Nashville, TN (May 12, 2005)–The 8th Annual Digidesign Audio Masters Benefit Golf tournament will tee off on May 20th in Nashville, in what has evolved into the social and networking event of the year for the audio community. Some few opportunities for sponsorships and foursomes still remain, though the event is expected to sell out as usual. The tournament is produced by the AES Nashville Section and benefits the Nashville Engineer Relief fund, a 503(c) non-profit corporation that aids area audio professionals and their families in times of personal crisis.
Digidesign returns for the second year as title sponsor, joined by a host of additional hole, beverage and food, reception and prize sponsors. The activities kick-off with a pre-tournament party on Thursday evening, May 19th with a Texas barbecue at Sound Kitchen Studios, where a silent auction of donated hardware, software and studio time will begin, with bidding closing at the end of play on Friday.
Jim Kaiser, chairman of the Nashville Chapter of the AES, says that while the event is enormous fun, more significantly, it makes it possible to help those in need or that might just need a hand. “We have lost engineers and been able to help with burial costs and sustain engineers with serious medical issues as well as give financial support to wives who have suddenly lost their husbands.” Grammy winning engineer, John Jaszcz agrees: “It is particularly gratifying for me to know that this fund is here if anything catastrophic ever touches me or my family. As engineers we do not enjoy the privileges of a union like many of the musicians do, therefore a long illness or disability can be detrimental to a career,” said Grammy winning engineer, John Jaszcz.
A broad scope of sponsors in the audio community, both local and national, have thrown their name, dollars, swag and product into helping the cause. Audio Masters organizer Nicole Cochran noted, “It is great because the sponsors for this event are a nice mixture of local vendors like studios and rental companies and national manufacturers. We also get tremendous support from all the major pro-audio media outlets.”
Sponsors onboard include: Audio One, Audio Technica (hole and contest sponsors), Blackbird Studios and Rentals, Digidesign, Digitech, dbx, East Iris Studios, Emerald Sound Studios, Gear For Days, Georgetown Masters, Guitar Center, Independent Mastering, Iron Mountain Film & Sound Archives, JBL Professional, Karian Studios, Las Vegas Pro Audio, Lexicon Pro, Mastermix Mastering, NARAS P&E Wing, NAPRS, Oceanway Nashville/Belmont University, Pro Audio Design, Paragon Studios, Quantegy, Rack N Roll Audio, Recording Studio Insurance, SAE Institute, SPARS, Studio Insurance, Solid State Logic, Trew Audio. Media sponsors are EQ Magazine, Pro Sound News and Mix Magazine.
For sponsorship and foursome information, or to donate silent auction items, please contact event organizer, Nicole Cochran, Nic of Time Communications, 615-293-0260 or firstname.lastname@example.org. “Act fast,” says Cochran!