A new platform offering details of the verified production team across all specialties has been launched with the goal of streamlining the hiring process at a time when the industry has lost around 25% of production professionals.
Launched by seasoned event production industry professional Joel Perry, in partnership with Showcase Music, Entourage Pro was created with the goal of connecting independent production specialists with artists, executives and the industry. at large.
Billed as a world first in the production industry team resources, the platform has been developed over the past three years by Perry and has gained the support of brands such as Yamaha, d & b audiotechnik, Neutrik, Showcase, Robe, Avolites, MDG and Chainmaster.
Entourage Pro covers 140 independent professional roles, from front-of-house engineer, backline tech, lighting designer and rigger to video content creator, LED technician and more. It was designed to be a quick and easy resource for anyone planning anything from a one-off show to a world tour so that they can find verified staff.
Entourage Pro defines registrants based on role, service, discipline, experience, and availability. It includes their profile, accreditations, certificates, availability and price range, all of which will be made available to qualified representatives of the music industry, worldwide, artists, labels, management, agents, promoters. and rental houses to manufacturers.
Perry said Access that the platform is a closed network, and that freelancers must be validated before being added: “You have to go through a strict procedure to access it”.
He said the automated system will allow users to search by show or tour to find and hire crew members who have been involved.
Perry said, “It takes time to change the perception of people to embrace a new way of working, but we think we’re going to do something really positive for the industry as a whole; we want to save people time, money and effort.
James Stanbridge of Showcase Music said, “We are at a critical window of opportunity and we want this to be our way of helping the industry get back on its feet and bring it closer together. “