IEBA Celebrates 50 Years with Free Online Conference


Content Available to Everyone at No Cost

IEBA held its annual conference virtually for the first time in its 50-year history on Monday, October 12 and Tuesday, October 13. The organization removed the financial obstacle to attendance by offering all programming at no charge. Anyone can access IEBA’s 2020 conference content on demand for free at

“As a trade association, our role is to trumpet live entertainment’s cultural significance and role as an economic multiplier,” said Pam Matthews, IEBA’s Executive Director. “Our business is built on celebration and the shared human experience. When that is lost, the world becomes a poorer place. The question of when — and how — live music will return is agonizing the entire entertainment business as well as wider society. At IEBA’s 2020 virtual conference, we provide answers to those when & how questions.”

“For centuries, our industry has been charged with maintaining safe and secure sites and venues for public assembly. We’ve faced crisis before and have been tasked with a new normal over and over again,” adds John Bolton, SVP Entertainment – Facilities for Oak View Group and President of IEBA’s Board of Directors. “We will meet this moment with resilience and innovation, and we will rest in the knowledge that we possess the experience and expertise to engage fans, identify demand scenarios, implement new safety strategies that are credible and functional, and rebuild confidence in live events.”

IEBA’s virtual conference included sessions with talent buyers, promoters, and venue operators from Europe, Latin America, Asia & the Pacific, and across the United States. In two days, nearly 3,000 online attendees have viewed the 2020 conference programming.

IEBA’s 51st annual conference is scheduled for October 3-5, 2021 at the Omni Nashville.