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To Our IFEA Industry Friends:

Given the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty that has caused throughout our industry, with many festivals and events still cancelling or postponing for 2021; many global travel restrictions still in place; multiple (and often conflicting) city, state/province and country regulations on mass gatherings; financial and human resources being stretched; and the current (and hopefully successful) rollout of COVID-19 vaccines that will hopefully allow our industry to make a full and normal return, sooner than later, our plans for a 2021 IFEA Convention & Expo are currently in a holding pattern. While we look forward to our next opportunity to gather in-person, with a focus on helping everyone prepare for a full and successful return of events to our communities and world, we cannot risk the health and safety of our members, attendees, and staff, nor the financial sustainability of our organization, until we see, further, how things progress. As the situation evolves, we will keep you updated.

In the interim, we are dedicated to continuing to provide the important resources, information, publications, education, professional certification, peer exchange, and access to the IFEA global network, online and virtually, that we have all come to depend on. We are here for you.

If you have not yet renewed your 2021 IFEA membership, please take time to do so now. If you know of other peer organizations/individuals in our industry that would benefit from the IFEA, please encourage them to join. If you are able, please register for and participate in one or more of our many Affinity Groups, Webinars, Task Force Committees, et al. And please consider sharing your own experience and expertise with your peers by writing for our quarterly magazine (ie: the business of international events). The power and value of the IFEA grows for everyone with your own active participation.

Thank you for your continued and highly appreciated support and industry leadership.

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

PLACE A HOLD ON YOUR CONVENTION REGISTRATION

If you already registered for our 2020 IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, please consider placing a hold on your registration dollars, if possible, to use at a future convention. (Please contact Beth Petersen at beth@ifea.com).

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.
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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.
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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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