BU Blog Flash.swf?clickTAG=

AddThis Feed Button

Entries in Event Safety (4)


Brown United is IMFCON Keynote Sponsor 


December 8-10, 2013

The Hyatt Regency
Austin, Texas

Register Today!



Founded in 2009, the IMFCON provides the only annual conference & symposium for music festival professionals and entertainment executives to network, learn from
one another, establish partnerships, and understand the latest trends in festival operations.



Brown United – Our Keynote Sponsor is one of the Premier Staging Companies in the World. 

John Brown will be introducing the  Opening KeynoteThe Pursuit of Excellence, a conversation with Arthur Fogel on Sunday, Dec. 8th from 4:30 pm-5:30 pm.

John Brown, the CEO and Founder of The Brown United Companies, in his youth toured with the Rolling Stones and the Eagles.  He has worked with many of the music greats of our times – and more than a few political leaders as well, including U.S. presidents.

 But John is not known for what he does on stage, but instead for building the stages and structures on which superstars perform, political stars present and thousands of moving, cheering fans review.

After touring as a stage hand years ago, John decided to come home to transform his business into one of the world’s leading event structure providers.  At age 14, he began working with his father on scaffold assembly where he eventually gained his father’s reputation for faultless and farsighted planning.  He started Brown United at just 17 years of age. John has steadily expanded the business to handle more than 800 projects per year providing equipment to The Rolling Stones, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Elton John, Green Day, Kiss, Eminem, Dave Mathews Band, Phish, Bruce Springsteen and most recently Paul McCartney and Jay-Z/ Justin Timberlake.

Today his firm is a regular provider to top acts across all types of sporting events and across all genres of music including continuing support to classic music concert festivals such as Coachella, Stagecoach, Firefly, Tomorrow World, The Country Music Festival, Outside Lands and Bonnaroo. Recent television clients include Disney, Sony, Universal, and the ESPN X Games, with which he has been associated with for 17 years.

 2013 Parnelli Award Winner for Staging Company of the Year, Brown United remains a principal supplier to users and he applies tough, regulated industrial standards to the structures erected for audiences around the world.  John is also a founding and board member of the Event Safety Alliance, a group of prominent entertainment industry and event management companies determined to press for universal safety standards for the production of live events. He credits Jim Digby, Production Manager for Linkin Park and Executive Director of the ESA (www.eventsafetyalliance.org) as his inspiration and motivation in this effort.


The New ESA Website Is Now Live


The Event Safety Alliance is excited to announce a significant upgrade to their online presence. Based upon user feedback, the ESA website as been completely re-designed to improve user experience and allow for easier access to the latest information and resources. They've added several new features to the site, including a listing of upcoming industry events and an Alliance-managed blog. Most significantly, the improved site now tracks updates to the Event Safety Guide, so users can be sure they're referencing the most current information available. The current update of the Event Safety Guide includes the highly anticipated chapter on Rigging for public review and comment., Please download the latest version and send up your feedback before the August 5th deadline for public review.

Visit the new site at http://www.eventsafetyalliance.org/ . Your suggestions for improving the web site and guide are always welcome and appreciated.

As part of this upgrade, the login procedure for the website has been simplified. Your username is now the email address you used to register; your temporary password is pass123, which you should update the first time you login. Please take a moment to update your profile, which will help ESA send updates to the correct sectors of the industry.

The ESA thanks you for your continued support in helping to advance greater safety awareness within the event production industry.

Join the Event Safety Alliance

The Event Safety Alliance is a group of entertainment industry leaders gathered to address the immediate need for universal safety standards for the production of live events.

If you are a working professional in the entertainment, sports, leisure and event marketing industry, we welcome you and would like you to join us in our mission to make all events a safer place.



Promote the “Life Safety First” mindset as the industry’s number one priority by welcoming all interested persons, regardless of affiliation, to join us in making a collective effort to improve life safety awareness and application in our industry.  Manage the collection process of known “best practices” including those set forth in documents e.g. the HSE Event Safety Guide (“The Purple Guide”) to create a ‘best practices manual’ for persons producing events in the United States, “The Event Safety Guide US”. Consult with government and industry leaders to find the best strategies for training, certification and inspection practices for the industry.
The ESA is a living organization under constant evolution to ensure everyone has the chance to participate on the work being done. 


  • Join the group. You dictate your level of participation and contributions to the task at hand. The only pressure you will receive will be from yourself.
  • Support and promote the organization and the initiative.
  • While participation in drafting “The Event Safety Guide - US” is not mandatory, if you are inclined to share your knowledge and expertise on the wide range of  subjects in the guide, notify the ESA team and you will be contacted in short order and given that opportunity.
  • If you are a key influencer, consider setting realistic and achievable goals for yourself and those around you to improve safety in your environment and in the industry. There are many resources available to assist you in determining how to mediate the risks in your situation, if you need help finding one- we can help.
  • Be patient and vigilant, change takes time. The industry will embrace the “Life Safety First” mindset at it’s own pace. It is only through day-in and day-out persistence that true change can occur.
  • Be safety aware and safety prepared.
  • This bullet left ‘blank’ for you to fill in because only you can determine what your next step should be.

This is a massive undertaking, intended to be transparent and ALL inclusive, it is our mandate to give each individual the opportunity to participate in the process and take part in the peer review that will complete this long overdue work. EVERYONE will have the ability to review and comment on the work and the process as we move forward.

Thank you for your participation... YOU are the Event Safety Alliance!

Visit the ESA website...



Brown United Contracts with WDT for Event Safety

Brown United has just engaged the services of Weather Decision Technologies in the interest of life safety.

Keeping their crews and those attending their events informed and protected with the help of the advanced technologies available through WDT. If you're a decision maker producing outdoor events enlisting the services of a private meteorological service is just plain smart.