 January 2022

South Korea - Seoul-based Ingang Audio Co has been appointed as the South Korean distributor for Optocore and BroaMan with immediate effect.
Established in 2006 under president Joo Hong Chang and CEO Steve Kim, Ingang Audio has built a portfolio of global pro audio brands, including Meyer Sound, Calrec, Countryman, Samson and Lectrosonics.
Both Chang and technical director, Eric Han had known Optocore and BroaMan for many years and the latter has received Optocore training. The company had also developed a good relationship with Optocore distribution sales manager, Dawid Somló and the tech team during earlier project development.
“Ingang had been talking with us for long time,” explains Somló. “They are an excellent pro audio company with a good infrastructure. They are keen to develop their portfolio with our video transporting systems and also add them to their audio projects.”
Ingang Audio Co’s senior marketing manager, Jake Min, adds, “Having Optocore and BroaMan [in our portfolio] is like securing a backbone for our brands. We now have optical paths for sending and receiving audio/video/intercom and some control signals. Also, it enables us to make an optical connection between loudspeaker, processor and console, replacing the existing cables.”
As for BroaMan, they hope to expand the brand’s outreach beyond broadcast into theatre, although Min estimates that with the impact of COVID-19, the broadcast segment will lead the way rather than live events.
To that end they already have a project lined up, with two

showlight2Showlight to return in 2023
Monday, 24 January 2022

France - Organisers of Showlight have announced that plans are underway to reinstate Showlight 2023 which, after a two-year postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is now scheduled to take place between 20-23 May 2023. The venue for this much-loved lighting quadrennial will be the Théâtre Municipal in Fontainebleau, near Paris, France, the original destination for the postponed 2021 event.
“The Showlight committee is now planning for the next live Showlight in May 2023 and we hope this time nothing will de-rail it!” says Showlight chairman, John Allen. “We are delighted to have the continued support of our main sponsor, Robert Juliat, along with many of the sponsors who were already supporting Showlight 2021. Fontainebleau’s local administration has, once again, made the Théâtre Municipal available for us - right in the centre of the town - and, as a result, the arrangements we were originally making for 2021 can be dusted off and planning can recommence.
“The Welcome Reception is planned for Saturday 20 May, with the first full day of papers on Sunday 21 May 2023. More programme details will be released in due course, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to Showlight next year.”
With this in mind, and less than 18 months to go, Showlight will soon be putting out a Call for Papers, Exhibitors and Sponsors for this unique networking event. Details of how to get involved can be found at
James Simpson, lighting designer and visualiser at Copper Candle, Showlig

plasaSignificant shortages and delays put live events at risk
Monday, 24 January 2022

UK - PLASA and #WeMakeEvents have published a detailed global survey report on the current position and future recovery of the live events industry.
The survey ran from 1 November to 21 December 2021 and was completed by 1,948 respondents in over 40 countries in five different languages. “The data provides strong and clear evidence of the challenges currently facing the sector, with the vast majority currently reporting delays, shortages and cost increases,” say the organisations.
The outlook is mixed, with the majority of respondents lacking confidence in industry recovery within the next six months. This is even more startling considering the survey was conducted before the omicron variant threatened the lucrative winter holiday season. However, there is cautious optimism from seven to 18 months, which mirrors the progress made when the live events industry re-opened in 2021.
But for now, companies and organisations are carrying a heavy financial burden, reporting a huge decrease in annual turnover. To increase the pressure further, 45% took on additional debt to survive the lockdowns. Freelancers are fairing no better, with low earners growing in number and top earners dropping by 78%.
The supply chain is in complete disarray, with shortages and delays across the board. A shocking 94% of manufacturers are experiencing delays in components, resulting in many being forced to source new suppliers and redesign products. The knock-on effects are felt by rental companies, venues, installers and distributors, with the vast majority facing de

av-distribution-websiteStage Audio Works launches AV Distribution
Thursday, 20 January 2022

South Africa - Professional audio, AV and broadcast specialists Stage Audio Works has launched AV Distribution, a new company dedicated to "managing those markets chiefly served through a reseller/integrator channel". Anything that is project-based will remain the remit of Stage Audio Works.
The executive and management teams of the Stage Audio Works group remain unchanged and the company continues to invest in the market with the ongoing development and expansion of local manufacturing under its Stage Plus and Pixel Plus brands.
According to SAW CEO Will Deysel, the decision to form AV Distribution was a logical evolution of the process already started in March 2021 when the company restructured its sales operation into two distinct verticals - namely projects and distribution. The creation of a separate company sees the process through to its conclusion.
“We’d already concluded that having separate teams would allow us a better focus on the specific needs of each vertical, and our experience since March last year has borne that out,” explains Deysel. “The requirements for each vertical are really very different, so it made complete sense for us to give the distribution wing its own identity and a certain measure of independence by creating a new company. Whilst remaining part of the Stage Audio Works group with access to all the resources that we have to offer, AV Distribution has its own website, its own branding and of course its own team who will be focused specifically on the needs of the reseller/integrator channel.”
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nwrslogo2022500wNWRS announces programme
Wednesday, 19 January 2022

USA - The 2022 New World Rigging Symposium, taking place virtually on 5-7 April, will bring together professional riggers, engineers, manufacturers, venue managers, educators and students to further their rigging knowledge, hear about challenging projects, get up to speed on new technologies, discuss current industry challenges, and get their questions answered.
The session line-up features an array of subject matter experts sharing their knowledge on: Rope 201, Load Monitoring Systems: Know Your Limits, Rope Access in Entertainment: Training and Usage, Performer Flying Case Study: It Happened at Wembley, Hosting Road Shows at a University, What the Engineers Want You to Know, Touring Overseas: Getting Your Ducks in a Row, Rigging Challenges: Infrastructure Case Studies, Women Riggers of ETCP and Intro to Mental Health First Aid.
The three-day symposium will also include breakout rooms where attendees can get in-depth information from our sponsors as well as virtual networking opportunities with attendees and presenters.
The symposium will carry ETCP education renewal credits for re-certification. For a list of presenters, visit The cost of the NWRS is $99.

mainlightMain Light South to open in Nashville
Wednesday, 19 January 2022

USA - In early April 2022, Main Light will be opening a new facility in Nashville this spring. This will expand Main Light’s operations to a third location, joining Main Light East in Wilmington and Main Light West in Las Vegas.
The new 70,000sq.ft. Main Light South shop will be located at 12630 Old Hickory Blvd, Antioch, TN. Locally, Main Light South will be led by rental account manager Cathie Berbena Lloyd (pictured, right) and operations manager, Jim Gregory (left).
“We found that choosing Nashville makes it much more efficient to support our clients in the area,” explains Main Light general manager, Randy Mullican. “There was a lack of a dry hire options in this market, so it just made sense to open here, where we already have a number of clients. Now with moving into the right space for our facility here, along with the knowledgeable and experienced people that we have joining us,
“Main Light South is the right choice for our clients and for our company. This central location gives us good positioning to offer an even quicker response to clients in the middle of the country; easily supporting our many clients in Atlanta, Florida, and right here in Nashville, as well as other production hot spots throughout the region.”
Jim Gregory will serve as the operations manager, reporting to Mullican. Gregory brings years of lighting and production experience to this role having worked most recently with Pulse Lighting, a design and lighting production company based in Nashville
Rental account manager Cathie Berbena Lloyd will re

birminghamsmithfieldsmainstage1410211aODP appointed official supplier to Birmingham 2022
Wednesday, 19 January 2022

UK - Outdoor Digital Productions (ODP), a collaborative enterprise between ADI, JA Productions and Outdoor Places Unusual Spaces (OPUS), has been chosen to deliver the official Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Festival Live Sites.
ODP aims to transform multiple city locations from large capacity venues, such as Smithfield, to civic and community green spaces, into accessible hubs for cultural placemaking and collective celebration during the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Live Sites will include showpiece creative staging, participatory activations and live arts performances with a focus on locality and sustainability.
Emily Muirhead, Live Sites project manager at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, commented, “We’re excited to have the Outdoor Digital Productions team on-board to facilitate our Live Sites during a momentous occasion for Birmingham and the surrounding area. With strong links to the city and its local talent, ODP will bring their vast experience in live events and culture to the project, helping us promote Birmingham to global audiences, whilst actively engaging spectators and visitors for the duration of the Games.”
Caroline Davis, managing director of OPUS and Director at ODP added, “For the first time the Commonwealth Games Live Sites sit within the Culture Division, highlighting the importance of this particular element within their delivery. This is an area where Outdoor Digital Productions can bring huge value; we’re deeply engaged with local artists, creatives, performers and community groups, and see this as a hug

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Coachella Returns - Billie Eilish, Harry Styles and Kanye West - known as Ye - will headline this year's Coachella festival. It's being held for the first time since 2019 after the 2020 festival was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival runs across two weekends in April in Indio, California, with the same line-up appearing on them both. Swedish House Mafia, Flume, Megan Thee Stallion, Disclosure, Doja Cat and Run the Jewels will also perform. Billie Eilish will become the festival's youngest ever headliner.
Celtic Connections - The organisers of Celtic Connections have launched a ‘hybrid’ online version of the musical festival after shows had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions on crowds. Performances will now be shown online with some screened to smaller audiences at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. A small number of larger-scale shows will be rescheduled for later in the year.
Last year's festival was also forced to go ahead online due to the pandemic. Covid restrictions in Scotland currently mean that no more than 200 people are allowed at indoor seated events. That rule is expected to be lifted in the weeks ahead, but would not come in time for the start of the 18-day programme on Thursday 20 January. More than 1,000 musicians were due to take part in the event, which spans traditional folk, roots, Americana, jazz, soul and world music.
Music in Schools - Andrew Lloyd Webber’s foundation has pledged a further £1m to support a programme that gives disadvantaged children access to classical musical tuition

dslwplpurchase1-9900000000079e3cDSL strengthens Martin Audio portfolio
Tuesday, 18 January 2022

The Netherlands - Since being set up in the early 1980s by brothers Ad and Gert-Jan Gomes, DSL Geluids- & Lichtverhuur has grown steadily into a full-service supplier of sound and lighting.
The wide range of productions serviced by the company - ranging from dance to pop and from business events to theatre productions - requires equipment that can be widely deployed, with Martin Audio systems occupying a prominent place within the DSL warehouse.
Recently, they added two further Martin Audio speaker systems to their inventory: a WPL high output line array and a Torus constant curvature array, supplied by Dutch distributor Ampco Flashlight Sales from Utrecht.
Explaining the reasons for these acquisitions, Gert-Jan Gomes stated, “After the earlier purchase of the WPC system - the successor to the old W8LC - it made sense to move up to the optimum WPL, since larger festivals simply place higher demands on the sound.
“With double 12" for the low end, two 6.5" mid drivers for the total vocal spectrum and three 1" drivers for the high-end, in a fully horn-loaded cabinet, this system delivers an impressively high SPL. And thanks to the associated optimisation software, we are able to generate the correct distribution characteristics and sound experience for every event.”
Clear reproduction, together with the even coverage offered by the MLA series, were the deciding factors, he added. “With the addition of WPL to our current Martin Audio range, we can now service every event with sound - whether small or large scale. We will use WPL

btx-5skylinedrive-03BTX appointed Optimal Audio US distributor
Tuesday, 18 January 2022

USA - UK-based pro audio solutions manufacturer Optimal Audio has announced the appointment of BTX Technologies as its distributor in the US.
Optimal Audio, part of the Focusrite Group, manufactures a one-stop solution of control, amplification and loudspeakers for small to medium sized commercial installations, with a focus on supporting multi-zoned venues.
For more than 50 years, BTX has helped its partners overcome technical hurdles with a wide array of nationally and internationally sourced integration products and is well placed to introduce a new brand to the US market, says Optimal Audio managing director Dom Harter.
“BTX is a trusted and highly respected name in the AV industry, well known for its grassroots sales efforts, great technical support and strong customer service. The BTX team noticed very early on the value of what Optimal Audio brings to the market, and we’re delighted to be entering into what we believe will be a very fruitful partnership with another influential distributor.”
Greg Schwartz, CEO of BTX comments: “When we look for new products of value to offer our integration customers, sophisticated products that are simple to install appeal to us most. That is the very definition of Optimal Audio’s approach to commercial audio, and it's why we are so excited to bring them into our current family of products as we continue to expand our audio offerings.”

ise-2020-3-183ISE announces three-month postponement
Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Europe - After consultation with the ISE exhibitor and visitor community and in the light of the increasing impact of the Omicron variant in Spain, Integrated Systems Events has announced that ISE 2022, scheduled for 1-4 February, has been postponed and will now take place on 10-13 May 2022 at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Vía.
Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events, says: “We’ve been closely monitoring the conditions in Europe and have been working hard on your behalf to balance health and safety concerns with the need for commerce and in-person interaction. It’s been a challenging time for so many over the past two years, and whilst we cannot wait to meet up with everyone at ISE 2022, listening to our exhibitors, owners and stakeholders, we have agreed the best course of action is to postpone the show edition for three months.
“By moving the event to the spring, it provides time for our community to rebalance and for confidence in international travel and meetings to resume. We will be working closely with all our exhibitors and stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition to the new dates. We look forward to hosting the global AV community at ISE 2022 in May in our new home in Barcelona.”
David Labuskes, CEO, AVIXA comments: “While balancing the commitment to both commerce and gathering has been difficult in these uncertain times, we believe the postponement of the ISE show until May does just that. Our community hungers for the opportunity to reconvene in 2022. This schedule makes that all the more possible for all

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Overwhelming Loss - Bring It On the Musical has cancelled its planned UK tour dates after suffering an "overwhelming loss of income" due to omicron disruption. The show was forced to cancel 13 performances during its six-week run at the Southbank Centre in London due to self-isolation requirements, losing hundreds of thousands of pounds, producers said. It continues at the Queen Elizabeth Hall until 22 January, however producer Selladoor Worldwide has now announced that the touring dates that followed will not go ahead. It had been due to visit locations across the UK until 30 July.
A statement from Selladoor said: "Cancelling 13 performances has resulted in an overwhelming loss of income for the production during a peak period that would otherwise have provided a vital financial backbone of the tour. This lost income, amounting to hundreds of thousands of pounds, has sadly rendered the remainder of the tour financially unsustainable. It would be irresponsible for us to continue, and we therefore have no option but to cancel the remainder of the tour."
Hard Times - Welsh arts organisations have warned of further income losses and threats to their recovery, as the government confirms heightened Covid-19 restrictions will continue. At present, theatres and cinemas in Wales have capacity limits of 200 people and social distancing must be in place between groups. These measures have been in place since 26 December, and will now remain for at least another week because of the continuing rise in omicron cases.
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martinaudioopendays-9900000000079e3cMartin Audio confirms 2022 open days
Tuesday, 11 January 2022

UK - Martin Audio has confirmed its first series of open days for the new year. Following the success of the open days in September 2021 the High Wycombe company will hold two product demos at its HQ on 8 and 9 March.
Operating under COVID safety conditions, the event kicks off on 8 March, with two-hour presentations at 9.30am and 2.00pm, and will repeat this programme on the following day.
Visitors can expect to hear demonstrations of the LE and XE stage monitors, point source loudspeakers from BlacklineX and BlacklineX Powered ranges, the Torus constant curvature array and a selection of optimised line arrays from the Wavefront Precision series.
In addition, attendees will be able to become better acquainted with Focusrite Pro and Optimal Audio, sister brands within the wider Focusrite Group.

edelmatedelmat becomes Sixty82 reseller for Germany
Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Germany - Sixty82 has confirmed Berlin-based edelmat. as its newest reseller for Germany.
Edelmat. services include consultation, conception, implementation, as well as service, for rental and installation projects in the field of event technology. It is here that the human being is in the foreground, and edelmat.’s well-trained specialists maintain consistent contact with each and every client to develop budget-oriented and individual solutions.
Sixty82 and edelmat. have very similar values and goals, and the cooperation between the two companies has proved promising. “At edelmat. we connect people through conception and technology,” says edelmat.’s Ayke Bröcker. “The innovative solutions of the Sixty82 brand fits perfectly into our portfolio and our joint work is successful and fun. It is partly for these reasons we chose to become a reseller for Sixty82.”
Edelmat. will offer the full product portfolio from Sixty82. “We find Sixty82 products durable and innovative, which in turn helps us create inventive solutions for our customers in the rental and installation business,” confirms Bröcker.
Edelmat. has completely converted its rental park with products from Sixty82 and, as a sales partner with its own stock, can provide its customers with comprehensive assistance in the rental and installation business at short notice.
Edelmat. has already participated jointly as exhibitors with Sixty82 at Future of Festivals, the trade fair for the festival industry, with great success. “Personal customer contact is very import

sssSSS invests in EM Acoustics R Series
Tuesday, 11 January 2022

UK - Cardiff-based Stage Sound Services is today one of the leading suppliers for the theatre and events industries in the UK and internationally. The company is also the single largest stockist of EM Acoustics equipment with well over 1000 pieces in their rental inventory.
SSS has recently bolstered that inventory still further with the addition of six R10s and 10 R8s from EM Acoustics’ flagship Reference Series range. The purchase also represents the first Reference Series delivery to a rental company.
R10 was recently honoured with a PLASA Innovation Award where the judges commended its controllable, adjustable low-mid dispersion, adding that the inclusion of the different high-medium frequency flares increases the flexibility for a touring show and is a feature that has not been seen before in a speaker of this type.
“We’re very pleased to take delivery of some of the first pieces of R10 and R8, especially as we were involved in the beta-testing of the R10,” remarks Phil Hurley, owner of Stage Sound Services. “We’ve always supported EM Acoustics – they’re a British company that makes consistently good products, which explains why we have a lot of their gear in our inventory.
“When they approached us to beta-test the R10, we were very pleased to do it. I’ve always had the greatest respect for Ed’s design talents and we could see that they’d come up with something a bit special with the R10. Having tested it quite extensively on Ghost Stories in the West End where the sound designer, Nick Manning was very impre

alpdALPD bestows 11 fellowships
Tuesday, 11 January 2022

UK - The ALPD has named 11 new fellows who will join its membership for life. A further two honorary members were also welcomed into the ALPD fold.
The ALPD fellowships are bestowed in recognition of the immense contribution each individual has made to the association and to the lighting community as well as the industry as a whole. The presentations will be made during the association’s Lighting Dinner, to be held at the Park Plaza Hotel, London, in February.
Johanna Town, ALPD chair, comments: “It is an extraordinary year for the ALPD, which has followed on from a truly extraordinary period for all of us in the lighting profession, the theatre community and far beyond. It is for this reason that we wish to celebrate and thank our new fellows and highlight the lifetime of work they have given and the opportunities they have created for others.”
The new 2021 fellows include: Paul Pyant - for his immense contribution to the art of lighting design; Howard Eaton - for his contribution to performance lighting; Durham Marenghi - for his contribution to performance lighting; Ian Saunders - for his contribution made to the Association; Paule Constable - for her leadership in campaigning on behalf the people who work in performance lighting; Les Bone - for his contribution to performance lighting at the ROH; Laurie Clayton - for his contribution to performance lighting at the National Theatre; Bryan Raven - for his leadership in campaigning on behalf the people who work in performance lighting; Coral Cooper - for creating and supporting opportunitie

xytechlogoXytech acquired by private equity firm
Monday, 10 January 2022

USA - Xytech, provider of facility management software for the broadcast and media industries, has been purchased by San Francisco-based Banneker Partners, a software-focused private equity firm.
Xytech says customers can expect a seamless transition and the company will update its customers and partner in the coming days.
Xytech CEO Richard Gallagher comments: “When I created Xytech, my primary goal was to bring facility management into the next generation to help media facilities - both large and small - be more efficient and productive. For more than three decades, this has been Xytech’s focus, and we are proud of what we have accomplished. Banneker, with its investment focus on software solutions aimed at specific verticals and willingness to invest to scale operational delivery, product innovation and sales and marketing, is the perfect partner for Xytech’s next stage of growth.”
“We see this as a strategic investment to accelerate Xytech's ability to enhance their solution offering and operational delivery capabilities in this key market segment," adds Kenneth Frank, partner at Banneker Partners. "We look forward to working alongside Richard and the rest of the management team to strengthen the company’s customer penetration and market reach.”

crf-emergency-social-banner-rectanglePLASA schedules Cultural Recovery Fund webinar
Monday, 10 January 2022

UK - PLASA will run a free webinar on the Culture Recovery Fund Emergency Resource Support Fund Round 2 to help prospective candidates plan and submit a strong application ahead of deadline.
Taking place on Tuesday, 11 January, from 10am-12pm, the webinar will be hosted by Caroline Taylor and Vanessa Rawlings-Jackson, both experienced funding specialists with a proved track record of helping to secure millions in Arts Council funding, including rounds 1 and 2 of the Culture Recovery Fund.
Those who join the virtual event will learn who can apply, what Arts Council is looking for in a good application, and other key information. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session.
“Whether you are unsure of your eligibility or are already putting together an application, don't miss out on this valuable opportunity,” says PLASA.
To register for this webinar, visit this link.
The Permission to Apply deadline to the Arts Council is at 12pm on 18 January.


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