FestForums℠ NYC & Santa Barbara are interactive conferences and networking events for music, film, food + beverage festival organizers. Addressing cutting-edge technology, talent, ticketing, scheduling, merchandising, operations, sustainability, charitable work, innovation and safety, FestForums℠ bring together festivals and events of all sizes for collaboration and professional development.
FestForum in Santa Barbara culminates with "Best of the Fests," an annual festival award ceremony recognizing North America’s leading festivals.
Eventbrite is the global marketplace for live experiences that allows people to find and create events. Since 2006, the self-service platform has helped event organizers of all kinds to sell more tickets through robust technology and promotional tools, totaling $3.5 billion in gross ticket sales.
In addition to providing technology for organizers, Eventbrite has become the destination for consumers looking to discover a variety of live experiences from small photography and yoga classes to large concerts and festivals with tens of thousands of attendees. More than 200 million tickets have been processed on the platform, and in 2014 alone, Eventbrite processed $1.5 billion in gross ticket sales for attendees in more than 180 countries. Eventbrite has eight offices around the world, and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Investors include Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global and T. Rowe Price. Learn more about Eventbrite Music.
Exclusive & Official Safety Sponsor OTW Safety is the leader in innovative barrier product designs for niche markets in safety. OTW’s specialized products include revenue generating crowd control devices for special events, airport runway barricades designed to more safely delineate runways during reconstruction projects, and the Multi-Barrier line of safety barricades designed for roadway projects.
Official & Exclusive Talent Booker Community engagement is the driving force behind festivals and fairs, and people come from around the world to unite in an experience that you've set the stage for. Now, you can engage your audience even further. With GigSalad, you can book extraordinary strolling performers that turn the whole scene into a stage. From aerialists to fire breathers, dancers to stilt walkers. Book something awesome with GigSalad.Gigsalad
Official Whiskey & Moonshine Sponsor Sugarlands Distilling Company produces craft quality moonshine and whiskey. The distillery, in downtown Gatlinburg, is a popular attraction where guests are invited to taste free samples of authentic Sugarlands Shine, take behind the-scenes tours of the production, and purchase a variety of moonshine flavors, mountain merchandise, and apparel. The distillery also offers live music, Appalachian storytelling, and outdoor adventure tours in the Sugarlands, an area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park historically known as “moonshiners’ paradise.” The company is East Tennessee-owned, with a focus on improving the local community through a variety of events and charitable giving. Sugarlands Distilling Co. opened its downtown Gatlinburg distillery in March 2014 to perform the age-old craft of distilling fine Sugarlands Shine. Its authentic spirits, barn-house location, and first-class entertainment offer visitors the complete Tennessee moonshine experience. Sugarlands Distilling Co. is a proud, locally owned, community–minded, “give-back” brand.
Official Badge Sponsor ACCESS™ Event Solutions is revolutionizing the live events industry by providing advanced credential systems that solve modern security concerns. Founded in 2002 as a manufacturing and design firm specializing in back stage passes, ACCESS™ has evolved into the industry leader for RFID integrated credentials, creating endless opportunities for functional enhancements that make event management easier and more secure. Mission Control™, a modern, digital credential and asset management system from ACCESS™ Event Solutions, solves problems well-known to event organizers including: sending and receiving request forms, staying on top of inventory levels, organizing lists of approved credential holders, updating changes, communicating approval status, logging pick-up status, managing real-time location capacity, and planning for catering needs by integrating it all with RFID technology. Mission Control™ is the solution to the “who can go where” problem, including RFID access control. All ACCESS™ products can be integrated with other event software, whether ticketing, cashless, or experiential, to create operational efficiency for event organizers. Custom manufactured laminates with advanced security features can be paired with Mission Control™ and other software solutions via our DataSync™ api, giving a comprehensive solution for any event. ACCESS™ Event Solutions – Manufacturing – Design – Software – Mobile - Deployment
All Aces Promotional Staffing has been a reliable go-to event staffing agency since 2007. Dedicated to providing top-notch brand ambassadors and event staff for festivals, trade shows, and experiential marketing campaigns across North America and Europe, All Aces prides themselves on their unparalleled personal attention to clients and staff. They just won the Best of Staffing Talent Diamond award for being a 5-year winner, so you know you’re in good hands! Don’t gamble with your staff!
National Event Services is the preferred supplier of temporary fence, barricades, toilets, mobile storage and ticket booths to the event industry for over fifty years.National Event Services
Winmo empowers sports teams, non-profits, entertainment venues, and experiential marketers to open doors with North America’s leading national marketers. Sponsorship and events professionals use our sales intelligence to identify relevant contacts, brand partners, and agencies specializing in sports and sponsorship planning, negotiation, and activation. Whether you’re looking to drive event sponsorship sales, sports sponsorship sales or simply identify prospect research for fundraisers, Winmo connects you with the information that matters most.
InitLive is a tool that enhances safety and provides you with scheduling & communications BEFORE, DURING & AFTER your event. When faced with an emergency, InitLive makes targeted communication easy!InitLive
PDC wristband and identification solutions have played a key role in managing successful admissions and crowd control programs for over 55 years! Choose from the largest selection of materials, colors, and automatic ID solutions including bar code and Smart Band® RFID wristband systems. Visit www.pdcsolutions.com or call 800.255.1865 for more information.PDC Solutions
Ticketfly is a technology company reimagining how fans and promoters experience live events. Want in? Visit http://www.start.ticketfly.com.
TiqIQ helps festivals and events reach down-funnel ticket-buyers with its fan marketing services, which include content marketing, digital retargeting & prospecting, social media promotions, and on-site ads on TiqIQ.com, an event ticket aggregation website. TiqIQ has partnered with numerous festivals and events, and has delivered close to $1 million in direct sales to date for clients in 2015 through its holistic, multi-channel fan marketing campaigns. TiqIQ also integrates seamlessly with platforms ranging from Ticketmaster to Vendini and Paciolan.
At TicketForce, we know that every event experience starts with buying a ticket. That’s why we utilize a powerful web-based ticketing system that gives you a customizable solution for full-service ticketing and box office management. With more ways for your patrons to buy — through social, mobile, touchscreen kiosks, and online tickets built onto your custom branded site — you can sell more tickets and build your tribe. We’re proud to offer a solution with no user fess, license fees, or station fees — and our web-based solution means there’s no ticketing network for you to maintain. Instead we offer you the best value for your money in the industry, with a complete suite of scalable products and services, including call center, gate sales and equipment, access control, payment processing, fund management tools, and total data access. Full control of your data means that we never use it, sell it, or cross market to your patrons. For more than 12 years, we’ve been a leading provider of ticketing solutions across industries, including music, arts, casinos, racing, festivals, fairs, theatres and more, with over 30 million tickets sold (and counting). In 2014, our clients sold more than $75 million in tickets. The best part? We aren’t just a ticketing software business — we know ticketing. Our staff members are immersed in almost every aspect of the TicketForce agency. Our sales team, marketing personnel, and technology department sit in the same open office space as the operations staff. Ticket orders are taken, printed, fulfilled and events are set up and reconciled every day, using the same software and equipment that we provide to our clients. When you sign with us, we put our butts on the line, so you can get more butts in seats. We’re here for you, day or night, with the only 24-hour “Every Call Answered” service in the industry. With free on-site training and user friendly software, making the switch has never been easier. If it’s not enough to boast a 99.9% uptime, a 98% client retention rate, and the only 24-hour every call answered support in the business…we’ve got the cool stuff, too. We offer online and mobile seat selection, custom reports and analytics, social integration, event registration, and responsive design for a better user experience. Want more? Take advantage of our full-service digital marketing, so you can build a tribe of your own. We’ll do the heavy lifting, with retargeting ads, email marketing, social media, and marketing automation tools. We’ll help you analyze what’s working, so you can sell more tickets, and make sure your butts in seats are having the best experience possible. TicketForce. The Force behind your Tribe. www.ticketforce.com.
The General Stores are a full service event retail company accommodating festival productions of all sizes. We partner with you to provide the best retail solutions for your attendees. With over 15 years experience in the festival industry, we bring a seasoned product list that has proven itself. We manage, sell, and curate the best onsite General Store. From camping supplies to everyday essentials there’s nothing we cannot provide attendees. We treat every event as its own unique and memorable experience with not only the local attendee in mind, but the veteran festival traveler.
The SF MusicTech Summit brings together visionaries in the evolving music/business/technology ecosystem, along with the best and brightest entrepreneurs, developers, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians, and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce. We meet to do business and discuss, in a proactive, conducive to dealmaking environment.
We've partnered with Hotels for Hope to find the guaranteed lowest hotel rates for FestForums. And best of all, Hotels for Hope will donate $2 per room night to the Snow Leopard Conservancy!Book Now
Hotels for Hope is awarding 6 lucky festivals with complimentary FestForums Santa Barbara 2016 passes! Click the button below to email us. Tell us why you deserve a scholarship.Apply For H4H Scholarship
FestForums is happy to announce the return of Best of the Fests. We will be awarding one winner from each festival type (music, film, and food & beverage) in 3 different categories: Sustainability, Innovation, and Charity for a total of 9 winners. Is your festival green? Does your festival have the wow factor? Or does it give back to the community? Let us know!Click here for more information