Member Incentives

As a member of IBMA, you can participate in and take advantage of many valuable member incentives!  Use these services and the know-how of other members to help you do business, expand your network, save time and money, and get involved in bluegrass on a whole new level!

Advocacy

IBMA promotes the bluegrass brand to consumers and businesses, creating opportunities for you to sell more products and services. The trade association provides a strong, unified voice in representing your interests on a local, state, national and international level, lobbying elected officials on behalf of your industry, including regulatory agencies on legal and compliance matters.  Did you know the IBMA was responsible for the creation of the Bluegrass Grammy award?

Business Affiliation

The IBMA offers a professional affiliation your consumers and other business partners will notice, promoting your business as a professional member and supporter of the bluegrass music industry.  IBMA Member logos for use in websites or other marketing assets are available in the Media section of this site.

Networking

The IBMA provides opportunities for you to gain access to potential business partners at the World of Bluegrass and throughout the year.  These contacts can help you build meaningful, long-term working relationships and friendships and lead to additional resources to grow your business.  

Programs and Discounts

Membership in the IBMA includes access to free and discounted professional services useful in growing and sustaining your bluegrass music enterprise.    

Offers include:
  • Discounted Advertising with IBMA
  • $50 AirPlay Direct Gift Certificate
  • Free Gear Track VIP Membership
  • Discount on Hompesun Digital
  • The Earl Scruggs Center 
  • Discounted Access to Summer NAMM


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Discount World of Bluegrass Registration & Priority Access

Members receive priority access to tickets to events (which many times sell out!) before they go on sale to the general public.  Your dues can usually pay for themselves in discounts to the World of Bluegrass events


Awards Voting

IBMA is responsible for our industry’s most prestigious honors, the International Bluegrass Music Awards. ONLY IBMA Professional Members have the opportunity to vote annually for the Awards and IBMA Board of Directors elections.

Access to the IBMA Offices

Our office is your office!  Nashville is a hub of industry activity and as a professional member you have access to our conference room providing a professional space to hold a meeting, songwriting session, conduct an interview etc...Space must be reserved at least two weeks prior to use and is based on availability.

Information Services

IBMA maintains a number of databases and resources useful in helping you connect and promote what you are doing! 

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Professional Development

The IBMA provides relevant and practical seminars, workshops and educational programs keeping you at the forefront of technology and news at World of Bluegrass events and throughout the year. Programs like Leadership Bluegrass, a three-day advanced program hosted each year, involves every facet of the music in an examination of our challenges and opportunities.   

News & Information

Receive (and spread your own!) industry news of importance through our publication, International Bluegrass, delivered via email monthly and available for online viewing. 

When you have news to share, we welcome member press releases for inclusion in the news we help distribute and we can also help you create a personalized campaign to get the word out on your latest activities.  (contact the IBMA office at 1-888-438-4262 or info@ibma.org)

Support of the Bluegrass Trust Fund

Your support of the IBMA helps the Bluegrass Trust Fund, our 501(c)(3) non-profit partner offering financial assistance to bluegrass music professionals in time of emergency need.

For more information, contact Eddie Huffman, 1-888-438-4262