World of Bluegrass is the annual bluegrass music homecoming, a multifaceted industry event and festival with hundreds of offerings for every bluegrass professional and fan! The 2015 dates are September 29 - October 3 for year three in our wonderful host city of Raleigh, NC. World of bluegrass provides the unmatched opportunity for expanding your professional networks, learning the latest in industry best practices, and discovering new bluegrass music, If bluegrass music moves you, come to the conference that moves bluegrass music.
The IBMA Business Conference is the premier industry event and trade show where top bluegrass professionals - including artists, agents, journalists, merchandisers, record labels, publicists, publishers, talent buyers and more - come to share and discover the latest tools, strategies, technology and sounds.
Cutting-edge seminars, panels and workshops on business models, touring, festivals, merchandise, radio, overseas gigs, digital media, instrument building for profit, contract negotiation and more.
NEW Talent Buyer Focus especially for event producers, agents, and artists with a new pitching session, reception, expanded Gig Fair and registration discount for first time talent buyer attendees!
The return of DJ Taping Sessions with enhanced sound quality!
The Inaugural IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival.
The Bluegrass in Higher Education Symposium, bringing together students, faculty and staff of bluegrass music college programs.
Free band website consultations by Bandzoogle
Two town hall meetings where your voice can be heard on issues in bluegrass and the evolution of the IBMA.
Songwriting workshop with some of the bluegrass music’s most successful writers.
Special constituency meetings with fellow professionals in your field.
Enhanced networking opportunities.
NEW! Wednesday has been added back to the Exhibit Hall schedule this year!
The Bluegrass Expo is the central gathering place to browse the latest industry wares, conduct business, and network. Take advantage of opportunities to connect with over 20,000 attendees who will be walking through the exhibit hall over four days.
Exhibitors have the best of both worlds, with increased traffic and easy access to both Business Conference attendees and weekend festival goers, all inside a secure, climate controlled environment. Combined Business Conference, Wide Open Bluegrass Festival and Street Festival attendance was over 140,000 last year! We expect an even larger crowd this year!
IBMA is the trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages worldwide appreciation of bluegrass music of yesterday, today and tomorrow.