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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.

IBMA Receives Donation from North Carolina Pork Council

IBMANashville, TN -- Due to September’s highly successful N.C. Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) received a gift of $10,000 from the N.C. Pork Council (NCPC), the state’s pork industry association.

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's Leadership Bluegrass Application Deadline Nov 15

 Sheila Selby, Kristi Wilcox, Susie Glaze, Katherine Coe, Jordan Laney, Kayla Hotte.Nashville, TN -- /IBMA/ Time is running out to apply for Leadership Bluegrass 2014! Held March 20-22, 2014 at BMI, and the law firm of Bone, McAllester and Norton in Nashville, Tennessee, Leadership Bluegrass is a three-day, intense, unique opportunity for industry leaders looking to explore bluegrass in the larger world of entertainment. Seminars with top insiders, networking opportunities, and critical thinking sessions are part of the program, and more.

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.

IBMA Leadership Bluegrass 2014 Deadline Quickly Approaching

 Sheila Selby, Kristi Wilcox, Susie Glaze, Katherine Coe, Jordan Laney, Kayla Hotte.Nashville, TN -- /IBMA/ With the application deadline of Friday, November 15 fast approaching, you will probably be hearing quite a bit about Leadership Bluegrass 2014 from your well-connected bluegrass friends. If you’re a LBG alumni, you already know what a great career-enhancing experience that Leadership Bluegrass can be. And if you’re thinking of applying, step up and get busy! It’s one of the most enjoyable and beneficial educational experiences centered on bluegrass music that you could possibly hope to find. 2013 Leadership Bluegrass Class pictured

Compass Records Artists Take Top Bluegrass Award Honors

Claire LynchRaleigh, NC -- At the sold-out International Bluegrass Music Awards tonight at Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Compass Records bluegrass artists won seven total awards, including the top prize, the Entertainer of the Year award. Reigning Entertainers of the Year The Gibson Brothers took the prize for the second consecutive year, as well as awards for Vocal Group of the Year and Song of the Year, with the title track from They Called It Music, which was also nominated for Album of the Year. Eric Gibson also received the Songwriter of the Year award.

International Bluegrass Awards Honor The Gibson Brothers and More

The Gibson BrothersReigning Entertainers of the Year, The Gibson Brothers, held onto their crown as they captured the coveted top award again. The Gibson Brothers went into the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) annual Awards Show with eight award nominations.The Gibson Brothers

IBMA Bluegrass Music Momentum Awards Announced

Danny Clark Momentum AwardRaleigh, NC -- The Momentum Awards were presented at the Showcase Luncheon on Wednesday, September 25 during the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, North Carolina. These awards began last year when the IBMA inaugurated the IBMA Momentum Awards after a year of close input, analysis, and preparation. These awards are meant to recognize musicians and industry professionals in the early stages of their bluegrass careers. It is not a peoples’ choice, popularity or member-voted award, but a juried award by notable peers. Input from all constituencies is considered by said jury. Essentially, the Momentum Awards recognize the best “up and comers."

Town Mountain & Lead Vocalist Robert Greer Win IBMA Momentum Awards

Town MountainAsheville, NC -- Congratulations to Town Mountain and their lead vocalist Robert Greer on winning 2013 IBMA Momentum Awards. Robert Greer takes home the Momentum Award for “Vocalist of the Year” and Town Mountain takes the honor for “Band of the Year.” The awards cap off a year of fantastic growth for the band which began with the release of their sophomore Pinecastle album, Leave the Bottle.

Multiple IBMA and Grammy Award Winner Carl Jackson Received 3 Nominations

Carl JacksonNashville, TN -- Nominees for the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced recently at a press conference at Nashville’s Loveless Barn, with Multiple IBMA and Grammy Award winner Carl Jackson received three award nominations. Jackson has won five previous International Bluegrass Music Awards including Song of the Year in in 1990 for "Little Mountain Church", Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (artists), Jim Rushing & Carl Jackson (songwriters).

IBMA Kicks Off “Practice Random Acts of Bluegrass” Campaign

Practice Random Acts of BluegrassNashville, Tenn. (September 11, 2013) — For those looking to show their love of bluegrass music in connection with the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, NC, September 24-28, the answer is simple: practice random acts of bluegrass, document it, and share it with the world. Then, maybe brag about it a little with a specially-created sticker (shown).

Additional Performers and Presenters Announced for IBMA Awards

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky ThunderNashville, Tenn. (Sept 13, 2013) — Additional performers and presenters have been announced for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s 24th International Bluegrass Music Awards, held on Thursday, September 26, at 7:30 p.m. EST. The Awards Show, held at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (Memorial Auditorium), will feature performances and award presentations from some of the genre’s brightest stars, some of the genre’s future stars with the 2013 Bluegrass Youth All-Stars performance, and special live collaborations guaranteed to make this year’s Awards Show a can’t miss event.

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


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