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Wednesday, November 14
 

5:00pm

 
Thursday, November 15
 

9:00am

A Current Affair: State of the Festival Industry
The generall media portrays the dark side of festivals with disasters and abuses or trumpets the big stars and glamorous events. But for industry insiders, the reality of running a festival is complex and the landscape is constantly changing. Let’s see what happened in 2018 and what’s trending for  2019.

Thursday November 15, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

9:00am

Bootcamp
How to start, grow and promote your new festival! A FestForums staple is back.

Thursday November 15, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
Track 2 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

10:00am

Give Us A Minute
The who’s who and what’s what of our Exhibitors. Get a sampling of some of the ingenious products and services that our partners provide. Be warned- uncontrollable laughing may result when Stu MC’s this show and tell!

Thursday November 15, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

10:00am

Safety First
The news is literally flooded with stories of meteorological, medical, security and financial disasters at festivals. But what if these disasters could be prevented or minimized? How can preplanning and on-site crisis management reduce or eliminate risk and reduce your festival’s negative exposure.

Thursday November 15, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Track 2 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

11:00am

Here Or There? Picking the Right Venue
There are so many factors at play when selecting your event venue. Cost, location, amenities, acoustics, accessibility and capacity are just a few things to consider.. Let’s break it down.

Thursday November 15, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

11:00am

Talent Booking: Talent, Timing and Tenacity
Talent is the key component that draws people to your festival and sets the stage for your event. How does a festival negotiate with big-name talent and who is going to be the next big name? In this panel we will break down key components of talent buying; sourcing, timing, and finance, among others.

Thursday November 15, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Track 2 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

12:00pm

Brands + Festivals
Brands continue to align with festivals as they connect with their consumers.  The challenge for brands is to “make sense” of the sponsorship and bring something special to the event.  This can be done through activations, media, purpose and community.  Come listen to some of the latest and most creative ways festivals have helped their sponsors stand out.

Thursday November 15, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

12:00pm

1:00pm

Year Of The Women Lunch
What’s not to love? Our sponsors bring you a yummy lunch while we celebrate the amazing women that make FestForums the happy place it is. 
All women attending FF should give us your headshot & one quote that defines your superpower.
Men are enthusiastically welcome.

Thursday November 15, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBD 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

2:00pm

2:00pm

2:30pm

2:30pm

3:00pm

Tour the Exhibit Hall
Play games and win prizes - and grab a snack!

Thursday November 15, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Exhibit Hall 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

3:00pm

"How to Get More Fans, Sales, & Profit" [RSVP REQUIRED]
Want to grow your festival's fans, sales, and profit? Sign up now for a free, 20-minute private consultation with veteran marketing strategist Brian Bauer, President of Bauer Entertainment Marketing (www.BauerEM.com). During this 1-on-1 session, Brian will:
  1. Identify a key roadblock constraining your growth – and tell you how to nuke it
  2. Evaluate a current marketing tactic you can easily crank up to "11"
  3. Discover a missed opportunity that can drive new revenue and profit
 
Space is limited to only 5 festivals! Sessions are first-come, first-served. Sign up now to reserve your customized consultation: http://bit.ly/FestForumsBEM 
An industry expert with 15+ years of success, Brian has helped grow dozens of festivals including Country Thunder, Tortuga Music Festival, Harlem Eat Up!, Summer Camp Music Festival, Life is Beautiful, Nashville Beer Festival, Hip Hop Film Festival, Flavor! Napa Valley, and Country Jam.

Thursday November 15, 2018 3:00pm - 4:50pm
TBD 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

3:30pm

3:30pm

4:00pm

Cannabis at Festivals
Let’s weed out what is working at festivals and venues as legalized marijuana comes online throughout the country.

Thursday November 15, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

4:00pm

5:00pm

Keynote
TBD

Thursday November 15, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

5:30pm

9:00pm

 
Friday, November 16
 

9:00am

The Emerging Market of Wine/Craft Beer and Gourmet Food Festivals
Nothing motivates a ticket buyer more than the idea of wine tasting, raw oysters, craft beers or even chowder all day long! The growth of these events has sparked interest from other genre festivals to jump on the bandwagon. How did this trend spread and how do you incorporate this into your festival?

Friday November 16, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

9:00am

10:00am

Artist Curated Festivals
Vanity projects these are not. Passion drives these famous folks who have created their own festivals. They join us at a roundtable discussion of what fueled their desire to get into this crazy business.

Friday November 16, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

10:00am

Cash is No Longer King
Learn how Bitcoin,  RFID, Venmo, Crypto, facial recognition and other forms of cashless payments are changing the festival landscape.

Friday November 16, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Track 2 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

11:00am

11:00am

The Lifecycle of a Sponsorship
How do festival sponsorship directors engage brands, ink deals, activate and provide ROI in this landscape? Brands and festivals weigh in.

Friday November 16, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Track 2 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

12:00pm

Soup to Nuts: Lighting/Sound/Staging
Budgets, logistics, selecting and securing the right supplier will be discussed.

Friday November 16, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

12:00pm

Film Festivals: The Challenges of Small Festivals
Nonprofits generally suffer from the proverbial chicken and egg problem. They need to grow but can’t afford new hires and expensive technology. Learn how to break the cycle and swing for the fences.

Friday November 16, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Track 2 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

1:00pm

2:00pm

2:00pm

3:00pm

Best of the Fests Award Ceremony
We bring you our much touted Best of the Fests where we salute the best festivals and the artists that you love!

Friday November 16, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Plaza del Sol 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103