October 19-22, 2013
Nashville, TN - Omni Hotel
Bring your company to the front row of the live entertainment industry.
Early bird registration is now available for IEBA's 43rd Annual Conference.
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International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) is a non-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals. Founded in 1970, IEBA provides networking, showcasing and educational opportunities to strengthen relationships, foster growth and increase revenue for the live entertainment industry. IEBA showcases the best and brightest talent in all genres of music and all fields of entertainment. Representing over $1 billion in buying power, IEBA is an intimate organization that makes a huge impact.
“IEBA is the place to be if you’re serious about building relationships in the industry and discovering the hottest talent.”
– Barry Jeffrey, WME
IEBA and the annual conference stand alone in the entertainment industry by showcasing the most current and diverse entertainment options for buyers, and providing unparalleled networking opportunities and continuing education to its members. Dedicated to propelling the industry forward, IEBA prepares the next generation of industry leaders through mentoring, scholarships and job placement.
Originally called the International Country Music Buyers Association—ICMBA was conceived by two talent buyers, Hubert Long and Harry "Hap" Peebles. Peebles and Long felt that the country music talent buyers needed a voice in the fair and festival industry. Eventually the board of ICMBA decided that there was a need to be inclusive off all types of entertainment, and so the organization was renamed the International Entertainment Buyers Association — from two founding members in 1970 to nearly 1000 active members from all areas of live entertainment today.
Pam Matthews, Executive Director
Candice Davis, Director of Strategic Alliances & Operations
Mallori Kirchenschlager, Director of Events & Membership
Lori Otelsberg, IEBA Chairman
Rick Murray, IEBA Immediate Past Chairman
Ed Warm, IEBA President
Nicole More, IEBA Vice President
Neste Event Marketing
Renee Alexander, IEBA Secretary
Minnesota State Fair
Karen Clark, IEBA Treasurer
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Larry Werner, IEBA International
Barry Jeffrey, IEBA Past Chairman
Bob Babisch, Milwaukee Summerfest
Chris Baldizan, MGM Resorts Entertainment & Sports
Tim Beeding, CAA
Mike Betterton, Dale Morris & Associates
Todd Boltin, Variety Attractions
Lori Bowman, Integrity Events
Charlie Davis, Paradise Artists
Jeff Epstein, Universal Attractions Agency
Andrew Farwell, Outback Concerts
Ali Harnell, AEG Live / The Messina Group
Kell Houston, Houston Productions
Brock Jones, Global Spectrum
Greg Janese, Paradigm
Steve Lassiter, APA
Roger LeBlanc, War Memorial Auditorium
Hugh Lombardi, TD Garden
Leslie Master, Ali Harnell, AEG Live / The Messina GroupLive Nation
Kevin Meyer, Meridian Entertainment Group
Kevin Neal, BLA
Jon Petrunak, SMG
Lance Roberts, The Bobby Roberts Company
Michelle Romeo, Romeo Entertainment Group
Gary Smith, Pollstar
Robyn Smith, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi
Clarence Spalding, Spalding Entertainment
Amy Tall Chief, Osage Casinos
Jill Wheeler, Red Mountain Entertainment
Sally Williams, Ryman Auditorium
IEBA's 43rd Annual Conference will be held at the Omni Hotel Nashville, October 19-22, 2013. Please note that Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday will be full days of programming. Check back for additional conference announcements and schedule updates coming soon!
*Separately ticketed event; additional information on how to purchase tickets will be available soon.
Click here to see the IEBA 2012 Conference Schedule.
“The quality and stature of attendees makes this a must-attend event for our agency.”– Rod Essig, CAA
"IEBA is a true entertainment buyer’s experience. It’s the most useful convention I've been to. Some of my best bookings are artists I have seen at IEBA showcases. It just gets better every year!”– Lori Otelsberg, Signature Entertainment
Professional Membership is available for individuals working in the live entertainment industry. IEBA membership supports the growth of our industry through a non-profit organization that is committed to providing the highest level of networking, showcasing and educational opportunities. Attendance at the annual conference connects members in an intimate setting, builds stronger business relationships, and offers a first look at the next touring season's talent. IEBA members have access to key business leaders through the IEBA Member Directory, have voting privileges for the Annual IEBA Industry Awards, and are invited to exclusive VIP industry events throughout the year.
Young Professional (YP) Membership is now available for qualifying individuals. The YP membership is a new and exciting way for the next generation to get involved with IEBA early in their careers. YP members qualify for nomination in a new Industry Awards category, “Rookie of the Year,” to be presented at the Honors and Awards Dinner at IEBA’s annual conference. YP members have full membership benefits, including voting privileges, the IEBA Member Directory, and access to VIP industry events. IEBA Conference access for YP members includes agents alley, all showcases, and a limited number of educational panels and meals; please check back for specific details once the 2013 schedule is announced.
Student membership is a facet of IEBA Interactive, a hands-on learning experience for college students who are planning a career in the entertainment industry. Student membership allows access to the IEBA Member Directory and additional student networking opportunities. Learn more about IEBA Interactive here.
The 2013 IEBA Conference will take place at the Omni Hotel Nashville, October 19-22, 2013.
The Omni Nashville Hotel is an authentic expression of Nashville’s vibrant music culture. Across from the new Music City Center, the luxury hotel will be a one-of-a-kind experience, fully integrated with an expansion of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum® on four levels. The Omni Nashville Hotel design is a modern expression of the city’s distinct character. We encourage you to take the video tour, book rooms early, and join the Omni Select Guest program to enjoy the full Omni experience.
You can also call (800) 538-0400 to make reservations.
Professional Conference Registration-
May 15 – September 18: $549.00
September 19 – October 11: $649.00
October 12 – October 22: $749.00
** Professional Members can register a spouse at the Young Professional rates below.
Young Professional Conference Registration-
May 15 – September 18: $399.00
September 19 – October 11: $499.00
October 12 – October 22: $599.00
**Limited Conference Access.
Student Conference Registration-
May 15 – October 22: $299.00
See who attended IEBA 2012.
Need help joining, renewing or registering? Check out our FAQs.
Have other membership questions? Email Mallori@IEBA.org.
Dues are $125 annually. Professional Members are classified into three categories-
Buyer/Promoter: Any person actively involved in the employment of talent for entertainment purposes.
Agent: Any person actively involved in the booking of talent for entertainment purposes.
Affiliated: Any person actively involved in the entertainment field through their professional efforts.
Dues are $75 annually. YP membership is available for individuals 29 years of age and under, as of December 31, 2012, and is limited to the first three years of IEBA Membership.
Due to website maintenance, to join as a YP member, please contact Mallori at 615-679-9601 or email Mallori@IEBA.org.
Dues are $25 annually. Student members must be currently enrolled in college or graduates that have been out of school for less than one year.
Professional members can register now to receive Early Bird rates!
Due to website maintenance, to register as a Young Professional or Student, please contact Mallori at (615) 679-9601 or email Mallori@IEBA.org.
IEBA provides our sponsors with the opportunity to create, develop, and enhance brand recognition. Sponsors have the chance to showcase their company in front of 700+ agents, talent buyers / promoters, and affiliated professionals. We offer a wide range of sponsorship packages starting at $600.
Contact Candice Davis at 615/679.9601 or email@example.com if you’re interested in sponsoring a package. If you aren’t able to spot a package that fits your needs, let Candice know and she will help create a perfect package that meets your goals and budget!
IEBA 2013 Showcases
10 minutes – $2,000.00
20 minutes – $3,500.00
Submit act by e-mailing detailed information including act's name, website / social media links and genre to firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions must be received no later than September 1.
IEBA Interactive is a hands-on learning experience for college students who are planning a career in the entertainment industry. Through IEBA Interactive, young leaders have the opportunity to intern with IEBA for college credit, tuition money, mentoring and field experience in numerous areas of the entertainment industry. Graduates of IEBA Interactive will continue to utilize IEBA as a resource throughout their career. IEBA has placed several Interactive students in their first industry job!
The IEBA scholarship endowment fund provides scholarships to students enrolled in accredited entertainment business programs at select schools across the country.
IEBA currently awards scholarships in honor of two of IEBA’s founders: Harry "Hap" Peebles and Don Romeo in addition to industry leaders J.P. Williams, George Moffett, Barbara Hubbard, Barry Jeffrey, Steve Tolman and Mike Smardak.
To learn more about IEBA, IEBA Interactive and the scholarships we offer visit our Facebook page.
Photo: IEBA presented the panel "Getting a Job in the Industry" at Belmont University
Tiffany Davis, Candice Davis of IEBA, Nick Davis of IEBA Interactive, Ross Marshall of AEG Live, Brandi Brammer of CAA
Credit: Donnie Hedden