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IBMA to Open Registration for WOB 2015

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.

IBMA Official Showcase Deadline is February 28th

IBMA Bluegrass Ramble 2015Nashville, TN -- The premiere opportunity to introduce talent and new music at the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) annual World of Bluegrass Business Conference comes in the form of "official" showcase performances which help the music industry attendees discover emerging new bands, as well as established bands, with new music or personnel.

AirPlay Direct Continues As Year Round Sponsor Of IBMA

AirPlay Direct and IBMAAirPlay Direct is pleased to announce that their relationship continues to grow and evolve every year with IBMA… and this year is no exception. AirPlay Direct’s year-round sponsor relationship with IBMA will continue through 2015, with tangible benefits for IBMA Business Conference attendees and IBMA members.

Bluegrass Ramble Showcase Applications Open Thursday Jan. 15

IBMA Bluegrass Ramble 2014Nashville, TN -- The 2015 Bluegrass Ramble will take place September 29 - October 1, once again in beautiful downtown Raleigh, NC, and all emerging bluegrass bands, as well as established bands with new music or new personnel, are encouraged to apply. Online Application opens January 15 at 9am (CST)

Foundation for Bluegrass Music Announces Grant Recipients

Foundation for Bluegrass MusicNashville, TN -- The Foundation for Bluegrass Music announced the four programs that will receive funding grants from the Foundation in 2015.

IBMA in Need of New Ethics & Conflict of Interest Policies

Code of EthicsThe International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has a long history of leadership problems. In virtually every case, the underlying issue was "transparency" or, the lack there of. The lack of transparency was caused by two factors. Communications were non-existent, late or self-denial and, a lost trust in the leadership as a result. If one goes back through the years of emails and other communications, there is always a common thread and, for the past 12+ years, a common individual in the mix as well.

Statement to Members from the IBMA Board of Directors

IBMAMonday, November 24, 2014, the IBMA Board of Directors sent a statement to the members of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). The statement follows:
Over the weeks since the Board meeting that began another great World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, our Board has spent a lot of time struggling over how to deal with serious matters of leadership and direction, management and governance. The very growth and success of the World of Bluegrass, and the expanded scale, scope, complexity, partnerships and budgets that have come along with them have created not only opportunities, but have put some of our structures and ways of doing work to the test.

IBMA Desires Change for the Future...

Change and DirectionFor as long as I was a member of IBMA and for the many years since, people have always been asking for change. They want a change. The board needs to change. This or that needs to change. Change. Change. Change. What is it they want changed? What direction do they want association to go in? What is it they want? These questions are rarely asked and, when I ask members, I receive as many different opinions as I do people I ask. There doesn't seem to be any consensus.

Thoughts & Observations of the IBMA Board

Board of DirectorsFirst of all, this is an opinion piece -- not a news story. I've been reading comments through social media, the web, emails sent to me and comments on Cybergrass. There are certainly a lot of upset people and a lot of frustrated people. There are also many members that don't know what their own association is doing. Only a small percentage of members are really active in the IBMA. As one member said, "What is going on? I am a voting member, but do not know anything about the board." Another said, "Apathy is strong within the IBMA." Others have voiced similar thoughts. This indicates many card carrying members just carry the card. IBMA has never been an association to do something for you. It is an organization that members contribute to. For the decade that I was a member, I contributed constantly for various programs, regional rep program, created their first web site, worked on several Bluegrass in the Schools activities, spoke on sessions, mentored others and more. My hands were always involved in something the association was working towards. That is the true nature of IBMA. It really hasn't changed over the years.

IBMA Board Hemorrhaging Continues with Three More Resignations

IBMAThree more board members of the International Bluegrass Music Association have tendered their resignations. Brian Smith, Henri Deschamps and Elizabeth Wightman joined others who have earlier submitted letters of resignation including Executive Director Nancy Cardwell, Craig Ferguson and Dwight Worden. Board Chairman Jon Weisberger had also offered to resign however the recent board vote was to not accept that resignation.

IBMA Board Turmoil Continues with Second Resignation

IBMAThe International Bluegrass Music Association's Board of Directors is again the focus of IBMA activity as Vice Chair Craig Ferguson of Planet Bluegrass has resigned his position on the board. This comes just after the Executive Director, Nancy Cardwell, tendered her resignation just a few weeks ago. Jon Weisberger, Chairman of the IBMA board wrote us yesterday with more information regarding this latest resignation.

IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2014 Attendance Figure Exceeds 180,000

World of Bluegrass 2014Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass event, September 30-October 4, continued its successful run in Raleigh, North Carolina. As detailed in a release today from the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, preliminary attendance figures for the entire week, which include both local and out-of-town attendees, is estimated to be more than 180,000 people. The release also states that direct visitor spending is estimated at $10.8 million for the entire World of Bluegrass event.

Open Letter to the IBMA Board of Directors

Bob CherryThe bluegrass world is still in shock after the recent announcement of the departure of Nancy Cardwell from the IBMA leadership role. The highly respected Cardwell was welcomed as a breath of fresh air into the Executive Director position and she served the role in a way greatly appreciated by many. Everybody was looking for a new, fresh and exciting IBMA and Nancy delivered. Raleigh and all the excitement is proof of that. Then, this turn of events during the recent World of Bluegrass, which resulted in her resignation happened. As time is passing, little bits of additional information are coming out regarding what happened to cause this abrupt and unfortunate change. One thing abundantly clear from the email lists and social media sites is that few can comprehend the reason for this sudden decision. Those behind it, are not talking. I would like to make some observations from the official IBMA press release on the IBMA leadership change...

IBMA’s Executive Director, Nancy Cardwell, Tenders Resignation

Nancy CardwellNashville, TN -- Nancy Cardwell, executive director of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), has tendered her resignation with the organization, effective December 31, 2014. Cardwell has held the position of executive director at IBMA for the past two and a half years, and has worked at the organization for 20 years.

Nancy Cardwell Resigns as IBMA Executive Director

Nancy CardwellLong time IBMA staff and Executive Director of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), Nancy Cardwell, has resigned her position during the World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, NC. Cardwell will serve through the end of the year and hopes to help make the transition easy on the association.

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