IAAM Teams With LN, House of Blues

The International Association of Assembly Managers is taking its own show on the road, organizing local chapter meetings in a number of U.S. cities thanks to a partnership with House of Blues and Live Nation.

The collaboration will bring chapter meetings to House of Blues and Live Nation venues to provide educational networking opportunities for venue managers and their employees, particularly in markets where IAAM is not as well known.

The first chapter meeting to be held under the new partnership was scheduled for November 6th at the New Orleans House of Blues, the first major industry meeting to be held in that city since Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005.

Future meetings will be penciled in at other House of Blues or Live Nation venues.

Another key component of the chapter meetings is to create interest among prospective employees.

“An important mission at IAAM is to encourage new people to consider our field when making career decisions,” IAAM President Larry Perkins said in a statement. “House of Blues and Live Nation recognize this, and their generous donation of their facilities to host these meetings will be very much appreciated by all of our members.”

The announcement preceded by one week the U.S. Department of Justice’s notification that it is clearing the way for Live Nation’s acquisition of House of Blues Entertainment.

“We are happy to be able to team with House of Blues and IAAM to create a place for all of us to meet and talk about the future of our business,” said Live Nation’s Bruce Eskowitz, president and CEO of global venues and alliances.