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IBMA Announces More Performers for Wide Open Bluegrass

Ricky SkaggsNashville, TN -- Eleven-time IBMA award winner Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder have been added to the Friday night lineup of the PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, Friday, September 30. Additionally, Alice Gerrard will join previously announced Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands as a special guest Friday night and Symphony of the Mountains joins previously announced Kruger Brothers on Saturday, October 1. All performances take place at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, North Carolina. The festival is part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass events, which begin at the Raleigh Convention Center Tuesday, September 27.

IBMA Health Fair Returns to World of Bluegrass

World of Bluegrass 2016Nashville, TN -- It can be tough to be in the music industry and have access to quality healthcare. Whether you are an artist, business owner, event producer or whatever your role in the industry, it can be a challenge to keep yourself healthy and find affordable providers for your healthcare needs.

Call for Submissions: IBMA's 2016 Bluegrass Film Festival

IBMA Film FestivalNashville, TN -- The IBMA is excited to present its 3rd Annual Bluegrass Film Festival during World of Bluegrass Week September 27-October 1 Raleigh, North Carolina. World of Bluegrass is the perfect place to showcase quality films produced around the music. The submission deadline for this year is June 15, 2016. Filmmakers who submitted films for consideration in 2014 and 2015, but were not selected, may have their films considered again this year without submitting a new application.

IBMA Accepting Youth Stage Applications

World of Bluegrass DatesNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Youth Council is programming a special series of events just for youth at the World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. Youth-centered jams, seminars, workshops, performances, and more will be taking place all week, September 27-October 1, 2016 offering more ways than ever to get involved in bluegrass music! One of the highlights each year is the Youth Stage performances.

IBMA Announces World of Bluegrass Official Showcase Artists

IBMA Bluegrass RambleNASHVILLE, Tennessee – April 27, 2016 – The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announces its Official Showcase Artists, a group of 30 committee-selected acts that will be a part of the Bluegrass Ramble during the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass events in Raleigh, North Carolina, September 27-29, 2016.

IBMA World of Bluegrass Tickets Now On Sale to the Public

World of Bluegrass DatesNashville, TN -- Tickets are now on sale for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event, held September 27 – October 1, 2016, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

IBMA Graduates Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2016

Leadership Bluegrass 2016Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) is pleased to announce the graduating class of Leadership Bluegrass 2016. Leadership Bluegrass, held annually since 2000, is an intensive, highly-focused three-day program in which leaders and emerging leaders of the bluegrass community come together to discuss the victories and challenges facing the bluegrass music industry today, and to strategize for the future. The tightly-contested seats were awarded to 26 participants from 14 states, who were chosen by a selection committee from a pool of 62 applicants.

World of Bluegrass Songwriter Showcase Applications Now Open

IBMA Songwriter ShowcaseNashville, TN -- The IBMA World of Bluegrass Songwriter Showcase is a coveted opportunity. Ten selected songwriters (or songwriting teams) are given the rare and valuable opportunity to perform one original bluegrass song to the best bluegrass artists and producers in the industry. While the standards will always remain central to the genre, its growth and development is ensured by the creative output of great songwriters! This year’s Songwriter Showcase will take place on Thursday, September 29 during World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina.

IBMA Bluegrass Ramble Showcase Application Deadline Feb 29

IBMA Bluegrass RambleNashville, TN -- The 2016 Bluegrass Ramble will take place September 27 - 29, once again in beautiful downtown Raleigh, NC, and all emerging bluegrass bands plus established bands with new music or new personnel are encouraged to apply. The Bluegrass Ramble is IBMA’s innovative series of showcases in clubs and restaurants throughout downtown Raleigh. Official showcase performances at the IBMA's annual World of Bluegrass Business Conference form the premier platform for introducing talent and new music to the bluegrass community.

IBMA Announces Dates for World of Bluegrass, Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

World of Bluegrass DatesNashville, TN --
The IBMA is excited to share with you the dates for the 2016 World of Bluegrass and Wide Open Bluegrass Festival.
Mark your calendars now for September 27-October 1 in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, where hundreds of bluegrass industry professionals, fans and newcomers will gather to elevate and celebrate the music of Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt, with many of its wonderful roots and branches.

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.

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