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From databases to best-practice guides, we have listed some links to helpful resources for event organizers and industry members.

Japan Content Catalog

The Japan Content Catalog (JACC®) is a database that consolidates Japanese content rights and contact information from Japan Book Bank, Japan Creator Bank, Anime Chara DB, Japan Film Database, and many more. Through JACC, you can search copyright-related information (the basic data and who to contact) with a search system that integrates databases on movies, television programs, animation, characters, music, games, books, and more.

Japan Anime Music Lab (JAMLAB)

Interested in bringing Japanese musicians to your event but have no idea where to start? Sign up for Japan Anime Music Lab at no cost to learn about new artists and get in touch with record label representatives. Launched by PROMIC in 2018, JAMLAB is an official information hub that serves to connect music and licensing industry professionals with event and concert promoters worldwide. PROMIC, a Japanese foundation that supports the growth of Japanese music internationally and promotes international business relationships through music, also runs the annual Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM), the largest B2B music trade show in Japan.

Currently, over 15 Japanese companies and record labels participate in JAMLAB. There is no cost associated with signing up, and the service can also be used to get in touch with official rights holders for music use clearances.

National Directory of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Located in New York, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) is a nonprofit legal service organization that provides education and resources for artists and creatives of all types. VLA has put together a list of similar organizations or alternative legal information referral options throughout the United States. While not associated with any of the organizations on their list, it is a great source for the creative community to get information about pro-bono legal assistance, lawyer referrals, alternative dispute resolution, and educational programming/workshops.
Note: Membership/service fees and income qualifications for pro bono legal assistance vary across organizations.

FansCons is a comprehensive database of fan conventions all over the world. You can search by type, location, and year. Each event year lists the participating guests, badge prices, and attendance (if available). If you search by guest, you can also see all the events they have participated in. The interactive map also lists events by year all the way back to 1936.

The ConRunner’s Wiki

Started in 2005, ConRunner is a collaborative guide on how to set up and run a science fiction convention. Full of “why and how-to references for convention organizers,” this wiki site aims to document all aspects of running a successful and enjoyable convention. With over 250 content pages that span a wide range of topics such as art shows, masquerade, and more.

Event Safety Alliance

The Event Safety Alliance is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting “life safety first” throughout all phases of event production and execution. They offer training and workshops, host events and symposiums, and publish safety guidance specifically directed at the live event industry. Their list of safety resources covers a variety of standards and guidelines around the world. Published resources include The Event Safety Guide, Crowd Management, and Weather Preparedness.


Whether you are looking for the perfect venue, a capable vendor, or a suitable supplier, IMEX is the destination for the global meetings industry. With over 3500 exhibitors from 155 countries, IMEX America, held in Las Vegas, features hotels, destination management companies, event tech, decorators, and many more.

Anyone who regularly plans events for more than ten people around the world and outside their home state can apply to be a hosted buyer at IMEX. Once approved, IMEX provides flights, accommodations, and admission to hosted buyers at no cost. As a hosted buyer, you will have a quota of meetings you need to schedule with any exhibitor of your choice through IMEX’s online appointment system.
IMEX also offers educational programming such as seminars, expert clinics, research presentations, and workshops. With their partnership with MPI, many of these programs can qualify toward CMP or CEM credits as well.

International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)

Organized in 1928 as the National Association of Exposition Managers to represent the interests of trade show and exposition managers, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events® is the leading association for the global exhibition industry. Today IAEE represents over 12,000 individuals in over 50 countries who conduct and support exhibitions around the world.

Organizations can sign up for an IAEE Membership to allow their employees to utilize benefits such as professional and leadership development, industry news and resources, webinars, and access to a community of industry professionals to share best practices. IAEE members also receive access to most CEIR (Center for Exhibition Industry Research) research and reports that cover attendee & sponsorship ROI, virtual events, marketing insights, and industry trends.

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Meg Tsuruda is the Assistant Marketing Manager at SPJA, the nonprofit organization responsible for Anime Expo, World Cosplay Summit USA, and Project Anime. She has attended Anime Expo since 2004 and decided to volunteer in 2013 which led her to join SPJA later that year. Tsuruda has played an integral role in establishing, growing, and managing SPJA’s brands. Her responsibilities include creative direction across art, design, and merchandising, social media/digital content strategy, and public relations. She also acts as the corporate spokesperson, making appearances in various Anime Expo videos, as well as on KTLA, CBS, and Associated Press.

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