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International Bluegrass Music Association

International Bluegrass Music Association IBMA is the non-profit music association that connects, educates, and empowers bluegrass professionals and enthusiasts, honoring tradition and encouraging innovation in the bluegrass community worldwide.

IBMA is the one worldwide organization devoted to bluegrass music. We are a diverse array of colleagues very passionate about our music with a core belief we can accomplish more by working together. Since 1985, we have built an impressive framework of member benefits and resources and, collectively, our efforts make sure bluegrass music is successful and growing in recognition. In addition to bein

IBMA is the one worldwide organization devoted to bluegrass music. We are a diverse array of colleagues very passionate about our music with a core belief we can accomplish more by working together. Since 1985, we have built an impressive framework of member benefits and resources and, collectively, our efforts make sure bluegrass music is successful and growing in recognition. In addition to bein

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04/08/2022

Guitar legend Barry Waldrep recently stopped by the IBMA office to deliver a check to the IBMA Trust Fund. Barry is donating a portion of the proceeds from his album honoring Tony Rice and sat down with Pat Morris to discuss how Tony's guitar techniques influenced his own playing. Thank you, Barry!

A heartfelt congratulations to Béla Fleck on your GRAMMY win! ‘My Bluegrass Heart’ was just awarded Best Bluegrass Album...
04/03/2022

A heartfelt congratulations to Béla Fleck on your GRAMMY win! ‘My Bluegrass Heart’ was just awarded Best Bluegrass Album!

04/03/2022
Authentic Unlimited - Live from IBMA

IBMA members Authentic Unlimited stopped by our office recently to visit and share some music. Thanks to the band and Billy Blue Records for a great performance. If you are coming to Nashville, plan a visit to our office. We would love to see you.

It’s GRAMMYs weekend! Best of luck to Rhonda Vincent, Sturgill Simpson, The Infamous Stringdusters, Béla Fleck, and Bill...
04/03/2022

It’s GRAMMYs weekend! Best of luck to Rhonda Vincent, Sturgill Simpson, The Infamous Stringdusters, Béla Fleck, and Billy Strings, who are all nominated for Best Bluegrass Album!

The GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony, which will feature the GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album, will be broadcast tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. ET on http://live.grammy.com.

Also, be sure to watch the televised ceremony tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET for a performance by reigning IBMA Entertainer of the Year, Billy Strings!

It’s GRAMMY weekend! Best of luck to Rhonda Vincent, Sturgill Simpson, The Infamous Stringdusters, Béla Fleck, and Billy...
04/03/2022

It’s GRAMMY weekend! Best of luck to Rhonda Vincent, Sturgill Simpson, The Infamous Stringdusters, Béla Fleck, and Billy Strings, who are all nominated for Best Bluegrass Album!

The GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony, which will feature the GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album, will be broadcast tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. PT on live.grammy.com.

Also, be sure to watch the televised ceremony tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET for a performance by reigning IBMA Entertainer of the Year, Billy Strings!

We are heartbroken to hear about the passing of bluegrass icon and IBMA friend, Roland White.  White was known for his w...
04/02/2022

We are heartbroken to hear about the passing of bluegrass icon and IBMA friend, Roland White.

White was known for his work as a member of the Country Boys/the Kentucky Colonels, the Blue Grass Boys, Nashville Grass, Country Gazette, Dreadful Snakes, Nashville Bluegrass Band, and Roland White Band. Among countless other accolades, Roland earned three IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards and an IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2017, he was inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

Roland is remembered as a beloved collaborator, teacher, and mentor in our bluegrass community. Our thoughts are with his wife, Diane, his family and all who were impacted by his profound influence and deep kindness

GRAMMY-nominated Rhonda Vincent with IBMA Chair Mike Simpson and IBMA Executive Director Pat Morris for Rhonda's sold ou...
03/28/2022

GRAMMY-nominated Rhonda Vincent with IBMA Chair Mike Simpson and IBMA Executive Director Pat Morris for Rhonda's sold out performance at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro this past Friday.

We love celebrating the "I" in IBMA! Our Board Chairman, Mike Simpson, and our Executive Director, Pat Morris, enjoyed a...
03/22/2022

We love celebrating the "I" in IBMA! Our Board Chairman, Mike Simpson, and our Executive Director, Pat Morris, enjoyed a stellar performance by We Banjo 3 at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, KY last week.

IBMA Songwriter Showcase applications are now open!Our Songwriter Showcase is a coveted opportunity to shine the spotlig...
03/21/2022

IBMA Songwriter Showcase applications are now open!

Our Songwriter Showcase is a coveted opportunity to shine the spotlight on ten talented songwriters during IBMA World of Bluegrass. Selected writers will perform one original song each for an audience of some of the best bluegrass artists and producers in the industry. The IBMA Songwriter Showcase will take place during the IBMA Business Conference, September 27 – 29, 2022.

Learn more and apply: https://worldofbluegrass.org/conference/songwriter-track/songwriter-showcase/

We are now accepting proposals for the IBMA Business Conference! What topic would you like to learn more about at this y...
03/16/2022

We are now accepting proposals for the IBMA Business Conference! What topic would you like to learn more about at this year's event? Let us know in the comments below!

If you would like to organize a session, you can submit your proposal at the following link: https://worldofbluegrass.org/conference/propose-conference-session/

IBMA’s Kids on Bluegrass applications are now open! The Kids on Bluegrass program spotlights the talents of young bluegr...
03/11/2022

IBMA’s Kids on Bluegrass applications are now open!

The Kids on Bluegrass program spotlights the talents of young bluegrass musicians and singers (4-17 years old) at IBMA World of Bluegrass 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.

Kids on Bluegrass will play two separate sets at the IBMA Bluegrass Live! on September 30 and October 1. Additionally, a select group of Kids on Bluegrass are invited to perform during the Pre-Awards Reception prior to the IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards.

Learn more and apply: https://ibma.org/youth-programs/kids-on-bluegrass/

IBMA is proud to announce the creation of a new program focused on international bluegrass performers - the IBMA Interna...
03/10/2022

IBMA is proud to announce the creation of a new program focused on international bluegrass performers - the IBMA International Band Performance Grant. The new program - led by the generous matching donation of Paul and Alys Schiminger - seeks to raise matching funds up to $50,000 and plans award grants of financial assistance to one or more selected international bands to participate and perform at this year's IBMA World of Bluegrass.

Learn more and donate: https://ibma.org/press-releases/ibma-announces-new-international-band-performance-grant-program/

IBMA World of Bluegrass 2022 applications are officially open!Are you hoping to be involved in this year's event? Whethe...
03/08/2022

IBMA World of Bluegrass 2022 applications are officially open!

Are you hoping to be involved in this year's event? Whether you're an artist, an educator, or industry professional, we have many ways in which you can participate. Read below to learn how you can make a meaningful impact on the bluegrass community.

http://mailchi.mp/ibma.org/2022-ibma-world-of-bluegrass-applications-now-open

Today, we are celebrating the women in the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame! Which women in bluegrass are you honoring? Show...
03/08/2022

Today, we are celebrating the women in the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame! Which women in bluegrass are you honoring? Show them some love by tagging them in the comments! #internationalwomensday

Are you looking for an opportunity to share your music with thousands of enthusiastic bluegrass fans? IBMA Bluegrass Liv...
03/04/2022

Are you looking for an opportunity to share your music with thousands of enthusiastic bluegrass fans? IBMA Bluegrass Live!® street stage applications are NOW OPEN!

IBMA World of Bluegrass® culminates with a free two-day festival, featuring performances by 100+ bands on several high-profile street stages. In addition, the StreetFest includes an arts market, an exhibit hall, masters workshops, youth performances, food and beverage vendors, and more. The festival attracts more than 100,000 enthusiastic music fans each day.

IBMA Bluegrass Live! will take place September 30 – October 1, 2022. All artists playing bluegrass and related genres are encouraged to apply.

https://worldofbluegrass.org/festival/street-stage-application/

Applications are now open for the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble Official Showcases!Official Showcases are the premier platform f...
03/02/2022

Applications are now open for the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble Official Showcases!

Official Showcases are the premier platform for introducing talent and new music to the bluegrass community during IBMA World of Bluegrass. The event will take place during September 27 – October 1, 2022.

All emerging bluegrass bands, as well as established bands with new music or new personnel, are encouraged to apply. International bands are also encouraged to apply. If you want to get your act or new material in front of top bluegrass talent buyers, our official showcase opportunity is for YOU!

Applications will be open until March 31.

https://worldofbluegrass.org/ramble/apply/

02/05/2022

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01/21/2022
IBMA LEADERSHIP BLUEGRASS CLASS POSTPONED - IBMA

The IBMA has decided to postpone its 2022 IBMA Leadership Bluegrass program and class until March 6-8, 2023. The decision was made after considering the logistics of ensuring a successful Leadership Bluegrass program, the well-being of the class members, and the quality of the in-person program.

LEARN MORE: https://loom.ly/xGQ2kzY

NASHVILLE (January 21, 2022) – The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has decided to postpone its 2022 IBMA Leadership Bluegrass program and class until March 6-8, 2023. The decision was made after considering the logistics of ensuring a successful Leadership Bluegrass program, the w...

Happy Birthday to the one and only Earl Scruggs!!
01/06/2022

Happy Birthday to the one and only Earl Scruggs!!

Check out our YouTube channel for great bluegrass music and clips from IBMA World of Bluegrass! Here's Hall of Famer Dud...
01/04/2022
2021 IBMA Keynote Address by Dudley Connell

Check out our YouTube channel for great bluegrass music and clips from IBMA World of Bluegrass! Here's Hall of Famer Dudley Connell's 2021 Keynote Address! https://loom.ly/MhbYf6k #IBMAWOB2021

One of the all-time great vocalists in bluegrass music, IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame member with The Johnson Mountain Boys, and traditional music histor...

While cleaning the office over the holiday break, we came across this photo of two of the best backstage at IBMA World o...
01/03/2022

While cleaning the office over the holiday break, we came across this photo of two of the best backstage at IBMA World of Bluegrass. J.D. Crowe & Tony Rice. Photo by Jeromie Stephens.

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Since so many of you mentioned "Old Brown County Barn" last week as your favorite fired up tune we play, we'll share this live performance from 2013 at International Bluegrass Music Association's Wide Open Bluegrass. #tbt Martin Guitar - Jam Tent
Three more days until Carley Arrowood Music is with us live! Catch her and her husband, Daniel Thrailkill of The Trailblazers, THIS SATURDAY at #keycitysessions. Doors at 7:30pm. Music at 8:00pm. Catch her official International Bluegrass Music Association showcase here:
Yesterday, Donelson lost a great neighbor and the world lost a wonderful and beloved musician. I wrote a blog about Roland and his wife Diane several years ago, found at the link below. In 2018, I was honored to bring Roland to Metro Council to present a resolution celebrating his induction in the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame. Read more here: https://bluegrasstoday.com/roland-white-honored-in-nashville/. My heart goes out to Diane and family. Roland’s music lives on forever. I will cherish the experiences and memories of he playing at Station Inn and here locally at Homegrown Taproom & Kitchen as well as at our Donelson Hills Neighborhood Association block parties.
Here's Ned Luberecki (Becky Buller Band, More Banjo Sunday), for the IBMA Foundation's 2nd annual Strings for Dreams Bluegrass Raffle! Name that tune, bluegrass fans! Hint: the animal in the title is also known as a whistle pig.
The IBMA Foundation's 2nd annual Strings for Dreams Bluegrass Raffle kicks off today, April 1, with ticket sales at stringsfordreams.com. The livestream drawing will be May 20 at the IBMA Foundation page. Get your tickets now, for a chance to win a wonderful Huber Truetone Banjo and also help the Foundation support programs and initiatives that foster the growth of bluegrass music! THANKS for your support and for helping us to get the word out! -NC
I was only 9 years old when Harley Allen passed away (11 years ago today) but the profound impact he had on me and my desire to be a songwriter is incredible. I wish I could’ve known Harley more and written a song with him. However, I did dream this song and that Harley and I were writing it together which is kinda crazy. I hope y’all like “One’s Real Life”. Tribute To Harley Allen International Bluegrass Music Association #singersongwriter
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