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18,000+ SUBSCRIBERS. Wednesday 18 March 2020

Crisis Update - PM bans all indoor gatherings over 100. Here's what you can do to help

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison today (Wednesday 18 March) announced a ban on all non-essential gatherings indoors over 100 people. Non-essential gatherings outdoors are limited to under 500.The live production industry is effectively closed for business.

In the face of this unprecedented situation, our peak bodies are lobbying government for financial relief. Yesterday, Live Performance Australia, Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), the Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG), and others met with Paul Fletcher, Federal Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts. READ MORE>

Keep Learning - AVIXA opens online training to all


Don't let downtime be dead time. AVIXA (formerly InfoComm) has opened all of its online training catalogue to everyone until 12 June, so AV professionals can upskill while they are home-bound or work is on hold. This is all free to everyone, including non-members. While known for their Integration courses, there are quite a few courses for Live Events professionals too. Non-members just have to register with their name and email to access. SIGN UP>

More Help And Support

You are not alone. Our young, casualised workforce is hardest affected in the short term. While our industry is shut down, others continue. Think laterally and find work that will be in higher demand during this crisis – distribution, logistics, driving, deliveries, video conferencing, web streaming, and tech support for the vast workforce that has just been told to stay home. READ MORE>

More education - Powersoft and ETC

ETC have announced that all of their LearningStage online training is free until May 15 - login to access here. In audio, Powersoft have drastically expanded the availibility of their online courses, running three times a day across global time zones, including in APAC. More info here. A lot of manufacturers are following suit - check in on their websites and see what's on offer!

The Show Goes On - Industry Moves Online

We are down but not out! Companies are seeing the opportunity in live streaming and ramping up their offers. Harry the hirer have opened The Studio in Melbourne and Sydney, a fully equipped, purpose built facility that can broadcast events publicly, live or on-demand with Q&A functionality and multiple panellists. NW Group have similar capabilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Auckland, and Wellington. Telepresence, online gigs, streaming - these are opportunities for the enterprising tech!

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