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Online group forms to aid AV professionals impacted by COVID-19



A new Facebook group aims to offer networking and online resources to those affected by the ongoing pandemic crisis.

AV Industry Relief Resources hopes to help industry professionals hit by the wave of cancelled tours, productions and resulting layoffs – from job postings and barter offerings to aid resources, humanitarian assistance and helpful tips.

“Our industry is truly the original gig economy, and a great many of us who live tour to tour and paycheck to paycheck have been hit hard by the shutdown, right at the beginning of peak touring season,” said David Rahn, North American sales manager for Alcons Audio, and a co-founder of the group.

“It’s more important now than ever before for us to pull together and help each other. Whether it’s a temporary job or a heads-up about financial assistance, sharing our connections and our collective knowledge can only be a good thing.”

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Daniel Keller, CEO of Get It In Writing, added: “We’re a diverse industry full of creative, talented people that has never failed to come together in times of crisis. Information is power, and communication is our most valuable asset. It’s our hope that this group will enable those of us who need help to get it, and those of us who can offer help to connect with those in need.”