Nashville, TN, July 30, 2021 – – The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced finalists for the IBMA Songwriter Showcase. As a part of the Songwriter Track of the IBMA Business Conference, the IBMA Songwriter Showcase is a coveted opportunity which shines a spotlight on ten selected songwriters/co-writers and their original compositions. The writers will perform for an audience of some of the best bluegrass artists and producers in the industry. The showcase is one element of IBMA World of Bluegrass, September 28 – October 2, 2021.

The following songwriters were selected by the IBMA Songwriter Showcase Selection Committee as IBMA Songwriter Showcase Finalists:

Aaron Burdett – “Loser’s Bracket”
Abbie Gardner – “Down the Mountain”
Brian Oberlin – “Downtown”
Buddy Guido and Paul Kelly – “Everybody’s Best Friend”
David Morris – “Half-Past You”
John Lowell – “I’m Going Home”
Johnny Williams – “A Change In Me”
Kate Prascher – “Roving Rounder”
Heather Sarona – “I’ll Be Lost”
Boyd Timothy – “Pines of Caroline

In addition to the IBMA Songwriter Showcase, the Songwriter Track of the IBMA Business Conference provides writers with resources to cultivate their craft, develop solid business practices, network, and pitch material to bluegrass artists and producers. Specific times and additional details for this event, and for other IBMA World of Bluegrass events, will be shared in the coming weeks across the organization’s social media platforms, through email notification, and at

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IBMA World of Bluegrass is the most important week in bluegrass! The week encompasses four events: the IBMA Business Conference, September 28-30; the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases taking place September 28-30 in downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center; the 32nd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards presented by Yamaha, scheduled for Thursday evening, September 30; and IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC, October 1-2, a two-day festival. IBMA Bluegrass Live! features the best of the best in bluegrass today, benefiting the IBMA Trust Fund—a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that assists bluegrass professionals during financial emergencies—and introducing the music to thousands of new fans every year.

About IBMA

IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – 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.

General Info: Casey Campbell, IBMA
[email protected], (615) 256-3222

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