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

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

What The Freelance Isn't Free Act Means For AV Companies

Posted by Wallace Johnson on May 18, 2017 3:08:58 PM



On May 15th, the Freelance Isn’t Free Act went into effect in New York City.  Below we share important details of the law and what it means for AV companies working with freelancers in New York City.


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Topics: Contracting AV Techs, Crew Management & Scheduling, Compliance

6 Tips To Selecting The Right AV Technician For Your Project

Posted by Wallace Johnson on Apr 27, 2017 9:38:08 AM


Once you have found a potential AV technician to fill a role on your project, what is your process to qualify this individual to determine if they are the best fit?

Here are 6 best practices to select the right people for your project:


#1 Start Early
A best practice for an operation is to start lining up technicians as soon as you are aware of a project's potential, all the way down to the stagehands. You're not the only company with a busy season so make sure you don’t get stuck competing with others to find techs.  If you wait too long, your available quality will go down and your costs could go up! 

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Topics: Contracting AV Techs, Crew Management & Scheduling

Smart Solutions to Common AV Crew Management Growing Pains

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Oct 5, 2016 1:38:48 PM



As AV projects become larger and more complex, they require even higher levels of thoughtful project and crew management. The introduction of the right smart technology solutions may allow AV teams to better manage growing crew member numbers, the search for crew members with specialized skills, and evolving project needs.

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Topics: Crew Management & Scheduling, AV Industry Pro Sessions

Strategic Workforce Planning Tools that Save AV Planners Time

Posted by Gabe Solomon on May 19, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Strategic workforce planning is all about having the right crew members in the right place, at the right time, and at the right cost. It’s a process that involves internal coordination and communication within your AV team, effective crew member selection and scheduling, and working with crew members to get them on board and up to speed quickly.


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Topics: AV Teams, Crew Management & Scheduling

How to Use Job Tracking Software to Improve AV Labor Accountability

Posted by Gabe Solomon on May 16, 2016 4:30:00 PM

Nothing slows down getting paid by your AV client more than waiting for your crew members to turn in their hours and expenses. Without these numbers on hand, neither you nor your crew members can get paid -- or worse, you’re left potentially covering the cost of unaccounted invoices, months after the project has already closed due to surprise, late crew invoices.

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Topics: Workforce Intelligence, Crew Management & Scheduling, Working with Contractors

7 Reasons your AV Scheduler Needs a Field Service Software

Posted by Gabe Solomon on May 12, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Many industries utilize field service softwares as a solution for managing mobile workforces and widespread resources. There are many benefits to doing so, from improving communication and tracking to organizing your internal management processes into one streamlined system.  

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Topics: AV Teams, Crew Management & Scheduling, Working with Contractors

Why You Should Fire Excel as Your AV Scheduling Tool

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Apr 29, 2016 2:30:00 PM

The dreaded AV scheduling spreadsheet. It’s an AV scheduler best friend and their worst enemy. It contains all of the information you need to keep your project on track, on budget, and on time, helping you manage all of your crew management processes. But, as handy a tool as it is, it’s also outdated. While your Excel scheduling spreadsheet may keep your AV project on track, it also may stagger behind industry trends and technological advancements in the business world that could improve your scheduling process and bring you even better insights.

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Topics: AV Teams, Crew Management & Scheduling

AV Crew Scheduling: How to Facilitate a Smooth Live Event

Posted by Gabe Solomon on Apr 26, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Live events are make or break. Your AV team and crew gets one chance to either make it all go right the first time or miss the mark. Adding to the challenge, live events can be unpredictable with deadlines and scopes that are constantly moving. While these obstacles can be hard to overcome, you can defeat them and set your live event up for success with careful AV crew scheduling, planning, management, and preparation.

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Topics: AV Teams, Crew Management & Scheduling