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Lee Ann Womack, Jerry Douglas to Host 25th Bluegrass Awards

Jerry Douglass and Lee Ann WomackNashville, TN -- Grammy-winning country vocalist Lee Ann Womack and Grammy-winning musician Jerry Douglas will host IBMA’s 25th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for October 2 at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Known as bluegrass music’s biggest night of the year, the International Bluegrass Music Awards acknowledges the year’s outstanding talent and achievements, honors new Hall of Fame inductees, and waves the worldwide flag for bluegrass music.

Why Not Promote from Within?

Lee and WillowThis year, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has selected Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas to host their annual Bluegrass Music Awards Show. The Bluegrass Awards Show is the grand finale of the annual convention, World of Bluegrass. The Awards show is attended by bluegrass artists, professionals, and yes, fans. This year, the IBMA again has selected a host from outside the Bluegrass community. As in years past when they have done this, bluegrassers always ask the question: "Why?" Why don't we promote our own artists for this event?

Doyle Lawson & Del McCoury Hall of Fame Plaques Unveiled

Doyle Lawson, Del McCoury Hall of Fame 2014Owensboro, KY -- Award winning bluegrass music artists and Hall of Fame inductees Doyle Lawson (2012) and Del McCoury (2011) had their Hall of Fame plaques unveiled at this year's ROMP festival. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has a committee that selects the inductees for each year. The two artists saw their Hall of Fame Plaques unveiled between sets at ROMP Fest in Owensboro this past Thursday. Both the Del McCoury Band and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver performed during ROMP on Thursday. The plaque unveiling is a major tribute to these Hall of Fame Inductees.

Béla Fleck To Deliver Keynote Address at IBMA's World of Bluegrass

Béla FleckNashville, TN -- Béla Fleck, one of the most celebrated and innovative banjo players in contemporary music, will deliver the keynote address during International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass 2014 event, which takes place September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

World of Bluegrass Inaugural Film Fest Seeking Submissions

World of Bluegrass 2014Nashville, TN -- Trade in your banjo for some popcorn (don’t worry, you’ll get it back) and grab a seat for IBMA’s first Bluegrass Film Festival at World of Bluegrass, September 30-Octber 4 in Raleigh, NC! Bluegrass’ biggest family reunion and business conference is the perfect place to showcase quality films produced around the music, and IBMA is taking submissions.

IBMA Announced Initial Performers, Raleigh Dates Extended

World of Bluegrass 2014Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced that the organization has extended its partnership with the city of Raleigh, North Carolina to host the World of Bluegrass convention, trade show, awards show and performances through 2018. In addition, the IBMA has announced the initial lineup of performers for the related Wide Open Bluegrass Festival that takes place during the big bluegrass event.

IBMA Bluegrass Ramble Showcase Artists Announced

IBMA Bluegrass Ramble 2014Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced the artists selected for the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases that will take place at select venues throughout downtown Raleigh, North Carolina during IBMA’s World of Bluegrass 2014 event, September 30 – Oct 4.

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.

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.

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