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26 November 2007

PLASA launches new membership structure

PLASA has officially introduced the new, simplified, four-tier membership structure that was voted in by PLASA Members at the 2007 Annual General Meeting on 6 June.

It's a cornerstone of PLASA's strategic development plan, originally unveiled at the 2005 AGM, designed to take the organisation forward by re-evaluating what PLASA stands for and what the PLASA name means to the wider industry.

The categories are now much simplified, from nine down to just four, and a far more equitable fee system has been created across all categories, with the additional benefit to Business Members of the choice of two membership packages, allowing them to buy into the level of services they require.

The change is accompanied by another major step: the introduction of more stringent membership criteria, aimed at raising the status of PLASA membership as a standards hallmark that will be recognised by customers the world over.

The four new categories are Business, Individual, Educational and Affiliate. Business Membership is open to companies who are directly connected with installation and entertainment technology products and services, along with venues and performance spaces. Individual Membership is open to individuals, freelancers and consultants who also work closely with the technologies. Educational Membership is open to educational establishments that provide courses and qualifications linked to the industry and to students on relevant courses, whilst Affiliate Membership is for companies and individuals offering support services to the industry, amongst them business-to-business service providers, PR companies, publishers and trade show organisers.

The revised membership criteria will raise the bar on membership standards, with verifiable proof required across a range of essential indicators to suit the membership category.

Ruth Rossington, Executive Director of PLASA, comments: "At the heart of our drive for improvement are two business imperatives - to raise standards across the sector and to win more business for our members. The revised system sets very clear expectations and also creates a much simpler fee and benefits package system. We have also recognised the need to attract talented young people into our industry by improving the Student Membership package. Our restructure of the membership underlines our determination to raise the bar on everything."

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.

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