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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 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.

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.

Executive Director Paul Schiminger Explains the IBMA Awards Process

Paul J. SchimingerThe new Executive Director for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), Paul Schiminger, has put together an educational video that explains the entire process for the association's annual awards and the voting process that ultimately decides the winners. Held annually since 1986, today almost two dozen awards are handed out to recognize the top achievements across the industry. The awards feature new professionals through the Momentum Awards through the normal music awards and finally the Hall of Fame inductions. Some awards are voted on by the professional membership and some are determined by select committees without voter input.

Chris Harris Joins AirPlay Direct On IBMA Conference Panel

AirPlay Direct and IBMAThis 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.

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!

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