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Balsam Range Takes Top Honors at IBMA Awards

Balsam RangeNashville, TN -- It was a big night for Balsam Range at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards, which were announced during a red carpet event at the annual World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, NC.

"Uncle Phil" Named Dobro Player of the Year

Phil Leadbetter - Dobro Player of the YearNashville, TN -- Last night at the IBMA Awards in Raleigh, Phil Leadbetter was honored as Dobro Player of the Year. The beloved and humble picker is set to release a very special new album on October 14th.

Pinecastle to Bring Phil Leadbetter to World of Bluegrass

Phil LeadbetterAfter being diagnosed with Stage III Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2011, Phil Leadbetter feared that his 37-year career as a touring and performing musician may be over and yet, recognized the immense blessing of having enjoyed that career. The 2005 IBMA Dobro Player of the Year winner sat down and made a “bucket list” of friends and idols in the music business with whom he’d always wanted to record, or simply wanted to play with once again … if his health would ever allow a return to playing the music he loved.

Balsam Range Garners Two More IBMA Nominations

Balsam RangeThe International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced the nominees for the Momentum Awards. Each artist was chosen by committees through a multi-stage process involving both musicians and music industry leaders.

IBMA Launches Inaugural Film Festival at World of Bluegrass

IBMA Film FestivalNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) is excited to present its first annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival during World of Bluegrass Week September 30-October 4 in Raleigh, NC! The festival is comprised of two Feature Films, screened during the IBMA's World of Bluegrass Business Conference (Tues.-Thurs.), and six Festival Films, screened during the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival (Fri.-Sat.). Featured film screenings will include an introduction and post-screening Q&A session with the filmmaker or a representative during the Business Conference. All eight films (feature and festival) will be shown twice during the weekend.

AirPlay Direct Co-Sponsors IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference

AirPlay Direct + IBMAAirPlay Direct is pleased to announce our on-going partnership with the IBMA, and our “Co-Sponsorship” of the 2014 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference, as well as the IBMA Momentum Awards. The IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global Bluegrass music community.

Rebecca Frazier to Shocase at IBMA and AMA Conferences

Rebecca FrazierOver the past decade, Rebecca Frazier has led one of today’s hottest bluegrass ensembles, Hit & Run Bluegrass. They’ve become known as one of the tightest groups performing, taking them all the way to the coveted winner’s circle. Hit & Run is the only band to take first place at Telluride, Rockygrass, and SPBGMA Festival Band Championships.

Free WOB Wifi at Raleigh Convention Center Courtesy celito

Celito WiFi at World of BluegrassNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced an added bonus for those attending IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event, September 30-October 4, in Raleigh, North Carolina: “Wide Open Wifi” - free access to wifi within the Raleigh Convention Center, courtesy of Raleigh-based telecommunications company celito.

IBMA’s Momentum Awards Nominees Announced

Sarah HarrisNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced the nominees for this year’s Momentum Awards; the nominees were announced today through the bluegrass organization’s social media sites. The winners of the 2014 Momentum Awards will be presented with their awards at a luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 1 in Raleigh, North Carolina, as part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event, September 30-October 4.

I've Been Mostly Awake to Benefit the IBMA

I've Been Mostly AwakeBluegrass musician, writer and producer Jon Weisberger has a new album coming out on 9/30, called I've Been Mostly Awake. Jon says, "If the title seems familiar, it's because it's from the old WoB-related joke about what IBMA stands for - and that's because the project is, among other things, a fundraiser; profits from the sale of the music will be donated to the IBMA."

MerleFest to Sponsor Showcases During World of Bluegrass

IBMA Bluegrass Ramble 2014Wilkesboro, 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.

Driven: Bluegrass Without Mercy at World of Bluegrass

 You'll Be Lonely, I'll Be GoneAre you looking for new bluegrass music? Check out the new band called Driven. This powerful group will make its debut at the 2014 World of Bluegrass as an official showcase artist of the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble. Walking a fine line between traditional and contemporary Bluegrass, Driven will leave enthusiasts begging for more with their creative music, dynamic personality and high-energy shows!

Performers, Presenters Announced for Bluegrass Music Awards

The Seldom SceneNashville, TN -- Performers and presenters for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s 25th International Bluegrass Music Awards, held on Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. EST, have been announced. The Awards Show, held at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (Memorial Auditorium) will feature performances and award presentations from some of the genre’s brightest stars.

Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest Schedule Announced

The BoxcarsNashville, 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 3 and 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina, includes a broad mix of local, national and international bluegrass talent.
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New Members to Join IBMA Board in October 2014

Joe MullinsNashville, TN -- Congratulations to the following IBMA members who will take their seats on the IBMA Board of Directors in October, 2014: Joe Mullins, in the Artists, Composers & Publishers category; David Smith, Broadcasters; and John Goad, serving the Print, Media & Education constituencies. All three board reps have been elected by their constituents to a three-year term.

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