Americanafest, IEBA Music Conferences Cancelled
Americanafest and IEBA, two of Nashville’s premier fall music industry gatherings, have been canceled due to ongoing concerns over COVID-19.
Americanafest, the premier conference for roots and Americana music, is planning an online edition.
The Americana Honors & Awards will still happen on Sept. 16th, 2020 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Nominees for this year’s awards will be revealed on Monday, June 15 and ticketing details will be announced soon.
IEBA, a leading trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals, is canceling its 50th Annual Conference scheduled for October in Nashville.
IEBA’s 2021 conference is confirmed for Oct. 3-5, 2021 at the Omni Nashville. Members will receive full instructions regarding the 2020 refund process.
“This is a time of huge loss. The global shutdown of concerts and live events is taking a devastating toll on our industry and is presenting the greatest set of challenges in IEBA’s 50-year history,” remarked IEBA Executive Director Pam Matthews. “We acknowledge the need to connect with each other now more than ever, and we are developing plans to ensure that our members will have an opportunity to do so this fall. Expect another announcement from us in the weeks to come.”
“This was not an easy decision. However, due to the massive impact of COVID-19, we feel it is best to press pause this year and return stronger than ever in the fall of 2021,” said IEBA Chair Renee Alexander, Minnesota State Fair’s Deputy GM of Entertainment & Marketing.