Scholarship for Black Event Professionals

International Live Event Association Minneapolis/St.Paul is pleased to offer a scholarship opportunity for a full-year membership with the Minneapolis/St.Paul Chapter.

What is ILEA-MSP?

The International Live Events Association is comprised of over 5,600 professionals associated among 50 chapters in 37 countries around the world who work in the live events industry.

The ILEA Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter (ILEA-MSP) is the authoritative voice on special events throughout the upper Midwest.  A unique association, ILEA connects independent/corporate/association/non-profit and educational planners and producers, venues, transportation services, catering, design, floral, rental, technical, and production suppliers all under one umbrella. As the special events industry continues to become an active force in our ever-changing economy, our members are the human voices and talent driving the local industry. You can read even more about our history and mission here.

Who is eligible?

This scholarship aims to improve access to association membership for any current or emerging talent in the live events industry. 

For this program year (2020-2021) eligibility is being offered exclusively to Black event professionals as ILEA-MSP aims to ensure it is continuing to work on improving  access and inclusion to the resources we have available within our association and to amplify perspectives and voices that typically go unrepresented in the Twin Cities events community.

In future years, eligibility will open up to include Black, Indigeneous and People of Color.

What will the Scholarship Recipient Receive?

  • A one-year scholarship to the International Live Events Association (value of $499)
  • Complimentary attendance to all monthly programs, membership events, pop-ups. (total value of approximately $440)
  • Complimentary attendance to the annual Minnesota Star Awards in 2021 (value of $85)

Total scholarship value: $1,000

To apply for this scholarship: submit an essay of 500 words or less describing why you would like to be a member of ILEA-MSP. 

Email your essay submission to by Wednesday, July 22, 2020