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IBMA To Open World of Bluegrass Registration Soon

World of Bluegrass Business ConferenceNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass 2014 event, September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina, will open conference registration, hotel reservations, Wide Open Bluegrass festival tickets, and Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes for IBMA members on Monday, March 31, and for the general public on Monday, April 14.

IBMA Accepting 2014 Bluegrass Ramble Showcase Applications

Alane AnnoNashville, TN -- /IBMA/ Up to 50 showcase artists will be invited for the International Bluegrass Music Associations's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass 2014, depending on the number of applicants and the qualifications of groups that apply. Each official showcase act may perform more than once during World of Bluegrass Week in some combination of the various venues participating in the annual event. There will also be opportunities for merchandise sales and, potentially, a share in showcase-generated revenues after off-site venue expenses are covered. If you are interested in being an official showcase act for World of Bluegrass 2014, the IBMA is now accepting applications online using a new and easy online submission process this year.

Raleigh's World of Bluegrass a Huge Success for IBMA

World of Bluegrass 2013The World of Bluegrass trade show, conference, awards show and Wide Open Bluegrass festival of the IBMA was held for the first time in Raleigh, North Carolina. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) reports that the event generated $10 million in direct visitor spending and and %4 million more in media value. In addition, the cumulative attendance for the week was around 150,000 including the 140,000 for the festival, 2,259 for the awards show and the 4,635 for the business conference. No matter how you cut it, this represents a huge success for the inaugural Raleigh event.

IBMA & Youth Council: We Want Ya!

IBMA Youth at WOB 2013 by IBMAWorld of Bluegrass 2013 was a great time for youth to get together, jam, make new friends, and stay out past bedtime. But it doesn't end there! The good times continue year-round with IBMA's Youth Council, which intends to speak collectively for the youth of IBMA, facilitate youth projects and industry mentoring opportunities, and work to share bluegrass music with more young people.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Recap IBMA, Announce Contest

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutRussell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out spent several days last week taking in all that Raleigh, NC had to offer with the recent International Bluegrass Music Association's World Of Bluegrass Conference.

Alison Krauss Unable to Perform at Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

Alison KraussNashville, TN -- Performer Alison Krauss will be unable to perform, as previously announced, as part of the “epic collaboration” set planned for Friday, September 27 during IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina, at Red Hat Amphitheater. As per the artist’s representative: “Alison Krauss was recently diagnosed with a vocal condition called dysphonia. Alison has been advised to have vocal rest, and therefore will not be performing at Wide Open Bluegrass next weekend. We anticipate a smooth, quick recovery given proper treatment and adequate rest.”

IBMA Professional Development Seminars for World of Bluegrass

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.

IBMA Announces Full Performance Schedule for Wide Open Street Fest

World of Bluegrass 2013Nashville, TN -- The full schedule of artists and performances for the free Street Festival portion of the Raleigh, North Carolina’s Wide Open Bluegrass, to be held on September 27th and 28th, has just been announced. The list includes a broad mix of local, national and international bluegrass talent. The full schedule of artists and performance times for various stages at the free Wide Open Street Fest is listed below. For any schedule adjustments or additions, check

Initial List of IBMA Awards Show Performers & Presenters Announced

Balsam RangeNashville, Tenn. (August. 28, 2013) — An initial list of performers and presenters for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s 24th International Bluegrass Music Awards, held on Thursday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. EST, has been announced. The Awards Show, held at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Artist (Memorial Auditorium) will feature performances and award presentations from some of the genre’s brightest stars.

Full Schedule for IBMA's Bluegrass Ramble Announced

IBMA Raleigh, NC 2013Nashville, TN (August 22, 2013) - The full schedule of the International Bluegrass Music Association's “Bluegrass Ramble” showcases has been announced; the showcases will take place at seven different venues throughout downtown Raleigh, North Carolina during the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass 2013 event, September 24-28.

WAMU’s Bluegrass Country to Broadcast Live from World of Bluegrass

WAMUWashington, DC -- WAMU’s Bluegrass Country will present its sixth annual live broadcast from the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Annual World of Bluegrass, taking place September 24-27 in Raleigh, N.C.

Bluegrass Music Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients Announced

McClain Family BandNashville, TN -- Each year, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) honors five individuals for their pioneering contributions to bluegrass music. The IBMA’s Distinguished Achievement Awards will be presented at a Special Awards Luncheon on Thursday, September 26 during IBMA’s World of Bluegrass events. This year’s recipients of IBMA’s Distinguished Achievement Awards include:

The Gibson Brothers Lead International Bluegrass Music Awards Nominations

The Gibson BrothersNashville, TN -- Nominees for the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced today at a press conference at Nashville’s Loveless Barn, with The Gibson Brothers leading the pack with eight nominations for the band and their individual members. They’re followed by Balsam Range with seven nominations, and The Boxcars, Alison Krauss & Union Station and Russell Moore & IIIrd Time Out with six nominations each. The full list of nominations is below.

IBMA World of Bluegrass Just Over A Month Away

World of Bluegrass 2013Nashville, TN -- World of Bluegrass week is the annual homecoming for the bluegrass music community, taking place September 24-28, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. World of Bluegrass features three separate events: the Business Conference (Sept. 24-26) that focuses on development and networking for bluegrass professionals, the International Bluegrass Music Awards (Sept. 26) and the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival (Sept. 27-28), which will host the best in bluegrass music as well as multiple workshops, jam sessions and activities (ticketed events), and will also feature a massive street festival that is FREE and open to the public, with three music stages, a youth talent stage, the North Carolina Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship, Dance Tent, and many more things to see, do, and eat.

24th International Bluegrass Music Awards Nominations to be Announced August 14

24th IBMA AwardsNashville, TN -- Bluegrass fans all over the globe can watch live as the final nominees for the 24th International Bluegrass Music Awards are announced on Wednesday, August 14 at 5:00 pm central; for the third year in a row, Music City Roots will broadcast the nomination press conference live at, from the Loveless Barn in Nashville, Tennessee.


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