IEBA Award Nominees Announced

Nominees for International Entertainment Buyers Association awards have been announced, with voting taking place through Sept. 14 and awards presented Oct. 11 during IEBA’s annual conference.  

IEBA will take over the Omni Hotel in Music City Oct. 9-11, with the awards presentation at the CMA Theater in the adjacent Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. For talent agent of the year, nominees are Dennis Arfa, Artist Group International; Marty Diamond, Paradigm; Ken Fermaglich, United Talent Agency, Jonathan Levine, Paradigm; Brian Manning and Darin Murphy, CAA; and Kirk Sommer and Jay Williams, WME. Promoter of the year nominees are Andrew Farwell, Outback Concerts; Brent Fedrizzi, AEG Live Rocky Mountain Region; Rick Franks, Live Nation; Ali Harnell, AEG Live; Darin Lashinsky, NS2; Gregg Perloff, Another Planet Presents; and Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions.

Festival buyers up for awards are Bob Babisch, Summerfest; Dan Merker, Huka Entertainment; Brian O’Connell, Live Nation; Huston Powell, C3 Presents; Stacy Vee, Goldenvoice; Danny Wimmer, Danny Wimmer Presents; and Jordan Wolowitz, Founders Entertainment. Club buyers nominated are Donna Busch, Goldenvoice; Roger LeBlanc, Madison Entertainment; Shlomo Lipetz, City Winery; John Tabor, Grizzly Rose; Adam Weiser, AEG Live; and Jay Wilson, Red Mountain Entertainment.

Casino buyers with nods are Billy Brill, Billy Alan Productions; Sid Greenfeig, MGM Resorts International; Kell Houston, Houston Productions; Kristen Reynolds, C3 Presents; Lea Swanson – AEG Live / Goldenvoice; and Billy Truitt, Peppermill Casino.

IEBA members should be on the lookout for an email link to their ballots. The full list of nominees can be found here.