NAMM Show 2018 Greatly Expanding Event Technology Education

NAMM_hdrThanks to its new partnership with the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA), the 2018 NAMM Show will greatly expand its educational program for event technology professionals. These sessions will be held at the NAMM Education Campus inside the Anaheim Hilton Hotel from January 25-28, 2018.

Under the guidance of ESTA, Timeless Communications (publisher of Front of House, Projection Lights & Staging News, and Stage Directions magazine and organizer of the Parnelli Awards), and Lighting & Sound America, emerging and established professionals will learn from industry luminaries in a hands-on environment in a series of sessions and tracks.

The Pro Production Sessions will features topics related video and sound. Top production designers will share their creative process and implementation and tour managers will give advice on logistics, packing, and managing major stadium tours. This will include the Lighting Designer Roundtable, where top LDs will weigh in on their recent projects, explain the highs and lows of the gigs, and discuss the presentation techniques utilized. Another session will examine media servers’ expanding role in production.

NAMM Show attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in four different tracks of progressive education curated by ESTA. The tracks are designed to provide in-depth knowledge to event technology and design professionals. Topics will include lighting, lighting networking, rigging, and safety.

The Lighting Track will provide an opportunity to develop essential skills and knowledge for the entertainment lighting world. The Lighting Networking Track will share valuable knowledge on DMX512 and Ethernet networking, wireless network management, and how various lighting protocols (sACN, RDM, DMX512) navigate these networks. The Rigging track will offer three days of training on design and fabrication criteria, safe installation and use practices, as well as inspection and maintenance regimens. The series of sessions on Safety in the entertainment industries is designed to raise the awareness of the hazards surrounding this work and current measures that are being taken to address those hazards.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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