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2017 Beale Street Music Festival Passes On Sale November 18

Hello 2017! Memphis in May International Festival is opening the pre-sale of three-day tickets for the 2017 Beale Street Music Festival on Friday, November 18 at 10:00 am. This must-attend event was named to Fest300, FuseTV and Travel+Leisure’s best festivals lists in 2016 and will take place May 5-7, 2017 in Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis.

Beale Street Music Festival is known for its diverse line up and spectacular riverfront setting and has featured in recent years such acts as Neil Young, Lenny Kravitz, The Black Keys, Paul Simon, Ed Sheeran, Hozier, Weezer, Florence + the Machine, Mumford & Sons, Foo Fighters, Santana, Kid Rock, Snoop Dog, the Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes and Beck.

“Our pre-sale of three-day passes offers music lovers the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular array of artists at an incredibly low price; music fans will really enjoy what we have planned for 2017,” stated James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May International Festival. “We have one of the most eclectic festival lineups in the world and one of the most ideal locations to enjoy live music.”

Discounted tickets for the May 5-7, 2017 event officially go on sale at 10:00 am CST on November 18 and are available through TicketFly. The lowest price three-day pass is available for $95, in limited quantity. Once the first tier of tickets sells out, the festival will offer another limited quantity of three-day passes for $105. Following the two pre-sale discounted tiers, the price will move to $115 until the week of the festival, when prices will go to $150.

The artistic line-up for the 2017 Beale Street Music Festival will be announced in February 2017.

The Beale Street Music Festival is presented by Bud Light and FedEx.
Official hashtag: #BSMF17

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | 0 comments
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Team Applications Available for the 40th Annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

Memphis in May International Festival has opened the application process and begun the path toward crowning the World Champion of Pork at the 2017 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. The 40th anniversary of the iconic competition will take place in beautiful Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis on May 17-20, 2017, marking the first year of four-day competition. Applications to join the ranks of the smokin’est pitmasters on the planet are available now by clicking here.

Festival organizers project another max-capacity competition, where more than 250 top-tier barbecue teams will battle it out for the ultimate title in ‘Cue. The world-renown competition routinely draws teams from across the country and around the globe. This year those teams will include at least one team from Memphis in May honored country, Colombia. The 2017 contest will be scored by over 300 judges, with some anticipated 90-plus newly trained officiants after the sold-out judging seminar to be held on November 19, 2016.

“This is a significant anniversary for the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest,” says James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May. “Our judging seminar sold out in record time and we expect the same for the 40th anniversary contest. We are looking forward to some very serious competition in 2017 as the teams vie for the title of World Champion.” The largest prize purse in the history of the championship, totaling $117,150 in prize money, is expected to draw the world’s fiercest pitmasters into a grill-to-grill showdown like none before. All competition categories (whole hog, shoulder, and ribs) will see higher prize payouts this year. In addition to the core categories of Whole Hog, Rib, Shoulder and Patio Porkers, there are 12 ancillary contests to add a little spice to the mix of winners.

Next year’s major anniversary makes the 2017 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest a bucket-list must-do for both barbecue tourists and locals alike. Primary sponsors include Cattlemen’s Barbecue Sauce, Kingsford and Budweiser.

Applications are available here with an application deadline of February 19, 2017.

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | 0 comments
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Event Operations Manager

Event Operations Manager

Memphis in May International Festival is seeking an experienced event operations manager with public event operation and production experience to coordinate multiple event programs and support festival operation activities. This is a full-time year-round staff position with multiple areas of event and program responsibility at one of America’s leading festival organizations.  

We seek a personable and energetic individual who is a detail-oriented team player. This position requires a hands-on individual that is highly detailed with well-developed communication skills and personnel management experience and skills. A minimum of three years of public event operation experience is required along with a college degree. Experience with competitive public events and facility/warehouse operations is a plus. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits including medical and 401K.   

This position reports to and supports the Director of Operations in all aspects of the organization’s event activities and general operational functions. This staff position has primary event responsibility for the administration of our two competition events; the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and Great American River Run. Additionally, the position is responsible for management and oversight of the organization’s real property (office building and warehouse property) as well as production equipment and physical assets.

Please submit resume with cover letter and salary history and expectations no later than November 11th to mim@memphisinmay.org   

MIM encourages minority participation and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Duties and Responsibilities (including but not limited to the following)

  • Event Operations manager will have primary event responsibilities for the two competition events presented by MIMIF, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and Great American River Run.  This will entail administrative oversight of all event functions and responsibilities for these two programs.
  • Event Operations Manager shall support the organization’s major event activities by serving as a site manager for events held in Tom Lee Park. Working in cooperation with and reporting to the Director of Operations.  As event site manager, you shall assist with management of labor and vendors associated with event infrastructure and event operations as requested.
  • In addition to supporting the site development and implementation of major event activities, specific responsibilities include but are not limited to; venue plumbing, waste management and clean-up, heavy equipment, specialty rental equipment, central inventory assets and supplies, as well as management of site labor, direct supporting seasonal staff and direct supporting volunteers.
  • Event Operations Manager shall have volunteer committee liaison responsibility for the Greening Committee and joint responsibility, along with the Director of Operations, for the Production Committee.
  • Direct management, oversight and maintenance of all production related assets to ensure equipment is properly stored and maintained and available for use or third party rental. This shall include maintaining an active inventory and condition report of all assets.
  • Direct management and oversight to include maintenance functions of the warehouse physical plant and operational assets, in collaboration with the Director of Operations. This shall include all systems contained within the warehouse, as well as security of the facility and its contents.
  • Direct management and oversight to include maintenance functions of the office building physical plant, in collaboration with the CEO, CFO and Director of Operations. This shall include all systems contained within the office building, with the exception of the computer and phone systems, as well as security of the facility contents.
  • Support the Director for Operations in all third party rental of operational equipment, to include check-out and check-in commercial rentals.
  • Work in close cooperation with the Director of Operations and staff personnel to develop an accurate budget for production and operational expenses, and maintain strict adherence to Board approved operating budget in areas of responsibilities.
  • Work in conjunction with the Director of Operations and staff personnel to ensure the successful operation and professional presentation of all events and cultural arts programs.
  • Maintain a professional and cooperative working relationship with officials of the River Front Development Corporation, City / County Government, Police Department, Fire Department, Health Department, General Services and key vendors, service providers, staff and festival volunteers.
  • Ensure event operations are compliant with local, state and national rules and regulations and safety guidelines.
  • Construction oversight, management and generation of event physical assets to include barricades, stands, booths, tables, and equipment suitable for independent construction.
  • Work in close cooperation with the Director of Operations and Vice President of Sponsorship to ensure the successful execution and operational fulfillment of sponsor requirements.
  • Ensure that all festival expenditures for vendors, equipment, general supplies, staffing and services are bid to insure the best and most efficient pricing and service is obtained.
  • Integrate local and community volunteers into all aspects of festival programs without compromising the professionalism of event operations.

Employment Standards

  • Three years of public event operational experience.
  • Knowledge and experience in large scale outdoor event and entertainment planning and production.  The ability to execute site plans and production schedules.
  • The ability to analyze problems, identify solutions and project consequences of proposed actions.
  • Knowledge and experience in administering the operation of competition events. 
  • The ability to remain professional and calm when working in high pressure, time sensitive situations.
  • Good interpersonal relations and personnel management skills, including the ability to gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Detailed oriented and able to handle a fast paced multi-task work environment.
  • The ability and flexibility to work long hours, as required, for all event operations and during necessary pre-event, event and post event activities.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing. Computer proficiency in word processing and spreadsheets.
  • Experience in inventory control, preparing budgets and corresponding reports.

Employment Package

Salary: $40,000.00 to $45,000.00 Starting Salary

Annual Bonus: Based on employee performance and festival financial results. (range from 0% to 10% of annual salary)

Paid Time Off: Two-week annually, (one week after six months). Employees are given three personal days each year and ½ day sick leave for each month worked.

Insurance: Fully paid medical insurance HMO with reimbursement repayment plan, after 90 days of employment.  Dental, vision and family coverage is available at additional cost to employee.

Retirement: 4% paid 401K contribution (after one-year employment) and a 4% matching contribution is available starting 90 days after employment.  These contributions are paid bi-monthly and are fully vested upon receipt. A total of 8% with match after one year.

Parking: Paid parking.

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | 0 comments
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MEMPHIS IN MAY WINS 11 PINNACLE AWARDS AT 2016 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL & EVENTS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE

September 29, 2016. Memphis, TN. Memphis in May International Festival took home eleven Pinnacle awards, including a bronze Grand Pinnacle for overall excellence at the 2016 International Festival & Events Association’s Annual Convention & Expo in Tucson, Arizona, on September 27, 2016. This award places Memphis in May alongside festival and event leaders such as the Kentucky Derby Festival, Portland Rose Festival and Destination New South Wales.

The top industry benchmark, the Pinnacle competition solicits entries from the world’s leading festivals and events in 68 award categories. Memphis in May winning categories include “Best Educational Program,” “Best Event Website,” and “Best Overall Sponsorship Program,” among many others.

“We would like to congratulate all of our Pinnacle winners for their outstanding entries into this year’s competition,” said IFEA President & CEO, Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE.  “The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world.  Striving for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations in every budget level and every corner of the globe, this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festivals and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.”

Entries were received from festivals and events in Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia, as well as prominent U.S. events like the Philadelphia Flower Show, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Indy 500 Festival, Fiesta Bowl and Pasadena Tournament of Roses. In total, Memphis in May received four Gold Pinnacle Awards, two Silver Pinnacle Awards and five Bronze Pinnacle Awards.

“We have spent the past 40 years creating a truly world class event, a festival that pays tribute to both the city of Memphis and a different foreign country each year,” stated James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May. “It is an honor to be recognized as an international leader in our industry. We proudly accept these awards on behalf of our board and all the volunteers who work to make our festival great.”

 

Listed below are the 2016 Pinnacle awards won by Memphis in May International Festival:

Gold

  • Memphis in May International Festival: Best Commemorative Poster
  • 901Fest: Best Full Length TV Program – produced by Local24
  • Great American River Run: Best T-shirt Design
  • Great American River Run: Best Miscellaneous On-Site Decor

Silver

  • Memphis in May International Festival: Best Educational Program
  • Memphis in May International Festival: Best Overall Sponsorship Program
     

Bronze

  • Memphis in May International Festival: Grand Pinnacle
  • Memphis in May: Best Organizational Website 
  • Memphis in May International Festival: Best Event Invitation
  • World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: Best Commemorative Poster
  • Great American River Run: Best Promotional Poster

 

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2017 Memphis in May International Festival Dates
Beale Street Music Festival
: May 5-7, 2017
International Week: May 8–14, 2017
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 17-20, 2017
901Fest: May 27, 2017
Great American River Run: May 28, 2017

 

About Memphis in May 
Memphis in May International Festival is a not for profit, community-based organization, whose programs contribute more than $88 million annually in economic impact to the community, foster civic pride, promote awareness of Memphis heritage, and build international relationships and understanding through education. 
 
Memphis in May International is the official Festival of the City of Memphis, and the recipient of 195 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association. Memphis in May International Festival was recently named to Travel+Leisure’s international list of Festivals Worth Traveling For. 

 

Posted by Penelope Huston at Thursday, September 29, 2016
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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BARBECUE COOKING CONTEST JUDGING SEMINAR DATE ANNOUNCED

September 20, 2016. Memphis, TN: Memphis in May International Festival will host their annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest Judging Seminar on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Select Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee.
 

This seminar provides the only opportunity for barbecue enthusiasts to receive training and become qualified to judge at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, which has been extended, for the first time in the contest’s history, to a four-day event to be held on May 17-20, 2017 in Tom Lee Park, in Memphis, Tenn.
 

“Every year we crown the World Champion of barbecue. That is a big responsibility and it takes real judges who know pork. This annual seminar is the only opportunity for individuals to become trained to judge at the legendary Memphis in May event in 2017” said James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May.
 

Topics to be covered at the barbecue judging seminar include: Memphis in May judging process and rules; the official meat categories; the scoring process; and blind, on-site, and final judging. Participants will sample barbecue from a competition barbecue team during simulated judging exercises.
 

Each year over 250 competition teams from across the country and around the world travel to Memphis to compete for the title of World Champion Barbecue Cooking Team. Last year we crowned renowned pitmaster, Myron Mixon of Jack’s Old South for a record tying fourth win. The stakes will be super high in 2017 for both of our four-time winners, Jack’s Old South and Big Bob Gibson, and for all competitors hoping to join them on our wall of champions.
 

The Championship Barbecue Judging Seminar is limited to the first 100 registrants, first come first served. All instruction materials and lunch are provided. Participants are encouraged to register now, as the seminar sells out each year. Registration is $85.00 per person and applications are available at memphisinmay.org/judge-barbecue. Registration closes Monday, November 14, 2016.
 

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2017 Memphis in May International Festival Dates
Beale Street Music Festival
: May 5-7, 2017
International Week: May 8–14, 2017
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 17-20, 2017
901Fest: May 27, 2017
Great American River Run: May 28, 2017

 

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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