Lemoyne, PA (May 26, 2020)—Recognizing the difficult time that the pandemic has created for live event and touring professionals, particularly audio pros, Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA) is donating $2,500.00 each to The Clinic, Crew Nation and the Audio Engineering Society.
“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 PAMA. “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 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.”
The Clinic is organizing as a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, offering its facility and services for little to no charge to touring professionals and their families. It will offer therapy, education, advocacy, financial guidance, recovery resources, marriage counseling, family resources, suicide prevention tools, women-in-touring services and temporary housing when available. The Clinic’s home in Niles, MI, is a three-story multi-faceted space, including five private accommodation lofts, a professional mixing studio, commercial kitchen, conference rooms, offices for in-house staff and much more. The venue is set to open its doors in the summer of 2021, offering essential resources on and offsite to touring personnel.
“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, Crew Nation is a relief fund to support touring and venue crews through the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to the assistance focusing on individuals, a PAMA donation will also go 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.”
PAMA • www.pamalliance.org
The Clinic • www.theroadieclinic.com
Audio Engineering Society • www.aes.org