World of Bluegrass 2013 brought about many new changes for the International Bluegrass Music Association. The new city of Raleigh, and the addition of the free Street Festival aligned with the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival gave an extra appeal to those who don't normally attend World of Bluegrass events.
But let's get down to the fun part, the cool part: the YOUTH!
All week, the "Who's Feeling Young Now" room (taken from a popular Punch Brothers' song) was open for kids and youth to gather, jam, and hang out.
Here's what happened for youth during World of Bluegrass 2013:
Bluegrass Today wrote a terrific article on the happenings which you may read here.
All in all, about 300 came in and out of the "Who's Feeling Young Now" room Wednesday through Saturday of World of Bluegrass. The goals of the Youth Council include speaking collectively for the youth of IBMA, facilitating youth projects and industry mentoring opportunities, and working to share bluegrass music with more young people.
To be kept in the loop with what's going on with the Youth Council, call the IBMA office (615)256-3222, or email Taylor at Taylor@IBMA.org.