International Bluegrass Music Association

International Bluegrass Music Association IBMA is a non-profit music association that connects, educates, and empowers bluegrass professionals
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🎫 The most important week in bluegrass returns to Raleigh, North Carolina this fall! Act fast to reserve your World of B...
06/04/2024

🎫 The most important week in bluegrass returns to Raleigh, North Carolina this fall! Act fast to reserve your World of Bluegrass tickets at the lowest prices during our Early Bird ticket rates that run through June 30th. Conference, showcases, awards, festival, and memories to last a lifetime! We can’t wait to see YOU September 24-28! 🪕

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017, today we remember the birthday of pioneering lady Hazel Dickens. Singer, songwri...
06/01/2024

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017, today we remember the birthday of pioneering lady Hazel Dickens.

Singer, songwriter, and social activist Hazel Dickens excelled in a bluegrass music career that spanned more than fifty years. She served as a role model for women performers in bluegrass, old-time, and country music. Although soft-spoken and reserved, she left a body of songs that spoke loudly for the condition of her fellow men and women. Her songs also painted wistful images of her native West Virginia and the mountain people she knew.

Today we remember Hazel’s legacy and honor her contributions to bluegrass music.

Calling all artists and creatives, street vendors and more! Applications are now open for annual Artsplosure Art Market ...
05/31/2024

Calling all artists and creatives, street vendors and more! Applications are now open for annual Artsplosure Art Market at IBMA Bluegrass Live! Street Fest and for Street Vendor applications. Make your plans now to be part of the biggest week in Bluegrass and one of the largest urban bluegrass festivals in the world! It all happens downtown Raleigh, NC September 24-28. Applications due by July 26!

Links here to apply: https://linktr.ee/intlbluegrass

LAST CALL! IBMA Momentum, Industry & Distinguished Achievement Awards nominations close this Friday, May 31! Submit now ...
05/30/2024

LAST CALL! IBMA Momentum, Industry & Distinguished Achievement Awards nominations close this Friday, May 31!

Submit now at this link: https://linktr.ee/intlbluegrass

Awards season is on the way! The deadline to join or renew membership for the second round ballot is JUNE 3RD! In order ...
05/28/2024

Awards season is on the way! The deadline to join or renew membership for the second round ballot is JUNE 3RD!

In order to vote in the second round ballot for the IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, you must join or renew as an IBMA Professional member by June 3. Make sure your membership is up to date by visiting ibma.org/membership. If you are a Lifetime member or know that your membership is current, you are all set!

The 35th Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards will be held at the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, NC on September 26th. Tickets are on sale now.

05/24/2024

Announcing the 2024 Picking for the Prize Guitar Contest! An online flatpicking contest like you’ve never seen before! Learn more from 2024 IBMA Artist in Residence, Hayes Griffin!


Martin Guitar, Elderly Instruments, Walnut Valley Music Festival

IBMA is now accepting submissions for the 2024 International Stage, which will be returning at this year’s IBMA World of...
05/23/2024

IBMA is now accepting submissions for the 2024 International Stage, which will be returning at this year’s IBMA World of Bluegrass®, September 24-28 in Raleigh, NC! This will be a curated performance lineup, with a limited number of performance times and slots available.

This year, the International Stage will be located in the Raleigh Convention Center hallway right outside the entrance to the Exhibit Hall, on the spot formerly occupied by the Workshop Stage.

International artists and groups who are already registered to attend the 2024 IBMA Business Conference are encouraged to apply to participate in this opportunity! U.S.-based artists and groups that have international ties are also encouraged to take part. Unable to bring your entire band? No problem! The stage will be open to solo performances, duos and more!

International artists and groups may submit an interest form, whether selected or not, to perform as Ramble, Showcase or Streetfest artists.

The deadline to submit an interest form is Friday, June 21.
Click here for interest form link: https://linktr.ee/intlbluegrass

05/23/2024

Live with Becky Buller from the IBMA office! “Pickin’ on the Pike”

05/21/2024

Have you registered to attend this year’s IBMA World of Bluegrass Business Conference September 24-26th at the Raleigh Convention Center? We know that scheduling is beyond valuable, and we cherish the time that you are making to join us this year.

Experience great networking opportunities, cutting-edge professional development sessions, keynote addresses, showcases, a large exhibit hall filled with leading industry companies, and special events that will empower you to succeed. We are working on an exciting 2024 conference schedule that we will be sharing more details about soon!

Register by June 30th to take advantage of the Early Bird ticket rate!

IBMA is a non-profit music association that connects, educates, and empowers bluegrass professionals

Don’t forget! Nominations for the IBMA Momentum, Industry and Distinguished Achievement Awards are now open through May ...
05/20/2024

Don’t forget! Nominations for the IBMA Momentum, Industry and Distinguished Achievement Awards are now open through May 31st! Any person may suggest a candidate for consideration by completing the online form. Self-nominations are encouraged and welcomed.

Complete your submission by May 31 to be considered. Nomination forms can be found at the link below.

https://linktr.ee/intlbluegrass

05/17/2024

🎟️ GENERAL PUBLIC IBMA WORLD OF BLUEGRASS® TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

The most important week in bluegrass returns to Raleigh, North Carolina this fall!

The International Bluegrass Music Association will host the 2024 IBMA World of Bluegrass® in the heart of North Carolina’s capital city from September 24 – 28, a five-day extravaganza for fans, musicians, and industry professionals alike.

Events include the IBMA Business Conference, the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble showcase series, the 35th Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, and IBMA Bluegrass Live!® Powered by PNC, a two-day festival featuring some of the best acts in bluegrass!

Today we remember the birthday of Bluegrass Hall of Fame member, Arthur Lee (Red) Smiley.Red Smiley came to prominence d...
05/17/2024

Today we remember the birthday of Bluegrass Hall of Fame member, Arthur Lee (Red) Smiley.
Red Smiley came to prominence during an era when bluegrass music was a subset of country music. His records played on country jukeboxes and country radio. He appeared on bills with major country stars and hosted them as guests on his television show. His performing years stretched from the brother duets and string bands of the thirties to the h***y tonk shuffles of the fifties, sixties, and early seventies. He and his fans both enjoyed mainstream country music, and it was a staple of his repertoire. Today we honor this trailblazer and all he did for bluegrass music.

IG Takeover:🚨🚨TUNE IN ALERT!!🚨🚨10 am CDT today (5/17) at .radio with Kyle Cantrell. We’ll be chatting about my new album...
05/17/2024

IG Takeover:
🚨🚨TUNE IN ALERT!!🚨🚨
10 am CDT today (5/17) at .radio with Kyle Cantrell. We’ll be chatting about my new album, “Jubilee”. Join us wontcha, neighbors?



Tickets for IBMA World of Bluegrass 2024 are on sale NOW! 🎫 The most important week in bluegrass returns to Raleigh, Nor...
05/16/2024

Tickets for IBMA World of Bluegrass 2024 are on sale NOW! 🎫 The most important week in bluegrass returns to Raleigh, North Carolina this fall! Conference, showcases, awards, festival, and memories to last a lifetime! Act fast to reserve your tickets for the lowest prices at worldofbluegrass.org. We can’t wait to see YOU September 24-28! 🪕

Becky Buller will be taking over our Instagram tomorrow 5/17 on her album release day! Follow along on our stories for a...
05/16/2024

Becky Buller will be taking over our Instagram tomorrow 5/17 on her album release day! Follow along on our stories for a day in the life with Becky as she releases her new album “Jubilee” on Dark Shadow Recording!

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05/15/2024

Personal stories and relics from the life of Earl Scruggs.

Remember to join us this Wednesday, May 15, at Noon CT here on the IBMA page as we celebrate the life and legac...
05/13/2024

Remember to join us this Wednesday, May 15, at Noon CT here on the IBMA page as we celebrate the life and legacy of Earl Scruggs during what would have been his 100th birthday year. Banjo legend Tony Trischka and Earl's nephew JT Scruggs will share personal stories and anecdotes of their time with Earl. Mary Beth Martin from The Earl Scruggs Center will also have plenty of artifacts and seldom seen photos, shedding new light on his fascinating life.

A Bluegrass Banjo Legacy: Personal Stories and Relics from the Life of Earl Scruggs

Born in 1909: Today we remember the birthday of the one and only “Mother” Maybelle Carter. Inducted into the Bluegrass H...
05/10/2024

Born in 1909: Today we remember the birthday of the one and only “Mother” Maybelle Carter. Inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2001, The Carter Family are considered “The First Family of Country Music”. They essentially invented the kind of harmony singing used for years in the music, and popularized numerous songs that became country and bluegrass standards. Many of their over 300 earliest recordings were done in the pre-bluegrass style. From those, we have the incomparable standards “Wildwood Flower”, “Keep On The Sunnyside”, and “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” to name a few.

Maybelle crafted the so-called “Carter scratch” on the guitar and watched it become one of the genre’s best-known picking styles. Today we honor Mother Maybelle and her many contributions to the music that we love.

IBMA members!! World of Bluegrass member ticket presale is happening NOW until May 15th! Don’t miss out! 🪕 🎵 Act fast to...
05/10/2024

IBMA members!! World of Bluegrass member ticket presale is happening NOW until May 15th! Don’t miss out! 🪕 🎵 Act fast to reserve your tickets at the lowest prices and gain access to the IBMA Hotel Block.

Visit worldofbluegrass.org for tickets to IBMA Bluegrass Live!, IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards and IBMA Business Conference. We’ll see you in Raleigh, NC September 24-28!

Tickets will be available to the general public on May 15th.

05/09/2024

IBMA office session with Active Potential! Take a listen as Lisa Joy provides these great health resources for traveling musicians!

Born in 1928: Today we remember the birthday of Bluegrass Hall of Fame Member Benny Martin. It was Benny’s playing on th...
05/08/2024

Born in 1928: Today we remember the birthday of Bluegrass Hall of Fame Member Benny Martin. It was Benny’s playing on the Flatt & Scruggs recordings that endeared him to generations of bluegrass fans. John Hartford observed that Benny put “as much emotion as I have ever heard any one human being put into music… His bow licks, timing and syncopations are the key to what he’s doing… His accenting and slides are very important, his way of pushing the beat ever so slightly for energy.”

Benny Martin was inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2005.

🎫 Tickets for IBMA World of Bluegrass are on sale to members NOW! Act fast to reserve your tickets at the lowest prices ...
05/08/2024

🎫 Tickets for IBMA World of Bluegrass are on sale to members NOW! Act fast to reserve your tickets at the lowest prices and gain access to the IBMA Hotel Block.

📧 IBMA MEMBERS - please check your email for the member code and instructions. Tickets will be available to the general public on May 15th.

Visit worldofbluegrass.org for tickets to IBMA Bluegrass Live!, IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards and IBMA Business Conference. We'll see you in Raleigh, NC September 24-28!

For troubleshooting issues with IBMA World of Bluegrass tickets/ registration purchases, please contact Etix Customer Service at 1-800-514-3849 or [email protected]

Elevate your 2024 World of Bluegrass experience! Renew or join IBMA before May 8th to unlock prime hotel accommodations ...
05/03/2024

Elevate your 2024 World of Bluegrass experience! Renew or join IBMA before May 8th to unlock prime hotel accommodations and exclusive ticket discounts during our member presale next week. Don’t wait— become a member and claim your spot in Raleigh this fall with early access to hotels before tickets go public! Visit ibma.org/membership and be part of the excitement! 🪕

Already a member? Sit back and relax… you’re all set!

The International Bluegrass Music Association is excited to announce this year's recipient of the IBMA International Ban...
05/02/2024

The International Bluegrass Music Association is excited to announce this year's recipient of the IBMA International Band Performance Grant – Johnny & The Yooahoos from Germany. The band was selected through a competitive process and will be featured as a part of this year’s IBMA World of Bluegrass® (September 24-28, 2024 in Raleigh, NC).

Johnny & the Yooahoos is a four-piece band formed in 2017 and based in the Munich area. Their high-energy "retro-bluegrass" sound mixes in other roots musical styles, along with influences from their native country.

The group has been steadily rising in the European bluegrass scene over the last few years, having played notable festivals including the 2022 and 2023 editions of the Bluegrass in La Roche Festival in France, the 2022 Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival in The Netherlands, and the 2022 Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival in Ireland.

Johnny & the Yooahoos will be one of many amazing artists and performances you can see at IBMA World of Bluegrass®. Don't miss out on the most important week in bluegrass! 2024 IBMA World of Bluegrass® tickets will go on sale for IBMA members May 8. Ticket sales for the general public will follow on May 15.

We Need Your Help: Donate Today!
The IBMA has plans for growing this grant program to help our international community in even greater ways in the years ahead. We want to continue enhancing this important program to serve, connect, and grow the global bluegrass community, and we will only succeed with your help!

Just like during the launch of this impactful program in 2022, Paul and Alys Schiminger have once again offered to match donations up to $10,000 made now and through the end of this year's IBMA World of Bluegrass®. Please consider making a generous gift of $50, $75, $100 or more today to support great music and support the “I” in IBMA!

🌎 Donate here: https://form.jotform.com/220614207898965

Nominations for the IBMA Momentum, Industry and Distinguished Achievement Awards are now open! Any person may suggest a ...
05/01/2024

Nominations for the IBMA Momentum, Industry and Distinguished Achievement Awards are now open! Any person may suggest a candidate for consideration by completing the online form. Self-nominations are encouraged and welcomed.

Complete your submission by May 31 to be considered. Nomination forms can be found at the link below.

https://linktr.ee/intlbluegrass

The tradition of a bluegrass jam was alive and well last night at The Station Inn when this young fella stepped into the...
04/29/2024

The tradition of a bluegrass jam was alive and well last night at The Station Inn when this young fella stepped into the pickin’ circle! 🤠🎻

Don’t forget: 2024 Kids on Bluegrass applications close tomorrow, April 30th!

The Kids on Bluegrass program spotlights the talents of young bluegrass musicians and singers (4-17 years old) at IBMA World of Bluegrass, Sept. 24-28 in Raleigh, NC. More than a workshop or “academy” experience, the program’s goals are to provide guidance, and to foster a fun atmosphere for producing, performing, promoting, and even emceeing a professional bluegrass music show.

Apply here: https://ibma.org/youth-programs/kids-on-bluegrass/

It’s festival season! We are so happy to be at MerleFest this weekend! If you’re at the festival,  stop by the IBMA boot...
04/26/2024

It’s festival season! We are so happy to be at MerleFest this weekend! If you’re at the festival, stop by the IBMA booth in the Expo Tent and say hi to some of our team. Also, be sure to check out our instagram stories for some fun artist takeovers and behind the scenes content. Happy MerleFest! 🎵✌🏻

04/25/2024

Live from the IBMA office with The Tray Wellington Band!

Did yall catch the festival lineup announcement yesterday? 🤩🪕Sierra Ferrell, Steep Canyon Rangers with special guests Ch...
04/25/2024

Did yall catch the festival lineup announcement yesterday? 🤩🪕

Sierra Ferrell, Steep Canyon Rangers with special guests Chatham County Line, Sierra Hull, Sam Bush, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Danny Paisley, Amythyst Kiah, and Crying Uncle will headline IBMA Bluegrass Live! Festival powered by PNC. September 27-28 in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Red Hat Amphitheater!

Tickets and hotel reservations will open for IBMA members on May 8th and to the general public May 15th. More information is available at worldofbluegrass.org.

PineCone - Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, visitRaleigh, Raleigh Convention Center

Festival lineup announced for 2024 IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC!  🪕🎵💥 Sierra Ferrell, Steep Canyon Rangers with s...
04/24/2024

Festival lineup announced for 2024 IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC! 🪕🎵💥
Sierra Ferrell, Steep Canyon Rangers with special guests Chatham County Line, Sierra Hull, Sam Bush, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Danny Paisley, Amythyst Kiah, and Crying Uncle headline the Festival scheduled for Sept. 27-28

In addition to the Red Hat Amphitheater, there are six more stages throughout downtown Raleigh that host the StreetFest lineup.

IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC is part of the five-day IBMA World of Bluegrass event, billed “The Most Important Week in Bluegrass,” which also includes the IBMA Business Conference, the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble showcase series and the 35th Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, Sept. 24-28.

Tickets and hotel reservations will open for IBMA members May 8th and to the general public May 15th. More information is available at worldofbluegrass.org

PineCone - Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, visitRaleigh, Raleigh Convention Center

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