The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio has announced thedistribution of proceeds from the 17th Annual Technical Excellence andCreativity (TEC) Awards, held last December at the New York MarriottMarquis. The event raised $45,000 that will support ongoing efforts toinform audio professionals and musicians about noise-induced hearingloss, and to provide financial aid for deserving students of the audioarts and sciences.
Over half the proceeds have been donated to the Sound Partnersprogram of the House Ear Institute (Los Angeles) and Hearing Educationand Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.), based in SanFrancisco–non-profit organizations that educate audio engineers,musicians and the general public about the prevention of hearingimpairment from over-exposure to loud sound levels in the musicenvironment.
The remaining proceeds will benefit scholarship programs at BerkleeCollege of Music, Ex’pression Center for New Media, MiddleTennessee State University, University of Massachusetts Lowell,University of Miami, University of Southern California, the AESEducational Foundation, and the Society of Professional Audio RecordingServices (SPARS). A significant contribution was also made to theMarriott Associate Assistance Fund, established to meet the needs offamilies of Marriott employees directly impacted by the events ofSeptember 11, 2001.
“We are proud to once again to provide funding for numerousorganizations of importance to the pro audio industry’s future,” saidHillel Resner, president of the Mix Foundation. “Even though the eventsof 9/11 affected attendance at the TEC Awards, thanks to oursponsors’ generosity we have been able to maintain our donationsat approximately last year’s level. The industry is to becommended.”
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