Block Booking Conference is held in Columbia, SC. Students hold a closed session to discuss unfair pricing and other problems, which results in a decision to form a national organization to share information and continue to cooperatively buy talent. The leadership reconvenes, voting to formally organize as the
National Entertainment Conference (NEC). The first executive director (a volunteer position) Dave Phillips is appointed. A national office is established at USC-Columbia. The first NEC Newsletter is published. The organization has an annual budget of $10,000 with member dues set at $50 per year. In the fall, the first Eastern Regional Conference is held in Hamburg, NY.