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IFEA CONVENTION, EXPO & RETREAT MOVES TO 2021

To Our IFEA Industry Friends:

Over the last several months, the IFEA has been busy researching, educating, advocating for and supporting all those in our global industry who provide those important bonding opportunities for our respective communities, cities, state/provinces/territories, and countries, in good times and bad.

As this COVID-19 pandemic has so quickly evolved and spread around the world, our industry has been impacted particularly hard, with large mass gatherings being the first to close and, likely, the last to reopen as we continue to look ahead. And while answers are still neither clear, nor easy, we have been reminded, over and over, that it is, and will be, the power and willingness of our professional network (both locally and globally) to share, support and imagine the future together, that will get us all through this unique time in our history.

As we have done our best to provide honest and credible information and insights to all of you, the reality of the message has not been lost on us internally. Taking into account the continued information that we have been following and sharing with health and government officials; our awareness of and empathy for all of your own events and organizations, as you have had to make the very tough decisions to cancel or postpone; and the huge impact on both human and financial resources throughout ours and many other industries; the IFEA World Board of Directors has concluded that it is in the best interest of the IFEA; the health – individually and organizationally – of all those that we serve; and the focus of our finite resources moving forward, to move our 2020 IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, to 2021. This will help ensure that we continue providing the highest quality support possible, for a challenge that we cannot yet predict an end to. We're still working on all the details, so stay tuned.

While we, like all of you, are highly disappointed in making that decision for our biggest annual gathering – especially at a time when we would all welcome that time together to support, learn from, and network with our global peers who are going through the same questions, frustrations and challenges – we are committed to providing those same outlets and continued support in other formats, for as long as we are all facing this global pandemic.

We are planning for:

- Enhanced online educational programming (including our CFEE Program, for those who are working on that or may desire to use the current environment to start that process);

- Increased networking opportunities through participation in our online Affinity Groups – upgrading to video formats soon;

- Continued access to all of our resources that you have come to rely on, including:

For those interested in our IFEA Award Programs, please find important updates for each program, here.

For more information on any of the above, please email Beth Petersen, Director of Member Services at beth@ifea.com and she will connect you with the appropriate staff member to assist you.

We thank everyone for your continued, highly-valued and important support through these unprecedented times. Globally, we are an ‘essential’ and resilient industry of the most creative and talented professionals that I can imagine, who will help to ensure that the world’s ‘new normal’ will never be without quality celebrations of who we are at our best! Together we will create the future for us all.

Stay safe and healthy,

Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE
President & CEO
International Festivals & Events Association
(IFEA)World Headquarters


WE NEED YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

We – like all of you – will need your ongoing and generous support now, more than ever, to ensure that we can continue to provide all of these many programs and resources on your behalf. As you are able, here is how you can help:

MAINTAIN YOUR IFEA MEMBERSHIP

If you are a current IFEA Member, please remember to renew your membership, preferably at your first-notification renewal messaging, or before, if able.

JOIN THE IFEA

If you are not a current member, but have been enjoying and participating in our weekly COVID-19 Webinar programming, please join the IFEA, so that you can help support the organization, while gaining access to our many other benefits and resources.

DONATE TO THE IFEA FOUNDATION

Make a donation to our IFEA Foundation ‘Fund for the Future,’ at as generous a level as possible. Those funds are all directed to keeping our mission-specific educational programming available.
DONATE HERE

MOVE YOUR CONVENTION REGISTRATION TO 2021

If you have already registered for our 2020 IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, please consider moving your registration dollars ahead to 2021, if possible. (Please contact Beth Petersen at beth@ifea.com).

PRE-REGISTER FOR OUR 2021 CONVENTION

Register now for our 2021 IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance as an attendee and/or Expo vendor.


REGISTER FOR 2021 EXPO HERE

REGISTER FOR A WEBINAR

Consider signing yourself or members of your team up for one or a complete series of IFEA's Webinars. Whether it’s an upcoming live IFEA Webinar or a Webinar on Demand, IFEA’s Webinars are easily accessible and a valuable educational resource.


VIEW WEBINARS ON-DEMAND

REGISTER FOR CFEE

Register for our IFEA Professional Certification Program (CFEE – Certified Festival & Event Executive), sponsored by Kaliff Insurance which will continue to be offered online, with revamps to allow for completing all elements of the program, given the new COVID-19 restrictions that effect some required components.

BECOME A SPONSOR

Support our global industry and all those who make festivals and events possible around the world, as an IFEA Sponsor. We will work with you to design a specific opportunity that will help you to reach the leadership of our industry with your own programs and services, while supporting those same leaders and organizations through this challenging time.

ADVERTISE WITH THE IFEA

Advertise in any of our high-quality, professional publications and online resources. You’ll not only keep your product front and center with IFEA’s audience of festival and event decision-makers, you’ll also be helping to enable the IFEA to continue serving the festival and event professionals in our industry through the challenges of COVID-19 and beyond.
LEARN MORE

PRE-PAY FOR IFEA PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Create a pre-paid account with the IFEA, that can be used at any time in the future for all IFEA Programs, Resources, Webinars, Memberships, Convention Attendance, Professional Certification, and more. Gift Cards can be sent on your behalf, as requested.

CREATE AN IFEA LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP

Create a permanent and named IFEA Legacy Scholarship, ensuring that the future leadership of our industry remain supported and that the named individual, group or organization is recognized in perpetuity for your/their role in our global industry.

SHARE YOUR STORY, YOUR EXPERTISE AND YOUR RESOURCES

Help us to provide the latest information, guidance, and creative new ideas for getting us all through the current COVID-19 challenges by writing articles for our quarterly magazine, ie: the business of international events; offering to present a Webinar on a relevant and current COVID-19 topic; sharing your templates, new operational guidelines, planning documents, and other professionally-relevant materials with your global peers through our IFEA website; and/or offering to host/moderate/manage one of our IFEA Online Affinity Groups, helping to keep all of our professional networks active and in-touch.

SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS

Continue to support our highly-valued IFEA Sponsor Partners and Vendors, who have made their own, much-appreciated commitment to ensure the ongoing success of the IFEA and our common industry through these challenging times.
VIEW OUR SPONSORS

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Sponsor of the IFEA Convention & Expo 
Haas & Wilkerson Insurance has proudly supported the IFEA and festivals and events industry for more than 26 years. As the presenting sponsor of the 65th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat, and the title sponsor of the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Program, they have helped to raise the quality and standards of excellence for festivals and events around the globe. With over 80 years of entertainment industry experience behind them, they provide insurance programs designed for each event’s specific needs and have a long list of clients that includes festivals, fairs, parades, carnivals and more. Learn more about them at www.hwins.com.
“As a not-for-profit 501(C)6 organization, the IFEA reserves the right to refuse or cancel the registration of any individual or organizational attendee, who, at its sole discretion, may represent/display unprofessional, unlawful, unethical, unsafe, or other actions/positions deemed contrary to the best interests of the IFEA and our global industry.”
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