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IBMA Announces 2016 Leadership Bluegrass Class

IBMA Leadership BluegrassNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced its Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2016. Leadership Bluegrass is an intensive three-day program of advanced interactive learning experiences. A cross-section of people with exhibited or potential leadership qualities examine the opportunities, choices and challenges of the current music industry, in bluegrass and beyond. The program is taught by high-profile music industry and business professionals, and encourages independent and collaborative thinking, new perspectives and a fresh approach to the issues facing the modern bluegrass community.

IBMA Opens Bluegrass Ramble Showcase Applications to Artists

IBMA Bluegrass RambleNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced that applications are now open for bluegrass and bluegrass-related artists to apply to be an Official Showcase Selection performer at the IBMA's annual Bluegrass Ramble during World of Bluegrass week. The 2016 Bluegrass Ramble, scheduled for September 27-29 in Raleigh, North Carolina, is the premier platform for introducing talent to the bluegrass community. All emerging bluegrass bands, as well as established bands with new music or new personnel, are encouraged to apply.

AirPlay Direct Congratulates Ramble Showcase Artists

IBMA World of Bluegrass 2015Nashville, TN -- AirPlay is proud to congratulate IBMA and all of the artists / bands that have showcased at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Conference for 2015, 2014 and 2013 on their record setting global radio airplay and exposure for 2015.

2015 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards

IBMA Awards LogoNashville, TN -- As Hurricane Joaquin races towards the East Coast and Raleigh, North Carolina, it was the International Bluegrass Music Awards that was the focus on the excitement for the evening. During the week, the IBMA elected new board members, assigned a new chairman to the board and many mentoring and educational sessions also took place. It is, however, the Awards Show that brings the entire bluegrass community together for the season's Grand Finale. This year was certainly no exception. The Earls of Leicester were the Earls of Raleigh last night. Capturing the coveted Entertainer of the Year, the group also won the trophy for Instrumental Group of the Year and Album of the Year.

AirPlay Direct To Present Momentum Awards At IBMA's WOB 2015

IBMA World of Bluegrass 2015Nashville, TN -- AirPlay Direct is proud to present this year’s IBMA Momentum Awards for Vocalist & Band of the Year. AirPlay Direct will be co-sponsoring the IBMA Momentum Awards for the 3rd year in a row. Robert Weingartz, Chairman – AirPlay Direct, and Lynda Weingartz, CEO – AirPlay Direct will be introducing Gold Heart for their performance during the awards luncheon, and will then present the 2015 IBMA Momentum Awards for Vocalist and Band of the Year.

Chris Harris Joins AirPlay Direct On IBMA Conference Panel

AirPlay Direct and IBMAThis year at IBMA Business Conference 2015, on September 30th at 8:30am EST, AirPlay Direct will be presenting a 1 hour exclusive industry panel on “Who We Are”, “What We Do” and how we benefit “You” directly. This panel is specifically designed for the artists, record labels, radio stations, radio promoters, PR firms, managers, publishers, etc. that comprise the professional, global bluegrass community at large.

MerleFest Sponsored Showcases Lineup Announced

MerleFest ShowcasesWilkesboro, NC -- North Carolina’s MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, will sponsor a diverse collection of artists showcasing their music as part of the Bluegrass Ramble during the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass multi-day event in Raleigh, N.C., this fall.

Jon Weisberger Joins AirPlay Direct On IBMA Conference Panel

Jon WeisbergerThis year at IBMA Business Conference 2015, on September 30th at 8:30am EST, AirPlay Direct will be presenting a 1 hour exclusive industry panel on “Who We Are”, “What We Do” and how we benefit “You” directly. This panel is specifically designed for the artists, record labels, radio stations, radio promoters, PR firms, managers, publishers, etc. that comprise the professional, global bluegrass community at large.

Full Wide Open Bluegrass Free StreetFest Schedule Released

IBMA World of Bluegrass 2015Nashville, TN -- The full schedule of artists and performances for Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, the free street festival portion of Wide Open Bluegrass, has just been announced. The roster of artists performing at Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, held October 2 and 3 in Raleigh, North Carolina, includes a broad mix of local, national and international bluegrass talent. Wide Open Bluegrass, presented by PNC, is part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s five-day World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, North Carolina, September 29-October 3. The PNC-presented free Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, held in downtown Raleigh along Fayetteville Street, will feature more than 80 bands, five music stages, a dance tent, vendors and concessions.

AirPlay Direct's Industry Panel Presentation At IBMA

AirPlay Direct and IBMANashville, TN -- This year at IBMA Business Conference 2015, on September 30th at 8:30am EST, AirPlay Direct will be presenting a 1 hour exclusive industry panel on “Who We Are”, “What We Do” and how we benefit “You” directly. This panel is specifically designed for the artists, record labels, radio stations, radio promoters, PR firms, managers, publishers, etc. that comprise the professional, global bluegrass community at large. This panel will feature Robert Weingartz, Chairman & Creator – AirPlay Direct, Lynda Weingartz, CEO – AirPlay Direct and 2 “Featured Guest Panelists”.

Rhonda Vincent goes from Bluegrass Queen to Global Trailblazer

Rhonda VincentNashville, TN -- To say that 2015 has been a big year for 'The Queen of Bluegrass' Rhonda Vincent would be an understatement. She has transcended beyond the All American Bluegrass Girl who stole the nation's heart with her genuine songs and charismatic personality, by expanding her sound globally. With a highly successful European summer tour, IBMA and Dove nominations, along with a Christmas album on the way, it has been a monumental year for the 15-time "Entertainer of the Year."

Bluegrass Music Museum to Receive Distinguished Achievement Award

The International Bluegrass Music MuseumOwensboro, KY - The International Bluegrass Music Museum has been announced as a recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association's 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award. The announcement was made during the nominee show for the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards on SiriusXM's Bluegrass Junction channel, hosted by radio personality and Bluegrass Museum trustee, Kyle Cantrell.

Top Artists to Play All-Bluegrass Show at Music City Roots Aug 12

All Bluegrass ShowNashville, TN -- Top-tier bluegrass performers The Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull, Travelin’ McCourys and Chris Jones and the Night Drivers will play a special all-bluegrass show at Music City Roots (at the Factory in Franklin) on Wednesday night, August 12 at 7p.m. CDT. Tickets are $10 and available online at www.musiccityroots.com, and the event will be livestreamed on the same website. The all-bluegrass show will follow a day of award nomination announcements for the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, which take place Thursday, October 1 in Raleigh, North Carolina during World of Bluegrass week. The annual all-bluegrass show at Music City Roots is in celebration of bluegrass, the award nominees’ announcements, and a great partnership between the IBMA and Music City Roots.

The Gibson Brothers to Host 26th IBMA Music Awards

The Gibson BrothersNashville, TN -- The Gibson Brothers – two-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year recipients and one of the hottest touring acts in contemporary bluegrass –will host IBMA’s 26th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for October 1 at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Known as bluegrass music’s biggest night of the year, the International Bluegrass Music Awards acknowledges the year’s outstanding talent and achievements, honors new Hall of Fame inductees, and waves the worldwide flag for bluegrass music.

IBMA Announces Artists for Wide Open Bluegrass

Alison Krauss and Union StationNashville, TN (June 18, 2015) — At today’s 12:00 noon press conference at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, organizers of this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass announced additional details about the five-day event, which will take place September 29 – October 3. One of the highlights of the press conference was the announcement that Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush Band, Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester, The Gibson Brothers, Blue Highway, and O’Connor Family Band will round out the list of performers at Red Hat Amphitheater during Wide Open Bluegrass, the weekend festival that takes place as part of the World of Bluegrass event.

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