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.
Director of Strategic Partnerships & Events
Communications & Membership Manager
Lori Otelsberg, IEBA Immediate Past Chairman
Ed Warm, IEBA Chairman
Nicole More, IEBA President
Neste Event Marketing
Kell Houston, IEBA Vice President
Renee Alexander, IEBA Secretary
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Karen Clark, IEBA Treasurer
Pinnacle Financial Partners
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
Gary Smith, Pollstar
Robyn Smith, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi
Amy Tall Chief, Osage Casinos
Jill Wheeler, Red Mountain Entertainment
Sally Williams, Ryman Auditorium
"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 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'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.
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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 of the previous year, 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.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
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
ON SITE REGISTRATION
September 27 - September 30, 2014
Professional: $749 | YP: $549
Student Conference Registration
March 1 – September 30, 2014: $299
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IEBA is providing their registrants with room blocks at our host hotel, the Omni Nashville, and the downtown Hampton Inn & Suites. Room reservations will open soon. Please check back for more information.
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.
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 nine (9) total slots available at the 2014 Conference:
Seven 3-song slots at $2,500 each
One 20-minute slot at $3,500
One 30-minute slot at $5,000
Please send all submissions to email@example.com 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.
“The quality and stature of attendees makes this a must-attend event for our agency.”– Rod Essig, CAA
IEBA provides our sponsors with the opportunity to create, develop, and enhance brand recognition. With nearly 1,000 members representing over $1 billion in buying power, IEBA provides our sponsors with a unique opportunity to show their company’s efforts to better serve and expand the live entertainment industry.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or discussing further sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mallori Kirchenschlager at 615.679.9601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IEBA endows 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 March 31, 2014.
Download the 2014 Summer Scholarship Application HERE!
IEBA prepares the next generation of industry leaders through various educational workshops.
Coming soon: IEBA presents Beyond the Basics Workshop
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.