The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in the music industry. It has brought silence to clubs, halls, theatres, 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.”