FAQs

What is ILEA?
ILEA stands for the International Live Events Association. The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is the premier society for event professionals. Membership in ILEA also allows you to build relationships with other professionals in Nashville and within the special events industry. ILEA Nashville is a 100% volunteer run organization.

If I join the Nashville Chapter am I also a member of the International Chapter?
Yes, when you join a local chapter, you also become a member of the international organization.

When does my membership expire?
No matter when you join ILEA throughout the year your membership expires on June 30th, unless you join in May or June. If you join during one of those two months, your membership expires June 30th of the following year.


How much does membership cost?
Annual ILEA membership fees are $499 for corporate or an individual, $399 for any additional corporate member or nonprofit, plus a $50 application fee per membership. Student memberships are $50 and require volunteer service to the chapter and approval from a university representative. ILEA also holds two international membership drives each year in December and May. These membership drives offer additional incentives for joining ILEA.


Does ILEA accept student members?
Student memberships are $50 per year and can be held for a maximum of two years (additional years beyond two will be addressed by ILEA International and the schools’ Program Coordinator). Student members must be enrolled as a part or full-time student in a recognized certificate or degree program. Student members are encouraged to get involved with the chapter by volunteering ten (10) hours to the ILEA Nashville chapter per year, helping with chapter meetings and event registration, mailings, and other chapter business such as coordinating chapter community service and special projects.

However, student members do not receive full ILEA member privileges. Student members are not eligible to have a listing on the ILEA membership website, they do not qualify for member discounts, nor can they vote on chapter business or hold an office in ILEA. In addition, student members are not permitted to use the ILEA logo on business cards or any promotional material.


How do I join ILEA?
The easiest and fastest way to join ILEA is by clicking here. Your membership will be immediately activated and will expire on June 30th. If you prefer to pay by check, your membership may not be activated for 6 - 8 weeks due to ILEA Headquarters check processing procedures.


Who can/should join ILEA?
ILEA membership brings together professionals from a variety of special event disciplines including caterers, meeting planners, decorators, event planners, audio-visual technicians, party and convention coordinators, entertainers, educators, journalists, photographers, hotel sales managers and many more professional disciplines.


What are the benefits of membership?
The association encourages professional development and certification and presents countless opportunities for networking and connecting with industry resources. For a complete list of member benefits refer to the member benefits sheet.


When and where are the ILEA Chapter meetings held?
ILEA Nashville meetings are usually held on the 4th Tuesday of the month with the exception of December. Locations, times, and meeting topics can be found on our website. ILEA happy hours are usually hosted on the 2nd Thursday of the month (with some exceptions) and are complimentary to members and non-members. ILEA meeting and happy hour notices are sent out via email several times throughout the month. 


Is there a charge to attend monthly meetings?
Yes, there is a charge to both members and non-members to attend monthly meetings. Meetings can vary in price. For members, the cost to attend a meeting can start at $25 (if preregistered) and can go up from there. Non-member prices usually begin at $45 (if preregistered) and can go up from there. Student prices generally begin at $25. 


Does ILEA Nashville accept credit card payments for meetings and events?
Yes, you may pay for ILEA meetings online through the ILEA Nashville website with MasterCard, Visa or American Express. We also accept check payments. Checks should be made payable to ILEA Nashville Chapter.


What type of educational opportunities does ILEA offer to members?
ILEA offers comprehensive, year-round, local and international educational experiences for professionals in the special events industry such as ILEA Live. This continuing education conference is specifically for the special events industry where attendees have the opportunity to improve their professional skills and knowledge. The traveling conference is held annually in August. Information is available here


Does ILEA offer any type of certification?
Yes, the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation is the official ILEA certification. The CSEP designation is the hallmark of professional achievement in the special events industry. It is earned through education, performance, experience, and service to the industry, and reflects a commitment to professional conduct and ethics. The CSEP designation is awarded by the International Live Events Association and its Certification Committee. ILEA is the only international umbrella organization representing professionals in all disciplines of the special events industry. Education and a commitment to professionalism are cornerstones of ILEA.


I would like to log-in to my ILEA account at www.ILEAhub.com and make changes to my personal information. How can I do that and what is my password?
If you are a new member or have never logged into the International website, you will use the membership number listed on your ILEA ID; and your password is welcome. However, once you change your password after your first log-in, you will need to retain it for your reference and future entry to the site.


What if I can’t make it to a monthly meeting, can I send someone from my company in my place at the member rate?
Yes. If you are unable to attend a monthly meeting but would like to send a representative from your company to take your place, they are able to attend at that meeting's member rate. However, if you attend along with someone else from your company that is not a member; you would pay the meeting's member rate and the additional person would pay the meeting's non-member rate.


Why should I serve on the board or join a committee?

NETWORKING: Gain closer relationships with members of the chapter
EDUCATION: Attending special leadership retreats, educational parts of the chapter meetings, and be considered for scholarship opportunities
CHAPTER GROWTH: Recruiting new members, giving input to the chapter for new ideas and improvement, and working with a board
PERSONAL GROWTH: Gain personal and business relationships and personal achievement to help further your career
VOLUNTEERING: Getting more involved in the community outside the special events industry
EXPAND HORIZONS: ILEA allows you to travel the globe, become more cultured and meet other individuals in the industry all over the country
PROFESSIONAL GROWTH: Work alongside your peers, gain new ideas
GIVING BACK: What you get out of ILEA is what you put in
KNOWLEDGE: Learning more about the industry such as new ideas, trends etc
HAVING FUN!: The main goal for ILEA is for our members is to have fun while networking, learning, and serving as a leader

How do I promote my business with ILEA?
NETWORK
Mingle before and after the monthly chapter meetings

JOIN A COMMITTEEContribute a few volunteer hours per month to the chapter working with others who may become customers, refer you to new business or help you land your next job

JOIN THE CHAPTER LEADERSHIPBecome a member of the ILEA Nashville Board to increase your contacts and strengthen new relationships

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIESProvide venue space, catering, event services, products or materials to showcase your company’s capabilities


How do I get the most out of ILEA?
Go to meetings
Network
Volunteer
Join a committee
Attend regional/or national conferences