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ETC’s iRFR and aRFR Apps – Caring for Your Colleagues

ETC’s iRFR and aRFR Apps – Caring for Your Colleagues

ETC presented Behind the Scenes with a check during LDI for $26,493 representing proceeds from sales of the company’s iRFR and aRFR (Radio Focus Remote) applications. Since the launch of the iRFR in 2009, ETC’s mobile app sales have now generated over $465,000 in donations.

The iRFR and aRFR mobile apps enable convenient, touchscreen-based remote control for Eos family consoles and controllers. You can learn more about the apps from the ETC website and download them from the iTunes or Google Play stores. 

Upon presenting the check, David Lincecum, Vice President of Marketing for ETC, stated, “Taking care of each other has always been part of ETC’s culture. Having this corporate value so closely aligned with Behind the Scenes is a big reason why ETC employee owners are honored to be able to support their peers in this way. This is a true investment in our industry, our family, our friends and our future.”

Tobin Neis accepted the check along with other members of the Behind the Scenes Board of Directors. Tobin commented, “It’s hard to find the words to convey how grateful we are to the employee owners of ETC for their incredible support of the charity over the years. Their care and concern for both the physical and mental well-being of their industry colleagues speaks volumes about the people they are and the culture of the company. Recognizing the human toll this industry takes and actively doing something about it sets an example for companies of every size to follow.”

Learn more about joining the Pledge-of-Support Program by naming a product or service to support the charity.

 

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BTS is Hiring!

BTS Seeks Assistant Director of Affinity Programs and Cause Marketing.

The Behind the Scenes Foundation is seeking an Assistant Director of Affinity Programs and Cause Marketing. This position is primarily responsible for the strategic planning, development, and growth of an affinity based fundraising program as well as the Pledge-of-Support cause marketing program. The position is responsible for utilizing best practices of volunteer management to expand peer-to-peer fundraising and for creating strategies to increase the donor participation rate. The Assistant Director will partner with the Executive Director of Behind the Scenes to ensure fundraising strategies are aligned with the mission and goals of the charity.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 1-3 years fundraising, donor relations, and/or equivalent experience in related fields.
  • Demonstrated success working with volunteers is required.
  • Experience working with affinity giving is ideal.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills necessary.
  • Must be able to work with a diverse group of individuals.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Understanding of the entertainment industry is required.
  • Capable of articulating a persuasive, enthusiastic case for support.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule when necessary.
  • Ability to travel to various industry conferences, meetings, and trade shows.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat required.
  • Knowledge of Word Press, InDesign, Photoshop a plus.
  • Social media content management experience required.

Responsibilities:

Affinity Fundraising Groups (Ghostlight Groups)

  • Responsible for executing affinity based fundraising strategies for the Behind the Scenes Foundation. This includes developing a strategy for volunteer participation, helping to create or expand affinity groups, drafting appeal language, setting up giving forms or campaign web pages, and guiding and supporting crowdfunding or other fundraising efforts specific to each affinity group.
  • Set annual goals and objectives for affinity fundraising in partnership with the Executive Director.
  • Track and evaluate affinity fundraising metrics and report statistics regularly.
  • Recruit and manage affinity fundraising volunteers and create volunteer resources as needed.
  • Create goals and robust solicitation strategy that engages all affinity groups.
  • Develop appeal language, campaign page/giving forms, volunteer resources and other items as needed to achieve goals.

Cause Marketing (Pledge-of-Support)

  • Responsible for supporting cause marketing fundraising strategies for the Behind the Scenes Foundation. This includes helping to create or expand opportunities for engagement with corporations, businesses, or individuals in the entertainment industry to support the charity though sales from a portion of a product or service.
  • Set annual goals and objectives for cause marketing objectives in partnership with the Executive Director.
  • Work industry events and trade shows and engage with industry professionals in expanding opportunities for giving.
  • Contribute to other initiatives and priorities when opportunities arise.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary Range: $60-$75K. Excellent benefits package.

The position requires periodic travel to conferences, trade shows, and other Foundation related activities and events to advance the work of the Foundation. Otherwise, the hours can be flexible, and candidates are able to work from home from anywhere in the country.

Behind the Scenes Foundation

Established in 2005, the Behind the Scenes Foundation provides entertainment technology professionals, or their immediate dependent family, who are seriously ill or injured with grants that may be used for basic living and medical expenses. The BTS Counseling Fund provides early access to mental health and addiction counseling by assisting with the associated financial burdens. Our Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative provides tools and resources to support entertainment industry workers and promote mental health and psychological safety.

The Foundation is currently staffed with an Executive Director, an active volunteer Board of Directors and Mental Health Initiative Steering Committee, and a network of committed volunteers. The organization will be embarking on a new Affinity Fundraising campaign and is therefore poised for growth. This creates an extraordinary opportunity for the right candidate to become engaged in the future of the Foundation.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Behind the Scenes will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of candidates on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. Behind the Scenes is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

To apply, submit cover letter and resume in PDF format to [email protected].
No calls please.

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Understanding Alcohol and Substance Use Webinar

BTS Offers Webinar on Understanding Substance Use and Abuse

Most of us know someone who is affected by substance use and abuse. This can include concerns about our own use – or the usage of a coworker, family member or friend. Join Behind the Scenes for an online webinar as they introduce new resources for recognizing and discussing substance use and abuse in the workplace and beyond. Members of the BTS task group introduce these new tools and share personal experiences in this concise online event.

Substance use and abuse in the workplace affects everyone in our industry.

Learn more about recognizing the signs and how to help yourself or a colleague. Taking just one hour to learn more can save lives by allowing you to say the right thing – or point someone to the right resources.

In a 2019 survey of entertainment industry workers, over 40% of respondents said they had experienced alcohol or substance misuse. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the anxiety, fear, uncertainty, stress, and isolation experienced by so many in our industry significantly increased those numbers. Many of us saw ourselves or colleagues, friends, or family members turn to substances as a way to cope with the disruption in our lives. Many found recovery could be difficult to sustain.

Behind the Scenes recently announced the launch of a website to provide resources for industry professionals to answer questions about alcohol and substance use and abuse. It offers information about how to spot the signs of misuse in yourself or others and the potential long term effects. There is practical guidance on getting help for yourself as well as how you can respond if you are concerned about a co-worker or friend. It also addresses situations where you may be concerned about someone you report to or someone who reports to you. Tips are provided on how to have a conversation with someone you are concerned about as well as on coping and self-care. Visit btshelp.org/substanceuse to learn more.

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Quarterly Bystander Intervention Webinars

Learn How to Safely Intervene to Stop Workplace Bullying

Bystander Intervention in the Entertainment Industry Webinars 

Do you know how to safely intervene if you see a co-worker being bullied or intimidated? Did you know there are different ways to intervene to match your comfort level? In just 90 minutes you will learn five easily accessible tools, illustrated by relevant scenarios, for use in any workplace to safely intervene without the worry of retaliation. The Behind the Scenes Mental Health Initiative will present a free webinar “Bystander Intervention in the Entertainment Workplace” once a quarter over the next year.

These webinars follow on the success of last spring’s trainings, with previous attendees commenting, “This is the type of training that will help us transform both our working and personal lives for the better,” “This workshop was so helpful in concisely identifying issues and strategies to deal with them. I feel empowered to address awkward situations in my future,” “This training is engaging, good for participation and interaction, and is full of great examples and a variety of methods to use to help others who may need help,” and “The best part of the Bystander Intervention training for me was the many different ways of approaching a situation which I’d never thought of. We all have our own set of mechanisms, but this helped me think outside of my box.”

Behind the Scenes is partnering with Right To Be, a social justice organization that specializes in education around bullying and harassment, to present this free quarterly webinar on October 18, 2022 and January 30, April 30 and July 17 2023. Principal Right To Be trainer, Dax Valdes, an experienced entertainment industry professional, will lead these interactive sessions that ensure attendee anonymity.

The webinars are free but advance registration is required in order to receive the zoom login. Please visit btshelp.org/bystander to select a registration link for the date of your choice.

BTS’ 2019 survey strongly indicated that bullying, harassment and intimidation is a common workplace stressor throughout all sectors of the entertainment industry. These behaviors create a physically and psychologically unsafe workplace for everyone. This training will teach you how to safely intervene and help to make a difference.

Right To Be’s goal is to reduce instances of workplace disrespect and harassment by giving individuals the tools they need to disrupt those perpetrating it. You will learn the 5Ds of bystander intervention methodology – distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct. 98% of attendees leave these trainings committed to intervening if they witness disrespect or harassment at work.

This webinar is offered as part of an ongoing “Stop Bullying” campaign launched by the Mental Health Initiative in 2021. Available resources include a set of posters to raise awareness of words, actions and behaviors that constitute bullying, harassment or intimidation; information for those who are targets of, or bystanders to, bullying behavior; information to empower individuals to Be Informed, Be Aware, Show Support, and Take Action; and a sample policy and procedures to identify, investigate and resolve instances of bullying, harassment or intimidation and to provide support to those who experience these behaviors.

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Spread Cheer with BTS Holiday Cards

Spread Cheer and Help with BTS Holiday Cards

The 2022 Behind the Scenes Holiday Cards are now on sale at the BTS Boutique. This year’s collection features a wonderful mix of seven different designs created especially for the charity by Phil Foster, Jennifer Gillette, Robert Mendoza, Nancy Orr, Todd Potter and Lauren Press. From messages of hope and peace, to a steam punk inspired holiday, to a card featuring the simple tools of so many industry crafts, you’re sure to find a design that’s right for you.

It’s important to let family, friends and colleagues know you are thinking of them and these unique holiday cards say it perfectly. They are also a personal and inexpensive way for a company to keep in touch with its customers and let them know “We are here and you are important to us.”

Cards are available in a variety of options: card packs of 10 with a standard greeting, personalized cards with a company logo and custom message, and electronic cards in multiple file formats and an array of price points starting at just $20.

Sending a BTS holiday card helps spread the word about the charity and lets your recipients know you are supporting industry colleagues who are ill or injured as well as the BTS Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative.

Orders for printed cards will be taken until September 27, 2022 to arrive by late November. Electronic card orders will be taken until December 16th. 

While you’re shopping, be sure to check out our industry-themed holiday decorations, from LED ghostlight Christmas trees and Hanukah menorahs to nightlights and tree ornaments.

Click here to order your cards

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Signed Copies Available

Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs - Signed Copies Available

Signed copies of famed Rock‘n’Roll photographer and author Neal Preston’s newest book Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs are now available in the BTS Boutique.

Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs is the official book on Queen, one of the greatest ever rock bands, as photographed by one of the greatest ever rock photographers. Produced in collaboration with the band, the book features over 200 images and is an exciting ride through their years on the road together.

It is the first time Preston and Queen have collated this work in one volume: glimpses of life backstage, live performances, post-performance highs and lows, and outtakes—many of which have never been seen before—are accompanied by memories and anecdotes from Neal with forwards by Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.

Neal’s book Exhilarated & Exhausted and posters, including his famous images of Freddie Mercury, Robert Plant and Carlos Santana, are also available.

Neal Preston is one of the most prolific and highly regarded rock photographers of all time. He began working with Queen in the mid 1970s as their tour photographer. He was present on the legendary South America tour in 1981, Live Aid in 1985, and the band’s last tour with Freddie Mercury in 1986, among others. Brian May has commented, “Neal just has the knack, the skill, to always be in the right place at the right time.”

Behind the Scenes would like to expresses our deepest gratitude to Neal and The Lightpower Collection for their unwavering support of the charity.

The Lightpower Collection of Rock’n’Roll art features photography and album cover artwork from many of the world’s greatest photographers and designers. Neal Preston’s Rock’n’Roll photography represents the core of this collection and comprises over seventy large-format original fine art prints. 

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Resources for Alcohol and Substance Use

Resources for Alcohol and Substance Use and Abuse

In a 2019 survey of entertainment industry workers, over 40% of respondents said they had experienced alcohol or substance misuse. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the anxiety, fear, uncertainty, stress, and isolation experienced by so many in our industry significantly increased those numbers. Many of us saw ourselves or colleagues, friends, or family members turn to substances as a way to cope with the disruption in our lives. Many found recovery difficult to sustain.

Along with significantly increased usage comes increased overdoses. Deaths due to overdoses have spiked during the pandemic, primarily driven by opioids. Over 93.000 drug overdose deaths were reported in 2020 – the highest on record and nearly a 30% increase over 2019.

  The Behind the Scenes Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative announces the launch of a website to provide resources for industry professionals to answer questions about alcohol and substance use. It offers information about how to spot the signs of misuse in yourself or others and the potential long term effects. There is practical guidance on getting help for yourself as well as how you can respond if you are concerned about a co-worker or friend. It also addresses situations where you may be concerned about someone you report to or someone who reports to you. There are also links to a variety of resources.

If you are concerned about yourself or someone else, you don’t have to feel alone. Just as an industry we work collaboratively to create our magic, we are all in this fight together. There are many people standing by to help you personally or assist you in helping someone else. We must all work to combat the stigma of asking for help. This website is a first step because education is essential and knowledge gives you power. With alcohol and substance misuse as prevalent as they are, now more than ever we need to get the message out that help is readily available. Visit btshelp.org/substanceuse to learn more.

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Make a Difference in 2022

Make a Difference in 2022
Become a Certified Mental Health First Aider!

Mental Health First Aid Training Classes are posted monthly on the Behind the Scenes website at btshelp.org/mhfa. Do you know how to respond if you see someone who is deeply depressed, having a anxiety attack, or showing signs of alcoholism? Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis.

Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations with someone you are worried about by teaching you how to recognize the signs and symptoms, how to listen non judgmentally and give reassurance, and how to refer that person to appropriate professional support and services.

The course is delivered in two parts. The first is a 2 hour self-paced online course that must be completed prior to the second part which is a 6 hour virtual live instructor led session. Go to btshelp.org/mhfa to learn more and to select the date and time you wish to attend the virtual live session. Upon completing the course you will become a certified Mental Health First Aider which is valid for three years.

The registration fee is $125. IATSE Members and those working under IATSE agreements may be eligible for Training Trust Fund reimbursement upon proof of successful completion of the course. A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available to individuals not eligible for reimbursement. Private group classes of 10 -25 are available – contact [email protected] for information. Training for Canadians is available through the AFC at https://afchelps.ca/mhfa.

You’ll learn about the risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use problems including information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and substance use; the 5-step ALGEE action plan to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or is in crisis, and the available evidence-based professional, peer and self-help resources.

Make 2022 the year you took an active role in helping to care for those you work with. Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your skill sets by learning how to identify, understand and respond to signs of distress in your colleagues and help make our workplaces healthier and safer spaces for all. Visit btshelp.org/mentalhealth to see all the available tools and resources.

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The LRLR Reach $1,000,000 Raised

The Long Reach Long Riders Reach $1,000,000 Raised

Just as their 19th annual ride is starting, the Long Reach Long Riders are thrilled to announce the achievement of a major milestone. Thanks to literally thousands of individual and corporate sponsors over the years, the LRLR has been able to raise, and more importantly give away, over one million dollars! 

 

This milestone could not have been reached without the tireless dedication of volunteers and donors who have given of their time, talent and money to help those less fortunate. Over the years, three charities have benefitted from the LRLR fundraising: AFC (Canada), Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and (primarily) Behind the Scenes Foundation.  

 

Lori Rubinstein, Executive Director of Behind the Scenes, noted that “It’s truly amazing what can be accomplished when like-minded people come together for a common purpose. Even though a major milestone has been achieved, the need is greater than ever, especially with Behind the Scenes’ new mental health initiative. The Long Riders are setting the example of affinity-based fundraising as a way to assist others.” 

 

The Long Reach Long Riders are a group of riders from across the country who work in the entertainment industry and share both a love of motorcycles and a desire to help their colleagues in need. Since 2004 well over 100 riders and chase vehicle drivers have banded together in this common cause.

 

Not wanting to rest on their success, the Long Riders are already looking ahead to future fundraising adventures. Donations will be accepted for this year’s ride through the end of August. To learn more, go to www.lrlr.org

 

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Neal Preston at The NAMM Show 2022

Neal Preston to Sign and Speak About New Queen Book
at The NAMM Show 2022

Behind the Scenes is thrilled to announce that famed Rock‘n’Roll photographer and author Neal Preston is returning to The NAMM Show this June in Anaheim. Neal will be signing his newest book Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs and speaking about his experiences photographing Queen over two decades.

Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs is the official book on Queen, one of the greatest ever rock bands, as photographed by one of the greatest ever rock photographers. Produced in collaboration with the band, the book features over 200 images and is an exciting ride through their years on the road together. It is the first time Preston and Queen have collated this work in one volume: glimpses of life backstage, live performances, post-performance highs and lows, and outtakes—many of which have never been seen before—are accompanied by memories and anecdotes from Neal with forwards by Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.

Neal’s book Exhilarated & Exhausted and posters, including his famous images of Freddie Mercury, Robert Plant and Carlos Santana, will also be available for sale. Proceeds will benefit the Behind the Scenes charity. Those who purchase a book can have their picture taken with Neal on their camera or phone during the signing.

Neal will be present in the Behind the Scenes booth #11930 to sign books and posters on Friday, June 3rd at 3pm and on Saturday, June 4th at 11am and 3pm. He’ll be speaking about his experiences and showing images on Saturday, June 4th at 12pm in the NAMM Member Center in the lobby between Halls A&B.

Neal will also be available for press interviews. To schedule an interview, contact [email protected] or call 212-244-1421.

Neal Preston is one of the most prolific and highly regarded rock photographers of all time. He began working with Queen in the mid 1970s as their tour photographer. He was present on the legendary South America tour in 1981, Live Aid in 1985, and the band’s last tour with Freddie Mercury in 1986, among others. Brian May has commented, “Neal just has the knack, the skill, to always be in the right place at the right time.”

Behind the Scenes would like to thank NAMM, The Lightpower Collection, and ACT Lighting for making Neal’s appearance possible and expresses our deepest gratitude to Neal for his unwavering support of the charity.

The Lightpower Collection of Rock’n’Roll art features photography and album cover artwork from many of the world’s greatest photographers and designers. Neal Preston’s Rock’n’Roll photography represents the core of this collection and comprises over seventy large-format original fine art prints.