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IBMA Bluegrass Ramble Showcase Application Deadline Feb 29

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IBMA Bluegrass RambleNashville, TN -- The 2016 Bluegrass Ramble will take place September 27 - 29, once again in beautiful downtown Raleigh, NC, and all emerging bluegrass bands plus established bands with new music or new personnel are encouraged to apply. The Bluegrass Ramble is IBMA’s innovative series of showcases in clubs and restaurants throughout downtown Raleigh. Official showcase performances at the IBMA's annual World of Bluegrass Business Conference form the premier platform for introducing talent and new music to the bluegrass community.

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. With over 150 showcase performances, the World of Bluegrass’ Bluegrass Ramble Showcase is an integral part of the World of Bluegrass week that you won’t want to miss!

Official IBMA Showcase application closes
Monday, February 29!

In addition to the two showcase 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 2015 Noisetrade/IBMA Bluegrass Ramble compilation.
  • 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

Up to 30 showcase artists will be invited to perform in 2016. IBMA showcase artists are chosen through a juried selection process that considers the applicant’s entertainment value, level of professionalism, potential appeal and quality of work. There are generally more than 150 acts applying each year. Official IBMA showcase acts from the 2015 Bluegrass Ramble are not eligible for 2016.

Applicant does NOT have to be an IBMA member. In addition to general applicant 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 recorded song (mp3 format only, an optional second recording may be submitted as well)
  • 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, indicating locations of instruments, instrument mics, vocal mics, and any other equipment (i.e. amp, pre-amp)

Online application for IBMA showcases must be submitted by FEBRUARY 29, 2016. All applicants are required to submit a $25 fee to help 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.

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