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). “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 (opens in new tab) and Crew Nation (opens in new tab). We are donating $2500.00 to each to target individuals in need.”
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,” added 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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