JR Clancy, Inc. has offered a donation of $25,000 to launch the fundraising campaign for the new Entertainment Technician Certification Program. Bob Theis, Chairman of JR Clancy says, “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, JR Clancy has a designer, manufacturer, and installer of quality automated and counterweight rigging systems. JR 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.

ETCP is being developed with broad support from industry organizations, businesses and individuals and will be launching its fundraising campaign at the upcoming ETS-LDI trade show. Creating this new program will be costly. The goal of the campaign is to cover the program's $750,000 development costs. JR Clancy's contribution sets ETCP firmly on the path to achieve its goal.

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