A Facebook group that launched last week is designed to offer audio and video professionals with resources to help each other through the current pandemic crisis.
AV Industry Relief Resources is a public Facebook group dedicated to networking between industry professionals whose livelihoods have been impacted by the widespread cancellations of tours, productions, and the resulting layoffs throughout the professional audio and video community. From job postings and barter offerings to aid resources, humanitarian assistance, and helpful tips, the group is a place for pooling resources and helping each other.
“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,” explains 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.”
“We’re a diverse industry full of creative, talented people that has never failed to come together in times of crisis,” adds Daniel Keller, CEO of Get It In Writing. “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.”