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IEBA Gears Up for Annual Conference

(CelebrityAccess News Service) — The International Entertainment Buyer's Association (IEBA) is holding its annual confab October 5-8 at the Hilton in Nashville. Delivering the keynote address will be Under
Secretary Asa Hutchinson, Border & Transportation Security with the Department of Homeland Security.

Artist Neal McCoy is hosting the awards show where the following artists will be honored: Freddy Fender (Pioneer Award), Wayne Newton (Humanitarian Award), Kenny Rogers (Lifetime Achievement Award) and Dale Morris (Industry Achievement Award).

Topics and panelists will include Venue Marketing – Ali Harnell, Clear Channel Entertainment (and a recent CelebrityAccess profilee); Record Label Perspective will feature Nashville label reps Fletcher Foster, Capitol Nashville; Lynette Garbonola, Warner Brothers Records; and Cindy Mabe, RLG; Challenges In Talent Buying – moderator: Kevin Meyer, Meridian Entertainment; Lansing, MI and panelists Judy Alberti, Station Casinos, Las Vegas; Terrye Seigel, Terrye Seigel Productions, Inc., St. Louis; and Jim Greene, Beaver Productions, Memphis. There will also be an Urban Music panel.

Roundtable discussions will cover Radio (Ed Soloman), Publicity (Kirt Webster), Corporate Buying (Clinton Billups), Promoter Buying (Tim Beeding, CAA) Insurance (Jim Chippendale), Producer (Bill Heaberlin, Media Promotion Enterprises Marketing); Combining the artists development elements (Jeff Walker, Aristo Media).

Other activities include a golf tournament, new members orientation, opening reception, After Hours Showcase at the Wildhorse Saloon with 4 Sisters & A Cousin, Cowboy Crush, Britt Hammond, Colt Prather, The Secret Agent Band and Williams & Ree; and a Prime Time Showcase – RCKTWN (pronounced Rocket Town), sponsored by Buddy Lee Attractions and Monterey Peninsula Artists. Cletus T. Judd will act as emcee for Rodney Atkins, Jeff Bates, Jennifer Hanson, Daniel Lee Martin, Out of Eden, Jennifer Pena and Brad Wolf.

Other conference sponsors include APA, Academy of Country Music and the William Morris Agency.–by Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner