The International Artist Managers' Association (IAMA) is the only worldwide association for classical music artist managers and concert agents. The Association was founded as the British Association of Concert Agents in 1954 until January 1996 when, due to its international membership list, it officially changed its status to an international association with membership open to any professional artist management company and to those associated with the classical music world.
IAMA's purpose is to bring good business practice to the sector so that confidence is inspired and a measure of security lent to those working within the classical music sector. It seeks to stabilise working relationships and is sometimes called upon to act as a mediator for its members with problematic situations. It assists and supports its members where it can by way of its corporate knowledge and professional helplines such as the fully international tax help in partnership with Smith & Williamson and legal help through Taylor Wessing International and FTM Arts Law. IAMA acts as a lobbying body within member territories as well as facilitating information exchange within its network of members. Part of this includes hosting seminars covering professional legal issues, taxation, management development, new technologies, European issues, media rights, and the recording industry. Seminars have taken place in London, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Paris, Sydney, Copenhagen, Nashville TN, Washington D.C, Los Angeles, Berlin, Munich and Milan.
All members of IAMA have access to an international mediation and arbitration service and disputes can be addressed in almost any country and in almost any language using a recognised legal system. In 2004, IAMA received formal accreditation from UK Trade and Investment, a government department of Trade and Industry, and has been in a position to lead several trade missions notably to the USA and China.
Since 1991 there has been an annual international conference now recognised as one of the premiere forums in the classical music world. Representatives from over 30 countries attend with delegates representing artist management companies, presenters, orchestras, opera companies, festivals and venues. To date the conference has been held in London, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Leipzig, Vienna, Genoa, Prague, Stockholm, Berlin, Luxembourg, Paris, Budapest and Helsinki.
From 1989 to 1998 BACA, (subsequently IAMA), produced an annual Directory of Artists listing all its members and the artists whom they represented. From 1999 a joint directory replacing both the Directory of Artists and Music in Europe (a publication of the Association Européenne des Agents Artistiques) was produced entitled Classical Music Artists - Who Represents Whom. Such was the response to the first edition that it immediately prompted the development of a second edition, which was launched in April 2001. Today the Directory is available on-line at www.ClassicalMusicArtists.com.