Launched at VenueConnect 2015 in Baltimore, this program focuses on identifying and developing the talent of venue industry professionals, 30 years of age and under, through increased access and exposure to industry networking and thought leadership. The program provides year-round continued education for professional growth in the venue industry and helps program participants become better, more productive employees.

Selected applicants will receive a travel stipend of $800 and complimentary registration to attend VenueConnect, IAVM’s Annual Conference & Trade Show. Honorees will be recognized throughout the annual meeting and formally at the Venue Industry Awards luncheon.


30|UNDER|30 Deadlines:


Nominate by:  February 1, 2019
Apply by:  March 29, 2019
Award by:  April 15, 2019

30|UNDER|30 Criteria:

  • Nominees must be 30 years of age or younger at the time of the award (May 16, 2019)
  • Nominees must be employed in the venue industry.
  • Nominees do not have to be current IAVM members, however, the person nominating must be a current IAVM member

30|UNDER|30 Guidelines:

  • What influenced you to get involved in the venue industry?
  • What is your proudest accomplishment to this day?
  • As a future industry leader, what do you deem necessary for future success in this competitive industry?
  1. What do you look to take away from VenueConnect, IAVM's Annual Conference & Trade Show?
  2. 30 young professionals, 30 years old and under at the time of the conference will be selected. 
  3. Industry Executive Leadership may nominate more than one individual from their respective organization. 
  4. Nominees will be sent a link to submit their answers to the following four questions in a YouTube video (up to 2 mins), no later than 12 am PT, March 15, 2019.
  • A panel of industry professionals will review submissions.
  • Honorees will be notified via email from the IAVM Foundation by March 29, 2019.
  • Honorees may only be selected for the program once. Previous honorees are ineligible. 
  • IAVM will provide honorees with full registration to VenueConnect, IAVM's Annual Conference & Trade Show in Chicago, IL on July 21-24, 2019. Registration does not include optional activity fees, such as the Foundation's annual golf tournament, Legacy Project, etc. 
  • IAVM will provide honorees with a stipend of $800 to be used on travel accommodations. 
  • A schedule of required events will be sent to honorees. 
  • Video submissions of honorees may be used publicly following selection and at the convention. 
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