The eighth annual Touring Career Workshop (TCW) is set for Nov. 6, 2019 at the Soundcheck Annex Building in Nashville.
The workshop aims to educate road crew members who are rising through the ranks on various issues to help them in making smart career decisions. Last year’s event welcomed more than 350 attendees.
Chris Lisle, owner of Chris Lisle Lighting Design (CLLD), co-founded the workshop alongside CLLD production designer Erik Parker. Chris Lisle’s company has worked on concerts, events, and tours for Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Robert Plant, the NFL draft, and more.
“We organized this to give back to our industry with the hope that people will walk away from the workshop with the tools needed to enjoy the best career possible,” said Lisle.
Although free, registration is required to attend TCW. Registration opens Tuesday, Oct. 1 at touringcareerworkshop.com. The Soundcheck Annex is located at 740 Cowan Street, Nashville, TN 37207.
This year’s sessions will look at healthcare, workplace safety, investments, mental health, and more. A networking session will also follow the workshops.
The Vendor Side of Touring
Health Insurance Options
Taxes: Freelance vs. Employee
Situational Awareness/Work Safety
The Staff Side of Touring
Personal Investments: Planning for the Future
All Access: Mental Health Panel
It’s Your Life: You Got This—a motivational session with Erik Parker
Venue Side of Touring
Navigating the Touring Life
Real Estate: Purchasing, Renting, Investing
In addition to the free workshop, Lisle and Parker created the All Access Program which offers—at no cost—four counseling sessions from one of several pre-approved therapists and life coaches. It’s handled in a completely confidential way with individual names known only by that person’s therapist.
“We firmly believe that seeking the advice of a professional can help get you through difficult times and do not want one’s ability to pay to keep them from getting help,” said Parker.
Gold sponsors for the 2019 TCW include 4Wall Lighting, ACT Lighting, Bandit Lites, Chauvet Lighting, Clair Brothers Audio, Crew One, DCR, Elation Lighting, GLP Lighting, JBL by Harman, Martin by Harman, and Master Tour by Even.
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