IEBA at JW Marriott and The Cannery

Salt-N-Pepa perform onstage at the Tailgate Party during the IEBA 2015 Conference – Day 1 on October 11, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for IEBA)

IEBA is the leading not-for-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals who buy, book, and sell talent. Founded in 1970, IEBA (the International Entertainment Buyers Association) provides an unparalleled forum for professional development. As a resource and a network representing billions of dollars in buying power, IEBA is an intimate organization that makes a huge impact. IEBA and its Annual Conference stand alone in the entertainment industry by showcasing a diverse and uniquely-crafted lineup of live entertainment and by staging discussions with the entertainment business’s leading innovators and decision makers.

IEBA’s Agents Alley brings Buyers and Agents together to discuss the specifics of the upcoming touring season. “The Buying Starts Here” slogan originated from this longstanding IEBA tradition.In two short hours at 80 booths, buyers have the opportunity to meet with hundreds of agents – agents who represent virtually every artist touring nationally in the upcoming season. IEBA’s Agents Alley is a concentrated marketplace for entertainment professionals who buy, book, and sell talent. The buying starts here. Independent Showcases run throughout. The IEBA Conference offers showcase opportunities for national touring acts that are represented by independent agencies or agents.

Sunday, October 27, 2019  IEBA kicks off with events in the The Cannery Ballroom, with an Opening Reception with Paradise Artists Ballroom, with live performances by Blood, Sweat & Tears; Leonid & Friends; and Alter Ego. The Paradigm Party follows The Cannery with live performances by The Bacon Brothers, Richard Marx, Dashboard Confessional, and a special appearance by Chris Daughtry.  Then the APA Party has live performances by Scooter Brown Band, Little Texas, David Nail, and Plain White T’s.

Monday, the Yacht Rock Party with live performances by Nashville Yacht Club Band and Pablo Cruise is sponsored by Casino Del Sol; the CAA Party has live performances by Eli Young Band, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Lifehouse, and Ezra Ray Hart. Then the UTA Party has live performances by Clay Walker, 98 Degrees, and King Calaway. The Kinkead Entertainment Agency Party has live performances by Tim Rushlow – Formerly of Little Texas, Lorrie Morgan, Jenny Tolman, and Seth Cook.

Tuesday, October 29 features a Hip-Hop Power Panel in the JW Marriott. Hip-hop is fueling the recording industry’s resurgence and runs the game when it comes to overall music consumption. It surpassed rock to become the most popular music genre in 2016, and Nielsen’s 2019 mid-year report declares urban music’s dominance with 30% of total streams. Thanks to such chart-topping artists as Lil Nas X, Post Malone, Khalid, and Juice WRLD, on-demand streams are up nearly 40% from 2018.There may be no more vital and influential genre in music today, and its stars may be inherently more compelling than any other’s. Any questions about hip-hop’s supremacy revolve around touring. As the next wave of hard-ticket headliners hits arenas, we ask the experts how they’ve tackled the unique challenges of taking hip-hop artists from emerging underdogs to ticket-selling heavyweights.

Hip-Hop Power Panel Panelists include Joe Hadley, CAA; Colin Lewis, Live Nation; Ryan Northcott, LAFC Sports / Banc of California Stadium; Casey McCabe, AEG / Bowery Presents; and Kevin Shivers, WME; moderated by Yves Pierre, ICM Partners.  Afterwards, IEBA will induct Joan Jett & Kenny Laguna, Rod Essig, Kevin Lyman, Larry Vallon, and Steve Dahl (posthumously) into its Hall of Fame at this year’s Honors & Awards Ceremony. Seventeen industry awards will recognize outstanding achievement and commend those who work outside the spotlight. In addition, The Delaware State Fair will be inducted on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.

After a Dinner Break, the WME Party at the Cannery Ballroom will have live performances by The Cadillac Three, HARDY, Lainey Wilson, and Shy Carter. Hosted by Jana Kramer and Mike Caussin to close out the conference.