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Music and Sound Auction Announced to Coincide with October 30 TEC Awards

e-bay Auction Benefits H.E.A.R. and HEI's Sound Partners

San Francisco, CA, September 21, 2004. The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio has announced that it will present the TEC Awards Music and Sound Auction on eBay, starting on October 21 and running through November 2, 2004. The auction will coincide with the 20th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, to be held on Saturday, October 30 at the San Francisco Marriott.

The online auction will be managed by H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers) a nonprofit dedicated to informing musicians and the public about the prevention of hearing impairment in the music environment.

Proceeds will benefit H.E.A.R., as well as the Sound Partners campaign of the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, a hearing conservation program co-founded by the Mix Foundation in 1997.

Auction items will include pro audio and music equipment (recording devices, microphones, loudspeakers, mixing consoles, amplifiers, etc.) as well as guitars and other instruments, music memorabilia, photographic art, hotel and spa packages and special gift items. Previews of the items will be posted on the auction homepage as they become available.

The TEC Awards Music and Sound Auction organizers are currently accepting donations of music and pro sound equipment, music memorabilia and other items, as well as cash gifts. 

About the TEC Awards

Presented by the Mix Foundation and sponsored by Mix magazine, The TEC Awards is the world's foremost event recognizing the achievements of technical professionals in recording and sound. Nominees in 23 categories are voted on by subscribers of Mix magazine, while the Hall of Fame and Les Paul lifetime achievement awards honor individuals who have set the highest standards of creative excellence in music and audio. This year, the TEC Awards will induct filmmaker George Lucas and engineer/producer Elliot Scheiner into the Hall of Fame, and present the Les Paul Award to famed producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Actor and comedian Harry Shearer will host the ceremony. 

About HEI

Since 1997, House Ear Institute (HEI) has provided free hearing screenings to well over 5,000 music and sound industry professionals at industry trade events around the country. HEI offers this outreach service for industry professionals through its Sound Partners hearing conservation program. In addition to hearing screenings, industry pros also receive literature, online information and conference presentations on the scientific facts that matter most surrounding the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss as well as free consultations with our non-profit research audiologists. HEI is proud to share its world-renowned scientific research and decades of knowledge with the audio and music pros who depend on sound advice when it comes to their hearing health. Established since 1946, House Ear Institute is dedicated to advancing hearing science through research and education to improve quality of life.

About H.E.A.R.

Founded in 1988, H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of hearing loss and tinnitus among musicians and music fans through education and grassroots advocacy. With support from the music industry, musicians, audiologists, physicians, hearing health organizations, health manufacturers and individual donors, H.E.A.R. is helping to raise awareness of the real dangers of repeated exposure to excessive noise levels from music. The H.E.A.R. Partners program is a national network of certified hearing professionals who support H.E.A.R.s mission. H.E.A.R. delivers information on hearing loss and tinnitus to over 1 million people worldwide via HEARNET.COM, public service campaigns, educational programs and distributes hearing protection to thousands of people at events annually. 

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