PLASA is the Professional Lighting And Sound Association, a UK-based trade organisation representing over 500 members worldwide. A professional body or professional organization also known as a professional association or professional society is an organization usually Non-profit, that exists An industry trade group, also known as a trade association, is an organization founded and funded by Businesses that operate in a specific Industry. 
In addition to providing members with expert advice on a wide range of business and technical issues, PLASA also monitors legislative developments, alerting members to forthcoming UK, EU and international laws and regulations that may affect the way they manage their business. Advice is a form of relating personal Opinions belief systems personal values and recommendations about certain situations relayed in some context to another person group or A business (also called firm or an enterprise) is a legally recognized organizational entity designed to provide goods and/or services to Law is a system of rules enforced through a set of Institutions used as an instrument to underpin civil obedience politics economics and society This article is for the legal term For regulation of genes see Regulation of gene expression.
PLASA is developing qualifications for the industry in the UK. Overview Certifications are earned from a Professional society and in general must be renewed periodically or may be valid for a specific period of time (e For other uses of this term see Industry (disambiguation An industry (from Latin industrius, "diligent industrious" It became a QCA approved awarding body in April 2008 when it launched its qualification scheme for rigging in the entertainments industry. 
In a wider role, PLASA also offers guidance on careers and professional development opportunities in the sector, underlining its aim to ensure that the skills needs of the industry are fully addressed. Career is a term defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as an individual's "course or progress through life (or a distinct portion of life" Professional development refers to skills and knowledge attained for both personal development and career advancement The Economy may be classified into subdivisions called sectors (also called Industries) in several ways A skill is the learned capacity or talent to carry out pre-determined results often with the minimum outlay of time energy or both.
The Association also recognises the need for close liaison with Government and other partners to develop a greater understanding of the needs of the industry. For the government of parliamentary systems see Executive (government. The Association's work in this area - in particular lobbying campaigns and its research activities - is helping to build better recognition for the industry. Lobbying includes all attempts to influence Legislators and officials whether by other legislators constituents or organized groups Research is defined as Human activity based on Intellectual application in the investigation of Matter.
An increasingly multi-faceted organisation, the Association also runs media and events arms, responsible for two of the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International and Lighting&Sound America and one of the main European exhibitions for the sector, the PLASA Show in London's Earls Court. Lighting&Sound International (L&SI is a monthly entertainment technology magazine published in Eastbourne by PLASA Media Ltd a commercial arm of the Professional Lighting&Sound America is a monthly entertainment technology magazine published in New York by PLASA Media Inc a commercial arm of the Professional Lighting and The PLASA Show is an annual London based trade show hosted at Earls Court Exhibition Centre and organised by the Professional Lighting and Sound Association London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Earls Court, a district in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England.
PLASA is also a member of the World Entertainment Technology Federation (World-ETF) - an alliance of international entertainment technology associations. Entertainment technology is the discipline of using manufactured or created components to enhance or make possible any sort of Entertainment experience Together they create an international forum for the discussion of common issues including technical standards, trading methods, training and education and industry growth worldwide. 
The other members of the World-ETF are:
PLASA was formed over 27 years ago when a fledgling industry began to develop from the pioneering work of the talented individuals who first explored new concepts in sound, lighting, projection and staging. Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. The Entertainment Services and Technology Association ( ESTA) is a Live entertainment Industry organization. Italy (Italia officially the Italian Republic, (Repubblica Italiana is located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe, and on the two largest For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics. Spain () or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España is a country located mostly in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula.
From 1976 to 1983 PLASA was known as the British Association of Discotheque Equipment Manufacturers (BADEM). In 1983 it was decided, in order to reflect the broader business activities of member companies and also the wider entertainment, leisure and presentation markets that member companies were servicing, that a change of name was necessary.
In 1987, PLASA's new headquarters were opened in Eastbourne, and in addition to the PLASA secretariat, the association's own magazine Lighting&Sound International also operated from the same offices. Eastbourne ( is a large town and borough of East Sussex, on the south coast of England with an estimated population of 94816 as of 2007
At the beginning of 2007, PLASA relocated to new headquarters within Eastbourne. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.