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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”.

Bill Keith & Larry Sparks to be Inducted to IBMA Hall of Fame

Bill Keith & Larry SparksThe International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced that Bill Keith and Larry Sparks will be newest members to be inducted into the association's Hall of Fame. The induction will take place during the IBMA's annual Awards Show in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 1st, 2015. Both Keith and Sparks have left a permanent impression in the music we call Bluegrass. Both are also still active in the music and bring a long tradition of their respective styles as they helped shape the sound of today. While each are significantly different in their contributions, there is no denying that without them much of what we listen today would have been shaped differently.

2015 International Bluegrass Music Awards Nominees Announced

2015 IBMA Award Nominations AnnouncedNashville, TN -- Nominees for the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced in Nashville, Tennessee, with Balsam Range, Hot Rize, The Del McCoury Band, The Earls of Leicester, and The Gibson Brothers nominated for the prestigious Entertainer of the Year award. Balsam Range, the reigning Entertainer of the Year, acquired eight nominations during the nominee announcement. They are again up for Entertainer of the Year as well as Vocal Group of the Year, Instrumental Recorded Performance, Song of the Year, Gospel Recorded Performance plus individual nominations for members of the band. Balsam Range has come a long way in a short time due to all the talent in the group. If you're looking for what today's bluegrass music sounds like, listen to this group.

Joe Spann to Join International Bluegrass Music Association Staff

Joe SpannNashville, TN - The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) - the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community - announced that Joe Spann has joined the organization as Member Services Manager. Spann will be based at IBMA’s office in Nashville, Tennessee and will report to Executive Director Paul Schiminger. Joe’s duties will include maintaining direct communication with members regarding membership activation and renewal, identifying new programs to assist member career advancement, and coordinating the World of Bluegrass registration experience.

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.

First Artists Announced for Raleigh, NC's Wide Open Bluegrass

IBMA World of Bluegrass 2015Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) released an initial list of performers for the Wide Open Bluegrass festival, presented by PNC, which takes place October 2-3 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Wide Open Bluegrass includes both ticketed main stage performances at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater and free stages. A portion of proceeds from the ticket sales of Red Hat Amphitheater go to the Bluegrass Trust Fund, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to individuals in the bluegrass music community in times of emergency need.

IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival Call for Submissions Opens

IBMA World of Bluegrass 2015Nashville, TN -- The IBMA is excited to present its second annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival during World of Bluegrass Week September 29-October 3 in Raleigh, NC! The festival enriches the overall World of Bluegrass Experience! by introducing the bluegrass industry to new bluegrass related films. It serves as a platform for filmmakers to showcase their work, and it also seeks to promote the development of bluegrass-related films. Submit your film today to become a part of the new and exciting World of Bluegrass event!

Paul J. Schiminger Takes the Helm of the IBMA

Paul J. SchimingerNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Board of Directors announced that Paul J. Schiminger has been selected as the organization’s Executive Director. Schiminger’s expected start date is June 1, and he will be based at the IBMA’s office in Nashville, Tennessee. The IBMA is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music industry and the community it serves.

IBMA Announces 2015 "Bluegrass Ramble" Showcase Artists

IBMA World of Bluegrass 2015Nashville, TN -- The first round of artists have been announced for the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases which will take place at select venues throughout downtown Raleigh, North Carolina during the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass 2015 event, September 29 – Oct 3.

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)

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.

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