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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.

Registration will take place via IBMA’s website, www.ibma.org; those wishing to take advantage of early registration, ticket and hotel opportunities reserved for members can join the organization by Wednesday, March 26 to be eligible. Note that hotel reservations are contingent upon the purchase of a ticket and/or registration to at least one World of Bluegrass event. Additional details and pricing information are available at the website.

IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event consists of four parts: the Business Conference, September 30 – October 2, the 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, October 2, the Wide Open Bluegrass Music Festival, October 3-4 and the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative festival of showcases, taking place September 30 – October 2 in downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center.

IBMA’s annual bluegrass music homecoming, taking place September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina, will build upon last year’s tremendous success with new activities, seminars and business opportunities for attendees

While a more extensive list of changes and additions to this year’s World of Bluegrass event will be available on March 31 at the IBMA website – and emailed to current IBMA members on Wednesday – a few details have been released

Business Conference:

  • The debut of “Bluegrass Marketplace,” a two-three hour concentrated “mini” exhibit hall
  • A return of the popular “DJ Taping Sessions”
  • An expanded four days for the Exhibit Hall ”Bluegrass Expo”
  • A special Talent Buyers Focus planned especially for event producers and agents, with a new pitching session, reception, an expanded Gig Fair and discounts for first-time talent buyer attendees.
  • Creative, new educational formats to help attendees learn and share their expertise.

Bluegrass Ramble:

  • An improved, dedicated transportation system – with extended hours – running between hotels and venues
  • An additional official showcase stage in the Raleigh Convention Center, which will provide an opportunity for attendees to see all showcase bands under one roof
  • A new “Late Night Showcase” and weekend “Wide Open After Hours” format will provide additional performance opportunities for both artists and bluegrass fans.

The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau reported that last year’s World of Bluegrass event generated $10 million in direct visitor spending for that region, with total attendance for the week’s festivities estimated at 140,000, exceeding expectations for the event’s first year in Raleigh. Over 300 performances by more than 160 different artists took place during World of Bluegrass 2013.

IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s three-year stay in Raleigh is the result of a partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.

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