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IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2014 Tickets, Registration Now Available

World of Bluegrass 2014Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass 2014 event, September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina, is now open for conference registration, hotel reservations, Wide Open Bluegrass festival tickets, the IBMA Awards Show, and Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes. Additional details about World of Bluegrass 2014 will be announced on May 7 at a press conference in Raleigh.

Bluegrass Innovator and Pioneer George Shuffler has Died

George Shuffler Bluegrass Hall of Fame Recipient, George Shuffler passed away yesterday, April 7th, just shy of his 89th birthday. Shuffler was born in Valdese, North Carolina on April 15, 1925. Affectionately known as "The Third Stanley Brother" performed on many of bluegrass music's most historic recordings. George toured 20 years with the Stanley Brothers where he developed his unique cross picking guitar style that has been a big influence to many musicians. He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame in 2011 and was a recipient of the North Carolina Heritage Award in 2007. In 2011, Shuffler was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall of Fame along with Del McCoury. George Shuffler’s influences in bluegrass are as an innovative bass player, guitar stylist and featured vocalist and humorist, primarily as a sideman in some of the most important bands in the music’s history.

IBMA, American Steamboat Present Bourbon & Bluegrass Riverboat Cruise

Bourbon & Bluegrass CruiseThe American Steamboat Company and IBMA have teamed up to produce two nine-day “Bourbon & Bluegrass” riverboat cruises on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, from St Louis to Cincinnati Aug. 29-Sept. 6, and then back from Cincinnati to St. Louis from Sept. 5-13 (guests spend one night in a hotel before embarking on the American Queen).

IBMA Sporting New Website for World of Bluegrass 2014

World of Bluegrass 2014For those who haven't visited the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) web site recently, you're in for a treat when you do. The site is sporting a facelift, new IBMA Logo, new World of Bluegrass graphic and a lot more. The new "change of scenery" if a fresh change for the IBMA which has been very active with the new change of leadership. The IBMA is the trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages worldwide appreciation of bluegrass music of yesterday, today and tomorrow. If bluegrass music moves you, come to the event that moves bluegrass music!

IBMA To Open World of Bluegrass Registration Soon

World of Bluegrass Business ConferenceNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass 2014 event, September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina, will open conference registration, hotel reservations, Wide Open Bluegrass festival tickets, and Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes for IBMA members on Monday, March 31, and for the general public on Monday, April 14.

Congratulations to Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2014

Leadership Bluegrass 2014Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association is proud to announce the Leadership Bluegrass class of 2014. Leadership Bluegrass is an intensive, three-day program focused on interactive learning and networking experiences that invite participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the bluegrass music industry, along with leadership development issues. This will be the 15th year of Leadership Bluegrass, which now boasts over 350 alumni.

IBMA 2014 Bluegrass Ramble Showcase Apps Due Friday

Alane AnnoThere has been bad weather, the New Years, getting ready for spring tours and a whole lot more to keep one distracted and not watching the calendar. Well, the IBMA 2014 Bluegrass Ramble Showcase applications are due Friday, February 28! No time left to procrastinate - get them in now if you're going to.

IBMA Announces 2014 Leadership Bluegrass Class

 Sheila Selby, Kristi Wilcox, Susie Glaze, Katherine Coe, Jordan Laney, Kayla Hotte.Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association is proud to announce the Leadership Bluegrass class of 2014. Leadership Bluegrass is an intensive, three-day program focused on interactive learning and networking experiences that invite participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the bluegrass music industry, along with leadership development issues. This will be the 15th year of Leadership Bluegrass, which now boasts over 350 alumni.

IBMA Accepting 2014 Bluegrass Ramble Showcase Applications

Alane AnnoNashville, TN -- /IBMA/ Up to 50 showcase artists will be invited for the International Bluegrass Music Associations's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass 2014, depending on the number of applicants and the qualifications of groups that apply. Each official showcase act may perform more than once during World of Bluegrass Week in some combination of the various venues participating in the annual event. There will also be opportunities for merchandise sales and, potentially, a share in showcase-generated revenues after off-site venue expenses are covered. If you are interested in being an official showcase act for World of Bluegrass 2014, the IBMA is now accepting applications online using a new and easy online submission process this year.

IBMA Receives Donation from North Carolina Pork Council

IBMANashville, TN -- Due to September’s highly successful N.C. Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) received a gift of $10,000 from the N.C. Pork Council (NCPC), the state’s pork industry association.

Raleigh's World of Bluegrass a Huge Success for IBMA

World of Bluegrass 2013The World of Bluegrass trade show, conference, awards show and Wide Open Bluegrass festival of the IBMA was held for the first time in Raleigh, North Carolina. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) reports that the event generated $10 million in direct visitor spending and and %4 million more in media value. In addition, the cumulative attendance for the week was around 150,000 including the 140,000 for the festival, 2,259 for the awards show and the 4,635 for the business conference. No matter how you cut it, this represents a huge success for the inaugural Raleigh event.

IBMA's Leadership Bluegrass Application Deadline Nov 15

 Sheila Selby, Kristi Wilcox, Susie Glaze, Katherine Coe, Jordan Laney, Kayla Hotte.Nashville, TN -- /IBMA/ Time is running out to apply for Leadership Bluegrass 2014! Held March 20-22, 2014 at BMI, and the law firm of Bone, McAllester and Norton in Nashville, Tennessee, Leadership Bluegrass is a three-day, intense, unique opportunity for industry leaders looking to explore bluegrass in the larger world of entertainment. Seminars with top insiders, networking opportunities, and critical thinking sessions are part of the program, and more.

IBMA & Youth Council: We Want Ya!

IBMA Youth at WOB 2013 by IBMAWorld of Bluegrass 2013 was a great time for youth to get together, jam, make new friends, and stay out past bedtime. But it doesn't end there! The good times continue year-round with IBMA's Youth Council, which intends to speak collectively for the youth of IBMA, facilitate youth projects and industry mentoring opportunities, and work to share bluegrass music with more young people.

IBMA Leadership Bluegrass 2014 Deadline Quickly Approaching

 Sheila Selby, Kristi Wilcox, Susie Glaze, Katherine Coe, Jordan Laney, Kayla Hotte.Nashville, TN -- /IBMA/ With the application deadline of Friday, November 15 fast approaching, you will probably be hearing quite a bit about Leadership Bluegrass 2014 from your well-connected bluegrass friends. If you’re a LBG alumni, you already know what a great career-enhancing experience that Leadership Bluegrass can be. And if you’re thinking of applying, step up and get busy! It’s one of the most enjoyable and beneficial educational experiences centered on bluegrass music that you could possibly hope to find. 2013 Leadership Bluegrass Class pictured

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Recap IBMA, Announce Contest

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutRussell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out spent several days last week taking in all that Raleigh, NC had to offer with the recent International Bluegrass Music Association's World Of Bluegrass Conference.

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