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GigSalad — The Largest Marketplace for Booking Performers and Event Services — to Produce First-Ever Event Planner Meetup at SXSW Music

For the first time ever, SXSW Music will include an Official Event Planner Meetup, hosted by entertainment booking marketplace GigSalad. This is a chance for event planners of all sizes to find each other, network, and learn about best practices in the industry for 2015. The event takes place on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 5pm in the Austin Suite on the 3rd floor of the Austin Convention Center.

There will be a brief welcome with event planning tips and plenty of time to connect with fellow experience-builders. In addition to GigSalad, come meet food truck booking king Roaming Hunger, the American Disc Jockey Association, and other event industry VIPs.

“We’ve personally connected with hundreds of event planners who come to SXSW looking for fresh ideas, for talent to book, and for best practices,” explains GigSalad co-founder and CEO Mark Steiner. “So we wanted to create a space where we can all connect and share about how to make all of our events great experiences.”

Find out three unexpected ways food trucks can solve event catering challenges, four methods a DJ uses to make your attendees ecstatic, and five acts that will inspire you to brainstorm entertainment that will blow the minds of your event clients. Then the mic roves the meetup to crowdsource what services and ideas make up your 2015 event planning SWAT team! This is your chance to find out how other event planners and their partners navigate SXSW.

"People come to SXSW to learn about the next big thing -- whether it's in technology, entertainment, education, or business," says Ross Resnick, CEO of Roaming Hunger. "It's only fitting that this meetup is taking place at SXSW, as event planners also look to understand what the current emerging best practices are as well as learn about future collaboration opportunities.”

“GigSalad is defining the event booking marketplace," adds Steiner. "We have expanded a challenged industry and have proven to 650,000 event planners and nearly 60,000 performers that hiring live entertainment can be easy and efficient. We’re excited to pull event professionals together at SXSW to share ideas on how we can all move towards more meaningful events.”

SXSW Music Event-Planner Meetup Details:

DATE: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
TIME: 5-6 pm
LOCATION: Austin Suite, 3rd floor of the Austin Convention Center
WHO: Event Planners of all types, and anyone in the media or trade groups who cover event planning
ADMISSION: Free for SXSW badge holders

About GigSalad:

GigSalad is the largest, most diverse marketplace for booking bands, performers, speakers and services for events, parties, and gatherings of all types and sizes. With millions of users across the U.S. and Canada, GigSalad.com provides an easy and secure way for event planners to book entertainment and services.