The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio (Emeryville, Calif.)announced that over 30 leading companies in the professional audioindustry have enlisted as sponsors of the 18th Annual TechnicalExcellence & Creativity Awards. The event, which honors outstandingtechnical and creative achievement in professional recording and soundproduction, will be held on Monday, October 7, at the Wilshire GrandHotel in Los Angeles. The show will be hosted by comedian HarryShearer.
The TEC Awards Sponsorship Program was created to help underwritethe cost of the awards ceremony and to increase the level of fundingavailable to charitable and educational organizations. There are fourlevels of sponsorship: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Platinumsponsors for 2002 include: AMD (Advanced Micro Devices), which is alsothe official sponsor of the 17 categories of Technical awards, GibsonMusical Instruments (exclusive sponsor of the Les Paul Award), JBLProfessional (a sponsor since the first awards show), founding sponsorMix magazine and Shure. Gold sponsors include AKG Acoustics,Audio-Technica, EAW/Mackie, Electro Voice, Ex'pression Center for NewMedia, Kurzweil Music Systems, Sennheiser, Solid State Logic, TCElectronic and Yamaha. In addition, Guitar Center Inc. will sponsor thespecial VIP reception just prior to the TEC Awards dinner andceremony.
"In the tough economic climate we've experienced lately, we'regratified that pro audio and high-technology companies are steppingforward to support this year's show," said Hillel Resner, president ofthe Mix Foundation and executive producer of the TEC Awards. "Thegenerosity of our sponsors not only allows us to salute the besttechnical and creative achievements, but underscores their commitmentto hearing safety and the education of future audio professionals."
Approximately half of the proceeds of the TEC Awards are donated toorganizations working for the prevention of hearing impairment due toloud music, including the House Ear Institute of Los Angeles, andHearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.) of SanFrancisco. The balance of the proceeds goes to scholarships and otherassistance for students of the audio arts and sciences. To date, theMix Foundation has provided more than a half-a-million dollars to thesecauses.
For complete information, please visit www.tecawards.org.