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Survival in the Square

Over the past five months, the #WeMakeEvents campaign has been raising awareness of the plight facing the live entertainment sector, and its urgent need for financial support if it is to survive the Covid-19 crisis. With the introduction of tier systems and local lockdowns in the UK, this means that hosting live events is even more difficult than before. As such, the campaign is continuing to make its voice heard and will continue raising as much awareness as possible, as seen with the Survival in the Square creative activation which will take place next week.

‘The Government support packages, although welcome, are not reaching those who need them most and will only benefit a small group,’ says #WeMakeEvents Lead Producer, Gary White. ‘Larger, more meaningful action needs to be taken and, until it does, we will be campaigning.’

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LACM refurbishes with SSL

Having renovated the Student Recording Studio at its campus in Pasadena, California, the Los Angeles College of Music is entering the autumn term with a new Solid State Logic Origin mixing console when classes resume.

The studio will be used by faculty member Andrew ‘Mudrock’ Murdock, known for his work with Godsmack and Avenged Sevenfold, to teach the fundamentals of engineering and production.

‘I was thinking we should buy something used,’ says Murdock, who has been teaching LACM classes since 2011. ‘But Andre Knecht, Music Producing and Recording Department Head, said to look for something new ans showed me the Origin brochure… I didn’t get to drive it until it was in my room. When I did, I said, “this feels like an SSL and it sounds great”.’

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Martin Audio takes a bow at Fukuoka’s Kaho Theater

Today it is a Japanese national registered cultural property, but the Kaho Theater in Iizuka City, Fukuoka, has endured many difficulties since the building appeared in1922. The predecessor to the theatre, Nakaza, stages kabuki, comedy, juggling and silent films for people working inChikuho’s coal mines.

In recent years, it has become a multi-purpose event venue, able to host audiences of 1,200. In addition to traditional performing arts, music plays, lectures, talk shows and concerts are now all staged here. Because of closure forced by Covid-19, the venue has worked with rental company, Toyo Amuse, to stream live online performances, creating a lot of impact in the media as the Yumebutai Project.

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Dean St Studios installs Dolby Atmos/PMC

London’s Dean St Studios has installed Dolby Atmos in its flagship Studio 1 as part of refurbishments undertaken by Veale Associates during its temporary closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the last professional large-format recording studios in Central London – has hosted artists ranging from David Bowie and Paul Weller to Adele, John Legend and Lady Gaga. The install exceeds the Dolby Atmos standard requirements, allowing artists across all genres of music to work to higher audio standards and deliver music in a new immersive format.

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Industry unites for #WeMakeEvents Global Action Day

The #WeMakeEvents Global Action Day, held on 30 September, united countries worldwide to highlight the plight that is currently facing the live events industry across the world. In total, over 25 countries took part in a range of responses, such as lighting iconic buildings in red to highlight how the industry is in red alert, as well as beaming shafts of white light into the sky to highlight mass job losses.

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