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IEBA Announces Fall Talent Buyers Conference

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The International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA), a trade organization for live entertainment professionals, has announced the agenda for its 45th Annual Conference Oct. 10 – 13, 2015 at the Omni Nashville and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. 

2015 Golden Globe winning actor Jeffrey Tambor will deliver the keynote address “Performing Your Life.” Tambor has been captivating audiences for over forty years with his clever performances of eccentric characters in over 180 films and television shows such as Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show, The Hangover, and There’s Something about Mary.

Grammy-nominated Producer and DJ Morgan Page will lead a conversation on the establishment of EDM as a permanent fixture in live entertainment and perform on Monday night. Other panels will highlight live event upgrades and optimization tools that can be leveraged to generate incremental dollars throughout the event lifecycle. Joe Kustelski, CEO of Etix, will explore capturing data and dollars through mobile.

Pam Mathews“Our industry is in the midst of a sea change,” states IEBA Executive Director Pam Matthews. “The way fans experience live entertainment is evolving. The key word here is experience. Existing technologies for ticketing, data metrics, IT/Wi-Fi, event apps, integrated social campaigns and analytic-based marketing strategies are constantly fine-tuned to improve the fan experience. Platforms new just a few seasons ago, like RFID and cashless payment, are becoming commonplace. New solutions are continually emerging, and those innovations will make for interesting conversations at our Conference this year.”

IEBA’s 45th Annual Conference Agenda At-A-Glance includes:

Saturday • October 10, 2015

3 PM Registration & Credential Desk opens

8 PM “Hit Play” Party / Membership Mixer in Omni’s Barlines

Sunday • October 11, 2015

9 AM Registration & Credential Desk opens

11 AM Sunday Brunch

1 PM Award Winners Power Panel

2 PM Performances

3:25 PM Tailgate Party with halftime performances by Salt-N-Pepa and Sheila E.

7 PM APA Party

9 PM Paradigm Party

11 PM Night Cap Party with Ricky Gunn

Monday • October 12, 2015

9 AM Registration & Credential Desk opens

9 AM Breakfast for Attendees

10 AM IEBA annual Membership meeting

10:30 AM Agents Power Panel

11:30 AM Buddy Lee Attractions Showcase

1 PM Working Lunch: Chat ‘N Chew Roundtable Discussions

2:30 PM Breakout Sessions:

1. Corporate 360

2. The New Era of Experiences

3. Buying and Producing EDM with Morgan Page

4. Promoters Alley

6:30 PM Creative Artists Agency Party

8:30 PM The Agency Group Party

10:30 PM Universal Attractions Funk Break with WAR & The Family Stone

11 PM Electronic Set with Morgan Page

Tuesday • October 13, 2015

9 AM Registration & Credential Desk opens

9 AM Breakfast for Attendees

9:30 AM Breakout Sessions:

1. Casino Entertainment

2. Live Event Upgrades = Bigger Pay Days

3. The Mechanics of Talent Buying

4. Mobile Ticketing & Marketing: More Data & Dollars

10:30 AM Agents Alley

1 PM Lunch for Attendees

2:30 PM Artist/Agent/Manager Panel

3 PM Keynote Presentation: “Performing Your Life” by Jeffery Tambor

4 PM Paradise Artists Party

6 – 8 PM Dinner Break

8 PM Honors & Awards Ceremony

9:30 PM WME Party (immediately following awards ceremony)

Friday, July 31 is the deadline to purchase $599 Pre-Registration for IEBA’s 45th Annual Conference. The regular rate will take effect on August 1, increasing registrations to $699 per person. 

For more information and the most up-to-date Conference schedule, please visit or call 615-679-9601.

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