About | Mission | Goals | Agenda | Activities | Leadership & Committees | Members & Alliances | Trade Names | History
Founded in 1989 with a mission to protect and support the positive contributions of businesses in the nightlife & hospitality industry. Our focus evolved from pioneering a Professional Directory service for DJ & Club staff, to protecting the nightlife, electronic dance music, rave festival and party community from negative attacks. Our marketing initiatives and social awareness programs assist businesses and communities to promote vibrant and safe party activity; that supports creative and financial vitality in the city's social experience for visitors and residents.
Facts at a Glance: U.S. Bar & Nightclub Industry*
- $710 billion: Food & Drink sales
- $26 billion: Revenue
- 1.4%: Industry sales increase in nominal terms.
- 0.3%: Industry sales increase in real (inflation-adjusted) terms.
- 69,987: Locations
- 19.3m Number of people who went to bars or nightclubs in casinos
- $64.08 Revenue per employee
- 393k Industry Employees
- 590k Bartenders (including at Restaurants)
- 5.56 Average number of employees per establishment
- $4.55bn Total wages
Alcohol Consumption and Customers
- 42% Sales share of beer and ale
- 30.6% Sales share of distilled spirit drinks
- 10% Sales share of wine
- 196.9m Beer barrels sold
- 24.3m People who bought beer
- 6.91m People who bought wine
To protect and advocate the positive economic, social and cultural contributions of the nightlife & hospitality industry.
Nightlife Association has established a strong united collaborative voice, with government and neighborhood organizations; to develop self-compliance 'best practices' standards, education, and training - to identify and de-escalate potential problems.
Nightlife Association Community Involvement includes fundraising for educational event promotions, promoting neighborhood districts and recognizing industry leaders.
Nightlife Association provides International Nightlife Professionals (on-site staff, decision makers and innovators) the leading source for news, trends, tools, resources, and strategies to maximize benefits, increase revenues, address challenges, launch marketing programs, and develop employment opportunities. Nightlife Association participates in public relations activities such as education, politics, networking, standardization, publishing, advertising, and discounts.
Value-Added Benefits include Insurance, Music Licensing, Certifications, Manuals/Templates, 1-on-1 Consultations.
• To improve the image of nightlife entrepreneurs and the hospitality & nightlife industry.
• To assist businesses and communities promote safe and vibrant activity in support of the City's social experience.
• To promote dialogue and collaboration between the nightlife entrepreneurs and their regulatory agencies.
• To simplify international standards on security, environment, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, road safety and minors.
• To share new trends and promote the quality of service in the nightlife and hospitality establishments.
• Protect member's intellectual, property and First Amendment rights and promote responsibility.
• Advocate our values, ideas or opinions as a liaison with regulatory agencies governing industry.
• Serve as federal, state, municipal "legislative watchdog" to review laws, regulations & policies.
• Respond to proposals impacting our industry through policy consensus from experts in our field.
• Combat unjust and unproductive laws being threatened by special interest groups against nightlife.
• Curb Abuse and Coordinate Safety & Security between clubs, law enforcement and City officials.
• Protect, represent and educate our members to serve the industry through coordinated activities.
• Educate our members, media, elected officials, civic and community leaders on industry issues.
• Awareness of the economic, social and cultural contributions of establishments and employees.
LEADERSHIP, NIGHTLIFE CONGRESS and COMMITTEES
The International Nightlife Association is overseen and governed by its Executive Board of Directors.
President of International Nightlife Association; Gen. Dir. Palladium Hotel Group; EVP Matutes Group.
JOSÉ LUÍS BENÍTEZ
Presidential Advisor of International Nightlife Association; President of Spain Nightlife; VP of European Nightlife Association.
1st VP of International Nightlife Association; Executive Director of the Nightlife Foundation; Founder of the Nightlife Hall of Fame; Developer of DJtv app; Creator of NTLF.tv, EDM-Music.biz, Clubs-Hotels.com and TasteCrawl.com; American Ambassador to the Nightclub & Bar Expo in Las Vegas, KTV Disco Bar Expo in China, and MICS in Europe/Asia.
2nd VP of International Nightlife Association; President of SILB; VP of FIPE; President of European Nightlife Association.
ISMAEL RIVERA CRUCES
3rd Vice-President of the International Nightlife Association; President and Founder of ANIDICE; Counselor at Public Safety & Law Enforcement City Council of Mexican Federal District; Counselor at National Council against People Trafficking.
General Counsel of International Nightlife Associaiton; General Secretary of FECASARM; Deputy Chairman of Spain Nightlife; Deputy vice 2nd Chairman of European Nightlife Association; Professor of administrative law at the Councils of Barcelona and Tarragona.
Activities are coordinated by Executive Committees:
CEO of Spain Nightlife; Spain's Ambassador of MIC'S (Monaco International Clubbing Show).
VP Music, Artist & Label Relations of Nightlife Association; CEO of K1 entertainment; CEO of Project Spread music label; CEO of boutique music licensing collective, Leaky Sync.
Public Relations and economic-financial manager of International Nightlife Association.
Owner of Opium Madrid Nightclub
Industry Research Director of Nightlife Association; Board Member of Nightlife Foundation.
Consumer Research Director of Nightlife Association; Board Member of Nightlife Foundation.
Event Marketing & Sales Director of Nightlife Association.
Sales Director of Nightlife Buyers Guide for Nightlife Association.
Local Associations are governed by Regional, State and Chapter Boards of Directors. Activities are coordinated by Executive Committees, Advisory Boards, Volunteer Member Committees and Research Groups that provide input for public relations activities and event participation.
On March 18th 2013, The Palace of Congress in Castelldefels (Barcelona, Spain) hosted the 1st INTERNATIONAL NIGHTLIFE CONGRESS. Representatives from the INTERNATIONAL NIGHTLIFE ASSOCIATION introduced and requested the approval of the international minimum security standards for leisure and hospitality establishments, in anticipation to upcoming disastrous legislation in countries considering government interference. The international standards have been accepted and ratified by the Nightlife Associations in the United States of America, Mexico, Spain, France and Italy.
These are how the committees are defined within the Nightlife Association.
- A steering committee is the group of people who get things started
- A coordinating council modifies broad, organization-wide objectives and strategies in response to input from individuals or committees
- The executive director often takes the place of or serves at the head of the coordinating council
- Task forces are made up of members who work together around broad objectives
- Action committees are formed by larger organizations to bring about the changes sought by the organization
- Support committees are groups that help ensure that action committees or other individuals will have the resources and opportunities necessary to realize their vision
- Community trustees provide overall support, advice, and resources to organization members
- Grantmakers can be public or private. They offer financial support to our organizations
- Support organizations are groups that offer technical assistance
- Partner organizations work on the same issues as our organization
Current Committees Available:
- Public Relations
MEMBERS & ALLIANCES
The association represents the 150,000+ establishments that serve alcoholic beverages in the U.S.; and provides support to stakeholders, owners, managers and employees of the nightlife & hospitality industry.
|Nightlife coordinators and associations; Public, private and government entities that advocate on behalf of nightlife.
||Residential, retail, social advocacy and university interests in mixed-use districts. Students, Realtors, Rental Agents, and Elected Officials
||Public, private and government agencies and organizations that plan, develop and manage hospitality zones. Owners, Banks, Transportation, Parking, Sanitation.
||DJ’s; Musicians, Artists, Producers and Record Labels; Music & Entertainment Programmers; Performers, Models and Dancers.
||Restaurant, Nightclub, Bar, Lounge, Tavern, Pub, Theater, Live Music Venue, Event Center, Hotel & Casino business owners and managers.
|Designers and Developers; Hosts, Bartenders and Wait Staff; Food and Beverage Managers; Catering & Purchasing Directors; Lighting/Sound & Video Directors; Security & Loss Prevention
||Marketing & Promotions Directors; Promoters and Booking Agents; Public Relations & Advertising Agencies.
|Photographers and News, Print, Broadcast, Internet, Media and Public Relations Organizations.
|Academics who investigate and analyze trends in nightlife relating to social and economic impacts of nighttime activity in communities, districts and cities. Marketing companies, lifestyle, employment, demographic, data collectors.
||Regulatory, enforcement and code compliance agencies responsible for protecting public safety to ensure continued vitality of the nighttime economy. Police, Fire, Traffic, and City Officials.
|Buyers & Sellers of Goods and Services in the Hospitality & Entertainment Industries; Beverage, Beer, Wine, and Spirits Manufacturers and Distributors; Professional Equipment Dealers, Distributors and Merchants.
Establishing in 1989 as the National Club Council;
in 1999 hereinafter named the National Club Industry Association of America also known as the Nightlife & Club Industry Association.
in 2000 we acquired and merged the content and resources of the Night Club Industry Association, National Club Association and Club Industry Association.
in 2003 we broadcast the first Digital Club DJ stream on Shoutcast;
in 2010 we acquired the domains, content & resources of the Nightlife Association, Nightclub Association, DJ Association, Rave Association, Festival Association, International Nightlife Association, Bartender Association, National Bar & Tavern Association, Restaurant Club Association of America;
in 2011 we launched a digital resource network for nightlife industry professionals job search, party supplies, industry newswire, chart monitoring, video and DJ mixes;
in 2012 we launched the Nightlife Buyers Guide and Bar-Club-Buyer.com to promote suppliers to trade show attendees;
in early 2013 we launched the DRINK festival, TasteCrawl, and DJtv, to promote local nightlife communities.
in mid 2013 we acquired the domains from previous organizations efforts to promote and launch the induction process for an annual Nightlife Awards and Nightlife Hall of Fame ceremonies.
in 2014 the Nightlife Foundation and Nightlife Institute were established to oversee all operations, including the inaugural Nightlife Awards, Nightlife Hall of Fame, Nightclub Awards, Nightclub Hall of Fame, DJ Awards, DJ Hall of Fame, Dance Music Awards, Dance Music Hall of Fame, EDM Awards, Producer Awards, Promoter Awards, Bartender Awards, and the Drink Awards, to acknowledge the contributions of the nightlife professionals in our industry.
in 2014 the European Nightlife Association is created in Paris to unify the trade unions 'UMIH' (France), 'SILB FIPE' (Italy), 'Ocio De Ibiza' (Spain), 'FECASARM' (Spain) and 'Spain Nightlife' (Spain). Mr. Maurizio Pasca as president of the European Nightlife Association and president of 'SILB FIPE', Mr. Laurent Lutse, president of 'UMIH', Mr. Carlos Caballero, president of 'Spain Nightlife', Mr. Christian Braun, president of 'Ocio de Ibiza', and Joaquim Boadas, president of 'FECASARM'.
in 2014 the Nightlife Foundation's InternationalNightlifeAssociation.org merges the content, resources and programs to establish the International Nightlife Association; to jointly carry out actions and programs that will defend the collective interests of the nightlife industry worldwide. This will help promote our 'Nightlife Safe' and 'Nightlife Approved' seals for compliance with the international safety and security standards.
in 2015, the International Nightlife Association held a press conference at OHM Nightclub in Hollywood to present their "Secure Nightlife Venue" Seal together with Tuv Rheinland.
in 2015, the International Nightlife Association joins the (UNWTO) United Nations World Tourism Organization in Medellin, Columbia to represent the nightlife & club industry worldwide in 12 member countries.
in 2015, October 5-7, the 2nd biennual International Nightlife Congress was held in Ibiza, Spain. The Inaugural International Nightlife Awards announced the Top 100 Clubs in the World, to acknowledge the contributions of the nightlife professionals in our industry.
in 2016, May 17-19, the 1st Asian Club & Bar Awards was held in Macau, China. The Inaugural Asian Club & Bar Awards announced the Top Club in Asia, to acknowledge the contributions of the nightlife professionals in our industry. Maurizio Pasca and JC Diaz, were among the judges. Reed Exhibitions and MICS produced the event.