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10of10GLP launches short-form video series
Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Germany - GLP is to launch a new series of short-form, fun, and informative interview videos with lighting designers from all over the industry.
The series will see videos released on a weekly basis with different designers facing the same 10 questions, covering their formative years, as well as career highs and even some of the moments they would rather forget. Partly informative, partly inspirational, and partly irreverent and amusing, the interviews have been designed to bring a little bit of everything to the viewer.
To keep them easy and fun, the interviews will be edited into 15-minute episodes. Given that some of the more elaborate stories could take a little longer, full-length versions of the interviews will be made available in the future. Episodes will be published every Wednesday on GLP’s YouTube Channel, and through its various social media feeds.
With future guests including concert touring designer, Ethan Weber; Broadway and West End award winning designer Neil Austin; the legendary Steven Cohen; NBC Universal’s Fred Bock and many more characters, the series kicks off with Justin Kitchenman, best known for his work with Nashville artist Luke Bryan.

feedourcrewimageFeed Our Crew embarks on final push for funds
Wednesday, 10 June 2020

South Africa - #Feedourcrew, supported by DWR Distribution’s SOS Charity Fund, are hoping to give a final push to raise funds internationally for event industry freelancers and theatre technicians in South Africa. This very hardworking and dedicated group of people have struggled to put food on the table during the national lockdown due to COVID-19 lockdown. Nicole Barnes of DWR reports:
Over the past two months, the #FeedOurCrew initiative has been able to provide shopping vouchers for over 350 families, who’s primary breadwinners are no longer able to make a living due to the closing of the events industry.
“The #FeedOurCrew fund has raised R280 000. Originally each recipient was given a voucher for R1000. Due to dwindling funds and a huge increase in applications, we are now giving recipients vouchers of R500 each. This has helped just over 350 freelance technicians that are currently completely without any form of income and do not qualify for UIF,” says Tamsyn Strydom, technical production manager at MGG.
As the crisis deepened, donations are drying up as both businesses and individuals in the sector are running out of funds themselves. To date, government relief has not addressed any of the needs of the industry, despite multiple appeals. At the initiation of the hard lockdown, The Department of Arts and Culture announced a relief fund to be distributed among affected persons in the industry, and not a single freelance technician has benefited to date.
“We have done everything that we can as an industry to support our m

 
 
blk-on-wht-concert-shop-350Concert Shop becomes Pledge-a-Product partner
Wednesday, 10 June 2020

USA - Behind the Scenes reports that Concert Shop has become a Pledge-a-Product partner by pledging to donate a percentage of sales from their Blaklader Workwear line. Blaklader is Sweden’s leading producer of heavy working clothes.
Newly launched, Concert Shop is a boutique online store providing personal gear tailored to meet the demands of people who work. Their offerings include clothing, personal equipment, accessories, and supplies.
Upon announcing the pledge, founder Mike Aug comments: “At the Concert Shop, we believe in giving back to the industry that has supported our families for decades. We strongly believe in the work that the Behind the Scenes Foundation does to assist those in every facet of the entertainment industry. With that, the Concert Shop is proud to announce that we will contribute a portion of every Blaklader Workwear sale to the Behind the Scenes Foundation to aide in their mission of providing support to injured or ill entertainment technology professionals.”
Rick Rudolph, the chair of Behind the Scenes, adds: “We are so pleased to welcome Mike and Concert Shop as our newest Pledge-a-Product partner. Mike’s years in the industry have taught him to value high quality, long-lasting workwear and he’s decided to make what he found through extensive searching and field testing available to everyone in our industry.”
The Behind the Scenes charity provides entertainment technology professionals, or their immediate dependent family members, who are seriously ill or injured with grants that may be used for ba

 
Exertis ProAV Australia to distribute Unilumin
Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Australia - LED display and lighting solutions provider Unilumin has appointed Exertis ProAV Australia to distribute its product line of LED displays in Australia, according to an announcement made by Exertis ProAV Australia president and CEO, Kevin Kelly.
“Since its founding in 2004, Unilumin has grown to become a leading LED display provider with expertise in LED product development, manufacturing, sales and after-sales service in more than 100 countries,” Kelly said. “We look forward to bringing their industry-leading indoor and outdoor displays and lighting products to a broader range of customers across all of the verticals we serve.”
Unilumin Australia director of business development Bo Li,comments: “Unilumin Australia commenced operations in 2017 and in a remarkably short period of time we have earned the respect of customers who expect the very best product and service support. Now, with this distribution agreement with Exertis ProAV Australia, we will be able to take our sales and marketing programs to a whole new level of success.
“Exertis ProAV shares our commitment to exceed our customers’ expectations in all areas of performance, reliability and support. We are excited to partner with them for the betterment of our customers.”
Exertis ProAV Australia general manager Nick Cocks says: “Unilumin’s high-definition full-colour LED displays cover all of the major product categories that our resellers require to meet the needs of their end-user customers, from fixed to rental and indoor as well as outdoor models.

 
 
yamaha-webiinar-studio-2Yamaha’s Audioversity adds Rivage PM webinars
Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Europe/USA - Yamaha Pro Audio has added an extended programme of webinars dedicated to the latest Rivage PM Series digital mixing systems.
Demand for in-depth information about the newly-introduced compact Rivage PM5 and PM3 systems has been high, says the company. Joining the established Rivage PM10 and PM7 systems, they allow a much wider range of applications and budgets to benefit from Yamaha’s flagship mixing technology.
Produced by, and co-ordinated between, Yamaha’s three main technical centres in the UK, Japan and the USA, all live Rivage PM Series webinars are streamed globally and many are presented twice, to ensure people in as many time zones as possible can take part.
Yamaha also runs online Q&A sessions, where people from all over the world can directly interface with the company’s experts to get answers to any technical enquiries.
All sessions are free, but participants will need to register to take part. Visit yamahaproaudio.com for further details. The series is also archived on its own YouTube channel.

 
plasa-docsPLASA illustrates scale of events sector jobs at risk
Tuesday, 9 June 2020

UK - Working to support government officials in understanding the unique issues facing the events industry due to COVID-19, PLASA has produced two infographics illustrating how the events supply chain will be impacted without further government support.
The graphics reflect the number of people it takes to deliver just one performance - on average 443 professionals, spanning planning, design, preparation, warehouse and venue staff. Additionally, the graphics show how valuable the sector is, delivering £100 billion to the UK economy and employing approx. 589,000 people.
It is hoped that information contained in the graphics will help highlight to government officials how many jobs are at risk in the events industry without support beyond October.
PLASA says in a statement: “Whilst many industries will be looking to return to some normality from July onwards, experts are predicting that with continued social distancing rules, many events won’t be able to fully return until spring next year, which will put a tremendous financial strain on companies and professionals working in the industry.
“The events sector has suffered enormously due to the worldwide shut-down of live events caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, when cash grants worth up to £51,000 were made available to ‘Leisure, Hospitality and Retail’ businesses, they weren’t extended to the events supply chain, and many of the 72% of freelancers working in the industry fell through the gaps of receiving any income support, due to them either working as limited c

 
 
abttloopABTT releases seminar programme
Tuesday, 9 June 2020

UK - ABTT Theatre Show organisers have released a seminar programme running across 10-11 June - the days when the postponed 2020 tradeshow would have taken place.
"In light of the postponement of the 42nd ABTT Theatre Show until 2021, the ABTT felt that it was necessary to mark the occasion and provide our usual attendees with something to commemorate this event during the current pandemic," say the organisers. "While we cannot recreate or replace the experience of the ABTT Theatre Show, we hope to enable some of the conversations and discussions that take place when theatre people come together."
The schedule comprises 10 seminars (five per day), each set to last no longer than 90 minutes including Q&A.

The schedule is as follows:

10 June (Wednesday)

ALD: A spotlight on better conditions for the lighting industry and the future of lighting: ALD chair Johanna Town will be joined by industry representatives in discussing the need for clearer contracts and letters of engagement for all freelance lighting staff and the best ways of using LED lighting and how in light of the EU regulations taking effect.

Technical training in a new world: TEC chairman Sebastian Barnes, Mig Burgess (GSA), Jo Franklin (GSA), Roz Madison (RCS) and Rachel Nicholson (Backstage Academy) explore the next steps for education an

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Arts Sector Exposed - A cut in public funding has left the arts sector more exposed to the threat of COVID-19, new figures suggest. The latest Arts Index, published annually, showed public investment in arts per head of the population fell by 35% in the last decade. However, earned income by arts organisations from things like box office ticket sales increased by 47%.
The Arts Index is published by The National Campaign for the Arts (NCA), and acts as a snapshot report of the health of England's arts and culture. It is published in partnership with the Creative Industries Federation and King's College London and compares year-on-year figures using 20 key indicators.
The latest index, published on Monday, puts the recent figures in the context of the last decade, which saw a UK recession prompt a shift in the income streams for arts organisations.
After the 2008 financial crash, the arts sector witnessed a significant drop in public funding, business support and philanthropic giving. The chair of the NCA, Samuel West, said: "Arts organisations rose to the challenge following the financial crash; we salute them for increasing earned income in response to a triple whammy of cuts to public funding, business sponsorship and philanthropic giving.
"It's bitterly ironic that the arts sector's resourceful response to the 2008 financial crash is now the very thing that makes it vulnerable to the COVID-19 crisis, with theatres closed and income from tickets and bars dropping off a cliff."
Providence Pays - Sky News reports that

 
 
Four draft TSP standards in public review
Tuesday, 9 June 2020

USA - Four draft standards have been posted for public review on ESTA's Technical Standards Programme website. Materially affected parties are invited to review them at http://estalink.us/pr.
BSR E1.6-1, Powered Rigging Systems. ANSI E1.6-1 – 2019 is being opened for limited revision, with the scope of revisions applying only to section 6.6 of the standard. The revisions are necessary to correct errata in that section only. No other revisions will be considered or made at this time. Comments are due no later than 28 June.
BSR E1.39, Entertainment Technology - Selection and Use of Personal Fall Arrest Systems on Portable Structures Used in the Entertainment Industry. This standard establishes minimum requirements for the selection and use of personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) on portable structures in the entertainment industry. In addition, the standard establishes minimum requirements for products and portable structures used in the service of PFAS. The requirements for other methods used to protect workers from fall hazards such as safety nets, guard rails, and rope access techniques are not included in this standard. Comments are due no later than 28 June.
BSR E1.54, ESTA Standard for Colour Communication in Entertainment Lighting. The draft standard is a revision of the existing ANSI E1.54. It specifies a standardized way of specifying colour to facilitate the communications between lighting controllers and color-changing luminaires. The method is generic and is neither manufacturer-specific nor colour technology-specific

 
theo-roodViral Armour Sanitiser available at DWR
Tuesday, 9 June 2020

South Africa - Due to the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa all events and large gatherings have been put on hold. As a result, Theo Rood from MJ Event Gear is taking on extra work as a forklift driver and warehouse manager for Viral Armour Sanitiser based in Johannesburg. Viral Armour Sanitiser is also now also available for purchase at DWR Distribution.
“I was very fortunate as a good friend of mine owns Mad Giant Brewery, the makers of my favourite craft beer,” Theo explains. “I have been a fan of their product for a few years.” With a ban on alcohol sales in South Africa - which was only lifted at the start of June - the Mad Giant Brewery has ingeniously been converted into a sanitiser manufacturing plant. Not long after, Theo was offered a job to keep himself busy during the lockdown.
Meanwhile, DWR Distribution is now, thanks to Theo, also selling Viral Armour Sanitiser. “In a time where people are adapting to continue to employ their staff, we have to commend Mad Giant Brewery,” comments Duncan Riley of DWR. “I realised that Viral Armour Sanitiser was a well-priced product and that it was something that we could offer to churches, schools, theatres and businesses or for personal use. Discount will be given on bulk orders and clients can expect the same level of service - with a smile - from our team, whether they are purchasing sanitiser or equipment. We look forward to hearing from you.”

 
 
aldridge-marketing-logoEAW appoints Aldridge to cover Texas
Monday, 8 June 2020

USA - Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced that Aldridge Marketing, Inc. (AMI) has been appointed as its manufacturer’s representative serving Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
“Aldridge Marketing’s stellar reputation and proven results made them an obvious choice to be EAW’s representative in the South-Central U.S. region,” says TJ Smith, president for EAW. “We selected Aldridge because of their customer service as well as the company’s history of brand-building. We look forward to working together with Aldridge in creating long lasting relationships with our existing as well as new customers in the area.”
Based in Austin Texas, Aldridge Marketing is an AVL sales and marketing firm that has been serving the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana since 1992. AMI offers more than just products, it assists its customers throughout the entire sales process, including training, on-site demonstrations and evaluations as well as design assistance. EAW complements the other high-quality brands it represents in the AVL and MI industries.
“We are absolutely thrilled to represent EAW once again,” says Randall Aldridge, president, Aldridge Marketing. “Since we have worked with the brand, EAW has added several new product series that are perfect for our market. The new MKD Series is a great complement to the QX Series boxes and will work extremely well together in distributed systems for stadiums, arenas and HOW projects. Also, the new KF800 Series line arrays are a great complement to the line – not only do they

 
ayrtonAyrton appoints A17 distributor for Belarus
Monday, 8 June 2020

Belarus - Ayrton has announced A17 Stage Systems as its new, exclusive distributor for Belarus with immediate effect.
A17 Stage Systems was established in 2019 with the mission to service its customers’ projects from concept to completion using only the best, most reliable brands in the industry. The company is composed of experienced technicians with many years of expertise in the lighting, sound, rigging, staging, conferencing and video markets. Its customer base includes VVIP and government organisations.
“From the very beginning, A17 Stage Systems has hunted out the best brands in all areas of its activity,” says A17’s engineering director, Vitaly Kazakevich. “We look for future leaders, not just current brands, and see that Ayrton is a fast-growing company with interesting new technologies, and a very good, professional team.
“The Ayrton product range fills us with great confidence because all of its new products carry the ‘Ayrton DNA’ which guarantees a combination of superb quality and innovation across a range of products that serve all applications. It’s not only our team, but also our clients who feel this and we like it!”
A17 Stage Systems has plans to show the full range of Ayrton products in different regions of the country as soon as current health restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, the team is making good use of their industry contacts with local dealers and rental companies to introduce them to the Ayrton brand, whilst A17 has integrated Ayrton products into several of its own upcoming projects.

 
 
pearleUpdated touring guide puts focus on visas
Friday, 5 June 2020

Europe - PEARLE and the European Festivals Association have published The sixth edition of the EFA RISE series, What you didn’t know about Europe - The Ultimate Cookbook for Cultural Managers, with an update on visa legislation.
Although mobility is on hold and live performance is coping with the challenges of reopening its physical doors to their artists and audiences, the sector will tour again, have residencies and co-productions as cross-border working is deeply rooted in the DNA of the live performance sector.
How we travel will be rethought. Considerations on more sustainable forms of touring are not new and have quite some supporters.
This booklet gives information on visas for the Schenghen Area, what types there are, who needs them, how and where to lodge your application as well as useful advice and tips to help visa applicants and performance hosts to navigate the process.
This new edition follows the successful synergy partnership between EFA and Pearle - Live Performance Europe started in 2014, in the context of EFA RISE, to improve general knowledge of the legal and managerial aspects of cross-border cultural cooperation and counts with similar publications on Social Security, Artist Taxation, VAT, Copyright Clearing for Live Events.
This sixth edition, Visas for Third Country National Artists Travelling to the Schengen Area – Update 2020, was officially presented by Pearle - Live Performance Europe on 29 May 2020 in the frame of the 59th Pearle Conference.
The booklet is available to download from h

 
handshake-robbert-bakker-kinly-and-ed-cookKinly acquires integrator AVMI
Friday, 5 June 2020

UK/The Netherlands - Kinly, a specialist in video collaboration services, headquartered in Amsterdam, has announced the acquisition of AVMI – an AV-integrator and managed services provider, headquartered in London.
Says a statement, “Together, Kinly and AVMI will offer a compelling proposition in the virtual collaboration space to customers globally. Kinly and AVMI operate in over 20 locations throughout Europe, USA and APAC, serving clients in over 125 countries with over 1,200 talented and passionate employees.”
Robbert Bakker, CEO of Kinly comments: “We are very excited to announce that AVMI, a leading UK based global AV integrator, will join and strengthen the Kinly team. The combination of our businesses will support our strategy to expand our international presence. Together, we offer our clients a truly global service and holistic portfolio of high quality and secure video collaboration solutions. Our businesses are highly complementary and we share a strong reputation with our clients as trusted adviser.”
Edward Cook, CEO of AVMI, adds, “The combination of Kinly and AVMI has always looked like an excellent idea and I am delighted that it is now a reality. Both companies are market leaders in their own countries and I am confident that, together, we can truly compete on the global stage. Our industry has matured to the extent that our clients now demand global coverage and a breadth of skill sets that only a handful of companies can provide. I am certain that the newly expanded Kinly will have a very exciting and successful futu

 
 
ssl-live-trainingSSL offers Live console training courses
Friday, 5 June 2020

UK - Solid State Logic is providing a range of educational offerings centred on its SSL Live range of consoles for applications in touring, installation, houses of worship, theatre and more.
SSL Live training — which is being offered as on-line certified courses and well as off-line modules and learning aids — provides a comprehensive overview of SSL’s advanced live production tools for engineers and operators who are looking at SSL Live as well as experienced professionals looking to enhance their workflow.
SSL offers its live certified training - a six-hour intensive on-line video course led by live product specialist and live sound veteran Fernando Guzeman. Currently, SSL is offering certified training courses in both English and Spanish during June.
For those looking to become acclimated on SSL Live consoles at their own pace, a six-part introductory video series provides a comprehensive overview on console technology, design and workflow as well as in-depth guidance on configuration, routing and working with stems. These are complimented with an ongoing series of short format video guides, led by SSL live specialist Sam Bath, focusing on key features specific to the Live series of consoles. www.solidstatelogic.com/ssllivetraining

 
nottingham-city-hubStage Electrics wins City Hub contract
Friday, 5 June 2020

UK - Stage Electrics has announced that it has won a contract for the design, supply, and installation of specialist production lighting, sound & video projection systems to the new Nottingham College, City Hub facility at a value of over £200,000.
This new building will offer students a modern facility including a large performance hall and drama studio, both of which will feature new lighting fixtures including the Chauvet Professional Ovation E-910FC and CYC 1 FC units.
Stage Electrics worked closely with both the main contractor Wates Construction and Nottingham College to develop a specification that was within budget and met all the technical requirements whilst utilising the colleges existing sound equipment. Work commenced on site in May and is anticipated to be completed in early August.

 
 
polarPolar’s Primacoustic principle comes home
Thursday, 4 June 2020

UK - At the beginning of the year, in his role as director of Polar’s Integrated Solutions Division, Stuart Leader was travelling around the UK, overseeing progress, managing the team, developing customer and supplier relationships, and bringing new brands into the Polar portfolio.
Then, by mid-March, like the greater proportion of UK citizens, Stuart was in lockdown.
Stuart already had an office at home, but the realisation that it was to become his base for the foreseeable future, prompted him to make some improvements. The occasional conference call was one thing, the daily demands of increased phone and video call traffic was another.
“There’s no question that access to good technology can make things a lot easier when working from home. At Polar, we work closely with customers to help them deliver the solution that best fits the job - whatever the size and scale of a project. Our expertise helps to guide them to what will work best in a given scenario - and that doesn’t always have to be the most complex or expensive solution.”
In his view, the pandemic has demonstrated how effectively, given the right tools, large numbers of people can comfortably work from home. The principal improvement Stuart made to his own office was one which he considers to be all too often overlooked.
“Before you even think about the technology you're going to use, it pays to actually think about the physical characteristics of the space you’re in. Spare rooms for example, by their nature are often square boxes with lots of hard surfaces. Thi

 
jannie-de-jager-1DWR training thrives under lockdown
Thursday, 4 June 2020

South Africa - When South Africa went under strict lockdown on 26 March, the entertainment industry had been out of work for a couple of weeks already, with all shows on the events calendar either cancelled or postponed indefinitely. It was a grim picture, and Jannie de Jager of DWR Distribution believed that the very least he could do was use this opportunity to set up training sessions for the industry during this time.
While there was no shortage of training videos and webinars provided by international suppliers, which are still being shared on the DWR Distribution Facebook Group page, Jannie and colleague Dylan Jones, wanted to create a platform where training and personal contact with the industry could continue, allowing all parties to be motivated and to share knowledge. The only obstacle was navigating the best way to do this.
“We definitely had to get used to the world of streaming,” de Jager smiles. “Because the lockdown happened so fast, I initially felt like we were not 100% prepared for what we were going to be doing during this time and initially there was a lot of trial and error! Dylan and I quickly investigated streaming options in order for us to take the training online, and while you’d imagine this to be an easy task, it involves quite a bit of admin. Nevertheless, we quickly adapted and made the best out of it!”
While Jannie has focused on MA Lighting Crash Course sessions and facilitating very popular Q&A live sessions with the DWR team, the sales team have also contributed in hosting webinars with highlig

 
 
ladderLadder Association responds to £1.1m ladder fall fine
Wednesday, 3 June 2020

UK - A recent prosecution at Luton Crown Court has highlighted both the human and financial cost when work at height is not properly planned and managed, the Ladder Association reports.
The court heard that on 5 September 2016, an engineer testing a sprinkler system for leaks at a site in Hemel Hempstead, fell almost 3m after the extension ladder he was using slipped away from him. The engineer fell into the gap between the internal roof and the external wall resulting in a fractured vertebrae, soft tissue damage and severe blood loss - amounting to around half of his bloodstream - and led to him requiring a blood transfusion and 14 stitches to the head.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that reasonably practicable measures had not been taken to prevent a fall from the internal roof for both the engineer and other contractors working on the roof. The investigation further found that the principal contractor had failed to discharge its duty to ensure those not in their employment were not exposed to risks, in particular that of falling from height.
The company was found guilty of breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and fined £1.1 million with costs of almost £69,000 - one of the highest fines seen in recent years.
In response to this prosecution, the Ladder Association - a not-for-profit industry body dedicated to promoting the safe use of ladders and stepladders - is urging all those responsible for managing the use of ladders to take the necessary measures so, as far as is rea

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Blackout Tuesday - The music industry is calling for a ‘Blackout Tuesday’ in response to George Floyd's death. Major record labels have shared a message on social media promising "a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community". Employees have been given Tuesday off as "a day of action", intended to "provoke accountability and change". Interscope vowed not to release new music this week, while Apple Music's Ebro Darden cancelled his radio shows.
"We stand together with the black community against all forms of racism, bigotry, and violence," said Columbia Records, which is home to Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, Lil Nas X, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Adele. "Now, more than ever, we must use our voices to speak up and challenge the injustices all around us."
"In the words of Dr King, 'There comes a time when silence is betrayal.' When you have a responsibility to raise your voice for change. That time has come," added Universal Music Group on social media.
Universal's chairman, Sir Lucian Grainge, also issued a memo to staff laying out plans for a task force, headed by chief counsel Jeff Harleston, to "accelerate our efforts in areas such as inclusion and social justice".
The British record industry's trade body, the BPI, also confirmed it would participate in the ‘Blackout Tuesday’. "Like many of our members, we will suspend normal business tomorrow," it said in a statement. "Our staff will share in this moment to reflect on the recent tragic events, stand in solidarity with all those who suffer discrimination and enco

 
 
contactaExertis ProAV to distribute Contacta systems
Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Australia - Assistive living specialist Contacta has appointed Exertis ProAV Australia, part of Stampede and Exertis ProAV, to serve as its value distribution partner to drive sales of its hearing loop and speech transfer systems in Australia and New Zealand.
In announcing the appointment, Exertis ProAV Australia president & CEO Kevin Kelly credits the hard work of Exertis ProAV Australia general manager Nick Cocks in forging the new distribution agreement. “Nick’s 17 years of industry experience played a major role in reaching this agreement with Contacta, a market leader in providing assistive living solutions, and this was a top priority of the company.”
Amplifying Kelly’s point, Nick Cocks notes: “As a new player in the market with a strong global presence we want to create long term supplier partnerships as a base for our business. We select the companies we work with very carefully. What attracted us to Contacta was both the quality and the range of their products, with their innovative approach to the market they serve. We always ensure we have the time and resources available to be successful with the brands we represent.”
Contacta head of business development Ran Meyrav comments, “We are excited to be working with Exertis Australia in this new partnership. This is a strategic market for our export sales, so it was vital to find the right local partner. We felt that Nick and the team shared our vision and commitment to high standards. We both aim to deliver the best solutions for the customer and, ultimately, the user. Exe

 
pasmaPASMA advises on scaffold tower safety
Tuesday, 2 June 2020

UK - New guidance from PASMA is helping managers keep scaffold tower users safe during the coronavirus outbreak, whether they're off on a training course or using towers in the workplace.
The industry body has offered its advice on the challenges being faced by those responsible for the health and safety of tower users as they plan a return to work. In a new guidance document released free to the industry, PASMA delves into issues such as how long the virus lasts on aluminium, how rescue plans will be affected and how workers can avoid passing instruction manuals around.
The body shares recommend ways to assemble a tower while keeping your distance from everyone else, suggesting that the most reliable method could be buying or hiring one-person towers, which are specially designed to be built and dismantled by one individual working alone.
As PASMA training starts to resume in some areas, they have also addressed the need for people to be protected from coronavirus during their course. They remind us of the importance of PASMA training and reassure managers of the protective measures they can expect to be in place during a course, from e-learning to increased hygiene and cleaning. They also explain how PASMA cardholders can get an extension if their qualification is due to expire before it's safe for them to visit a training centre.
Roger Verallo, PASMA chairman and managing director of Euro Towers

 
 
hpuelearningharmanlandingbanner1140x400Harman extends Live Workshops programme
Tuesday, 2 June 2020

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has added 10 free Live Workshops to its Learning Sessions programme in conjunction with Harman Professional University.
Scheduled through mid-June, the workshops feature lighting or audio experts who have extensive industry knowledge and experience working with various acts including Earth, Wind & Fire, Janelle Monáe, Lea Michele, Mary Mack, Rae Sremmurd, Rebelution, Sublime with Rome, Tabula Rasa Opera, Tegan and Sara, The Avalanches, Tinashe and others.
The sessions now open for registration include: Transitioning Between Studio and Live Environments with Mike Sutherland (2 June), Soundcraft Vi1000 Basic Training with Gabriel Le Roux (3 June), Headroom of a Sound System with Jan van Zyl (4 June), Soundcraft Vi1000 Advanced Training with Gabriel Le Roux 5 June), Soundcraft Vi1000 Monitor Training with Gabriel Le Roux (8 June), Tour Design Process Basics for Beginners/Students with Lauren Sego (9 June), Paperwork from Production Management to Lighting Design with Jennifer Bass (10 June), Light the Music: A Lecture with a Beat with Luther Frank (11 June) and Getting Started in Live Sound with the Soundcraft Ui24R with Pete Alcock (12 June).
Nearly 30 Live Workshops conducted in May are now available at Harman Professional University’s YouTube channel. Many more sessions are in production for release in the coming months.

 
tom-harperUnusual spearheads sustainability seminar
Tuesday, 2 June 2020

UK - As Unusual Rigging's managing director Tom Harper prepares to moderate an ABTT seminar on Sustainability in Theatres on 11 June, the company is releasing a series of short videos on its social media channels and its website to stir the debate. 
Harper is passionate about making positive change in the live production industry's ecosystem - especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and will argue the need for companies to move on from the sustainability argument and to think more circularly instead.
He says: “For years, under the sustainability model, companies have been looking at how they can do 'less bad', whereas what we really need to be doing is looking at how we can actually 'do better' and the circular economy model really captures the essence of this.
“As we face arguably the toughest crisis the industry has ever encountered, I strongly believe that becoming more circular will give us a fighting chance of surviving. As a company, Unusual is leading the way in becoming more circular in its practices and is keen to work with other businesses within the industry to make this standard practice.
“The ABTT seminar on Sustainability in Theatres next week will certainly provoke some interesting debate and conversation which I hope will drive us forward to make more progress. The videos we will release over the coming week will provide just a taster of some of the issues we will look to discuss. We would invite anyone who wa

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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