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October 9-11




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About IEBA

International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) is the leading not-for-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals. Founded in 1970, IEBA provides unparalleled networking opportunities and continuing education to its Members to strengthen relationships, foster growth and increase revenue for the live entertainment industry. Representing billions of dollars in buying power, IEBA is an intimate organization that makes a huge impact.

“IEBA has become an unbelievable opportunity to network with industry professionals and clients. Each year it continues to grow both in stature and importance. For talent buyers, IEBA is a can't miss annual event.”
– Gil Cunningham, Neste Event Marketing

IEBA and its Annual Conference stand alone in the entertainment industry by showcasing a diverse and uniquely-crafted lineup of live entertainment and by providing top-tier informative sessions with the entertainment business's leading decision makers. Beyond the showcases and agency-sponsored parties, attendees have the opportunity to sit down with IEBA's distinguished Board of Directors and other industry experts to discuss the latest trends and hot topics in live entertainment. IEBA’s Agents Alley gives entertainment buyers and sellers time together to discuss the specifics of the upcoming touring season. “The Buying Starts Here” slogan originated from this longstanding IEBA tradition.

IEBA was conceived by two talent buyers, Hubert Long and Harry "Hap" Peebles. Peebles and Long felt that talent buyers needed a voice in the entertainment industry. They believed that a group of buyers could share information and, with this shared knowledge, each could make better decisions and those informed business decisions would lead to increased success.  From two founding members in 1970 to over 1,100 active members in 2016, IEBA's focus remains the same:  Networking, Information, Live Music.

For more information about IEBA, please visit our Bylaws. Questions about the site? FAQ.

IEBA Staff

Pam Matthews
Executive Director

Lee Braden 
Membership Manager

Cole Isenbarger 
Communications Manager

Monica Copciac 
Events Manager


Board Officers

Nicole More, IEBA Immediate Past Chairman
Neste Event Marketing

Kell Houston, IEBA Chairman
Houston Productions

Jon Petrunak, IEBA President
Live Nation Arenas

Ali Harnell, IEBA Vice President
AEG Live / Messina Touring Group

Todd Boltin, IEBA Secretary
Variety Attractions

David Boyer, IEBA Treasurer
Flood Bumstead McCready & McCarthy

IEBA Governing Board

Wade Asher, Chippewa Valley Music Festivals

Bob Babisch, Milwaukee Summerfest

Chris Baldizan, MGM Resorts Entertainment & Sports

Tim Beeding, Creative Artists Agency

John Beiter, Shackelford, Zumwalt & Hayes

John Bolton, SMG

Lori Bowman, Integrity Events

Eric Bresler, AEG Facilities

Charlie Davis, Paradise Artists

Jeff Epstein, Universal Attractions Agency

Andrew Farwell, Outback Concerts

Brad Garrett, Police Productions

Greg Janese, Paradigm 

Barry Jeffrey, WME

Brock Jones, Global Spectrum

Adam Kornfeld, AGI

Darin Lashinsky, NS2

Roger LeBlanc, Madison Entertainment

Jbeau Lewis, United Talent Agency

Hugh Lombardi, TD Garden

Kevin Meyer, Meridian Entertainment Group

Angela Miles-Powell, Ticketmaster

Lori Otelsberg, Signature Entertainment

Scott Pang, ICM

Lance Roberts, The Agency Group

Michelle Romeo, Romeo Entertainment Group

Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions

Gary Smith, Pollstar

Amy Tall Chief, Osage Casinos

Ed Warm, Joe's Bar

Megan Wilson, Red Light Management

Frank Wing, Agency for the Performing Arts

John Zarling, Big Machine Label Group

Membership & Registration

"IEBA is the premier conference to connect face-to-face with the best agents, talent buyers and the newest talent in the industry.” – Robyn Smith, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi


Professional Membership is available for individuals working in the live entertainment industry.  IEBA membership supports the growth of our industry through a not-for-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 available for qualifying individuals.  The YP membership is an exciting way for the next generation to get involved with IEBA early in their careers.  YP members qualify for nomination in IEBA's newest Industry Awards category, “Rookie of the Year,” to be presented at the Honors and Awards Ceremony at the annual conference.  YP members have full membership benefits, including voting privileges, the IEBA Member Directory, and access to VIP industry events. 

Student & Educator Membership provides hands-on learning experience for college students who are planning a career in the entertainment industry.  Student & Educator Membership allows access to the IEBA Member Directory and additional student networking opportunities.  Learn more here.  




IEBA's 46th Annual Conference will take place at the Omni Nashville, October 9-11, 2016. 

IEBA's annual conference stands alone in the entertainment industry.  The conference schedule includes live music from the most current artists, providing diverse entertainment options for buyers.  Providing unparalleled networking opportunities, IEBA's Agents Alley is a two-part affair that includes a tailgate party and the long-standing traditional set-up.  IEBA constantly strives to grow the industry through providing information and offering educational opportunities throughout the conference. 


Don't miss out on Pre-Registration rates!
Available through July 15, 2016
Professional Registration: $599 | YP Registration: $399



Thank you for a great 2015 Conference!  To view the attendee list, click here

Need help joining, renewing or registering? Check out our FAQ.

Have other membership questions? Email cole@ieba.org.

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Professional Membership

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.

Young Professional Membership

Dues are $75 annually. YP membership is available for individuals 29 years of age and under, as of December 31 of the previous year, and is limited to the first three years of IEBA Membership.

Student & Educator Membership

Dues are $25 annually. Student & Educator members must be currently enrolled in or teaching at a college and use a .edu email address to sign up.


To register for the conference, click Register below. 

April 1 - July 15, 2016
Professional: $599 | YP: $399

July 16 - October 8, 2016
Professional: $699 | YP: $499

October 9 - October 11, 2016
Professional: $799 | YP: $549

Student Conference Registration
January 1 - October 11, 2016: $299

Single Day Registration
January 1 - October 11, 2016: $299

Spouse Conference Registration
January 1 - October 11, 2016: $399

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IEBA's 46th Annual Conference will be held October 9-11, 2016
at the Omni Nashville. 



For getting business done, unrivaled networking opportunities, and the most valuable panels, IEBA is the conference to be at every year!
- Ed Warm, Joe's Bar



A printable version of this schedule will be made available at a later date.

Pre-Events Saturday • Oct 8, 2016


6:00 PM Registration & Credential Desk opens

in Music Row, Level Two, Omni Nashville

IEBA Day 1 Sunday • Oct 9, 2016


9:00 AM  Registration & Credential Desk opens

in Music Row, Level Two, Omni Nashville

11:00 AM Sunday Brunch

Brunch served 11:00am - 1:00pm in Grand Foyer on Level 4.

in Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's Grand Foyer

1:00 PM  Award Winners Power Panel

in Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's CMA Theater

1:45 PM  Performances

in Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's CMA Theater

2:30 PMPower Panel

in Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's CMA Theater

3:15 PM  Tailgate Party (with 3:25PM kickoff)

Halftime performances by UAA artists

in Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's Event Hall

7:00 PM  APA Party

in Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's Event Hall

9:00 PM  Paradigm Party

in Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's Event Hall

IEBA Day 2 Monday • Oct 10, 2016


9:00 AM  Registration & Credential Desk opens

in Music Row, Level Two, Omni Nashville

9:00 AM  Breakfast for Attendees

in Legends Ballroom, Level Two, Omni Nashville

9:45 AM  IEBA annual Membership Meeting

in Legends Ballroom, Level Two, Omni Nashville

10:00 AMPerformances

in Legends Ballroom, Level Two, Omni Nashville

10:30 AM  Agents Power Panel

in Legends Ballroom, Level Two, Omni Nashville

11:30 AM  Buddy Lee Attractions Showcase

in Legends Ballroom, Level Two, Omni Nashville

1:00 PM  Working Lunch: Chat 'N Chew Roundtable Discussions

in Legends Ballroom, Level Two, Omni Nashville

2:30 PM  Breakout Sessions

4:00 PM-6:30 PM  Free Time

6:30 PM  Creative Artists Agency Party

in Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's Event Hall

9:00 PMUnited Talent Agency Party

in Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's Event Hall

IEBA Day 3 Tuesday • Oct 11, 2016


9:00 AM  Registration & Credential Desk opens

in Music Row, Level Two, Omni Nashville

9:00 AM  Breakfast for Attendees

in Legends Ballroom, Level Two, Omni Nashville

9:30 AM  Breakout Sessions

10:30 AM-1:00 PM  Agents Alley

in Legends Ballroom, Level Two, Omni Nashville

** PLUS **

11:30 AMPromoters Alley

in Legends Ballroom, Level Two, Omni Nashville


1:00 PM  Lunch for Attendees

in Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's Grand Foyer

2:30 PM  Ones to Watch Power Panel

in Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's CMA Theater

3:30 PM  Power Panel

in Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's CMA Theater

4:00 PM  Paradise Artists Party

in Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's CMA Theater

6:00 PM-7:30 PM Dinner Break

7:30 PM  Honors & Awards Ceremony

in Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's CMA Theater

9:15 PM  WME Party

in Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's Event Hall


                        IEBA 2016 CONFERENCE HOTEL INFORMATION


IEBA's 46th Annual Conference will be held at the Omni Nashville.


IEBA is providing registrants with a room block at our host hotel, the Omni Nashville.

To book a room in IEBA's block, please log in to your IEBA account here. 

Omni Nashville | 250 5th Ave S | Nashville, TN 37203
$229/night single or double.
The special room rate above will be available through August 7th, 2016. The rate will increase to $239/night on August 8th. To secure IEBA's group rate, rooms must be booked before September 8th, 2016.

Additional rooms are available at the Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown. To book a room at the following rates, please log in here.

Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown | 301 3rd Ave S | Nashville, TN 37201
$245/night single or double, $255/night triple, $265/night quad.
The special room rates above will be available through September 8th, 2016 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.




The IEBA Conference offers showcase opportunities for national touring acts that are represented by independent agencies or agents.

IEBA's Independent Showcase Selection Committee will accept submissions through July 15th, 2016. All performance times will be assigned by the Showcase Selection Committee.

There are two types of showcase slots available at the 2016 Conference:

3-song slots at $2,500 each
20-minute slots at $3,500 each

All submissions must be received by July 15, 2016. Please send submission materials to cole@ieba.org. The Selection Committee's decisions will be announced no later than July 31, 2016.


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Agency Parties

  • Agency for the Performing Arts Agency for the Performing Arts
  • Buddy Lee Attractions Buddy Lee Attractions
  • Creative Artists Agency Creative Artists Agency
  • Paradigm Agency Paradigm Agency
  • Paradise Artists Agency Paradise Artists Agency
  • United Talent Agency United Talent Agency

Hall of Fame

  • Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo Pat Benatar & Neil GiraldoHall of Fame Inductees 2015
  • Bob & Peggy Kaltenbach Bob & Peggy KaltenbachHall of Fame Inductees 2014
  • Jim Halsey Jim HalseyHall of Fame Inductee 2014
  • The Doobie Brothers The Doobie BrothersHall of Fame Inductees 2014
  • George & Nancy Jones George & Nancy JonesHall of Fame Inductees 2013
  • Charley Pride Charley PrideHall of Fame Inductee 2012
  • Ray Pilszak Ray PilszakHall of Fame Inductee 2012
  • Joe LaGuardia Joe LaGuardiaHall of Fame Inductee 2012
  • Bobby Baker Bobby BakerHall of Fame Inductee 2011
  • Jimmy Jay Jimmy JayHall of Fame Inductee 2011
  • Tandy Rice Tandy RiceHall of Fame Inductee 2011
  • Paul Moore Paul MooreHall of Fame Inductee 2011
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - Leroy Shafer Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - Leroy ShaferHall of Fame Inductee 2011
  • Leroy Van Dyke Leroy Van DykeHall of Fame Inductee 2011
  • Mike Smardak Mike SmardakHall of Fame Inductee 2011
  • Lou Robin Lou RobinHall of Fame Inductee 2011
  • Grand Ole Opry - Pete Fisher Grand Ole Opry - Pete FisherHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Erv Woolsey Erv WoolseyHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Joan Saltel Joan SaltelHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • George Moffett George MoffettHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Dale Morris Dale MorrisHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Barbara Hubbard Barbara HubbardHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Charlie Daniels Charlie DanielsHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Ron Baird Ron BairdHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Dick Clark Dick ClarkHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Harry ‘Hap’ Peebles Harry ‘Hap’ PeeblesHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Don Romeo Don RomeoHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Lon Varnell Lon VarnellHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Lawrence Welk Lawrence WelkHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • E.O. Stacy E.O. StacyHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Florine and Wesley Oler Florine and Wesley OlerHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Bob Neal Bob NealHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Hubert Long Hubert LongHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Buddy Lee Buddy LeeHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Danny Davis Danny DavisHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Johnny Cash Johnny CashHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Dick Blake Dick BlakeHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Sonny Anderson Sonny AndersonHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Henry Ade Henry AdeHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Jack McFadden Jack McFaddenHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Bette Kaye Bette KayeHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Dave Douds Dave DoudsHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Billy Deaton Billy DeatonHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • John Hitt John HittHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Sonny Simmons Sonny SimmonsHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Paul Buck Paul BuckHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Shorty Lavender Shorty LavenderHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Myles Johnson Myles JohnsonHall of Fame Inductee 2010
  • Danny Fleenor Danny FleenorHall of Fame Inductee 2010

2015 IEBA Award Winners

“The quality and stature of attendees makes this a must-attend event for our agency.”– Rod Essig, CAA


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IEBA will award a total of 26 scholarships in 2016. Students enrolled in accredited entertainment business programs at five universities (Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, New Mexico State University, Murray State University, and John Brown University) are eligible to receive scholarship funds. These scholarships honor two of IEBA's founders, Hap Peebles and Don Romeo, as well as industry leaders J.P. Williams, George Moffett, Barbara Hubbard, Barry Jeffrey, Mike Smardak, Steve Tolman, and Charlie Daniels. In 2015, the Terry Elam Scholarship was created and permanently endowed at Belmont University. This scholarship brings IEBA's permanent endowment total to nearly $700,000.

IEBA distributes $15,000 in Summer Internship Scholarships annually.  Each year, ten students receive $1,500 each. The program is designed to help offset the living expenses associated with an internship and help give students the invaluable experience of interning with a fair, festival, venue, agency, promoter, or other professional in the live entertainment industry. Summer Internship Scholarships are funded by IEBA's Artist Auction, and we thank Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, WME, Lori Otelsberg, Andy Kerr, Wade Asher, Barry Jeffrey, and Todd Boltin for their participation and generosity.

Applying for 2016 Summer Internship Scholarships:

To apply, students must be enrolled in an accredited two or four-year college or university or a vocational/technical school. Applicants must have been completed 45 hours of academic coursework with a 2.5 or higher grade point average. It is the applicant's responsibility to secure and complete an internship for summer 2016. The internship must be with a reputable company whose main activities fall within the scope of the live entertainment industry. The internship does not have to be secured at the time the application is submitted, but funds will only be released to students who obtain internships. Applications are now closed.

2015 Summer Internship Scholarship Winners:

Madison Baker - University of Georgia, interning at AC Entertainment in Knoxville, TN

Morgan Bass - Murray State University, interning at VH1 Save the Music in New York, NY

Joey Kaiser - Ohio State University, interning at Principato-Young Entertainment in Los Angeles, CA

Jacob Kupin - Belmont University, interning with Hit the Ground Running and CMA Music Fest in Nashville, TN

Jack LeVine - University of Miami, interning at Artist Group International in New York, NY

Maris Nyhart - Tufts University, interning at Thirty Tigers in Nashville, TN

Sarah Pfeiffer - University of South Carolina, interning at IMP Productions in Washington, D.C.

Madeline Robinson - University of South Carolina, interning at Live Nation / Jiffy Lube Live Amphitheater in Washington, D.C.

Eliana Rowe - New York University, interning at The Bowery Presents in New York, NY

Jessie Smith - Michigan State University, interning at Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, MI



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Photo: Cole Swindell with IEBA Scholarship Recipients Richard Vega and Jacob Kupin. IEBA's annual Artist Auction funds the Summer Internship Scholarship Program. Past Artist Auction Participants include Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Chris Young, The Swon Brothers, and Cole Swindell.


Photo: The Swon Brothers with Sinita Tatum (former IEBA Student Member, Neste Event Marketing) and Kelly Feild (Belmont Student and IEBA Scholarship Recipient).