2011 IEBA

The 41st International Entertainment Buyers Association Conference

October 2-4, 2011

We at Neste Event Marketing work our tails off all year to stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest entertainers- just for you!  Whether that means attending showcases, staying on top of industry news, or researching what’s happening with all of the hottest artists; we’re always looking for ways to gather the info that gives our clients that competitive edge in entertainment. In October, we’re able to do all of this in one location- at the IEBA conference! This past weekend marked the 41st Annual International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) Conference which was held in our hometown, Nashville, Tennessee.

So, what is IEBA?

Nicole Hardy, Neste Event Marketing Vice President of Sales and Entertainment Producer

From October 2-4, talent buyers from all over the world made an exodus to Music City for three days to network, learn about, and celebrate their craft. Neste Event Marketing feels lucky to be involved with the conference, as our own Nicole Hardy is a 2011 board-member and Gil Cunningham is a past-president of the organization.

Neste Vice President of Sales and Entertainment Producer, Nicole Hardy, helped assign IEBA’s new session, “Back to Basics.” She also sat on the final panel. Nicole explains, “This three part program—highlighting the booking, pre-show, and day-of-show processes—will be a great opportunity for everyone to hear from industry veterans on the fundamentals of live entertainment.” The session was designed for those who may be new to the

talent-buying industry.

Gil Cunningham

Gil Cunningham, Neste Event Marketing’s President

Neste Event Marketing’s President, Gil Cunningham, spoke in the “Back to Basics,” session during the opening panel titled “In the Beginning.” He lent over forty years of expertise on how to begin the process of booking an artist, including research, contract negotiation, and confirmation.

Not only did we come away from the conference with a ton of information, but we’ll also checked out all of the artist showcases which included: Wynonna, The Band Perry, Neal McCoy, Mark Chesnutt, Blackhawk and the Outlaws, Jerrod Niemann, LoCash Cowboys, Bush Hawg, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Uriah Heep, Dave Mason, Glen Templeton, Eric Paslay and many others!

Stay tuned for photos and stories about the 41st IEBA Conference! Or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.


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