17 July 2014
Behind the Scenes to Assist UK Entertainment Technology Professionals
The PLASA Foundation announces the formation of Behind the Scenes UK to provide financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals, or their immediate family, who are seriously ill or injured. Grants may be used for basic living costs, some medical related expenses, transportation, retraining, or funerals. Since issuing its first grant in the spring of 2006, Behind the Scenes in North America has provided almost half a million dollars to our colleagues in need. These grants have brought help and hope to these individuals during some of their darkest hours.
Behind the Scenes has a very wide remit. Anyone is eligible for assistance who has earned their living in the industry for at least five years, whether behind the curtain, behind the camera, on the road, or working for companies that manufacture or supply entertainment technology products and services. The charity exists solely to aid those who work behind the scenes; it does not assist performers.
Behind the Scenes was actually modeled on Light Relief. Whilst Light Relief has served the UK live performance lighting industry very successfully, there has long been a desire to be able to extend that assistance to the entire entertainment technology community. To that end, the trustees of Light Relief have voted to bring Light Relief under the umbrella of Behind the Scenes UK.
A board of trustees has been formed to oversee the day-to-day operations of the charity in the UK. Serving as trustees are Simon Baker, Alison Brodie, Malcolm Burlow, Bernie Davis (vice chair), Lee Dennison, Jon Driscoll, Rick Fisher, Alan Jacobi (treasurer), Lori Rubinstein, and John Simpson (chair). Ed Pagett and Adam Blaxill, in their roles as chair and vice chair of the PLASA EU Regional Board also serve on the BTS UK board.
Behind the Scenes will officially launch its fundraising activities at the PLASA London show in October featuring a raffle with three terrific prizes: grand prize is a £2,500 gift voucher for a dream vacation, second prize is a £1,000 Amazon gift card, and third prize is a £500 voucher with Mr and Mrs Smith hotels. The stand will also feature Behind the Scenes swag and the chance to compete for the fastest lap on a racecar simulator.
Following close on the heels of the show will be the Autumn Behind the Scenes Golf Day on 15 October which features 27 holes of golf along with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and an awards ceremony. Space is only available for twenty teams and the event is always over subscribed, so early booking is highly recommended. Registration opens 21 July.
For further information please contact:
Lori Rubinstein, PLASA
Tel: +44 (0)1323 524138
Notes to Editors:
PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.
PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.