Clear Channel Entertainment has made a $10,000 donation to the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) for the development of the new Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP).
In making the donation, Brian Becker, chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Entertainment said, “We put on more than 30,000 live entertainment events around the globe each year and our top priority is creating a memorable experience for the fan. A lot of factors go into making that happen and having a safe setting to enjoy the event is one of them. We are proud to take the lead in supporting a program like this that will benefit our entire industry.”
“The ETCP Council is delighted that Clear Channel Entertainment has recognized the significance of this program with their very generous donation," said Tim Hansen. "This program could not go forward without the support of the industry leaders like Clear Channel. It is essential for the success of this program to have support from the employers of entertainment technicians."
ETCP is developing and will be implementing a new industry-wide certification program for entertainment technology technicians. The ETCP Fundraising Campaign is seeking funds for the development stage of the Program which is expected to become self supporting once the initial development phase is complete. The target for the campaign is $750,000 and Clear Channel's contribution brings the total pledges received to date to over $460,000. Other contributors include I.A.T.S.E. and United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. as an Executive Producer contributor, ETCP’s highest fundraising level. –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner