UK: Meanwhile, the APRS has said that it hopes to be "working closely" with the AES on the 2010 European convention in London, writes David Davies. The new membership deal agreed by the APRS (Association of Professional Recording Services) and the MPG (Music Producers Guild) means that members of each organisation can join the other for half-price.
Any Full MPG member is now eligible to join the APRS as an individual member at a 50% reduced rate of _60. Meanwhile, any APRS Individual member, subject to MPG qualification (refer to first link below), can join the MPG as a Full member at a 50% reduced rate of _60.
"This move reflects the way the roles of studio owners, staff, freelancers and producers have converged in recent years," said APRS chairman Malcolm Atkin (pictured at AES last year, third from left, with Nick Dimes, Wes Maebe, Francesca Smith, Geoff Emerick, Gil Limor and Peter Filleul). "We believe that both organisations have something to offer many of our individual members. This has been particularly evident on MyAPRS [third link below], our new social networking site, which is proving successful in bringing together people from all sides of the industry."
MPG chairman Steve Levine added: "The MPG welcomes this initiative to make it easier for all recording professionals to benefit from both organisations. There are many areas of mutual interest and, by sharing this category of membership, both current and aspiring recording professionals can benefit their careers from the many privileges our organisations provide, at an affordable rate."
In other APRS-related news, the organisation has revealed that it is planning to continue its "enhanced contributions" to AES Conventions by making ten grants of _1,400 available to eligible companies. The announcement comes in advance of this year's US Convention, which takes place in New York in October.
As a result of its partnership with UKTI (UK Trade & Investment), the APRS will also oversee a hospitality booth for UK visitors and exhibitors, and co-host a Mixer Reception with SPARS and NARAS. There will also be opportunity for start-up and pre-start-up companies to take advantage of special rates for space and booth facilities.
Anyone interested in exploring the US market with a new idea should contact APRS executive director Peter Filleul on 020 8612 1454 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the recent announcement that the next AES Europe convention and exhibition will take place in London, the APRS is shortly to call an open UK manufacturers meeting to discuss the future of pro-audio exhibitions in Europe.
"We are very enthusiastic about the prospect of basing the European AESs in London, and giving it a fresh and vibrant re-launch with the added values that APRS can bring to it," Filleul tells PSN-e. "It's early days but we hope to be working closely with our AES colleagues and many of the other players in the creative audio industries to make this an annual event no one can resist."
Further updates regarding manufacturer-related developments will be published on the APRS website (second link below).