ESTA Announces Alliance with NAMM
ESTA Announces Alliance with NAMM

ESTA and NAMM Team Up for 2018 Show in Anaheim, CA

Michael Eddy

The Winter NAMM show’s expansion into live events, which includes the recent announcement of the move of the Parnelli Awards to Anaheim on Jan. 26, 2018, continues with a new alliance forged between NAMM and ESTA that promises to add to the spectrum of NAMM’s educational offerings while also providing critical funding for ESTA’s ongoing Technical Standards and ETCP programs.

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Ryan Hall and  Robert Kartman (L to R) join AVID Labs
Ryan Hall and Robert Kartman (L to R) join AVID Labs

AVID Labs Announces Recent Hires Ready to Create New Products

Michael Eddy

AVID Labs®, LLC announces the appointments  of  Ryan Hall and  Robert Kartman as Mechanical Engineers. In their  roles, Hall and Kartman apply their expertise in the engineering process to  design and develop new products. AVID Labs partners with clients to create innovative, functional, elegant products and then bring those products to market. Their expertise is in the conception, design, engineering services, and manufacture of unique products in small-to-medium-volume runs.

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Broadway Bares: Strip U raised $1,568,114 in two performances
Broadway Bares: Strip U raised $1,568,114 in two performances

Broadway Bares Raises $1.57 Million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Michael Eddy

A spirited audience of thousands went back to campus with stripped-down collegians at Broadway Bares: Strip U, this year’s edition of the annual highly choreographed, highly produced striptease spectacular. This 27th edition of Broadway Bares, which is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares: Strip U raised $1,568,114 in two performances on June 18, 2017, at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

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Baltimore Center Stage Automation System Walk Through

A Walk Through of the Baltimore Center Stage Creative Conners Automation System

Michael Eddy

Baltimore Center Stage’s Scene Shop walks through their new, state-of-the-art automation system from Creative Conners. It has dramatically (see what we did there) streamlined load-in and programming times. It also allows integration between different types of control, such as motors and pneumatic actuators. Between the integration options now available and the user-friendly programming of the software, the shop has found they are working much more efficiently at all stages (see we did it again) of the process.

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ArKaos Pro Studio Server
ArKaos Pro Studio Server

Elation Lighting & A.C. Lighting Align to Distribute Full Line of ArKaos Products

Michael Eddy

Elation Lighting Inc., based in Los Angeles, has been successfully offering ArKaos MediaMaster Express software for the past five years, as well as integrating ArKaos Kling-Net protocol into many of its lighting products. Elation has now entered into an agreement with ArKaos and A.C. Lighting Inc. to start selling ArKaos media servers to Elation’s U.S. and Mexico dealers.

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NEA Announces Grants to Support the Arts in Every U.S. State and Jurisdiction

Michael Eddy

As the only funder in the country to support arts activities in all 50 states and five U.S. jurisdictions, the National Endowment for the Arts announces its second round of funding for FY 2017. This funding round includes partnerships with state, jurisdictional, and regional arts agencies. The NEA will award 1,195 grants totaling $82.06 million to support organizations that employ artists and cultural workers to provide programs for thousands of people from Idaho to Maine; in urban centers such as Cleveland, Ohio and Dallas, Texas; and in rural towns as different as Haines, Alaska and Whitesburg, Kentucky.

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The Three Position Tank Trap from Doughty Engineering
The Three Position Tank Trap from Doughty Engineering

Doughty's Head-Slapping (duh!) Product Wins ABTT Engineering Product of the Year

Michael Eddy

Doughty Engineering, manufacturer of rigging, suspension, and lifting equipment announced that its Three Position Tank Trap (floor plate) has been awarded the ABTT Engineering Product of the Year Award at this year's show. The new piece of gear enables rigging to be built close to a wall, in the corner of a room or near to an obstruction. It would be great for side-lighting booms where you normally couldn’t get a base before. It has a detachable receiver suitable for 48mm (1.889”) barrel, which may be fitted to any of the three mounting points, which are located in the center as per a standard tank trap, at the edge, and in the corner.

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