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Behind the Scenes and Light Relief By Design Day

PLSN Staff • News • March 13, 2009

NEW YORK — Designers on both sides of the Atlantic have been signing up to support Behind the Scenes and Light Relief By Design Day on April 24. On that day, designers with shows around the world will be donating their royalties to support one or both of the two charities. Each of the charities is dedicated to help entertainment technology and design professionals, with Behind the Scenes benefitting those in the U.S. and Canada and Light Relief in the UK. Designers and others not in royalty situations have also stepped forward in support of By Design Day with direct donations.

Light Relief By Design Day promoters Ken Billington, Rick Fisher and Ken Posner have already been joined in donating their royalties by Mike Baldassari, Paule Constable, Don Holder, David Howe, Tim Mascal, Paul Miller, Brian Monahan, Peter Mumford, Peter Nigrini, Paul Pyant, Malcolm Rippeth, Nick Schlieper, Kevin Sleep, Hugh Vanstone, Willie Williams, and Ann Wrightson.

The supporters of both charities encouraged those who design video, sound, scenery, costumes or lights to join their peers in helping the industry care for its own, noting that in difficult times, those who have the added burden of serious illness or injury need their help more than ever.

Behind the Scenes, a program of The ESTA Foundation, serves entertainment technology and design professionals residing in the U.S. and Canada working in any discipline either directly backstage or behind the camera, or for the companies supplying products and services to the industry. Light Relief helps British theatre lighting designers and those working in the field who are not in regular full time employment.

For more informatin, please visit www.estafoundation.org/bts or www.lightrelief.org.uk.

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