December 14, 2009 — Walnut Creek, CA — The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio, presenters of the Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, announced today that it has changed its name to the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio. The Foundation, a 501 ( c )( 3 ) public benefit corporation, was founded in 1990 by the publishers of Mix magazine, with the mission of furthering excellence in the audio arts and sciences.
“This move is a logical consequence of our separation from Mix in 2008,” said Hillel Resner, president of the Foundation since its beginning. “Even though, as a charity, the Foundation has always been a separate legal entity, retaining the Mix name has created confusion both inside and outside the industry we serve. Our board has decided that it’s time for us to move on and establish our own identity as the organization responsible for the TEC Awards, the Les Paul Award, the L.A. Open golf tournament and our other activities.”
Resner also announced that newly-renamed TEC Foundation is actively seeking partners to provide financial support for the TEC Awards and other programs, as well as the creation of new ones. The Foundation’s work is largely funded by sponsorships, which have suffered as a result of the current recession.
“Like all charitable organizations, the TEC Foundation has been impacted by the economic downturn,” Resner said. “In order to continue improving our programs and aiding the twin causes of audio education and hearing health, we feel the need to team up with two or three corporate partners from the pro audio and technology sectors that we can count on to provide a baseline of financial support. This represents a rare opportunity for companies who are committed to advancing excellence in audio technology, and we will be holding discussions with several potential partners in the very near future.”
The Foundation was established 5 years after the launch of the TEC Awards (1985), which has since become the foremost program honoring outstanding achievement in audio technology and production. The 25th Annual TEC Awards was held October 10 at the AES Convention in New York City. Though substantially scaled back from previous years, the ceremony at Javits Center attracted nearly 500 attendees. The awards were presented by such sound industry luminaries as Phil Ramone, George Massenburg, Eddie Kramer, Chris Stone and David Hewitt, among others.