IEBA Celebrates 50 Years With Free Online Conference

IEBA held its annual conference virtually for the first time in its 50-year history on Monday, October 12 and Tuesday, October 13. Now, anyone can access content from the conference free on demand at

Highlights include the Award Winners Power Panel, featuring IEBA Industry Award winners reflecting on how this unprecedented year impacted their businesses and lives, with panelists Darin Lashinsky, NS2 (Promoter of the Year); Amy Madrigali, Troubadour (Club of the Year); Josh Moore, The Bowery Presents (Club Buyer of the Year); Stacy Vee, Goldenvoice / MTG (Festival Buyer of the Year); and moderator David Kells, Bridgestone Arena (Venue Executive of the Year).

Also available to watch is the panel New Terms & Conditions In Response to the Pandemic, discussing urgent legal issues including COVID cancellation, weather payment, and indemnity and liability limitations, with panelists Jason Bernstein, AEG Presents; Brent Daughrity, Anderson Benson; Tim Epstein, Duggan Bertsch, LLC; Berkeley Reinhold, Business & Law Office of Berkeley Reinhold; and moderator Pam Matthews, IEBA Executive Director.

“As a trade association, our role is to trumpet live entertainment’s cultural significance and role as an economic multiplier,” said Matthews. “Our business is built on celebration and the shared human experience. When that is lost, the world becomes a poorer place. The question of when—and how—live music will return is agonizing the entire entertainment business as well as wider society. At IEBA’s 2020 virtual conference, we provide answers to those when and how questions.”

IEBA’s virtual conference included sessions with talent buyers, promoters, and venue operators from Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific, and across the United States. In two days, nearly 3,000 online attendees have viewed the 2020 conference programming.

IEBA’s 51st annual conference is scheduled for October 3-5, 2021 at the Omni Nashville.

Pam Matthews, IEBA Executive Director.


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