Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Event takes place Nov. 13 at Soundcheck Nashville
Interested attendees invited to register now

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 30, 2013) – On Wednesday, Nov. 13, sound engineers, production managers, stagehands and "roadies" of all kinds can attend the third annual Touring Career Workshop for FREE classes on everything from staying safe on the road to financial planning, stress management, accounting, entrepreneurship, health care, fitness and more. The three-hour workshop is scheduled from 6 to 9:30 p.m. CT at Soundcheck Nashville (750 Cowan Street).

Presented by Chris Lisle Lighting Design, the Touring Career Workshop was first established in 2011 by Lighting Designer Chris Lisle (Miranda Lambert, Lee Brice, Kip Moore, One Republic, etc.) and Lighting Director Erik Parker (One Republic) to serve and educate colleagues in the music touring industry on how to maintain long-term financial stability and success in what is an ever-changing economic environment.

Two years since the tragic Indiana State Fair stage collapse on August 13, 2011 brought safety concerns in the touring industry to the forefront, the primary focus of the workshop this year will be on how to keep crew and audience members safe when it comes to stage assembly and breakdown. Jim Digby, Production Manager for Linkin Park and Founder of the Event Safety Alliance has been appointed as the Keynote Speaker to help educate attendees on how to best avoid accidents and pose safety during concert production.

Other scheduled sessions include:

Accounting & Setting Up As A Business

Not Just A Man’s World – Women In Touring

Health Insurance Planning

MusiCares & Stress Management

Financial Planning

Navigating Relationships

Health & Fitness On The Road

Getting In and Surviving The Business

Per Diem & Write-Offs

Life Coaching

"After twenty years in the touring industry, I started to notice friends of mine who were among the early generation of roadies had not prepared very well for their latter years," said Lisle. It was hard for me to watch them struggle with health and financial problems, so I thought to myself, 'What could have been done to prevent this?'" That's when the idea for the annual Touring Career Workshop was born.

There is no admission fee to attend the workshop, and no pressure to purchase any of the services offered during the sessions. "We want to present the tools needed to achieve long-term success by experts in each of their respective fields. After all, when you are a freelance technician in the touring business, you are your own business. Therefore, you have to set yourself up with the tools needed to fend for yourself."

To REGISTER to attend or find more information on the Touring Career Workshop, please visit

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