The Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA) is working with its members and industry trade organizations to address outdated language and terminology issues increasingly identified as discouraging a spirit of inclusivity within the professional audio community.
“The goal of this project is to introduce and create normalcy around neutral language in the audio industry,” said PAMA Inclusion Committee member Dawn Birr (Sennheiser). “As we all strive for continuous improvement in our work, personal lives and society, often it’s the small steps that get us to our goals. We hope that by taking these actions we can begin making meaningful change happen over time.”
The Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA) has identified outdated language and terminology issues increasingly recognized as discouraging a spirit of inclusivity within the professional audio community. PAMA worked in collaboration with Audinate and a few other member organizations, using an Audinate framework as a starting point. PAMA circulated a survey to member companies to gather feedback regarding problematic language (e.g., master/slave in clocking references and eliminating male/female in reference to connector topology) and soliciting input on alternate, neutral terminology. The result is a list of suggested terms to replace current terminology.
The goal of the project is to introduce and create normalcy around neutral language in the audio industry. PAMA encourages pro audio companies to embrace neutral nomenclature as one step toward meaningful change. This is a living document that will continue to evolve with ongoing input from the industry at large.
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