January 2012

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January 2012

News & Notices


Grants Deadline

January 10 is the deadline for submitting applications for new grant funding. Any member can submit an application to fund research in any given area of specific study related to the design/technical elements of the entertainment industry.

For more information and an application form, visit the USITT website or contact a Grants & Fellowship Committee member.

Still Time to Vote in USITT Elections

If you haven't voted yet, there is still time to participate in USITT's 2012 election process. Voting continues through midnight, Eastern Time on January 5. Current members as of November 9 who have not voted yet are urged to review the candidates for all the positions and make a selection.

All members eligible to vote should have received an e-mail link to the online voting site. Anyone with questions about the process should contact Shannan Hoerger at 800-938-7488 ext. 101 or shannan@office.usitt.org.

Workshops Filling Fast

Workshops and special regional events which will be held before the start of the 2012 Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Long Beach, California are already filling up.

The Disneyland – Making Magic from Morning 'til Night, behind the scenes with something for everyone program is filling up fast. Other Tuesday activities, including a behind the scenes look at the installations at the Museum of Tolerance and Los Angeles Conservancy Tour of Broadway Theatres are still available, as are the Monday in-depth tour of Disney and the Professional Development one- and two-day events.

Find out more about what is offered here, and make the decision to attend while spaces are all still available.

Shipping Discounts for the Holidays and Beyond.

Life can get hectic over the holiday period. The FedEx 2011 holiday shipping website can help. Holiday shipping news, including days and hours of operation, exceptions to the money-back guarantee,, and last days to ship for timely holiday delivery can be found at fedex.com/holiday.

USITT members you can save up to 27 percent on FedEx Express shipping (includes a 5 percent electronic shipping discount) and up to 15 percent on FedEx Ground shipping. Best of all, these are year-round savings. Join the USITT Freight Savings Plan today and start saving. For more information call service provider Siriani at 1-800-554-0005.

Studies Highlight Not-for-Profits' Fiscal Impact

According to Theatre Facts 2010, not-for-profit theatres contributed nearly $1.9 billion to the United States economy, and attracted 31 million attendees. Released by Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the publication is the only in-depth report that examines the attendance, performance, and overall fiscal state of the not-for-profit professional theatre industry. TCG also released Taking Your Fiscal Pulse — Fall 2011, a report based on a recent 10-minute snapshot survey conducted in collaboration with the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations (APASO).

Theatre Facts 2010 is based on the TCG Fiscal Survey, compiling data from theatres' fiscal year ending between October 1, 2009 and September 30, 2010. Theatre Facts 2010 was written by Zannie Giraud Voss, chair and professor, division of arts administration at Southern Methodist University, and Glenn B. Voss, associate professor, marketing department, Cox School of Business, SMU, along with TCG staff members Christopher Shuff and Ilana B. Rose.

The Taking Your Fiscal Pulse snapshot survey captured the most recent state of affairs for 350 participating theatres. It was written by Clayton Lord, director of marketing and audience development at Theatre Bay Area, and TCG Director of Management Programs Christopher Shuff.

Theatre Facts 2010 and Taking Your Fiscal Pulse — Fall 2011 are now available on TCG's website. A narrative version published in American Theatre magazine provides case studies and anecdotes from prominent managing leaders, and is available at www.tcg.org/tools/facts.

AICP & PLASA Produce Terms and Conditions Document

The AICP and PLASA announced they have jointly developed standard terms and conditions for consideration by their respective members for the rental of motion picture camera, sound, and lighting equipment without an operator. The document can be found online at na.plasa.org/perg_terms.

Historically a production company was presented with an agreement to sign that had been drafted by the rental equipment company that was 100 percent protective of the rental company. Now there is verbiage available for use that is protective of both the interests of the production company and the rental company. The document creates a sense of fairness and predictability as to how claims involving the use of the rented equipment will be settled.