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Join or Renew IBMANashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass 2015 event, September 29 – October 3 in Raleigh, North Carolina, will open Business Conference registration, hotel reservations, tickets for the International Bluegrass Music Awards, festival tickets for Wide Open Bluegrass, presented by PNC, and Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes for IBMA members on Tuesday, March 31 at 9:00 am Central, and for the general public on Tuesday, April 14 at 9:00 am Central.

The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau reported that last year’s World of Bluegrass event generated $10.8 million in direct visitor spending for that region, with total attendance for the week’s festivities estimated at over 180,000. More than 300 performances took place during World of Bluegrass week in 2014.

Registration will take place via IBMA’s website,; those wishing to be eligible for early registration, ticket and hotel opportunities reserved for members can join the organization before April 14 to take advantage of the pre-sale. 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, a five-day annual bluegrass music homecoming and convention, consists of four parts: the IBMA Business Conference, September 29 – October 1; the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, October 1; Wide Open Bluegrass, October 2-3 (which includes both free stages and ticketed festival performances) and the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases, taking place September 29 – October 1 in venues around downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center.

IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s six-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.

World of Bluegrass 2015 tickets and registration is open to members on March 31st at 10am CST on! Make sure your membership is current in order to get in on the closest hotel rooms at the Marriott or Sheraton (only available with the purchase of at least one WOB event ticket or registration), and the best seats for the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, and IBMA Awards Show! Plus, discounts on IBMA Business Conference registration, Exhibit Hall booth registration, and Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes! There's a TON that your IBMA membership gets you - make sure you're up-to-date today! Join or renew at by clicking here.

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