Union Sound Design Committee Applauds Reinstatement of Tony Awards for Sound

by Michael Eddy
IATSE USA Local 829
IATSE USA Local 829

The Tony Awards for Best Sound Design Categories have been reinstated. Here is an official statement from the Local USA 829 Sound Design Committee. The Sound Design committee of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, endorses the decision by the Tony Awards to reinstate the Sound Design categories and annual awards for the 2017-2018 season.

Further information from IATSE Local 829 (usa829.org)

“We are very gratified by this outcome,” says Nevin Steinberg, co-chair of the committee that is part of the union representing all designers working on Broadway. “Happily, the appeals and activism of our members, of the professional theater community in New York and around the country, and the thoughtful arguments for reconsideration by some of the most prominent individuals and organizations across show business made an impact. Sound Designers on Broadway will once again be recognized for the integral and creative work that their colleagues and audiences expect.”

United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, is a labor union and professional association of Designers, Artists, and Craftspeople, many who are world famous, organized to protect craft standards, working conditions and wages for the entertainment and decorative arts industries. The members of Local USA 829 are Artists and Designers working in film, theatre, opera, ballet, television, industrial shows, commercials and exhibitions. The current active membership totals just over 4,300.