LAS VEGAS — Forward-thinking progressive live event companies are stepping up to sponsor and support the Parnelli Awards at a quick pace, says Greg Gallardo, group publisher of FRONT of HOUSE, PLSN and Stage Directions magazines. “The response from previous and new sponsors is really encouraging, because the more support we get, the more we can do to honor the very best of our industry,” he says.
“Every year we are truly humbled by the support, and every year the Parnelli Awards gets a little bigger, and a little brighter,” says publisher and Parnelli Awards executive producer and FOH/PLSN/SD publisher Terry Lowe. “This allows us to celebrate the amazing inspiring careers of our three lifetime honorees; but in a very real sense supports our future as well. A portion of the proceeds goes to award scholarships to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ (UNLV) Entertainment Engineering & Design program, and the generous support of our sponsors allows for the education and flourishing of future Parnelli winners and innovators.”
This year's Platinum sponsor is Group One Ltd., sponsoring the awards program on behalf of brands it distributes, including DiGiCo and Avolites. As of late May, Gold Sponsors included A.C.T Lighting, All Access Staging & Productions, Bandit Lites, Brown United, Columbus McKinnon/CM Hoists, Elation Professional, Gallagher Staging & Productions/TourReady, Global Trend Productions (Oracle Systems), Maryland Sound International, Meyer Sound, Philips Entertainment, Solotech, Sound Image, Stageline Mobile Stage Inc., Stagemaker, Tour Tech East and Ultratec Special Effects.
Silver Sponsors include Delicate Productions Inc., Hemphill Brothers, Hoist Rigging Solutions, Le Maitre, PixelFlex, QSC and Screenworks NEP. Beachsound, Chauvet Professional and ETC have signed on to be Cocktail Party sponsors.
Production Partners are all returning to guarantee another great show, and they include Access Event Solutions, Atomic Design, On Stage Audio (OSA), Production Resource Group (PRG), SGA Production Services, Stage Crew and Technical Productions Inc. (TPI).
To support the Parnelli and Awards and become a sponsor, contact Greg Gallardo at 702.454.8550 and gregg (at) plsn.com.
Production/tour manager Chris Lamb (Madonna, Mariah Carey and J-Lo, among many others), is receiving the Parnelli Lifetime Achievement honor. Pat Quilter of QSC, the virtuoso behind the world’s largest amp company, is receiving the Audio Innovator award. And David Cunningham, who revolutionized the industry with his computer lighting board and his contributions to the design of the ETC Source Four, among other products, is receiving the Visionary honor.
This year the Parnelli Awards will be Oct. 24, 2015 at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, on the Saturday night of the LDI convention.
For more on the Parnelli Awards, go to www.parnelliawards.com.