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Guitar Center Professional sponsors music and sound industry charity event at Malibu C.C.

Walnut Creek, CA – April 15, 2009- Some of the world’s most renowned music producers and engineers, along with professionals from the pro audio industry’s leading production facilities, manufacturers and distributors will converge for the 14th Annual TEC L.A. Open, to be held Monday, May 11 at the Malibu Country Club. This year’s Honorary Chairman is famed recording engineer Al Schmitt, the winner of 19 Grammys (r), as well as the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Presented by the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the popular charity event will be sponsored for the second consecutive year by Guitar Center Professional. Proceeds of the tournament support the Foundation’s numerous programs, including the Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards, the world’s foremost recognition of technical and artistic achievement in audio production and product design.

“Over the past thirteen years the TEC L.A. Open has established a tradition of friendly competition and generous support of the Mix Foundation’s programs,” says tournament director Karen Dunn. “We are really excited about this year’s tournament, and grateful to the many companies who are sponsoring the event in this time of economic uncertainty.”

Besides the traditional Longest Drive, Closest-to-the Pin and Putting contests, there will be a chipping contest alongside the various competitions managed by the ever-popular Pin-Up Golf. They will also supply a Pin-Up Golf Lady Pro driver for the Long Drive ‘Eagle Hole’ par 5 contest. The day concludes with a dinner and awards presentation, along with a raffle and silent auction featuring an assortment of donated audio equipment, musical instruments and gift packages from sponsors and other supporters.

2009 Sponsors as of this date include:

• Presenting Sponsor: Guitar Center Professional
• Hat: Shure Incorporated
• Box Lunch: The Pass Studios
• Golf Cart: Recording Academy/Producers & Engineers Wing
• Hole: Lurssen Mastering, Sennheiser
• Beverage Cart: Design FX
• Beverage Cart : Sound Design Corporation

Some highlights of the silent auction items include: a Les Paul electric guitar, a Shure Beta 58 signed by Clint Black, two Rode M2 mics, as well as additional gear from Audio-Technica, Mojave Audio, IK Multimedia and Brauner Microphones, fine wine and gift baskets.

Sponsorships, foursomes and individual tickets are still available. For more information about these and the silent auction or raffle, please visit or contact Karen Dunn at (925) 939-6149 or via e-mail at [email protected].

The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio, is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization headquartered in Walnut Creek, California. In addition to encouraging and honoring audio excellence, the Foundation supports hearing health in the music environment and gives annual scholarships for students of the audio arts and sciences. The Foundation is an independent public charity and is not related to Mix magazine or any other entity.