IEBA Conference To Host WME’s Patrick Whitesell, Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul

The International Entertainment Buyers Association announced the first round of artists and executives confirmed to participate in it’s annual conference, set for Oct. 7-9 in downtown Nashville.

Paula Abdul will receive the IEBA Career Achievement Award and participate in the panel discussion “How Reality TV Has Affected the Music Industry.” The panel will also include American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle, Dick Clark Productions’ Barry Adelman, and RPM Management’s Scott Siman, with entertainment journalist Fred Bronson as moderator.

Patrick Whitesell

Hollywood power broker WME Co-CEO Patrick Whitesell will sit down with Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde for a discussion.

Seven major agencies will host showcases at IEBA. BLA’s and CAA’s line-ups have been announced. BLA’s party on Oct. 8 will feature performances by Steve Holy, Rachel Farley, Parmalee and Florida Georgia Line. Earlier the same day, CAA will showcase Joe Nichols, Aaron Lewis, Sarah Darling and DJ DU.

Melinda Doolittle

Among other acts set to perform are The Guess Who, Imperial Acrobats of China, America’s Got Talent’s Zuma Zuma, World Champion of Magic Jason Latimer, Dance Y’All, Jason D. Williams and Rocker’s Collective, and more to be announced.

Registration is almost sold out, details and full schedule at



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