International Live Events Association (ILEA) & Live Events Coalition (LEC) Partnership Announcement

Two major organizations representing the live events industry have partnered to address the growing economic crisis due to the global pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 12, 2020 – The International Live Events Association (ILEA) and the Live Events Coalition (LEC) have partnered to address the needs of the live events industry, which has been hugely affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

This partnership will focus on the response and recovery efforts that both organizations have undertaken as a direct result of the mass event cancellations that began in mid-March of 2020 once the coronavirus pandemic began to affect communities around the world at extreme rates. The cancellations of live events have brought this multibillion-dollar global industry to a halt.

Both organizations have committed to increased advocacy on behalf of their members to government leaders, especially members of Congress, who are at the forefront of creating and delivering small-business relief packages. An independent national survey conducted by LEC in September 2020 found that “almost 70% of live events businesses will close by the end of January 2021” without further aid from the government.

“The Live Events Coalition is excited to enter into this partnership with ILEA to support the events industry and our members,” commented Nancy Shaffer, President & Director of LEC. “ILEA has a long and rich history of supporting live events through education, networking, awards programs and more. We believe that our voices together will continue to elevate event professionals of all types, bring awareness to who we are as an industry and the impact we make across the country and globally.”

“This entire industry is based on bringing people together, so it makes absolute sense for us to do that ourselves when it comes to supporting our community,” said ILEA President Dana Macaulay, CSEP. “Through this partnership, ILEA and LEC will continue to work toward the full recovery of the live events industry.”

For additional information about the partnership between ILEA and LEC, please contact Sherene Joseph (


About Live Events Coalition (LEC)
Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impact on the live events industry, the Live Events Coalition exists to provide advocacy, resources and a network that connects and supports all of the businesses, contractors and our workforce – the lifeblood of every event. The Coalition’s two immediate goals include leveraging the power of our network to provide care, support and resources for the community that makes up the live events industry and ensuring that we’re included in the ongoing National conversation and supplemental Federal relief aid packages. For more information, visit

About International Live Events Association (ILEA)
The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is a global community of thousands of creative event professionals whose skills, expertise and experience power some of the most recognized and respected live events around the world. ILEA advances the live events industry by creating an inclusive global community dedicated to personal and business development, and inspiration to elevate all professionals engaged in live events. ILEA’s events, education resources, and certification program provide members with exclusive opportunities for collaboration, thought leadership, and idea-sharing. For more information, visit

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