IEBA Educational Outreach Fund

Photo: Rod Essig (CAA), Tim Beeding (CAA), Willie Young (Belmont University), and Joan Jett with a check establishing the Rod Essig Scholarship at Belmont University

The IEBA Educational Outreach Fund is a 501(c)(3) public charity. IEBA uses tax-deductible donations for the establishment of college scholarships and other educational programs.

Students enrolled in accredited entertainment business programs at seven universities (New York University, Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, New Mexico State University, Murray State University, John Brown University, University of Delaware, University of Kansas, University of the South, and University of Montana) are eligible to receive funds from IEBA’s permanently-endowed scholarships. 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, Ron Baird, Barry Jeffrey, Mike Smardak, Steve Tolman, Terry Elam, Charlie Daniels, Clarence Spalding, Kevin Neal, Gene Lundgren, Rod Essig, Kerri Edwards, Todd Boltin, Jay Williams, and Steve Dahl.

Click here to see IEBA Educational Outreach Fund’s Board Members.

IEBA’s Educational Fund is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible.

Achievement in Campus Programming Scholarship

Achievement in Campus Programming (ACP) Scholarships will be awarded for excellence and leadership in campus programming. Recipients will receive a $2,500 cash scholarship plus an all-expense-paid trip to Nashville for the 50th Annual IEBA Conference

Applying for ACP Scholarships:

To apply, students must be enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited two or four-year college or university. Applicants must be a junior or senior during the 2020/2021 school year, with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0. They must also be involved in live entertainment programming on their school’s campus and hold a significant leadership position on the student activities board, campus programming board, or the like. Applicants are required to provide a written recommendation from 1) a live entertainment industry professional, and 2) a professor or programming board advisor. Cash awards will be distributed at the beginning of the 2020/2021 school year.

The application deadline has passed.

2020 ACP Scholarship Winners:

Brooke Luckman – New York University

Sam Gibbs – University of Southern California


Summer Internship Scholarships

This program is designed to help offset the expenses associated with an internship and help give students the invaluable experience of interning with a festival, fair, concert venue, booking agency, promoter, or another professional in the live entertainment industry. Each recipient receives $1,500.


Qualifying for Summer Internship Scholarships:

To qualify, 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 2.5 or higher grade point average on a scale of 4.0. It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure and complete an internship for the summer. 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.

The 2020 application deadline has passed.



Photo: 2019 Summer Internship Scholarship Recipient Maria Hayden with Renee Alexander, Deputy General Manager of Minnesota State Fair.

Photo: 2019 Summer Internship Scholarship Recipient Maria Hayden with Renee Alexander, Deputy General Manager of Minnesota State Fair.

2020 Summer Internship Scholarship Winners:

Chelsey Gillum – Murray State University, interning at IEBA

Victoria Haft – Middle Tennessee State University, interning at Sandbox Entertainment

Kailyn Hooten – University of Southern California, interning at IEBA

Jessica Omokheyeke – New York University, interning at Park Avenue Artists

Conner Osswald – Butler University, interning at Triple 8 Management

Lauren Patterson – Middle Tennessee State University, interning at Farris, Self, and Moore

Bethany St. Jean – Middle Tennessee State University, interning at Fusion Music Management

Arun Swiminathan – New York University, interning at IEBA

Kendall Vowels – Missouri State University, interning at Drury University Box Office & Marketing

Lois Zozobrado – Belmont University, interning at New Frontier Touring