Shure is committed to a variety of issues that affect our world of sound, including hearing, education and recording rights. As the world's leader in manufacturing microphones as well as other audio products, we are dedicated to the advancement of causes close to our field of expertise.
The NSCA is the leading not-for-profit association representing the commercial electronic systems industry. With a slate of more than 2,500 member companies worldwide, the National Systems Contractors Association is a powerful advocate of all who work within the low-voltage industry, including systems contractors/integrators, product manufacturers, consultants, sales representatives, a growing number of architects, specifying engineers and others.
Synergetic Audio Concepts is in its 31st year of service to the audio industry. We train, or motivate, if you prefer, nearly 1000 "grads" per year in our seminars and workshops. We are dedicated to teaching principles on audio and acoustics.
Syn-Aud-Con seminars have been held the world over, with nearly 15,000 grads to date. These seminars are dedicated to the teaching of audio and acoustic fundamentals, as well as serving as a showcase for new ideas and equipment. Our grads take these ideas and develop ways to implement them in the marketplace, communicating their findings back to us, completing the cycle. It is this cycle which keeps Syn-Aud-Con's curriculum current and progressive, ensuring that our attendees are receiving the best information available for their investment.
The Mix Foundation foor Excellence in Audio was established in 1990 by the publishers of Mix, the leading trade magazine for professionals in recording and sound. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) public benefit corporation, dedicated to promoting excellence in audio, video, music and other communications me dia arts. Through the Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards and other programs, the Foundation supports organizations that work to educate professionals and the public about the growing problem of noise-induced hearing loss, and endows various scholarship programs for students of the communications media arts. The Mix Foundation contributed $42,000 to hearing conservation and audio scholarships in 2003.
EARS (the Engineering And Recording Society of Chicago) is an independent non-profit group dedicated to the advancement of excellence in audio production. Recording engineers, studio owners, musicians, students and pro-audio representatives meet monthly to discuss techniques and issues facing the recording industry. Many years ago, a handful of Chicago engineers gathered at an AES show in New York realizing that they met more away from town than they did back at home. The concept of EARS was born: a monthly social get-together where competitors could meet in an atmosphere of fun and friendship, to talk about gear, business and music. Everyone is encouraged to attend the meetings with an inquisitive attitude and a thirst for adventure in audio! EARS meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every month at various studios around the Chicagoland area.
InfoComm International, Inc.®, the association representing all segments of the professional AV industry, has coined the term AVolution for an ongoing industry awareness campaign, intending to address the evolution of communications through audiovisual technologies. AVolution embraces the acronym AV and seeks to inform the world of its vibrant, increasingly successful, and ubiquitous existence in every aspect of modern communications. It's "When sight and sound power ideas and information."
The EST™ is the starting point, a way for professionals to demonstrate beginning skills. Professionals with two or more years of experience in the commercial electronic systems industry are eligible to take the EST certification exam.
The National Association of Broadcasters is a full-service trade association that promotes and protects the interests of radio and television broadcasters in Washington and around the world. NAB is the broadcaster's voice before Congress, federal agencies and the Courts. We also serve a growing number of associate and international broadcaster members.
Over the past century, NAMM has proudly represented the industry that brings the gift of music into people's lives. What started in May of 1901 as a small, grassroots organization of 52 founding Members has since blossomed into an international association representing more than 7,700 retailers and manufacturers of musical instruments and products from 85 countries worldwide. Everything NAMM does is intended to serve its Members and realize its mission of unifying, leading and strengthening the global music products industry and increasing active participation in music making.
N.A.R.A.S., The Recording Academy, Chicago Chapter, established in 1961, was the third Recording Academy Chapter to be initiated. At the time, Recording Academy National President Bob York looked to Chicago and Nashville to carry some of the increasing responsibilities of the Academy between the coastal offices of New York and Los Angeles. Chicago was chosen because it was one of the biggest recording centers of the time. The many active major and independent record companies thriving in Chicago included Chess, Checker, Columbia, RCA, CBS, Mercury and Cadet.
Advancing the business of technology, AeA is the nation's largest high tech trade association. AeA represents nearly 3,000 companies with 1.8 million employees. AeA's primary purpose is to help our member companies make money and save money.
PAMA is the collective voice and forum for the senior executives of the more than 400 branded manufacturers of professional audio products. We are a board-directed trade alliance, representing companies of all sizes. No matter what your size, an industry alliance of manufacturers will make your voice stronger.
SPARS was founded in 1979 by the leaders of the recording industry. Members enjoy the access and opportunity to network with some of the best known and most successful individuals in the business. In addition, the roster of SPARS Past Presidents reads like a Who’s Who in the history of recording.
The SPARS community includes audio recording and mastering facilities, from single-operator studios to large multi-room complexes, manufacturers, engineers, multimedia specialists. If your business is involved with music recording, mastering, video, film, industrial or corporate media, advertising, computers, interactive games, forensic audio, studio design, manufacturing, internet audio, education, or any other related audio fields, your colleagues are members of SPARS. In addition, SPARS’ work is carried on by sister organizations in England by the APRS and in Japan by the JAPRS.