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.

Recipients will receive a travel stipend of $600 and complimentary registration to attend the conference. Honorees will be recognized throughout the annual meeting and formally at the Venue Industry Awards luncheon.

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30|UNDER|30 Deadlines:

Nomination Deadline:  March 4, 2022
Application Round 1 Essay Deadline:  March 21, 2022
By April 1, you will be informed if you were selected for Round 2.  

Application Round 2 Video Submission Deadline:  April 11, 2022
30IUNDERI30 Class of 2022 Awarded by:  April 29, 2022

30|UNDER|30 Criteria:

  • Nominees must be 30 years of age or younger at the time of the award (April 26, 2022)
  • 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:

  • Industry executive leadership may nominate ONE candidate. There may be multiple candidates submitted from the same venue, but they must be nominated by different IAVM members from within the venue.
  • There are two (2) rounds of the application and selection process. 
  • Round 1 
    • All applicants must answer four (4) pre-selected essay questions in 300 words or less. Essay questions must be accompanied by a current resume. Deadline to apply is March 21, 2022.
  • Round 2 - Applicantss informed of status on April 1, 2022
  • 50 applicants will be selected to submit a YouTube video on the subject “Why I Should Be Chosen as a 30IUNDERI30 Award Recipient.” Applicants should highlight their career and accomplishments thus far, both personally and professionally, as they deem appropriate. Applicants are encouraged to show their creativity, describe their passion for the industry and illustrate what sets them apart from other candidates. 
    • Video deadline: April 11, 2022.

      *Videos must be shot on personal, handheld devices (i.e., a cell phone) and be limited to two minutes. Videos may not be filmed or edited using professional audio-visual production equipment.
      **Any variance from this rule or the time limit will cause candidate’s disqualification.
  • A panel of industry professionals will review submissions.
  • The 2022 Class of 30IUNDERI30 honorees will be notified via email from the IAVM Foundation by April 26, 2022.
  • 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 Phoenix, Arizona on July 18-21, 2022. Registration does not include optional activity fees, such as the Foundation's annual golf tournament.
  • IAVM will provide honorees with a stipend of $600 to be used on travel accommodations. 
  • A schedule of required events will be sent to honorees. 
  • Following selection, video submissions of honorees may be used publicly and at the convention. 

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