On Wednesday, Oct. 16, during the recent AES Convention in New York, the Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®, in partnership with Iron Mountain Incorporated® (NYSE: IRM) Entertainment Services (IMES), held an exclusive Preservation Celebration event at the Crozier Fine Arts Center. The event, which celebrated excellence in the archiving and preservation of recorded music, film, and fine art, featured hors d’oeuvres and cocktails for attendees and served as a showcase of photos of iconic musicians provided by the Morrison Hotel Gallery in SoHo.
The event was attended by leading members from the recording and entertainment communities, including producer-engineers Jimmy Douglass, Andres Mayo, James McKinney, Barry Rudolph and Rafa Sardina,; mastering engineer Pete Doell; Audio Engineering Society President Nadja Wallaszkovits; industry pros Joe D’Ambrosio (Joe D’Ambrosio Management), Roey Hershkovitz (Capitol Records) and Pat Kraus (Universal Music Group); and many others.
Ivan Barias, former President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy ('12-'15), and now serving on the Academy’s Board of Trustees and also co-chairing the Producers & Engineers Wing Steering Committee, addressed the crowd, welcoming the attendees and discussing the Academy's relationship with Iron Mountain and the organizations' shared values in regards to preservation and archiving. Lance Podell, newly-appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, echoed Barias' remarks, emphasizing IMES's ongoing commitment to partnering with industry leaders to solve the challenges in preserving and protecting assets created by the members of the Producers & Engineers Wing and the artists they work with.
As an official P&E Wing Sustaining Partner for the past eight years, Iron Mountain provides title sponsorship for professional development events and serves as a member of the P&E Wing Manufacturer's Council, an array of audio-related companies that function as a creative think-tank to address industry issues, including technical best practices, new technology development, preservation of recording assets, and creative rights.