More than 500 live entertainment industry professionals will converge in Nashville at the annual conference of the International Entertainment Buyers Association October 11-13.

IEBA sets the stage for the next touring season with an exclusive first look at the hottest talent. IEBA’s annual conference has become the must-attend event featuring over 40 showcases from top artists to rising stars.

The annual IEBA Honors ceremony will be held Monday, October 12 at the famous Ryman Auditorium. IEBA will honor industry legend Barbara Hubbard (named “Mother Hubbard” by Bob Hope) with the Harry A. Peebles Award for her more than 30 years as executive director of the American Collegiate Showcase (ACTS), a non-profit organization that raises scholarships for students seeking a career in performing arts.

IEBA will pay tribute to some of the rising stars of live entertainment on October 12. Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Chris Young and Jessie James are all chart-topping artists with long careers ahead of them, and they will each perform at IEBA Honors.

Other special guests appearing at IEBA this year include: Don Felder, The Wailers, Boyz II Men, The Grascals, Phil Vassar, Michelle Branch, Joey + Rory, Bob Lefsetz and Dan Clark.

Full conference agenda is posted here:

Here’s info for the panel I’m speaking on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Hilton Ballroom if your around:
10:35 AM – 11:15 AM Social Networking—Over-rated or Under-used?
A discussion of the three main online social networking platforms (Facebook, Twitter and MySpace) and the tools within those platforms buyers are not utilizing to reach and engage their targeted audience.

Panelists include:
John Romero – Vector Mgmt. (moderator),
Ali Partovi – iLike
Jeff Cuellar – AC Entertainment
Kami Knake – TopSpin
Joel Wright – Ning
Drew Burchfield – Aloompa