IEBA Takes Belmont University Students on Educational Trip to NYC


IEBA Takes Belmont University Students on Educational Trip to NYC

Nashville, Tenn. (Thursday, June 1, 2017) – IEBA Executive Director Pam Matthews and Assistant Professor of Entertainment Industry Studies Dr. Sarita Stewart
took a group of eleven Belmont University students to New York City on a special Maymester experience.The Talent Buying & Concert Promotion Strategies class spent the 15-day trip learning about the business of buying, booking, and selling entertainment directly from industry experts. Students met with representatives from AEG Presents, AGI, CAA, ICM Partners, Live Nation, Madison Square Garden, Paradigm Talent Agency, Red Light Management, Townsquare Events, Universal Attractions Agency, UTA, and WME.“Part of IEBA’s mission statement is educational outreach — cultivating the next generation of talent buyers, promoters, agents, and venue management. This Maymester was a unique, hand-on experience for the students, who enjoyed unprecedented access to industry leaders,” said Matthews. “Having the opportunity to ask someone like Live Nation’s Jason Miller about negotiating tactics is pretty special.”


IEBA Executive Director Pam Matthews and Belmont Unviersity students
pose with Jason Miller at Live Nation’s New York City office.

On a visit to the offices of Artist Group International (AGI), the students met with IEBA Board Member and AGI President Adam Kornfeld. After discussing topics ranging from Billy Joel’s residency at Madison Square Garden to rider requirements and radius clauses, Kornfeld remarked, “It’s encouraging to field great questions from fresh faces eager to enter the business. I am certain this extraordinary experience will leave them better prepared for what lies ahead.”

The Maymester program also included site visits at several of the city’s renowned music venues, including Irving Plaza, PlayStation Theater, Gramercy Theater, Mercury Lounge, Forest Hills Stadium, and Madison Square Garden.

“I loved meeting the students and was happy to show them around the Garden,” said Laurie Jacoby, SVP Concerts & Entertainment at The Madison Square Garden Company. “I think they’re all great kids with bright futures ahead of them. It surely reminded me of why I love what we do and how lucky we are to be able to pursue our passion and dream jobs.”

Laurie Jacoby takes IEBA Executive Director Pam Matthews and her
Belmont Maymester students on a tour of Madison Square Garden.

IEBA awards no less than twenty scholarships annually. These include permanently-endowed scholarships at universities across the U.S., cash scholarships for summer internships, and Achievement in Campus Programming (ACP) scholarships.

Students who were a part of Belmont University’s Talent Buying & Concert Promotion Strategies Maymester class are listed below:

Isabel Baldinger
Branda Cavanna
Jalon Duncan
Aly Fiegele
Tate Gardiner
Madison Hayes
Megan Matuszak
Grace Paddison
Christian Salhany
Monica Smith
Cael Willis



About IEBA
International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) is a not-for-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals.  Founded in 1970, IEBA and its annual Conference stand alone in the entertainment industry by showcasing the most current and diverse entertainment options for buyers, and providing unparalleled networking and informational opportunities to its Members.  Representing billions of dollars in buying power, IEBA is an intimate organization that makes a huge impact.

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Cole Isenbarger
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