The above title is a quote by William Butler Yeats. His immense contributions to the literary world resulted in a Nobel Prize in Literature, clearly illustrating Yeats’ exemplary efforts to move the literary profession forward. Likewise, many venue professionals and educators take a similar, passionate path when passing down their expertise to the next generation of venue managers. For these individuals, venue education isn’t about filling the pail, but instead, it’s about igniting the passion for all things venue management.
Venue education can take many forms and be found in many places, not just at universities, but inside the venues themselves. Some lessons are even delivered through dynamic engagement programs offered by allied members and affiliated corporations.
IAVM’s Venue Education Award is one of five Venue Excellence Awards the association bestows each year to denote the industry’s most dynamic and exemplary organizations. The Venue Education Award recognizes the generosity of those outstanding organizations who strive to pass along their venue knowledge and help others navigate the venue landscape. The Venue Education Award can also honor an individual who is actively involved in the education and continuous development of the venue management industry.
We recently spoke to Doug Booher, director of the Indiana University Auditorium – the winner of the 2012 Venue Education Award. “We were excited about the opportunity to apply for the award and be able to recognize the accomplishments of the students and honor their work in their roles inside our venues.”
We hope that you’ll take the time to apply for the 2013 award to be presented at IAVM’s annual conference in New Orleans on July 29. The Venue Education Award nomination forms are due Friday, May 24th.
Please email your completed form to Greg Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org
– Achieve the operating budget surplus goal of $59,985
– Grow membership to 4,100 and $1,159,000
– Create new digital content
– Create a new staff organizational structure
– Develop a 5 year capital plan
– Support board development of a new governance model
I am very pleased to report that thanks to our dedicated volunteers and staff, we have met or exceeded all of those goals. While our CFO, Steve Flamm, tells me we have to wait (and wait) for final audited numbers to report in any detail, we expect to nearly double the operating budget surplus goal. Membership is the true star of the show, as we have achieved a historical high of 4,103 members, up from 3,808 at the end of March last year. We are very grateful to those who helped make this happen, from our membership committee, to the iCommit campaign participants, to the conference volunteer leaders who impressed non-member attendees who in return, joined IAVM. We also surpassed the membership revenue goal of $1,159,000, bringing in $1,250,000. Continue Reading →
When a baseball player has just been described as “napping in the outfield,” chances are good he has missed what should have been a catchable fly ball. But last Saturday night at The Ballpark in Arlington, home to the Texas Rangers, some 2,000 paying guests actually had an opportunity to grab a night’s worth of z’s in the outfield thanks to a Fan Sleepover event.
The team had been heavily promoting this most non-traditional revenue event during its broadcasts on Fox Sports Southwest, and the result was an advance sellout that somewhat surprised but certainly thrilled the team and venue.
IAVM is excited to introduce a new weekly blog post highlighting some of the most important, interesting and entertaining pieces of industry news from the week. We encourage your news submissions; just email your recommendations to Lauren Kubicki, IAVM’s Interactive Marketing Manager. We hope you enjoy!
One month after Liverpool Football Club became the first top-tier British club to roll-out WiFi in its stadium, Manchester City has announced it too is to start rolling out WiFi, in addition to a real-time mobile-video streaming service.
The Manchester, England-based football club has a history of innovating in the digital realm. For example, it has previously partnered with Foursquare, broadcasted fans’ tweets during games, signed a YouTube content deal, and introduced pre-match Google hangouts. Continue Reading →
VenueConnect, IAVM’s annual conference and trade show, is a must-attend event for exhibitors targeting venue managers from the complete range of venue types. Our Allied community probably already knows about most of the benefits and access available to VenueConnect exhibitors, such as the local NOLA entertainment at our one-of-a-kind, high-energy trade show; a QR Code scavenger hunt that brings venue professionals directly to your booth; DirectConnect, a hosted buyer program connecting exhibitors to pre-qualified buyers in one-on-one meetings; complimentary tickets to the Closing Night; and access to the Award Luncheon ($50).
We’d like to remind our exhibitors of another VenueConnect benefit, one that is all too often overlooked and available at no extra charge – access to educational sessions.
There’s no better way to communicate with your potential venue customers than to be familiar with the new industry challenges and opportunities they face. Take advantage of the complete VenueConnect educational program to keep up with what’s going on in your customers’ world and better speak to their needs.
Here are the top 5 VenueConnect sessions exhibitors shouldn’t miss:
Session #1: Crowded Markets for Public Venues
Attend this session to: Learn about venue managers’ top concerns regarding staying financially sustainable in an increasingly crowded venue market, and consider how you can better speak to those concerns. Continue Reading →