The novel coronavirus (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. That’s why the Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA) has stepped up to help.
“The impact on the live sound industry has been devastating for the business as a whole,” Greg Beebe, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA), said. “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 $2,500 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.” 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.
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,” Beebe said. “PAMA recognizes the importance of a healthy AES.”
“PAMA shares AES’s ultimate goal—a thriving audio industry for all,” AES Executive Director, Colleen Harper, added. “We appreciate their work toward that common goal, and their wonderfully supportive and generous contribution to the AES to sustain our own complementary work.”
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