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 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 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.
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
Fielding Logan, Q Prime South
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
Amy Tall Chief, Osage Casinos
Jill Wheeler, Red Mountain Entertainment
Sally Williams, Ryman Auditorium
-Performance by Brynn Marie.
-Performance by Connor Christian & Southern Gothic.
-Performance by Blake Rayne immediately following the keynote.
-Performance by Abigail Rose immediately following the panel.
-SAFETY & EMERGENCY PROCEDURES PANEL
-NEW FACES MAKING A BIG IMPACT
-PROMOTING TEAMWORK: Building A Stronger Promoter/Venue Partnership
-Performance by Diana Reyes.
-LETS TALK CASINO ENTERTAINMENT
-A FINANCIAL BREAKDOWN OF TOURING REVENUES & EXPENSES
“The quality and stature of attendees makes this a must-attend event for our agency.”– Rod Essig, CAA
"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 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 IEBA's newest Industry Awards category, “Rookie of the Year,” to be presented at the Honors and Awards Dinner at the annual conference. YP members have full membership benefits, including voting privileges, the IEBA Member Directory, and access to VIP industry events. YP conference registrants have a limited conference schedule; scheduled events for YP registrants are denoted by [YP] on the 2013 Conference Schedule.
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.
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. For a full 2013 conference schedule, click here!
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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.
Dues are $25 annually. Student members must be currently enrolled in college and use a .edu email address to sign up.
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, Nick Davis of IEBA Interactive, Ross Marshall of AEG Live, Brandi Brammer of CAA
Credit: Donnie Hedden