This is pretty huge news, everybody – if you’ve not heard about this yet, it’s time to hear about it now.
Two major organizations in the entertainment industry, the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) and the Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA) are voting on a merger. Â “Wait a second,” you might ask yourself – “what good would that do?” Â Well, that’s what being a professional in the industry is all about – working on making our industry better one step at a time. Â That also means making decisions about what happens in our industry, and now is the time for action. Â If you’re a member of ESTA or PLASA, you’ll be getting a ballot soon – send it in! Â On May 31, voting closes on the merger, and we’ll hear about the results in early June.
What are your thoughts on the merger of PLASA and ESTA? Â Please comment below and share your views!
If you want to see the packet that was mailed around to members, the link is here (PDF link), and the ESTA website has additional information on the merger. Â Below is a letter than was sent out a month or so ago regarding the merger:
- An Executive Summary that clearly identifies the key issues and provides a high level view of the rationale for thisÂ merger and how the merged association will operate. Most importantly, it provides you with information aboutÂ how this merger will impact you as a member of ESTA;
- Documents have been provided that offer specific details regarding the following:
– Membership Structure
– Governance Structure
– Dues Structure
– Code of Conduct
– Technical Standards Program
- The current ESTA staff fully supports this merger and all of them will continue to provide you with member benefitsÂ and services;
- The member benefits and services are in no way reduced by this merger. In point of fact, new benefits and servicesÂ are planned and others will be enhanced;
- ETCP will continue as a major program dedicated to fostering safety in the industry and will operate along aÂ separate but parallel path to PLASAâ€™s program to accommodate both legal and regional differences in certificationÂ standards;
- The existing committee structure will continue and will enable PLASA in North America to continue to make goodÂ use of the valuable volunteer efforts that have long been the core of our association;
- Protocol will continue to be offered as a quarterly journal and will become a part of the PLASA Publishing team;
- The ESTA Foundation will continue to operate as a separate 501(c)3 educational and charitable foundationÂ under its existing name. The merged association will continue to provide support for the Foundation and itsÂ programs including Behind the Scenes.
- This package of information is being sent to you both electronically and by snail mail;
- Your comments and questions are welcome between now and April 6th;
- For those of you attending USITT there will be a special meeting on Wednesday, March 31st from 9-10:30am at theÂ Marriott Kansas City Downtown in room Moten AB dedicated to a discussion of these materials;
- In mid-April, you will receive a copy of the revised by-laws that would specifically govern PLASA in North America;