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We are the principal association representing creative event professionals, globally.

​The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is the global community of creative event professionals whose skills, expertise and experience power some of the most influential live events around the world. ILEA is centered around celebrating all aspects of live event production and management. This enables our members to deliver the very best work to their clients through collaboration, thought-leadership and idea sharing. We have been dedicated to advancing the live event industry through professional education, connection and community since our formation in 1987.

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ILEA Member Rate:  $350
ILEA Student Rate:   $50










Why Join?

  • Networking and connection

  • Education and professional development

  • Inspiration and collaboration opportunities

  • Outward awareness, recognition and credibility
    to ensure a thriving and impactful global creative events profession

  • Community

Who are ILEA Members?

ILEA is a community centered around celebrating all aspects of live event production, including planners, caterers, decorators, audio-visual technicians, entertainers, marketers, educators, journalists, photographers and more.

ILEA members are involved in a wide spectrum of sectors, including corporate, non-profit, sports, tech, tourism, retail, fashion, arts, entertainment, government/politics, education and beyond.

Membership Benefits

  • Opportunities to connect and network with our broad member collective who combined produce over one million live events annually. Come and learn, grow your professional network, generate new business opportunities and be inspired

  • Professional education and inspiration

  • Use the ILEA Member Directory to find fellow creative events professionals around the world for advice and support

  • Receive up-to-date deadline information for the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation—get the information needed to gain your CSEP designation and show potential employers or clients that you are committed to the craft

  • Recognition through entering the Esprit Awards, which spans 16 categories and highlights the most outstanding live events in the industry each year

  • Find resources, toolkits and tip sheets to grow your new client pipeline, increase revenue and manage the day-to-day tasks of running a business

  • A free subscription to Backstage Chatter, the ILEA newsletter covering the latest industry news

  • Take your job or candidate search in the right direction by exploring the ILEA Career Center

  • Member discounts

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*Membership is good for one full year from the calendar date you join.

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