After much care and deliberation, the AFEA board of directors and leadership have made a decision to offer an online, virtual conference for 2021. While meeting together and networking with our peers and members is one of the things we love most about our annual meeting, the safety and health of our members and attendees is a top priority as we prepare you all for the coming year of what is hopeful to include festivals & events in their entirety. Please view our online schedule and registration information below and plan to join us virtually in what is sure still be a fun & informative learning opportunity for our industry! *AFEA Award winners will also be announced during this time.
Keynote: Dan Fife, Founder & CEO, Awakening Events and River Concerts www.awakeningevents.com Sponsored By: Texas Event Management Institute
When COVID-19 struck, Dan and his team sprung into action to keep live events happening at drive-in theatres around the country. He and his team have implemented hundreds of live shows in a new format that has proven to be a safe and successful model. With his finger on the pulse of where the live events industry is headed in the coming months, Dan will help to provide insight into navigating this new path in keeping the industry relevant, and, hopefully thriving.
Awakening Events is an Arkansas based, full service, live events company whose mission is not to be the largest company, but to provide the best platform available for national touring artists, their crews, managers and agents, that allows each entity to reach their long term goals.
Survival Skill: Make Your Event Insta-Famous Sponsored By: CJRW Alexandra & Libby join us to uncover the behind the scenes relationship of an organizer and social media influencer. With both sides of the story, we will learn the positive impact that influencers can have on products, events, and travel destinations and how to wisely navigate the process from the position of a destination or event organizer. Alexandra & Libby will also provide some easy to implement DIY tips and how-to’s of making your social media stand out.
Survival Skill: “Diversity & Inclusion: Is Everyone Invited to Your Festival?” Sponsored By: Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, & Tourism Presenter: Lourdes Peredo, ENGAGE NWA/ NWA COUNCIL EngageNWA serves as a connector for leaders in business, government, and the community on matters that help us create a more inclusive Northwest Arkansas region. www.engagenwa.org
Survival Skill: “Attracting & Retaining Craft & Artisan Vendors Sponsored By: Fairfield Bay Marina Presenter: Tammy Pope, Arkansas Craft Guild Tammy is an artisan vendor, owner of Tammy Sue’s Critters, and Executive Director of the Arkansas Craft Guild, the state’s organization for hand crafted and artisan creators. She shares best practices for vetting and attracting quality vendors for an event, and addresses the current climate for vendors in the industry
Survival Skill: Designing Successful Event Merch: Presenter: Ryan Ritchie, Rock City Outfitters Event merchandise can drive funds for and promote events simultaneously when done correctly. Get tips from a professional on how to create items that sell your event and proven practices for making sure the public knows how to purchase it.
Survival Skill: ‘Creative Fundraising For Festivals & Events’ Matt joins us to help spark creativity and new ideas in our fundraising efforts. With a success for his own pivoted event in 2020 under his belt, he tells us how his organization was able to maintain levels of fundraising and participation during a difficult season and shines some light on new platforms and technologies that are available to those looking to raise money for their programs and events.
Survival Skill: Inclement Weather Plans How do you prepare? Round table discussion. Survival Skill: 2021 Event Planning Sponsored by Downtown Little Rock Partnership Round Table Discussion
SCHEDULE (subject to change)
Tuesday, February 2
Designing Successful Event Merch 9:00-10:00am *Awards Announced: Best T-shirt, Most Unique Festival or Event
Attracting & Retaining Artisan Craft Vendors 10:00-11:00am
Bonus Session: Round Table Discussion on Inclement Weather Plans 3:00pm
Wednesday, February 3
Dan Fife, Awakening Events 9:00-10:00am *Awards Announced: Best Virtual Event, Best Food Themed Event
Make Your Festival or Event Insta-Famous 10:00-11:00am *Awards Announced: Best Event Photo, Best Promotional Video
Musician Spotlight 3:00pm *Sponsored By: Gravel Yard Bluegrass
Thursday, February 4
Is Everyone Invited to Your Event? 9:30-10:30am *Awards Announced: 2020 Pivot Award
Alternative Fundraising For Festivals & Events 10:30-11:30am *Awards Announced: Best Children’s Program in an Event
Bonus Session: Round Table Discussion on 2021 Event Plans 3:00pm
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We are so grateful for amazing sponsors each year! This year comes with a single, affordable option for partnering with us to make this conference possible. Each virtual session has a $300 sponsorship attached to it that can be purchased at the above registration link or by contacting us directly for payment options. Virtual session sponsors will receive: *A 2 minute intro at the beginning of their chosen session to introduce their business and services to the audience. *Email contacts of all who are registered to attend. * 2 (brand new & exciting!) AFEA festival shirts. *A dedicated social media post to an audience of 10,000.