NASHVILLE, TN—Records were set at the JBL Professional AudioMasters Live and Sweetwater AudioMasters, held on consecutive days at the Harpeth Hills Municipal Golf Course on the outskirts of Nashville— not records based on player skills, but rather on sponsorships, player counts and diversity of activities. 2015 marks the 18th year for the AudioMasters, with the second day, the AudioMasters Live, added in 2008. Sweetwater has been a perennial supporter of the AudioMasters, taking the title sponsorship for nearly a decade. JBL Professional joined in as AudioMasters Live title sponsor this year, with a return in 2016 already promised.
DUFFERS ASSEMBLED—The field of players gather at the start of each day of play—the JBL Professional AudioMasters Live on May 14, 2015 (top) and the Sweetwater AudioMasters on May 15 (bottom). The AudioMasters is a party, a golf tournament and a fundraiser—the primary funding source for the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund (NERF), a home-grown non-profit corporation that provides assistance to Nashville-area audio professionals in times of crisis. “Nashville has such an awesome group of audio professionals and this event shows everyone’s commitment towards a common goal,” said Mike Porter, chair of the Nashville AES Section—the section gave birth to NERF and now annually produces the AudioMasters. “The list includes student volunteers, tournament sponsors, players, the crew at Harpeth Hills Golf Course and so many others that give their time to make this event happen, not once, but twice in two days. As a result of their investments of time, effort and financial support, NERF is able to provide a hand-up to individuals in need.”
That list of participants and sponsors include audio manufacturers, studios, gear and supply vendors, professional organizations, live and studio engineers and publications like Pro Sound News and Mix. API, which provides culinary adventures at its sponsored hole each year (Mexican shrimp cocktails and Tortuga Margaritas this time) also donated an additional $1,000 to NERF at the end of play. First-time sponsor Crown Seating gave away six chairs in a putting competition, and owner Steve Knight trumped the field with his team, Crown Seating, winning possession of the AudioMasters Cup for both days of play.
Nashville Engineer Relief Fund