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A landmark ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco overturned president Trump’s Jan. 27 travel ban. Photo by Sanfranman59
A landmark ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco overturned president Trump’s Jan. 27 travel ban. Photo by Sanfranman59

Banning the Band or Banning the Ban?

Dan Daley
The Biz

Chances are, the 90-day travel ban so suddenly imposed by the Trump administration in late January on travelers that strictly limited arrivals from Iran and six Arab countries in the Middle East and Africa won’t affect the music touring business. At least not right away, especially with last month’s decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which rejected the administration’s bid to reinstate the travel ban. In either case, expect an on-again/off-again legal melee on the subject in the months to come and the uncertainty will continue. However, it’s always the unintended consequences that get you. Add a comment

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Your needs are probably somewhat more modest than this service in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, but large or small, every church needs to decide how to provide audio for seasonal events.
Your needs are probably somewhat more modest than this service in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, but large or small, every church needs to decide how to provide audio for seasonal events.

Special Services: Buy vs. Rent

Vince Lepore
Sound Sanctuary

As we enter the Lenten season, a common dilemma for the church technical director is deciding whether to buy or rent equipment for special services. When you’re in need of additional equipment for a special set of services, should you rent the equipment you need, should you buy it outright, or should you do a bit of each? My first inclination has always been to “buy, buy, buy,” but when you take a step back, buying is not always the best option in the long term. Carrying an inventory of expensive technical equipment costs money in maintenance and limits your long-term flexibility. Add a comment

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Illustration by Andy Au
Illustration by Andy Au

Rules and Regulations

Baker Lee
FOH at Large

Rules and regulations are stultifying and, though we are all aware that certain guidelines are required to maintain a safe and healthy work environment, nobody appreciates being bound by directives that add to our cost of doing business. Considering that we are professionals with many years of experience, it is almost insulting to be told by outside sources how to do our jobs. In many instances, we ignore various rules altogether, as they just don’t seem to apply to what it is we do.

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