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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.

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.

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