Lemoyne, PA, May 26, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in the music industry. It has brought silence to clubs, halls, theaters, arenas and stadiums nationwide. It’s not just the performers who are sidelined, but also the crews behind the scenes – the engineers and live event crews that make the performances possible.
“The impact on the live sound industry has been devastating for the business as a whole,” said Greg Beebe, chair of the board of directors of the Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA), an association of leading companies dedicated to the awareness and appreciation of high-quality professional audio through education, passion and common purpose. “On the personal level, that business disruption means economic hardship for those who rely on live sound for their livelihood. Recognizing the need for a helping hand for the unsung heroes of the industry, PAMA has allocated funds to help two organizations that are firmly entrenched in this sector — The Clinic and Crew Nation. We are donating $2500.00 to each to target individuals in need.”
Founded by Courtney and Paul Klimson, the newly formed 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,” shared 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 Live Nation (the world’s largest concert promoter), 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,” said Beebe. “PAMA recognizes the importance of a healthy AES.”
“PAMA shares AES’s ultimate goal – a thriving audio industry for all,” commented 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.”
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Photo caption 1: Shown L-R: Candice Rukes, Director of Media Relations of The Clinic, and Misty Roberts, a Los Angeles-based tour manager whose work was affected by the circumstances of the current health crisis and one of the grant recipients of the PAMA donation.
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Founded in 2003, PAMA is the collective voice and forum for the leading manufacturers of professional audio products and the people who use them. PAMA member companies conduct business worldwide in support of high-quality audio across a wide range of industries – pursuing the state of the art in technology and practice to enable audio professionals to elevate their craft and delight listeners and audiences every day. PAMA’s mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of high-quality professional audio through market leadership, communication and education. Our core customers are pro-audio professionals around the world with an interest in promoting high-quality audio. Learn more at www.pamalliance.org.
About The Clinic | A Roadie Advocacy Group:
The Clinic is organizing as a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, offering its facility and services for little to no charge to touring professionals and their families. In an industry with very little resources for roadies, it will offer therapy, education, advocacy, financial guidance, recovery resources, marriage counseling, family resources, suicide prevention tools, women-in-touring services, and temporary housing when available. The Clinic’s home in Niles, MI, is a three-story multi-faceted space, including five private accommodation lofts, a professional mixing studio, commercial kitchen, conference rooms, offices for in-house staff and much more. The venue is set to open its doors in the summer of 2021, offering essential resources on and offsite to touring personnel. Learn more at www.theroadieclinic.com.
About Crew Nation
Live Nation, the world's largest concert promoter, has set up Crew Nation, 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. Crew members are the backbone of the live music industry, and we hope you’ll join us in supporting them through this temporary intermission until we can once again unite millions around the world through the power of live music. Crew Nation is powered by Music Forward Foundation, a charitable 501c3 organization that will be administering the fund. Live Nation has committed $10 million to Crew Nation – contributing an initial $5 million to the fund, then matching the next $5 million given by artists, fans and employees dollar for dollar.
About the Audio Engineering Society
The Audio Engineering Society, celebrating over 70 years of audio excellence, now counts over 12,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with 90 AES professional sections and more than 120 AES student sections around the world. Section activities include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information, visit aes.org.