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As we receive information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), industry responses and financial resources available to the Festivals & Events Industry, we will continue to share them on this section of our website for our members.

If you know of any resources that should be shared with your Festival & Event Industry peers, on this page, or any of the pages listed to the right please SUBMIT RESOURCE HERE.

We thank you in advance for helping us, and all your peers, stay up to date on the latest news and resources available.

For general COVID-19 resources and information, please refer to this page. Additional focused information related to COVID-19 as it pertains to the Festivals & Events Industry, can be found on the following pages:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Resources

COVID-19 Dashboards

World Health Organization (WHO) Resources

US Department of Homeland Security

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Risk Assessment

USA Resources

International Resources


IFEA Resources

IFEA Virtual Affinity Groups

Stay Connected When You Can’t Connect in Person Through IFEA's Virtual Affinity Groups!

Featuring discussion by and between some of the top professionals in our industry today, IFEA's Virtual Affinity Groups provide a platform to keep the connections, brainstorming and networking going. When solutions cannot be listed, templated or easily provided, the power of sharing and networking between professional peers become our most valuable and trusted resources. Join us to listen-in, and/or participate-in, on these valuable discussions.

IFEA COVID-19 Facebook Affinity Group

In addition to our other IFEA Facebook Affinity Groups, we have created one specifically for discussions pertaining to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as an outlet for those wishing to exchange ideas, thoughts, information and more about the effects, impact and ramifications of COVID-19 on your event and the Festivals & Events Industry as a whole with your fellow industry peers.
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We know that financial resources may be tight at this time as well, and we’d like to help out with that with ongoing New Membership Specials! We invite you to take a look at those discounted rates and additional details through the ‘Learn More | Join Today' link below.

If you have any questions at all about Membership with the IFEA, please don’t hesitate to contact, Scott Schmader, IFEA Director of Membership & Data Management at: Email: scott@ifea.com | Phone: 208-433-0950 Ext: 8160


IFEA & Industry News

Keeping you informed on the latest programs, resources, events and happenings at the IFEA and within the Festivals & Events Industry is a vital benefit of belonging to the International Festivals & Events Association. The main medium source that news is shared with our members at the IFEA is through email communication including the IFEA Update & Events and the IFEA Event Insider.

View IFEA & Industry News Stories Here

Industry Surveys

Resources from IFEA Vendor Members

Industry Response Resources

How the Global Pandemic will Change How We Organize Culinary Events, Fairs and Farmer’s Markets

Listen to the World Food Travel Association’s June 2020 episode of Food Travel Talk TV where we talk about what effects the COVID-19 pandemic will have on how organizers produce, and how consumers experience, future culinary events, festivals and fairs, and farmers markets? Guests included: Lucy Charles, Director, Events & Operations, London Borough Market (London, UK) Mike McCloud, President/Founder, World Food Championships (USA) Lionel Chee, Owner, Culinary Culture Concepts Events & Training and Owner, Casa Bom Vento Express Hawker Stand (Singapore) Steven Wood Schmader, President & CEO, International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA)(USA)


Share Your Story in "ie" Magazine

"ie" Magazine is looking for articles from YOU on how you are tackling the COVID-19 Pandemic at your Festival/Event and also how our Vendors are refocusing their resources to help with the COVID-19 logistics.
Although it is an absolutely crazy time at the moment and everything is changing every day, once we are through all this (and we will get through all this!) it will of course be a fascinating learning experience which we’d love to document in “ie” Magazine. Although we are all in the thick of things at the moment, if anyone has an interest in sharing their stories, we’re dedicating the entire April issue of “ie” Magazine to the Coronavirus and the impact it has had on the Festivals & Events Industry.

Did you cancel/postpone your event? Did you come up with creative alternatives or change things up to still hold part of your event? Did you go virtual? Did you refocus your efforts and resources to help with logistical efforts to help the COVID-19 response? We want to hear your story!

You could share a play by play of how things happened at your event leading to either postponing your event or the unfortunate cancellation. Or perhaps you want to focus on an educational article focusing on the impact COVID-19 has had on a specific area of your event to help others in the same situation as you (think: Sponsorship/Marketing/Ticketing/Entertainment/Volunteers/Operations/PR etc.) Perhaps you’d like to write an observational article, an inspirational article, a motivational article - your choice! We know you have all gone to herculean efforts during this time. We want to acknowledge that and share your story in “ie” Magazine.

Article Details:

  • No more than 2200 words.
  • No more than 3 images with each article submitted as jpg/png. (Please make sure you have the rights to the images.)
  • Please include a title for your article and a 3-5 sentence “About the Author” paragraph at the end of the article.
  • Deadline for Articles: View Here
Festivals & Events: Please send your articles to Nia Hovde, CFEE, Vice President/Director of Marketing & Communications at nia@ifea.com.

Vendors: Please send your articles to Kaye Campbell, CFEE, Director of Partnerships & Programs at kaye@ifea.com.
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