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Upcoming IEBA Events

TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014 

Beyond the Basics Workshop: "Career Development Through Touring." ASCAP Nashville, TN. 1:30-4:45pm. 

IEBA & SOLID Happy Hour Mixer - The Dawg House Nashville, TN. 6:00pm.


Atlanta Music Minute Sip down.  Jerry Farber's Side Door, Atlanta, GA. 6-8pm.


Beyond the Basics Workshop: "A Look at the Festival Business." ASCAP Nashville, TN. 1:30-4:45pm.

About IEBA

International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) is the leading non-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 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 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 nearly 1,000 active members in 2014, 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

Mallori Kirchenschlager 
Director of Strategic Partnerships & Events

Cole Isenbarger 
Communications & Membership Manager


Board Officers

Lori Otelsberg, IEBA Immediate Past Chairman
Signature Entertainment

Ed Warm, IEBA Chairman
Joe’s Bar

Nicole More, IEBA President
Neste Event Marketing

Kell Houston, IEBA Vice President
Houston Productions

Renee Alexander, IEBA Secretary
Minnesota State Fair

Karen Clark, IEBA Treasurer
Pinnacle Financial Partners

IEBA Governing Board

Bob Babisch, Milwaukee Summerfest

Chris Baldizan, MGM Resorts Entertainment & Sports

Tim Beeding, Creative Artists Agency

John Beiter, Shackelford, Zumwalt & Hayes

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


Greg Janese, Paradigm 

Barry Jeffrey, WME

Brock Jones, Global Spectrum

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

Rick Murray, Greylock Entertainment


Kevin Neal, Buddy Lee Attractions

Jon Petrunak, Live Nation Arenas

Lance Roberts, The Bobby Roberts Company

Michelle Romeo, Romeo Entertainment Group

Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions

Gary Smith, Pollstar

Robyn Smith, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi

Amy Tall Chief, Osage Casinos

Jill Wheeler, Red Mountain Entertainment

Sally Williams, Ryman Auditorium

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

IEBA Membership

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 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 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 here.  



IEBA Conference Registration - OPEN NOW!

IEBA's 44th Annual Conference will take place at the Omni Nashville, September 27-30, 2014. 

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 Early Bird Registration rates!
Available March 1 - April 30, 2014
Professional Registration: $549 | YP Registration: $399



Thank you for a great 2013 Conference!  Click here for the 2013 Conference Attendee List

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

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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 Membership

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



March 1 - April 30, 2014
Professional: $549 | YP: $399

May 1 - July 31, 2014
Professional: $599 | YP: $399

August 1 - September 26, 2014
Professional: $699 | YP: $499

September 27 - September 30, 2014
Professional: $749 | YP: $549

Student Conference Registration
March 1 – September 30, 2014:  $299

Spouse Conference Registration
March 1 – September 30, 2014:  $399


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IEBA's 44th Annual Conference will be held at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, TN. 






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





IEBA 2014 Conference Schedule

This schedule will be periodically updated as the IEBA Conference approaches.

Pre-Events Saturday • Sep 27, 2014


3:00 PM  Registration & Credential Desk opens

8:00 PM  "Hit Play" Party / Membership Mixer


IEBA Day 1 Sunday • Sep 28, 2014


9:00 AM  Registration & Credential Desk opens

11:00 AM  Gospel Brunch

1:00 PM  Award Winners Power Panel

3:00 PM  Tailgate Party

7:00 PM  Agency Party

9:15 PM  Agency Party

11:00 PM  "Night Cap" Party


IEBA Day 2 Monday • Sep 29, 2014


9:00 AM  Registration & Credential Desk opens

9:00 AM  Breakfast for attendees

10:00 AM  Keynote Presentation

11:30 AM  Power Panel

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

2:30 PM  Breakout Sessions

4:00 PM  Free Time

6:00 PM  Cocktail Reception

6:30 PM  Agency Party

8:30 PM  Agency Party 

10:30 PM  Agency Party 


IEBA Day 3 Tuesday • Sep 30, 2014


9:00 AM  Registration & Credential Desk opens

9:00 AM  Breakfast for attendees

9:30 AM  Breakout Sessions

10:30 AM  Agents Alley  

1:00 PM  Free Time

2:30 PM  Keynote Q&A

3:30 PM  Agency Showcases

5:00 PM  Agency Party

6:45 PM  Dinner Break

8:00 PM  Honors & Awards Ceremony

9:30 PM  Agency Party


Want to see the 2013 schedule? Click here

                Interested in booking a 2013 IEBA Showcase Artist?  Click here!​


                        IEBA 2014 CONFERENCE HOTEL INFORMATION


IEBA's 44th Annual Conference will be held at the Omni Nashville.


IEBA is providing their registrants with room blocks at our host hotel, the Omni Nashville, and the downtown Hampton Inn & Suites. Room reservations are now open. To book a room, login to your account by clicking here and go to the "Members Only" section to find the 2014 Conference Welcome Packet. The links to the hotel blocks are inside of that document.

Omni Nashville | 250 5th Ave S | Nashville, TN 37203
Room rate before July 31st:  $209/night single, $219/night double.
Room rate after July 31st:  $219/night single,  $229/night double.
The special room rates above will be available through August 27th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Downtown Hampton Inn & Suites | 310 4th Avenue South | Nashville, TN 37201
IEBA overflow room rate:  $189/night.
The special room rate above will be available through August 28th 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, 2014. All performance times will be assigned by the Conference Oversight Committee.

There are eight (8) total slots available at the 2014 Conference:

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

Please send all submissions to info@ieba.org with detailed information about the act including contact information.

All submissions must be received by July 15, 2014. The Selection Committee's decisions will be announced on or before July 31, 2014.

Agency Parties

  • Agency for the Performing Arts Agency for the Performing ArtsSundy Best, Tonic, Tom Keifer, Chris Cagle, Charlie Daniels.
  • Buddy Lee Attractions Buddy Lee AttractionsClare Dunn, Gwen Sebastian, Will Hoge, Jason Michael Carroll.
  • Creative Artists Agency - Chase Creative Artists Agency - ChaseRice, Cassadee Pope, Kristian Bush, Kellie Pickler, Crowder.
  • Paradigm Agency Paradigm AgencyNatalie Stovall and the Drive, Live, The Mavericks.
  • Paradise Artists Agency Paradise Artists AgencyLee DeWyze, Eve 6, Christopher Cross.
  • The Agency Group The Agency GroupHigh Valley, Seether, Three Days Grace.
  • The Bobby Roberts Company The Bobby Roberts CompanyChris Janson, The Kentucky Headhunters, Jaida Dreyer.
  • WME - Big & Rich, Maggie Rose, WME - Big & Rich, Maggie Rose,Charlie Worsham, The Farm, The Swon Brothers, Blue Sky Riders.

Hall of Fame

  • 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

2013 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 has permanently endowed over $500,000 in scholarships at universities across the country.  To date, eight scholarships for students enrolled in accredited entertainment business programs have been established at five universities:  Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, New Mexico State University, Murray State University, and John Brown University.  These scholarships honor two of IEBA's founders, Hap Peebles and Don Romeo, as well an industry leaders J.P. Williams, George Moffett, Barbara Hubbard, Barry Jeffrey, Steve Tolman, Mike Smardak, and Charlie Daniels.

IEBA will distribute $15,000 in 2014 Summer Internship Scholarships.  Ten students will receive individual scholarships valued at $1,500.  The program is designed to help offset the living expenses associated with an internship, and to give students the opportunity to temporarily relocate for the invaluable experience of interning with a fair, festival, venue, agency, promoter or other professionals in the live music industry.  The 2014 Summer Internship Scholarships are funded by IEBA's 2013 Artist Auction and we thank The Agency Group, Seether, Romeo Entertainment, CAA, Kellie Pickler, The Bazel Group, and Todd Boltin for their participation and generosity.

To apply, students must be enrolled in an accredited two or four-year college or university or a vocational/technical school.  Applicants must have completed 45 hours of academic coursework with a 3.0 or higher grade point average.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure and complete an internship for summer 2014. 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. The application deadline is April 30, 2014.   

Download the 2014 Summer Scholarship Application HERE!




IEBA prepares the next generation of industry leaders through various educational workshops.

IEBA members are invited to join us for the first workshop of our Beyond the Basics series on Tuesday, April 15th from 1:30-4:45pm. Explore how touring impacts the development of an artist's career and the skills necessary to build momentum with an audience. RSVP to info@ieba.org if you wish to join us in the board room at ASCAP in Nashville.




Photo: MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee presents country music star Charlie Daniels with a framed declaration formally announcing establishment of the Charlie Daniels Scholarship at MTSU. Sidney A. McPhee, MTSU President; Charlie Daniels; Pam Matthews, IEBA Executive Director.