IBMA Announces First Live Streaming Video Broadcast of Awards Show & Plans to Televise Fan Fest

A longtime goal of IBMA membership has been to televise the International Bluegrass Music Awards—recognized throughout the music industry as one of the highest-quality live music award shows in the nation.

Taking a Neil Armstrong-size step in that direction, IBMA has announced plans for a streaming video broadcast of the 23rd annual show September 27 at 7:30 p.m. (CST) simultaneously on and, live from the historic stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

The program will air once on both websites at no charge to viewers, but visitors to will have the option to make a $5-10 donation in a virtual PayPal tip jar to help cover expenses. Co-sponsor Bluegrass Today is planning some pre-event programming at 6:45 p.m. (CST) with red-carpet video footage from the BMI Nominees Reception held earlier in the evening. The production team from Music City Roots will film the IBMA Awards for broadcast. The Nashville-based program streams live weekly on Wednesday nights at

"Bluegrass Today is excited to be part of the first live streaming of the IBMA Awards,” said the web-based publication’s editor, John Lawless. “We have the utmost confidence in the team at Music City Roots, and are confident that online viewers worldwide will enjoy being able to watch the awards in real time. It's less than a month away!"

“We are thrilled to be able to offer the live streaming broadcast of the IBMA Awards this year, in addition to the live audio broadcast on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, WSM-AM and,” said IBMA executive director Nancy Cardwell. “A few of the best seats in the house are still available at the Ryman by calling 888-GET-IBMA or going to to order tickets if you can be here in person. But for those members and fans literally scattered around the globe, we’re extremely happy to be able to invite you to see and hear the show online as it takes place in Nashville.”


KET To Film Fan Fest for Jubilee

The city of Raleigh, North Carolina is also stepping up to co-sponsor the IBMA Awards streaming broadcast, as well as the first filming of IBMA’s Bluegrass Fan Fest by Kentucky Educational Television.

KET producer Nick Helton expects to capture enough footage Sept. 28-29 for 20 half-hour episodes of their music festival series, Jubilee.

“We are very excited to bring Jubilee to the 2012 IBMA Fan Fest,” Helton said. “This will be a first for both Jubilee and IBMA – the first time we have taken our production outside the state of Kentucky in 16 seasons and the first time that Fan Fest has been recorded. The lineup of artists at Fan Fest is always top notch; we know that our loyal viewers and bluegrass music fans will enjoy the new season.”

Helton’s crew of 25 will record Fan Fest in HD video with seven cameras and multi-track audio. The series is distributed nationally through the National Education Television Association (NETA) to 114 public television stations across the United States.

In addition to live music segments, Jubilee also includes artist interviews. Check your local public television stations now to see if they carry the program. Now is the time to request Jubilee, before the Fan Fest shows start airing in 2013! Programming may also be viewed on the Jubilee website at .