NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The International Entertainment Buyer’s Association (IEBA), the leading trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals, concluded its 46th annual conference Oct. 11 with an awards ceremony honoring those behind the scenes. The ceremony featured the induction of Garth Brooks, his manager Bob Doyle, concert promoter Ben Farrell, and the late booking agent Joe Harris into IEBA’s Hall of Fame. Variety Attractions’ own Todd Boltin of Piqua took home the 2016 IEBA “Fair Buyer of the Year” Award, which was presented at the CMA Theatre at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Previously in 2012, Boltin also had won the award.
Over the last three decades Boltin has established himself as one of the most respected talent buyers in the entertainment industry. A pretty large accomplishment for someone who began his career with Variety Attractions as a motor sports official with Variety’s sister company Nation-wide Demolition Derby, while doubling as a driver and stagehand for company owner George Moffett. He knew little or nothing about country music, but after his first trip to Nashville with Moffett, while attending a country music awards show, he soon realized his destiny was in front of his face, and wrapped his hands around the opportunity.
Since that time he has been nominated for the Academy of Country Music Talent Buyer/Promoter of the Year award nine times and winning the accolade in 2010. He was named the 2010 International Entertainment Buyer of the year and 2012 the organizations Fair Buyer of the year, as well as picking up the President’s Award in 2010. He currently holds the office of the secretary of International Entertainment Buyers Association and is also the vice president of the IEBA Foundation which oversees educational outreach and scholarships. He oversees the George Moffett Scholarship at Belmont University, which is awarded to a Belmont student who is majoring in the music entertainment business. He is a long time member of the Academy of Country Music, as well as the Country Music Association, and numerous state fair organizations.
He has been very instrumental in boosting the early careers of some of today’s superstars while their careers were in the infancy, including Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins, Justin Moore and Florida Georgia Line. Booking many of these artists at fairs and festivals, helping to develop their fan base, and build their careers, along with building valued and respected relationships with the artist and managers along the way.
He still spends 150-180 days a year on the road between meetings, shows, conferences and travel, and has logged more than 2 million miles of driving.
The biggest thrill to him about the business?
“Being able to bring quality entertainers to people across the country and seeing them enjoy the shows and have a good time,” Boltin said.