Smokey Robinson to keynote Annual IEBA Conference

Smokey Robinson at Celebrity Fight Night XXIV in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Gage Skidmore)

IEBA is the leading not-for-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals who buy, book, and sell talent. Founded in 1970, IEBA 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.

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 over 1,600 active members in 2019, IEBA’s focus remains the same: to strengthen relationships, foster growth, and increase revenue for the live entertainment industry.

Saturday, October 2, at 6PM Registration & Credential Desk opens at the Omni Nashville. On Sunday, October 3, at 1PM the Award Winners Power Panel kicks off the official programming. At 2PM a Keynote Question & Answer session with Smokey Robinson and Alice Cooper brings the event into high gear. At 3PM, Tell It Like It Is: 3 Agents in Conversation with 3 Buyers is followed at 4:30PM by the Opening Reception sponsored by TaxSlayer Center at the Cannery Ballroom with open bar & local fare and from 6-10PM Live Performances in the Cannery Ballroom.

On Monday, October 4, a 9AM Breakfast for Attendees is followed at 10:30AM by these Breakout Sessions: Returning to the People Business Part I: Back to Work; Getting Back to Thinking Bigger: Opportunities in Small Cap Venues; and What’s Ahead for Fair & Festival Season? At 12 Noon, Conference Connect: Chat ‘N Chew Luncheon (RSVP is required) precedes the 2PM Breakout Sessions: Returning to the People Business Part II: Engaging Fans; New Strategies for Casino Entertainment; and the SVOG Briefing with Nina Ozlu Tanceli, Americans for the Arts Action Fund. Another round of

Breakout Sessions at 3:30PM includes a Special Session for Independent Promoters and Tertiary Markets; The Digital Frontier: The New Live Experience; and Being the Best You: Prioritizing Mental Health. Free Time / Dinner Break lead into The Corporate 360 Cocktail Gathering at 5PM in Mercy Lounge with Live Performances from 6-10PM in the Cannery Ballroom.

Tuesday, October 5, the 9AM Breakfast for Attendees is followed by IEBA Annual Membership Meeting at 9:45AM and the

Agents Power Panel at 10AM and the Agents Alley sponsored by Toyota Arena at 11AM. IEBA’s Lunch for Attendees at 1PM is followed by the Ones to Watch Power Panel with Breland, Brittney Spencer, and Alana Springsteen, Moderated by Shannon Sanders, BMI, at 2:30PM and Closing Remarks at 3:30PM will mark the end of the conference.

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