Everything you need to know for compliant contracting of AV Freelancers.

4 Ways to Optimize Event Production w/ Technology

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Jun 15, 2023 1:00:00 PM

Putting together any live event is a long process and can be an inefficient one if you don’t have the right tools to optimize your work. Technology is available that can assist you as you conceptualize, plan, and produce events, making it easy to get your work done quickly and ensure a smooth production.

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Topics: AV Techs, Crew Management & Scheduling

Important Update for AV Technicians regarding Economic Relief Payments

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Apr 13, 2020 2:33:05 PM
Mertzcrew recommends all AV companies share this with all AV Technicians that have worked on projects for them in the past 12 months. This is not spam, a solicitation, or anything we're doing for personal gain.  We just want to help as many AV Technicians as possible.
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Topics: AV Techs, Workforce Intelligence, Crew Management & Scheduling, Workforce Development

5 AV Freelancer Trends For 2018

Posted by Wallace Johnson on Jan 15, 2018 3:53:51 PM


Freelancing in the AV industry is continuing to grow as an integral part to the success of almost every AV company.  In general, freelancing continues to be a growing trend in the US economy with 34% of US workers currently freelancing in some form and this number is expected to grow to 43% by 2020.

 With those stats in mind, AV companies should stay aware of key trends that may affect AV freelancers.  Below are the top 5 trends I anticipate for 2018:



#1.) The Debate About Freelancer Classification And Compliance Will Continue To Be An Issue

Many AV companies know Independent contractor compliance is an important topic and most companies have a general idea of what is required.  However, many AV companies fail to consistently manage and execute a fully-compliant process that aligns with the various state & federal compliance laws.  

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Topics: AV Techs, AV Industry Pro Sessions, Technician Training, Compliance, Workforce Development

Compliance Alert For Nevada AV Techs

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Jan 3, 2018 5:33:14 PM

If you have a project in Las Vegas with your employees or contractors, be sure to check that they have completed the OSHA 10-Hour or 30-Hour General Industry course.

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Topics: AV Techs, Working with Contractors, Event Safety, Compliance

Nationwide Video Training Discount

Posted by Wallace Johnson on Aug 21, 2017 3:28:43 PM




Looking to get technically trained on current Pro AV gear? Come to one of Nationwide Video's Technician Training Courses.

These are syllabus-driven, hands on, interactive workshops taught by industry professionals. Technicians will confidently leave with new repeatable skill sets, and a deep knowledge of the equipment.

  • Each of their expert trainers have from 15-25+ years of Pro AV field experience.
  • Travel and expenses are the responsibility of the trainee.

For more details check out www.nationwidevideo.com/training, or to discuss a custom workshop, send an email to info@subrent.com or call 800-935-2323


If you are registered with Mertzcrew and you select a training program offered by Nationwide Video, you can enjoy 10% off of the cost of the courses!

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Topics: AV Techs, AV Industry Pro Sessions, Technician Training, Workforce Development

Open Projects for AV Techs

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Jan 10, 2014 5:23:00 PM

Are you looking to get more AV Project work?  Then you may be interested in Open Projects on MertzCrew.  Open Projects are roles on Corporate and Integration projects that are only available to AV technicians who are registered with MertzCrew.  The process works very simply:

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Topics: AV Techs

Words of Wisdom

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Oct 25, 2013 5:51:00 PM

Full Sail University recently hosted the Rental & Staging Road Show in Orlando, FL with industry speakers covering topics from pre-production to the integration of new technologies in show production.

The highlight of the event was a roundtable of industry leaders entitled “Are You Ready For A New Staging Industry Landscape?”  The speakers (pictured above) were: Matthew Carson (PRG), Colin Murphy (Bungalow Scenic Studios), Les Goldberg (LMG), and Tom Kervitsky (TEK Productions).

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Topics: AV Techs

Freelancer Freedom

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Aug 3, 2013 5:46:00 PM

I want you to love freedom.

Love the freedom that a freelancer life provides.  Love the flexibility to pick and choose where you work, how you work, and for whom you work.

Oh…  and I want you to love the financial rewards of freelancing too.

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Topics: AV Techs

Stand Out, Freelancers!

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Aug 1, 2013 5:42:00 PM

You’re a freelancer.  You can make AV magic happen.  You know the latest equipment and your regular clients are happy with the services you perform.

But when it comes to getting new clients, you just can’t seem to get any traction.  You’ve gotten recommendations, you’re on LinkedIn, and you’ve told every person you know in AV that you’re available for projects.  But nothing seems to work.

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Topics: AV Techs