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IBMA Opens Bluegrass Ramble Showcase Applications to Artists

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IBMA Bluegrass RambleNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced that applications are now open for bluegrass and bluegrass-related artists to apply to be an Official Showcase Selection performer at the IBMA's annual Bluegrass Ramble during World of Bluegrass week. The 2016 Bluegrass Ramble, scheduled for September 27-29 in Raleigh, North Carolina, is the premier platform for introducing talent to the bluegrass community. All emerging bluegrass bands, as well as established bands with new music or new personnel, are encouraged to apply.

Once selected, each showcase band will perform at least twice during World of Bluegrass Week—once on a convention center stage and once at a local Bluegrass Ramble venue. In addition to the two performance opportunities, the IBMA showcase package includes:

  • Complimentary booth space during business conference (value $600+)
  • Full conference registration package for performing members of group (value $1000+)
  • One organizational membership for group (value $205)
  • Featured profile in conference program and on the WOB smart phone app
  • Inclusion of one mp3 on the 2016 Noisetrade/IBMA Bluegrass Ramble compilation. Download the compilations from previous years for free.
  • Inclusion in the Bluegrass Ramble Spotify playlist, promoted on social media by IBMA
  • Priority access to “Gig Fair” appointments
  • Scheduled consultation in advance of events on maximizing showcase opportunities

Application Process

Showcase applications can be made online.* Applicant does not have to be an IBMA member. In addition to general application information, the following materials will be needed to complete the application:

  • Name, email, and role (i.e. banjo, fiddle) of each member of the applying act
  • One studio recording (mp3 format only)
  • One Hi-Res artist photo
  • An artist bio with artist location, names/roles of band members (if known at time of application), description of the artist's sound, and note of any recently released recordings
  • A stage plot (PDF or JPEG) indicating locations of instruments, instrument mics, vocal mics, and any other equipment (i.e. amp, pre-amp)

Up to 30 showcase artists will be invited in 2016, based on the number of qualified applicants. IBMA showcase artists are chosen in a juried selection process that takes into consideration every applicant’s entertainment value, level of professionalism, potential appeal and quality of work. There are generally more than 150 acts who apply every year. Official IBMA showcase acts from the 2015 Bluegrass Ramble are NOT eligible for 2016.

Application Deadlines & Fees

Online application for IBMA showcases must be submitted by February 28, 2016. All applicants are required to submit a $25 fee to defray selection process costs. If invited to participate as an official showcase artist, there is an additional fee of $500 to offset costs of services and showcase production.

*If online application creates a hardship for the applicant, or if any assistance is needed, contact Eddie Huffman, 888-438-4262

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