The International Entertainment Buyers Association has announced the nominations for its annual awards banquet to be held October 17th at Nashville’s Hilton Suites.

Entertainment buyer nominees are Neste Event Marketing‘s Gil Cunningham, The Messina Group / AEG Live‘s Louis Messina, Police Productions‘ Brad Garrett and Outback Concerts‘ Mike Smardak.

Agent of the year noms are William Morris Agency‘s Rob Beckham, Buddy Lee Attractions‘ Kevin Neal and, from CAA, Rod Essig, John Huie and Darin Murphy.

CAA’s Nashville office is also nominated for agency of the year, as are the Music Row locations for Buddy Lee, APA and Monterey Peninsula Artists. The Agency Group (New York) also gets a nod from IEBA, which is a largely Nashville-centric organization.

Promoters receiving nominations are AEG Live, Jam Productions, Live Nation – Nashville, and Police Productions. Venue nominations are Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Conn.; Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie in Texas; Qwest Center Arena, Omaha, Neb.; and Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville.

Bonnaroo, CMA Music Festival, Chippewa Valley Fest and Concerts In The Country (Ft. Loramie, Ohio) are in the running for festival, fair or non-tour special event.