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FestForums Santa Barbara Complete Panel & Event Schedule

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NOVEMBER 20 • WEDNESDAY

1:00pm – 1:45pm Track 1: How To Use the New Metrics For Arts, Festivals and Events to Grow Your Revenue
Speakers: Curt Mosel, Lesa Ukman

1:00pm – 1:45pm Track 2: Festival Bootcamp-Getting Started in the Festival Industry
Moderators: Ryan Romenesko
Speakers: Alex Johnson, Anika Grant, Niko Costas, Allison Shaw

2:00pm – 3:00pm Opening FestTalk: 5 Festivals that Changed the World
Moderators: Steve Baltin
Speakers: Candace Montgomery, Michael Mikel a.k.a. “Danger Ranger”, John Cooper, Robert Richards, Michael Lang

3:00pm – 5:00pm Cocktail Party: Outdoor Plaza Del Sol - Presented by EVENTS.COM

Hospitality Suite Open 8-11 PM Fess Parker Suite


NOVEMBER 21 • THURSDAY

8:00am – 10:00am Coffee and More... Brought to you by Frankenmuth Riverplace Shops Exhibit Hall

9:00am – 9:40am Track 1: Meet Your Partners
Speakers: Denise Carter, Stu MacNaught

9:00am – 9:30am Track 2: Planning and Training to Protect Your Brand
Speakers: Shawn Corrigan

9:30am – 9:55am Track 2: 20-20 Get Your Ship Together - Critical Things to Know When Shipping to Your Next Live Event
Speakers: Michael Lassers, Dana Sivils

9:40am – 10:00am Track 1: 20-20 Bringing your Festival to the Big Screen
Speakers: Peter O'Doherty

10:00am – 10:50am Track 1:Ticketing Trends: The New Frontier
Moderators: Jesse Lawrence
Speakers: Francisco Almendares, Nicholas Vincent, Lawrence Peryer, Jack McCarty, Asad Ali, John Russell

10:00am – 10:50am Track 2: #FOR THE CULTURE: How Culture Based Festivals Are Disrupting The Market
Moderators: C.R. Capers
Speakers: Michael McCray, Esq., Dawn Padmore, Stephon Crumbley, Marcus Allen, Skip Martin, Candace Montgomery

11:00am – 11:50am Track 1: Safety and Security- Your First Priority
Moderators: Allen Cook
Speakers: Michael Downing, Michael Hodge, Inez Lopez, Shawn Corrigan

11:00am – 11:30am Track 2: 20-20 Licensing Your Festival: A Recurring Revenue
Moderators: Jennice Fuentes
Speakers: Theresa Velasquez, Heather Vantress, Cory Baker
, Mick Mankowski

11:30am – 12:00pm Track 2: 20-20 How Festival Organizers can Demand Top Dollar for their Sponsorship Options
Speakers: Nathaniel Bagnell

12:00pm – 1:00pm Build a New Festival: A Group Activity for Everyone at FestForums (Compete for Prizes)
Speakers: Theresa Velasquez, C.R. Capers, Stephen Millard, Laurie Kirby, Esq.

1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch- Join us in the Exhibit Hall, eat and network! Exhibit Hall

1:30pm – 2:00pm Keynote: The Code for the Next Wave Exhibit Hall
Speakers: Shaun Tomson

2:00pm – 2:25pm Track 1: 20-20 First Responders and Large Disasters presented by Joyce Dudley, Esq. & Pat Clouse
Speakers: Joyce E. Dudley, Patrick Clouse

2:30pm – 3:00pm Track 1: FESTIVAL CAMPING PROGRAMS | HEAVEN OR HELL? 5 Lessons Learned

2:00pm – 2:25pm Track 2: The Digital Marketing Playbook: How to Create Buzz, Sell More Tickets, and Create Festival Loyalists
Moderators: Jesse Lawrence
Speakers: Oliver Luckett, Cristina Peralta, Ali Shakeri

2:30pm – 2:55pm Track 2: 20-20 Organizers and Sponsors - Connecting the Dots For a Bullseye!
Speakers: Molly Paul, Meghan Lynch

3:00pm – 3:30pm Break in the Exhibit Hall... Brought to you By VENDINI

3:30pm – 4:15pm Track 1: Beyond Entertainment: Film Festivals and Filmmakers- A Greater Purpose
Moderators: Frank Fitzpatrick
Speakers: Josh Tickell, Rebecca Tickell, Louie Schwartzberg, Jamie Lee Smith, Matt Beurois

3:30pm – 4:15pm Track 2: What's in a Name? The Art and Science of Music Talent Buying
Moderators: Jim Lenz
Speakers: Danielle Madeira, Dawson Ludwig, Becca Higgins, David Silbaugh, Gary Spivack

4:15pm – 5:00pm Track 1: Fearless Females in the Music Industry brought to you by TICKETFORCE
Moderators: Lynne King Smith
Speakers: Michelle Delamor, Jessica Tomasin, Svetlana Nikic, Leah Capelle, Yari Lapidus

4:15pm – 5:00pm Track 2: Trending Now: An Appetite for Food and Beverage Festivals
Moderators: Doug Richter
Speakers: Fred Brander, Chris Racan, Dawn Padmore, Brian Yaeger

5:00pm – 5:30pm Keynote - A Conversation with Jon Anderson, FestForums' Living Legend
Speakers: Stu MacNaught, Jon Anderson

5:30pm – 7:00pm Cocktail Party brought to you by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. & ONEHOPE Wines Exhibit Hall

9:00pm – 11:00pm Talent Show: What's Your Talent? Presented by TOURtech- Panel Room 1 (Sign up at the front desk) or email Laurie@FestForums.com

Hospitality suite open until 11 PM- Fess Parker Suite

NOVEMBER 22 • FRIDAY

8:00am – 10:00am Coffee and more Exhibit Hall

9:00am – 10:00am Track 1: Fringe Festivals: The Open Access Festival Movement in the U.S.
Moderators: Dr. Xela Batchelder
Speakers: Dave McKeever, Erica Fee, Stacey Koloski

9:00am – 9:30am Track 2: 20-20 Cryptocurrency Festival Trends
Speakers: Cary Snyder

9:30am – 10:00am Track 2: 20-20 Trends in Cannabis: How to Infuse Your Festival...Literally!
Moderators: Miriam Novalle
Speakers: Dustin Moore, Salwa Ibraham, Tim Blake

10:00am – 10:50am Track 1: Why Sustainability at Your Festival Matters
Moderators: Paul Reed
Speakers: Roslyn Chao, Robert Richards, Frederico J. Hernandez

10:00am – 10:50am Track 2: Sponsorship DNA: Do you have your Finger on the Pulse?
Moderators: Maureen Valker
Speakers: Molly Paul, Mariah Hanson, Greg Neverka

11:00am – 11:30am Break in the Exhibit Hall... Brought to you by EVENTS.COM Exhibit Hall

11:30am – 12:15pm Track 1: Festival Hacks and Tricks of the Trade: Marketing your Festival
Moderators: Lindsey Medina
Speakers: Leah Anderson, Louie La Vella, Erica McGuire, Wendy Ellis, Nathaniel Bagnell, Kreg Peeler

11:30am – 12:15pm Track 2: The REAL Art of Negotiation
Moderators: Robert Richards
Speakers: Svetlana Nikic, Joe Salem, Sharon Yazowski, Wayne Forte

12:15pm – 12:45pm Track 2: A Conversation with Director Penelope Spheeris- FestForums' 2019 Living Legend
Speakers: Laurie Kirby, Esq., Penelope Spheeris

12:15pm – 1:10pm Track 1: Access, Ticketing & Analytics: Everything you need to know
Moderators: LJ Malberg
Speakers: Vladislav Ginzberg, Milan Malivuk, Diego Carlin, Nicholas Vincent, Eric Mogul

1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch- Enjoy the view of the ocean and explore Santa Barbara-on your own or with new friends

2:00pm – 2:45pm Keynote - Ray Parker Jr.
Moderator: CR Capers , Speakers: Francisco Strine, Ray Parker Jr.

3:00pm – 5:00pm Best of The Fest and Living Legend Awards Ceremony- Plaza Del Sol

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21ST 9-11 TOURTECH PRESENTS THE EVER POPULAR TALENT & KARAOKE SHOWCASE. WANT TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT TO SHOW OFF YOUR STUFF?

Email Laurie@FestForums.com for your 5 minute time slot! Otherwise, sign up at the front desk. Slots go quickly.

 

 

 

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FestForums® San Francisco & Santa Barbara are diverse, interactive conferences and networking events for ALL festival organizers. Addressing cutting-edge technology, sponsorships, talent, ticketing, scheduling, merchandising, operations, sustainability, charitable work, innovation, and safety, FestForums® brings together festivals and events from around the world of all sizes for lively collaboration, camaraderie, and professional development.


FestForums® Santa Barbara culminates with "Best of the Fests," an annual festival award ceremony recognizing North America’s leading festivals.

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