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IBMA Professional Development Seminars for World of Bluegrass

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Dailey & Vincent 2012Nashville, TN -- Professional development seminars at World of Bluegrass are essential in providing the latest tips, trends, and tricks in navigating the bluegrass music industry. This year, the International Bluegrass Music Association is offering over 20 seminars.

The seminars are part of this year's World of Bluegrass trade show, convention and annual gathering of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). The event consists of basically three elements: the business conference, the Awards Show and the festival. Of course, there is a lot of other activity that surrounds this annual event. This year's event will be hosted in Raleigh, North Carolina for the first time and there is a lot of electricity and buzz in the air.

Produced by the International Bluegrass Music Association, World of Bluegrass is a cornerstone event that draws casual fans, working musicians, and industry tradespeople for a week that includes something for everybody in the bluegrass community: a business conference, trade show, panel discussions, tributes, masters’ workshops, a fiddle contest, a golf outing, an awards show, a festival, and jamming all week long.

The IBMA Business Conference is where you’ll learn the latest thinking, tactics and technology, and it’s where you’ll have relaxed opportunities to meet leading bluegrass label heads, festival bookers, managers and attorneys. The conference is the perfect compliment to IBMA’s famous nighttime showcases; it’s about how the music will get to the people.

“I have gained enough knowledge on the first day of educational panels to make the cost of my full week well worth it, when I think of the time and energy I would have had to spend to access the same information on my own. Then there are the incredible opportunities for networking with promoters, venue owners, journalists and DJs - under one roof”
- Kathy Sacra-Anderson, Hadley Music Group

This is a list of just some of the outstanding programs available to attendees this year:

  • Recruiting & Maintaining Volunteers for Associations & Events
  • Mind Your Business
  • Grant Writing Workshop (in two parts)
  • All You Need to Know for World Domination in Music Publishing
  • Writing For, Pitching To, and Building an E-Media Empire
  • How to Break Through the Radio Airplay Barrier
  • Performing Gigs and Festivals Abroad
  • Women in Bluegrass: Pretty Good for a Girl
  • Grant Writing Workshop, Part Two
  • Beyond the Bluegrass Merch Table: Finding Additional Sources of Revenue for the Working Artist
  • Business Models for Luthiers
  • Negotiating Contracts With Bands And Venues
  • Building and Sustaining Relationships with Audiences for Events and Associations
  • How To Start A Band And Make It Work with Pete Wernick
  • Online Tools for Artists
  • PR & Publicity – A Team Effort
  • Still Inside: A Celebration of the Music of Tony Rice
  • Acing the Interview
  • Instrument Tasting
  • Staying Healthy on the Road
  • Call Backs and Bookings: How to Get Both
  • Trends in Bluegrass Education

The professional development seminars are an excellent place to hear and learn from those who are in the business. Many attend seminars outside of their professional role in order to have a better grasp of the entire business of bluegrass music. Whatever your goal, these seminars are a valuable part of the World of Bluegrass and the IBMA.

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