AES Unsure if October's NYC Convention Will be Physical or Virtual Event

The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has issued a statement about its plans for the 149th International AES Convention, which is scheduled for October 2020 at the Javits Center in New York City. The NAB Show NY, which has been co-located with the AES's New York City convention for the past few years, has announced that it is converting to an online format for 2020 because of COVID-19 concerns and restrictions.

The AES says:

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact large event feasibility, planning and logistics. You may have seen that the NAB NY Show 2020 is being converted into a digital event. While we have collocated with NAB NY in recent years to our mutual benefit, and we share the desire to make decisions in the best interests of our attendees, the Audio Engineering Society and its legal team are still in ongoing discussions with the Javits Center concerning the scheduled AES New York Fall Convention, while closely monitoring information from health authorities and New York government’s guidelines and restrictions.

The Convention Technical Program planning is progressing on a normal schedule. Registration, however, has not yet been opened while the feasibility of a safe, productive and enjoyable physical convention undergoes further evaluation.

The public health precautions that are impacting our industry so drastically are the same that are impacting our potential to host a traditional AES Convention with all its many elements.

Following the success of the recent AES Virtual Vienna online convention, the Fall Convention Technical Program will be available worldwide in an online streaming format.

The safety of our members, attendees, participants, and staff is the highest priority. The Society suggests that attendees and prospective participants refrain from finalizing travel arrangements at this time. When a final determination of the status of the physical event can be made, we will provide further information to participants. We appreciate your patience.

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