J.R. Clancy, Inc. has made a donation of $25,000 to launch the fundraising campaign for the new Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP), sponsored by ESTA in association with several major industry organizations.

ETCP is being developed with broad support from industry organizations, businesses and individuals and will be launching its fundraising campaign at the ETS-LDI trade show this week in Orlando, FL. The goal of the campaign is to cover the program's $750,000 development costs.

ETCP will set standards for safer working practices and reduce workplace risk in all entertainment venues. Industry experts will develop rigorous assessments, conduct examinations, and award credentials to qualified entertainment technicians. ETCP will focus on disciplines that directly affect the health and safety of performers, crews and audiences, beginning with rigging skills and electrical skills.

Bob Theis, chairman of J.R. Clancy, commented, “Since one of Clancy's key priorities’ is safety, we felt it essential to support the Entertainment Technician Certification Program. We've been leaders in improving equipment, installation, and user safety through product testing, engineering analysis, and training. It's just natural for us to participate.”

Since 1885, J. R. Clancy has been the leading designer, manufacturer, and installer of quality automated and counterweight rigging systems. J.R. Clancy has played an active role in many of the organizations involved in creating ETCP and they have been long-time supporters of ESTA’s ANSI-accredited Technical Standards Program, providing both financial and volunteer support.

For more information visit www.etcp.esta.org.