August 2011

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August 2011

News & Notices:


IATSE Establishes Training Trust Fund

The IATSE Entertainment and Exhibition Industries Training Trust Fund was created on June 22 when International President Mathew D. Loeb and G. Ronald Dahlquist, managing member of DADCO, LLC, met at the IATSE West Coast office to sign the Trust Agreement. DADCO is a lighting and power supply house based in Sun Valley, California. Mr. Dahlquist is a long-time member of Studio Electrical Lighting Technicians Local 728, as are many members of his family, although his wife is a member of Grips Local 80. Ron’s dad holds a Gold Card in Local 728.

DADCO is the first signatory to an agreement providing for contributions to the new trust fund, which will be headed by a six member board of trustees with equal representation from labor and management. The trustees, from the United States and Canada, will represent the many crafts in the entertainment and exhibition industries.

The Training Trust will enhance the work of the ICAP, IATSE Craft Advancement Program to provide training opportunities in areas of safety and skills development for IATSE members. The Fund will assist local unions throughout the alliance to have access to education and training programs that make IATSE represented employees the best in their respective industries.

Commission Prepares Proposed Changes to Fire Code

USITT’ Engineering Commission is preparing proposals for the tri-annual process to create the edition of the National Electrical Code. All proposals, including those from the general public, will be accepted until November 4.

Suggestions can be submitted on copies of the Form for Proposals for 2014 National Electrical Code available in the back of the 2011 NEC, or by downloading the form from In the upper left click on Codes and Standards. In the right center click on NEC Proposal form. To have proposed changes submitted by the USITT Engineering Commission, send proposals by September 15 to Ken Vannice, Chair, USITT 2014 NEC Committee Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc., 20497 SW Teton Ave.,Tualatin, OR 97062 or e-mail:

Rendez-vous in British Columbia

Plan ahead for this summer's CITT Rendez-vous Annual Conference and Trade Show, an annual classic within the Canadian performing arts and entertainment industry combining professional development workshops and seminars, social events, and networking opportunities for members and fellow colleagues from across the country.

This year, Rendez-vous 2011 will take place August 11 to 13 in Victoria, British Columbia.

CITT's annual conference and trade show attracts over 200 attendees, presenters, and exhibitors from across Canada and abroad. The conference offers three days of workshops, social events, seminars and professional development sessions featuring lighting and sound technology, design, architecture, management, and production. Pre-conferences workshops are also offered. CITT's Rendez-vous is also the occasion for the CITT Annual General Meeting, as well as the Awards Banquet, with guest speaker Rae Ackerman, where members honor individuals and organizations who have excelled in their field of live performance in Canada. Click here to view the entire conference programming.

Every year, the CITT Trade Show visits a different Canadian city. With over 30 exhibitors from Canada and the United States, the Trade Show is a great opportunity to showcase the newest and best products and services to the Canadian market. Click here for full details about the CITT trade show.

Taking Orders for Holiday Cards

The ESTA Foundation announces its 2011 Behind the Scenes Holiday Cards, created by an impressive lineup of all-star designers—Andrew Hefter, Seth Jackson, Derek McLane, and Jim Youmans.

Three ordering options are offered, including personalized cards with a company logo and custom message (minimum 250 cards), card packs of 10 with a standard greeting, and electronic versions to be sent via e-mail as a jpg, gif or pdf.

Orders will be taken until September 8 to arrive by early November. All proceeds benefit The ESTA Foundation’s Behind the Scenes program. View and order cards at For more information, contact Kacey Coffin at 212-244-1421 or

PLASA To Hold Regional Event in Texas

PLASA Events, an operating division of PLASA, announces its first regional event in North America. PLASA Focus: Austin 2012 will be held February 22 to 23 at the Renaissance Austin, Texas.

Modeled after the highly successful PLASA Focus: Leeds (UK), which recently broke previous attendance records in its third year, Focus: Austin will bring together members of the entertainment technology community to do business and network in a relaxed and friendly setting.

The two-day show will be reasonably priced for exhibitors and free to registered visitors. A unique, hard wall booth package-including furniture, power and lighting-will level the playing field and give exhibitors a simple and affordable exhibiting experience. The show's regional focus will also allow exhibitors to reach visitors who might not attend larger industry events. Likewise, visitors will have an opportunity to experience and interact firsthand with industry-leading equipment and services without having to travel far from home. PLASA members will receive substantially reduced pricing on exhibit space.

For more information, contact Jackie Tien at or 212-244-1505, ext. 716 or Frances Thompson at or 865-689-8864.