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prolyteSLS appointed Prolyte distributor for Portugal
Thursday, 15 October 2020

Europe - Prolyte has appointed Sound light and system (SLS), a sales partner for the company since 2014, as its new distributor in Portugal.
Established in 2014, SLS provides complete solutions for the professional audio and lighting market in Portugal.
“With the development of the market during these uncertain times, it is reassuring to have a strong trustable partner to further deliver high-end quality products and structural solutions that are in increasing demand in Portugal,” says Prolyte manager William Voskuil.
Rui Nunes, SLS CEO, comments: "We’ve worked with Prolyte for years now and we firmly believe that Prolyte is in fact the best truss solution for the Portuguese market. Being a well-recognised and known brand, Prolyte is ahead of its game in the market, as it is not only used and trusted by everyone but also recognized for its potential to lead. Prolyte has always offered us an excellent, tech-savvy product line, and we’re more than excited to be an official distributor of the Prolyte family. We at SLS look forward to working together with Prolyte and create amazing things together.”
Voskuil adds: "It is always a pleasure to work with SLS, and the growth of this relationship is publicly recognised with this transition up the ladder. SLS being our latest official distributor in Portugal strengthens our worldwide network, while increasing the availability of Prolyte's wide ranges of products across Portugal and the world.
“Rui Nunes is an industry professional and we are delighted to continue our magnificent work

bromptoniMAG Displays invests in Brompton’s Hydra
Wednesday, 14 October 2020

UK - iMAG Displays has added a Brompton Technology Hydra to its inventory.
The Hydra is an advanced measurement system custom-designed for LED panels fitted with a Tessera R2 receiver card. Panels must be measured with Hydra to benefit from Dynamic Calibration, the technology that enables Brompton HDR.
iMAG has invested in a Hydra not just to recalibrate its own stock of LED panels, but also to make it available for hire to other UK rental houses so they can update their own panel inventory.
The decision to purchase Hydra was made before the pandemic but was put on hold whilst the company – previously focused on servicing live events – realigned its focus and looked at new business opportunities. Such an investment may seem like a bold move in the current climate, but the decision was based on seeing first-hand the benefits of Dynamic Calibration and Brompton HDR, close consultation with the Brompton team, general market intelligence, and finally galvanised by a significant client win.
“We know this may look like an odd time to be making a major investment,” says iMAG founder and technical director, Alex Strachan. “However, it now gives us the opportunity to open up new avenues of business and to allow fellow companies in the LED rental sector to hire our Hydra and update their screens. This gives their existing stock a new lease of life and allows them the same opportunities as us without having to make any major investment.”
“We are delighted that iMAG has been able to fulfil its desire to be the first UK-owned company t

symetrixwebsiteSymetrix launches community forum
Wednesday, 14 October 2020

USA - Symetrix has launched its newly designed, mobile-friendly website complete with a new community forum.
Visitors to the website will find a visually enhanced, user-friendly format with improved navigation, functionality, and responsiveness on all screens and device types. The site features redesigned vertical focus pages, images and testimonials from real Symetrix projects, along with an online warranty claim form, and more robust support pages.
“It’s important to us that the Symetrix universe of users can easily find what they need from our website, whether it’s technical information, product documentation, or project inspiration, and be able to do it all from a phone or iPad if they’re not in front of a computer,” explains Symetrix owner and CEO, Mark Graham. “The new website provides that functionality, along with a cool new forum to give us a place to connect.”
The new Symetrix Symposium forum is a user-generated platform where visitors can ask questions, provide answers, and build community in the AV industry. Moderated by the Symetrix Technical Support Team, the forum is broken up into three main categories (audio processors & software, control solutions, and Intelligent Modules & Lua scripting) to provide vital information to AV users of all levels of expertise.
The forum interface is available in eight languages and provides 24/7 access to user-based technical information.

roadtripHighlite UK hits the road with new product tour
Wednesday, 14 October 2020

UK - Highlite UK has embarked on a UK roadshow during October and early November to present some of its new latest products.
After hosting the first session at its office in Calne, the company is heading to Future Technical Solutions in Torquay on 15 October; Subfrantic in Bromley on 20 October; Vector Lighting in Milton Keynes on 22 October; MRL Productions in Clacton on Sea on the 27th; Stage Management Company in Leeds on the 29th, and Musicmann in Walsall on 3 November. Those who wish to attend should register via Eventbrite
“We will be taking the roadtrip to seven venues,” says Highlite. “There will be two sessions at each venue, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The first session will take place from 10am until 12:30pm and the second session will take place from 1pm until 3:30pm.
“All COVID-19 government guidelines will be put into place as per PLASA guidance,” says the company. “Our aim is to create a great event but keep you and our staff safe and show a great range of Highlite products. We ask you to bring and wear a mask, we will have sanitize stations in and around the venues for you to use, and we will sanitize all the area before you enter and regularly throughout the day.”

website-imagePLASA Online 2020 running all week
Tuesday, 13 October 2020

UK - PLASA Online 2020, a five-day programme of business, technical and product sessions, kicked off yesterday and will run daily until 16 October. The week-long programme includes live key notes, panel discussions and training sessions designed to provide education, guidance and inspiration during these challenging times.
In light of challenges that have emerged in the COVID era, chartered safety practitioner and production manager Tom Goode will discuss event production in the new COVID environment. Joining him will be Karl Raw, Health and Safety Inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Dominique Perrissin-Fabert, Health and Safety Manager for the Royal Opera House, and Ben Stephen, Head of Operations & Production for the Albany. Together they will share how they have adapted workplaces and practices and will answer questions from the virtual audience. In other sessions, James Eade will unpack the latest changes in PAT testing guidelines, and Nathanael Dannenberg of Signify will reveal how to harness the power of UV-C lighting for disinfection.
Business webinars are planned throughout the week: economist Roger Martin-Fagg will outline predictions on the UK’s economic recovery; HR expert Nicky Gleadow will provide advice on employment, support schemes and redundancies; and to highlight the importance of mental health, PLASA’s Peter Heath will speak with Eric Mtungwazi from Music Support and Pat O’Toole, an experienced coach, trainer and consultant, to share ways of managing mental health and wellbeing. Additionally, a panel of ind

screenshot8PLASA MD gives evidence to the House of Lords
Tuesday, 13 October 2020

UK - PLASA’s Managing Director Peter Heath spoke to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee on Employment and COVID-19 on 6 October.
Alongside Horace Trubridge from Musicians' Union, Abigail Pogson from SAGE Gateshead and Julian Bird from UK Theatre, Heath gave evidence of the live events and entertainment sector is suffering and why the sector needs further government support. The session was broadcast on Parliament TV and is available in full here: //
During the introduction, Heath commented: “The events industry has been absolutely devastated, but the question is, can it survive? This is subject to how soon we can return to work and what support mechanisms will be in place to maintain skills, maintain innovation, and maintain the supply chain. When demand returns, demand will be high because people like to spend money on things that make them happy. But we need to have an industry there to fulfil demand.”
When asked for examples of businesses which have been made unviable, he responded: “We have many company members that have been in double digit growth for many years, but they have had zero revenue from March onwards. For example, one of our members invoiced over £11m in March 2019. In the same period this year invoiced £170,000. He is now being told he is not viable.”
He continued: “Furlough was a great help

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Mixed Reactions - Venues and organisations including The Cavern Club in Liverpool and the London Symphony Orchestra are to receive a share of £257m government arts funding. The Cavern, which hosted early gigs from The Beatles, has been given £525,000 to fund the recording of performances from local musicians. More than 1,300 organisations are set to benefit, including the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Bristol Old Vic. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden described the move as "a vital boost".
Fairport’s Cropredy Convention music festival has been awarded £200,000 under the scheme. Gareth Williams, Cropredy’s festival organiser, said: “We have all seen how hard this Covid pandemic has hit the festival industry; 2020 has basically been a write-off. This most welcome grant from the CRF secures the future of our festival for 2021 and will help us cover any additional costs of providing extra safety measures we will need to put in place next summer. We can now plan ahead for 2021 with fresh confidence.”
Meanwhile, Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association, noted how "very limited numbers of dance music clubs and events" had received funding at this crucial point. "We have been aware all along that the fund would not be able to support everyone, and will leave many businesses who have missed out on this opportunity awaiting on a perilous cliff edge, which will result in further redundancies in the coming weeks," said Kill. "We need the government to step up and support our sector," he added.
The St Austell Arts Centre

screen-shot-2020-10-07-at-1244SLLFX marks brand refresh with new look
Tuesday, 13 October 2020

UK - Sound, Light & Laser FX has been known as SLLFX by much of the industry for most of its existence. Now, as part of a larger rebranding and investment initiative, the Birmingham-based AV rental company has officially taken SLLFX as its name.
The new name and logo is just one element of a full brand refresh and investment process that has helped to transform the equipment rental company. The investment process started ahead of the UK’s national lockdown with the addition of Unilumin HD LED screens to the company’s hire stock.
Following this, during lockdown the company launched two streaming services. First, a streaming studio complete with full DJ setup and LED walls for DJs to deliver the professional look they are used to at clubs. Joining this is the mobile media centre, a fully mobile virtual venue for corporate clients looking to overcome Zoom fatigue.
These initiatives, alongside a move into new areas of AV equipment hire such as outdoor cinema and streamed celebrations, have ensured that SLLFX has continued to trade strongly over the last few months, despite the challenges faced by the whole industry.
With the company offering more services to more markets than it was before, and the change in name, the final stage in the brand refresh has been the creation of a new website. The site has been designed, updating all the old content and highlighting the new offerings from SLLFX.
“Every company in our industry has needed to adapt in order to survive in these difficult times, and we have been very fortunate that many o

point-sourceCTS-certified training for microphones
Tuesday, 13 October 2020

USA - Point Source Audio has introduced an AVIXA-approved training course in the professional use and cleaning of body-worn microphones on the heels of its recently launched Mike’s Academy online educational hub.
Titled Body-Worn Microphones and Personal Audio Equipment - Applications and Maintenance, the course will deliver 1.25 Renewal Units (RU) towards achieving or retaining CTS / CTS-D certification.
Focusing on both the everyday use and upkeep of high-end body-worn microphone technology, the course will provide invaluable insight into close contact mic placement as well as teaching artists to effectively self-mic - a particularly hot topic in the midst of the current global pandemic. The course will be available to newcomers to AVIXA certification as well as current CTS holders.
Point Source market development manager Mac Johnson comments, “AXIVA members are able to create an integrated AV experience that delivers a quality outcome every time. Through CTS certification, industry professionals can attain a level of expertise that in return gives confidence to customers - that has always been our main focus.”
Alongside looking in detail at mic placement, attendees will benefit from best practice training in choosing the right microphone to match the performance criteria and aesthetic needs of an event, as well as redundant microphone placement techniques and the steps in sanitization.
The course description and details can be found on the company’s website through test

genelecdemoroomphoto1Genelec opens US Experience Centre
Tuesday, 13 October 2020

USA - Genelec has completed a new demonstration facility at the company’s US headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, where visitors can experience the full range of Genelec professional audio products in configurations from stereo through immersive 9.1.6. The new Genelec Experience Centre, the first in the United States, joins existing Genelec demonstration facilities in the UK, Germany, China and India.
This latest Experience Centre is a total rebuild of a former surround sound demo studio designed in-house in 2004, with Will Eggleston, Genelec Inc. US marketing director, providing the acoustical design. Earlier this year, Eggleston called on world-renowned studio architect and designer Francis Manzella, president and principal designer at Francis Manzella Design, to create a new aesthetic and acoustical treatments for the renovated space, which serves as a mix room, a theatre and a research and test centre for new software and other products.
“Sadly, we lost Fran the day before we broke ground,” says Paul Stewart, Genelec Inc. senior technical sales manager, who devised the room’s wiring scheme. “It was tragic losing such a talented and great guy, but I have to say that we really did consider him every step of the way as we worked on the finishing touches to this room and kept his spirit in it.”
The new space is configured to handle formats from stereo through surround to immersive 9.1.6 through a range of Genelec’s Smart Active Monitors (SAM). The installed speakers demonstrate the breadth of Genelec’s product line.

backupBackup announces Hardship Fund
Tuesday, 13 October 2020

UK - Technical entertainment charity Backup has set up a new fund to help industry workers who have received no or limited government support during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
The Hardship Fund will provide financial assistance to crew/production personnel, and people working in the technical supply chain across the UK entertainment sector, including those from live events, theatre and TV and film.
The fund has been allocated an initial £200,000, with further fundraising in progress. £100,000 was raised by Backup and its supporters, including #WeMakeEvents, whilst charity Light Relief matched this with a further £100,000.
Backup chairman John Simpson comments: “The technicians and their families in our industry, particularly freelancers, are experiencing incredible hardship at the moment and, with the lack of ongoing financial support from the government, there are many people who are in desperate need of help. As an industry, we are trying to help ourselves, and Backup is now in a position to be able to offer a small measure of assistance. We still need more donations to help many more of our colleagues in distress.”
The first application period is running from 8am on 19 October to 8pm on 30 October and Backup is targeting resources to people who have received no government grants (e.g. from the furlough scheme and self-employment income support scheme) and no grants from other charitable funds (e.g. Theatre Artists Fund, Arts Council, etc.). All successful applicants will receive funds two weeks after the closing date, says the cha

robe-silverstone-wemakeevents-stand-as-one-sil302112276-photo-by-louise-sticklandRobe on track at Silverstone for #WeMakeEvents
Friday, 9 October 2020

UK - Persistent and torrential rain didn’t dampen any spirits or enthusiasm at Silverstone Circuit in the UK where moving light manufacturer Robe UK, rental and production company Clearsound and Silverstone’s events and conference team transformed the race track’s Wing building and conference centre ‘resplendent red’ for the evening of 30 September 2020.
This massive effort was in support the #WeMakeEvents Global Day of Action.
Nearly 100 Robe moving lights supplied by Clearsound and Robe helped light two key locations at Silverstone – The Wing pit lane and paddock building, which resembles the wing of a race car with extensive event and conference facilities on the higher floors, and the BRDC (British Racing Drivers’ Club) Clubhouse which was a couple of kilometres away on a different part of this enormous site.
The Robe luminaires were combined with around 150 other lighting fixtures sourced from Clearsound, with additional fixtures from Dragonfly Lighting and CSR Lighting plus extra control from Antire Technical Productions, all contributing to the spectacle, together with the respective permanent lighting schemes of both buildings.
Robe and Clearsound were also joined on site by several other partner companies.
AE Hire supplied power distribution, ARB provided three mobile LED screens; Onpoint Logistics and their fabulous truck once again supported Clearsound & Robe having transported kit for them on the two previous #LightItInRed and #WeMakeEvents days of action.
MLE Pyrotechnics added lasers and also shot

onlinePLASA Online programme to begin on Monday
Friday, 9 October 2020

UK - From 12-16 October, PLASA is hosting PLASA Online, a five-day programme of curated business, technical and product sessions. Each session is designed to provide education, guidance and inspiration during this challenging time.
Several leading brands will present their latest products, including lighting brands Chauvet, Elation, ETC and Martin. Sennheiser will showcase their new range, and Adam Hall and Highlite will take a look at a variety of their products for both lighting and audio. DiGiCo will detail how they use Audinate’s Dante with their mixing platforms, Vectorworks will host a training session on event production and design, and Broadweigh will present case studies of their wireless load monitoring solutions being used in international shows and tours.
Business webinars are planned throughout the week: renowned economist Roger Martin-Fagg will outline pathways and predictions on the UK’s economic recovery; HR expert Nicky Gleadow will provide advice on employment, support schemes and redundancies; and award-winning speaker Marcus Child will give practical tips to inspire better leadership and company culture.
Additionally, a panel of industry and trade bodies will discuss ways of preparing for Brexit. PLASA’s MD Peter Heath will be joined by Naomi Pohl of Musicians’ Union, Lisa Ryan of EFM Global Logistics, and Peter Bishop of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This session will prove unmissable for both companies and freelancers who work and trade with the EU member states.
In light of challenges that have emerged

eonRavenna partners with Eon Art
Thursday, 8 October 2020

Canada - ALC NetworX, developer of the Technology & Engineering Emmy Award-winning Ravenna technology, has welcomed Canadian audio electronic experts, Eon Art, to the Ravenna community.
Based in Chandler, Quebec, Eon Art specialises in the design and manufacture of ultra high-end, high-fidelity audio electronics, and more recently - since the acquisition of Venus Acoustic in 2017 - hi-fi loudspeakers. The company also offers laboratory services for the audio industry and boasts the largest audio electronics lab in Canada. With a limited production run every year, Eon Art’s products are highly sought after by audiophiles worldwide.
According to Eon Art founder, CEO and chief electronic designer, Stéphane Hautcoeur, joining the Ravenna community is a logical step. “Our Tachyon digital audio converter (DAC) is a concentrate of the highest musical technology that offers fifteen independent power supplies, a dual conversion circuit, and eight microprocessors in a single box and an architecture featuring extremely short signal tracks based on rare, eight-layer double copper thickness circuit boards.
“It is therefore only natural that we use the Ravenna protocol for the Tachyon Ethernet AES67-compatible network-based digital input as Ravenna is the unsurpassed state-of-the-art, standards-based audio transport technology.
“Our DAC also features ultra high end audio capacitors from Duelund and other exceptional brands, as well as a unique, easily interchangeable printed circuit board for periodic replacement of chemical capacitors. It sup

over-seasTFG upgrades AV at Royal Over-Seas League
Thursday, 8 October 2020

UK - Torpedo Factory Group has upgraded the audio-visual system at the central London home of the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL), a non-profit private members organisation originally formed in 1910 with the collective aim of bringing people together from around the world to meet, socialise and foster an interest in the Commonwealth.
A long-standing and fervent supporter of the arts, ROSL has over the last 65 years developed a diverse portfolio of activities in music, visual arts, and literature. ROSL Arts regularly supports talented young professional artists and musicians through an annual music competition as well as a programme of music and visual arts scholarships.
In providing performance opportunities for its prizewinning musicians, concerts and other events such as wedding receptions, banquets and conferences take place at the ROSL’s historic Princess Alexandra Hall, an impressive room with renowned natural acoustics.
However, the hall’s patchwork of audio-visual facilities had fallen behind and were in need of an upgrade, and consequently the ROSL approached the Torpedo Factory Group to submit a design for a modern and fully integrated solution.
“The existing AV system at the ROSL hadn’t kept pace with the variety of events they wanted to host, and frequently looked to the rental side of our business to hire in additional equipment for special functions,” explained TFG project manager Phillip Palmer. “Thanks to this relationship and the need to augment their systems so often a permanent installation solution became viable, w

munichARRI opens new HQ in Munich
Thursday, 8 October 2020

Germany - Since its establishment in 1917, ARRI’s historical location in Munich's Tuerkenstrasse has been the main hub of activity for the business. Now, the globally active film technology company is relocating its headquarters and the entire Camera Systems division to Munich’s Parkstadt Schwabing.
On 6 October, 2020, Judith Gerlach, Bavarian State Minister for Digital Affairs and also responsible for the state’s film industry, commemorated the opening with a visit to the new building. She was welcomed by ARRI executive board members Dr. Michael Neuhaeuser and Markus Zeiler, the two managing directors of ARRI Cine Technik Stephan Schenk and Walter Trauninger, as well as by the members of the supervisory board and representatives of the owner family Dr. Carolin Stahl and Christoph Stahl.
ARRIAL is the new production and office building, offering over 600 workspaces, that has been tailored to meet ARRI’s future needs. Located at Herbert Bayer Strasse 10, in the direct vicinity of many other global players, the name ARRIAL was born out of an internal employee competition. Inspired by the architecture of American film studios, the building consists of two spacious, interconnected building blocks.
“Some visitors recognise analogue film strips from earlier times or the carbon housings of our digital ARRI cameras in the dynamic-looking, almost perforated, black brick facade,” comments managing director Walter Trauninger who is responsible, along with Stephan Schenk, for the Camera Systems business unit.
The State Minister for Digital Aff

eaw-directlinklogosEAW appoints rep for Rocky Mountain states
Wednesday, 7 October 2020

USA - Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced DirectLink Marketing as its manufacturer’s representative serving Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and the El Paso, Texas area.
“With over three decades of industry experience, DirectLink Marketing has a reputation for representing only top tier brands - we are honoured to have EAW as part of its esteemed line card,” comments TJ Smith, president for EAW. “Principal Dave Larsen has a deep understanding of his customer base and the market, and we look forward to better serving this expansive territory.”
Based in the Salt Lake Valley, UT, DirectLink is a manufacturers rep firm that focuses on audio, video and lighting brands with a primary focus on resellers. Larsen founded DirectLink Marketing in 2007 and today, the company has become a leading rep firm in the Rocky Mountain states.
“When I was looking for a speaker company, I asked some well-respected industry colleagues and as we went down the list, EAW clearly stood out as the company that we wanted to represent,” says Larsen. “In addition, Josh Garcia, a former EAW employee who now handles the Colorado region for us, highly recommended the brand and given his extensive EAW knowledge, the partnership just made sense. EAW has an impressive track record and has been a class leader for quite some time. The company’s new ADAPTive technology products are cutting edge and something we didn’t have access to before. They are a welcome addition to DirectLink’s catalogue.”

roeROE Visual US invests in Brompton’s Hydra
Wednesday, 7 October 2020

USA - Brompton Technology reports that ROE Visual US has received its anticipated purchase of Brompton Technology’s Hydra system for their West Coast office in Chatsworth, Los Angeles.
Hydra can perform recalibrations on all LED panels equipped with Brompton’s R2 controller cards. This means that the panels, once measured, will benefit from Version 3 of Brompton’s Tessera Processor software and be fully compatible with Brompton’s Dynamic Calibration technology, to allow greater brightness, improved colour gamut and, crucially, the ability to display HDR imagery.
“When we saw the Brompton Dynamic Calibration system in prototype form at LDI last year, we knew it was going to be a game changer, so we immediately placed orders to ensure that we would benefit from this technology as soon as it became available to the market,” says Frank Montero, general manager of ROE Visual US.
“We were delighted to learn that this system would not only work on new panels but on existing stock as well, meaning our current customers would gain a new lease of life on their original investments, making their decision to invest in ROE Visual LED panels even more attractive. We immediately added an additional system for our local office here in California.”
ROE Visual is passionate about using the latest technologies and making these available for its clients, and the long-term partnerships it has formed have been based on this principle. With this in mind, it was essential to bring the Hydra system to its client base in North America at the earliest op

pw112Powerwerks extends European reach with JHS
Wednesday, 7 October 2020

UK - JHS has been appointed distributor for Powerwerks sound reinforcement products in the UK, ROI, France, Benelux and Germany. Powerwerks offers a comprehensive range of sound reinforcement products, designed in the USA and based on the knowledge and manufacturing expertise of the Hanser Music Group founded in1924.
New lines distributed by JHS include, 50, 200 and 300w, lightweight and highly portable, full-range, active Powered Towers, with built-in powered mixer, Bluetooth facilities and 24-bit digital processing.
Facilities included within the Powered Tower’s rear control panel, include a ‘Powerlink’ circuit to create a multi-Power Tower system and outputs for Powerwerks 400watt sub-woofer cabinets, loaded with an optional 10” or 12" speaker format.
Sonic flexibility is also a specialty of the Powerwerks PW Series of high-powered active 1000watt cabinets, where again, the theme is lightweight compact and extremely portable. Offered with a choice of 10, 12 or 15" speakers, all models feature Bluetooth connectivity and have visual appeal with illuminated logo.
Ted Burger, president, Hanser Music Group, comments: “Powerwerks is continuing to expand its market reach in the world by cultivating relationships with agile, innovative distributors. We have high expectations that our collaboration with JHS will be key to the growth and success of the Powerwerks brand in many European territories.”
JHS managing director Dennis Drumm, adds: “We are thrilled to welcome Powerwerks as manufacturers of high-quality sound reinforc

peter-leathem-5PPL supports PSA COVID-19 Crew Relief Fund
Wednesday, 7 October 2020

UK - Stagehand, the PSA live event production industry’s welfare and benevolent fund, has received £100,000 from PPL to boost the charity's new COVID-19 Crew Relief Fund.
Launched by Stagehand trustees in September, the fund was deemed a necessary move by the charity as a means to support crew, technicians and live events industry workers that have fallen through the cracks in state aid. Open from mid-October, the fund will help those struggling to meet the cost of basic living - a roof over their head or food on the table.
Mike Lowe, chair of trustees, comments: “We are extremely thankful to PPL for coming on board so generously at the beginning of our campaign. As a sector-specific charity, we’ve already seen devastating effects suffered by some of our workforce caused by the lack of work and financial support. The relief of having rent paid and mouths fed will no doubt ease the undoubted mental anguish caused by the pandemic.”
Peter Leathem, PPL chief executive officer, adds: “The live events sector has been one of the communities hardest hit by the pandemic and so we welcome the opportunity to be able to provide this support. This funding adds to the contributions we have made to hardship funds for musicians, freelancers and venues - all of which are part of the music ecosystem.
“We need to safeguard the jobs and livelihoods of crew so that they are there when our members get back out on the road post-COVID to do what they love most - performing. This is a much-needed initiative from Stagehand and we are pleased to be able t

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Recovery Fund - Theatres expecting to receive news of whether they will receive Culture Recovery Fund grants have been told they must wait a week longer, due to the "volume and complexity of the applications". Arts organisations that have bid for grants of £1m million or less as part of the £500m fund were due to be notified about Arts Council England’s decision no later than 5pm on 5 October. However, 72 hours before the original deadline, organisations were contacted by ACE to say that the announcement would be delayed by a week and decisions would be confirmed on 12 October instead.
ACE is administering the part of the fund for arts organisations, with the British Film Institute and Historic England also responsible for distributing parts of the funding. The body said: "We understand this is an anxious time for many people and many organisations up and down the country. We apologise that there is a week’s delay in letting the first tranche of grants applicants know decisions, but we will still be able to get money to them this month.
"Given the volume and complexity of the applications that came through to this brand-new fund, we’ve had to do additional due diligence to make sure money from the public purse is spent responsibly. We are working hard to get this much-needed funding out as quickly as possible, to those who need it most.”
Palace Party - A concert celebrating West End musicals held in aid of theatrical charities has been announced to reopen the Palace Theatre. The Show Must Go On! Live at the Palace Theatre wi

jonathan-reid-joins-qdos-event-hire-as-regional-managerQdos Event Hire opens Glasgow office
Tuesday, 6 October 2020

UK - As part of Qdos Event Hire’s ongoing plans for growth and national expansion, it has opened an office in Glasgow with Jonathan Reid appointed regional manager. Reid, an event professional with 28 years’ experience in delivering temporary accommodation and welfare facilities, will be developing the business throughout Scotland and the north of England.
Vice-chair of NOEA Scotland with strong links to Portable Sanitation Europe (PSE) and regular involvement with the Event Industry Forum, Reid brings with a wide knowledge of events in the region.
Commenting on his appointment, James Thomas, managing director of Qdos Event Hire said: “Extending our reach nationally has been part of our long-term ambitions for the business for some time now. Jonathan’s reputation and dedication are very much aligned with Qdos’ commitment to delivering high quality products and excellent customer service and he’s already proving to be a superb addition. With his professional approach and excellent knowledge and understanding of clients’ requirements, Jonathan is perfectly placed to develop our dedicated operation that services events in Scotland and the north of England.”
Reid adds: “I jumped at the opportunity to join the Qdos team, having kept a watchful eye on the business as a competitor, I’m more than confident that together we can offer an excellent range of products with service levels to match and develop the business as a truly national brand. We’ve hit the ground running with both the reception and comments from clients being exceptio

holidayornamentssBTS Boutique in festive mode
Tuesday, 6 October 2020

USA - The BTS Boutique is offering a range of festive decorations. Add some unique holiday decorations to your home this year and support your colleagues who are seriously ill or injured as well as Behind the Scenes’ new Mental Health and Suicide Prevention initiative. These ornaments have been generously made and donated to Behind the Scenes by Mike and Sue Wood, so every penny goes directly to helping your colleagues in need.
Have cut-outs of your favourite tools hanging on your tree this Christmas by choosing from a crescent wrench, shackle, paintbrush or scissors as well as holiday designs. Available in 3” round acrylic disks in red (in keeping with the #WeMakeEvents theme) or clear.
There’s a BTS ghostlight etched on clear acrylic. Ghostlight Tree, a garlanded Christmas tree features a ghostlight star that’s available in three styles: etched on clear acrylic, as an LED night light in multi colour or solid blue, and as a portable mini LED with remote control that will brighten any room or window with the holiday spirit.
For those celebrating Hanukkah there is a portable mini LED with an etched menorah topped with a ghostlight shamas candle and a Star of David night light in multi-colour or solid blue.
For more information about Behind the Scenes, to donate, or to apply for a grant, visit

the-survival-tour-team-photoJoin The Survival Tour bike ride fundraiser
Tuesday, 6 October 2020

UK - Started in Newcastle last Saturday, 3 October and finishing in London on Sunday, 18 October, five industry stalwarts (plus one driving the bus) will cycle between 80 and 125km per day, representing the UK tour season that never happened this year.
Stopping off at over 50 of the most iconic festival, tour and performance venues that have all been standing empty, dark and silent, since the start of lockdown, all in all the tour will cover over 1,500km.
The tour aims to raise awareness of the plight of the million-plus workers in the UK events industry, a sector regarded as the best in the world, to raise funds for Backup #WeMakeEvents’ chosen charity that provides help to employees, freelancers and their families suffering in the entertainment sector, and to kick off Restart, the next phase of the #WeMakeEvents campaign.
The five riders and driver of the support vehicle, provided by Crossland Bussing, all have established careers in the events industry, having worked with the biggest names in the world including Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Roger Waters, Florence & The Machine, Mumford & Sons and more. Heading up the initiative are Steve Reynolds and Loud Sound colleagues Mike Trasmundi along with. Mark Ward of Proper Productions and colleagues Harry Ford and Tyler Cole-Holmes.
According to Steve Reynolds it was so important, professionally as well as personally, to try to help. “Having worked in the entertainment and events business for so many years we all felt we had to do something, both to raise awareness to


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