The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio has announced that the 2005 TEC Awards Music and Sound Auction raised more than $22,000 for hearing health awareness programs. Auction proceeds will be distributed to H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers) and the Sound Partners program of the House Ear Institute. Both nonprofit organizations educate sound and music professionals, as well as music listeners, about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss.
Held with the 21st Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards, the eBay auction ran from October 3, 2005, through October 26, 2005, and featured donated audio gear and musical instruments from more than 40 leading manufacturers; studio time and services from top audio facilities; and art, photos and tour memorabilia from celebrated musicians. Among the hot-ticket items were a Gibson Les Paul Guitar autographed by Les Paul; an Alvarez acoustic guitar signed by Bob Weir; software from Mackie, MOTU and Cycling ’74; Meyer Sound UPA-1P monitors signed by John Meyer; speaker systems from Genelec, JBL, KRK, Loud Technologies and Renkus-Heinz; microphones from AKG, Audio-Technica, Audix, Neumann, Sennheiser and Shure; artwork by Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh; and a CD collection signed by Melissa Etheridge. More than 200 items in all were sold.
“For the second year in a row, the TEC Awards Music and Sound Auction was a resounding success,” says Mix Foundation president Hillel Resner. “We’re grateful for the generosity of the pro audio companies who donated equipment and software, and also to all the bidders who helped us raise substantial funds for the cause of hearing health.”
According to auction manager and H.E.A.R. co-founder Kathy Peck. “We were given so much amazing gear and high-value items for devoted rock fans that it blew everyone away.”
The 2006 TEC Awards Music and Sound Auction is planned to coincide with the 22nd Annual TEC Awards, cheduled to take place October 7, 2006, at the Hilton San Francisco. Additional auction details will be announced at a later date.
For more information about H.E.A.R., please visit www.hearnet.com. To learn about the TEC Awards and other programs supported by the Mix Foundation, visit www.mixfoundation.org. Information about the House Ear Institute and its Sound Partnersprogram can be found at www.hei.org.