Following the Tony Awards’ announcement that the Best Sound Design categories will be reinstated starting in the 2017–2018 season, United Scenic Artists Local USA 829, IATSE has released a statement supporting and applauding this decision.
The statement comes specifically from the Sound Design committee of the union, as well as Nevin Steinberg, co-chair of the committee representing Broadway designers.
The Best Sound Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Musical categories were first awarded in 2008, but subsequently removed from the ballot in 2014. When they return, only a subset of the voting pool will vote for the two categories—as well as Best Orchestrations.
“We are very gratified by this outcome,” said Steinberg. “Happily, the appeals and activism of our members, of the professional theater community in New York and around the country, and the thoughtful arguments for reconsideration by some of the most prominent individuals and organizations across show business made an impact. Sound Designers on Broadway will once again be recognized for the integral and creative work that their colleagues and audiences expect.”
United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, is a labor union of designers, artists and craftspeople, organized to protect craft standards, working conditions, and wages. Members work in theatre, film, opera, ballet, television, exhibitions, and more. The current active membership totals just over 4,300.
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