PAMA backs industry aid initiatives
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
pamalogoPAMA has allocated funds to help The Clinic and Crew Nation
USA - The Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA) has offered a financial boost to roadie advocacy group The Clinic, the Crew Nation charity fund, and the AES.
“The impact on the live sound industry has been devastating for the business as a whole,” comments Greg Beebe, chair of the PAMA board of directors. “On the personal level, that business disruption means economic hardship for those who rely on live sound for their livelihood. Recognising the need for a helping hand for the unsung heroes of the industry, PAMA has allocated funds to help two organisations that are firmly entrenched in this sector - The Clinic and Crew Nation. We are donating $2,500 to each to target individuals in need.”
Founded by Courtney and Paul Klimson, roadie advocacy group The Clinic carries out the stated mission “to empower and heal roadies and their families by providing resources and services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle”.
“We are grateful to PAMA for this direct financial investment in the roadie community in a trying time,” says The Clinic president Courtney Klimson. “We also appreciate that their generosity is an acknowledgement of the critical role that roadies play in live sound and touring.”
Recently established by concert promoter Live Nation, Crew Nation is a relief fund to support touring and venue crews through the coronavirus pandemic. Live music inspires millions around the world, but the concerts we all enjoy wouldn’t be possible without the countless crew members working behind the scenes.
In addition to the assistance focusing on individuals, PAMA is also contributing to the Audio Engineering Society’s pandemic-driven fundraising initiative. “The AES plays a vital role in the advancement of audio technology, promoting innovation and education,” says Beebe. “PAMA recognises the importance of a healthy AES.”
“PAMA shares AES’s ultimate goal - a thriving audio industry for all,” comments AES executive director Colleen Harper. “We appreciate their work towards that common goal, and their wonderfully supportive and generous contribution to the AES to sustain our own complementary work.”
(Jim Evans)

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