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$42,000 FOR HEARING CONSERVATION PROGRAMS AND AUDIO SCHOLARSHIPS Outreach Efforts Target Audio Pros, Musicians and Students February 9, 2004---Walnut Creek, CA---The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio has announced the distribution of proceeds from the 19th Annual Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Awards, held last October in New York.

The charity event raised $42,000 in support of ongoing efforts to inform audio professionals, musicians and the greater community about noise-induced hearing loss, and provide financial aid for deserving students of the audio arts and sciences.

Over half the proceeds were donated to the Sound Partners outreach program of the House Ear Institute (Los Angeles). Monies were also given to Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.), based in San Francisco. Both nonprofit organizations work to educate audio professionals, musicians and the wider community about the prevention of hearing impairment from overexposure to high sound levels in recording and live performance environments. The remaining proceeds will benefit scholarship endowments for students of the audio arts and sciences at Berklee College of Music, Ex'pression Center for New Media, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, University of Miami and University of Southern California, as well as the AES Educational Foundation, and the student assistance program of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS). "We are proud to again contribute to programs of great importance to both the present and the future of the audio industry," says Hillel Resner, president of the Mix Foundation. "Hearing conservation remains a critical issue to both consumers and professionals, and the number of young people seeking to enter the industry is at an all-time high. That we can help, even in a small way, is very gratifying.

" The 20th Annual TEC Awards will be held on Saturday, October 30, in San Francisco. For information on tickets and sponsorships, contact Karen Dunn at (925) 939-6149 or email info@tecawards.org. Information about the Mix Foundation and the TEC Awards can also be found at www.mixfoundation.org. The TEC Awards is presented by the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio, and sponsored by Mix magazine, the professional audio industry's leading international monthly. Mix is published by Primedia Business Magazines and Media. The MFEA is a nonprofit, charitable organization headquartered in Walnut Creek, California. ### Press Contact: Jane Byer / (510) 528.2014 / jane@mixfoundation.org Attachment: HouseEar.jpg (pictured l-r: David Schwartz, MFEA Board Member; Karen Dunn, Exec. Director TEC Awards; Marilee Pothoff, Mktg. Director HEI; Hillel Resner, President MFEA)

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