TICKETS AND REGISTRATION OPEN MARCH 31 FOR MEMBERS, APRIL 14 FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC
IBMA’s annual bluegrass music homecoming, taking place September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina, will build upon last year’s tremendous success with new activities, seminars and business opportunities for attendees
Nashville, TN (March 25, 2014) – The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass 2014 event, September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina, will open conference registration, hotel reservations, Wide Open Bluegrass festival tickets, and Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes for IBMA members on Monday, March 31, and for the general public on Monday, April 14.
Registration will take place via IBMA’s website, www.ibma.org; those wishing to take advantage of early registration, ticket and hotel opportunities reserved for members can join the organization by Wednesday, March 26 to be eligible. Note that hotel reservations are contingent upon the purchase of a ticket and/or registration to at least one World of Bluegrass event. Additional details and pricing information are available at the website.
IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event consists of four parts: the Business Conference, September 30 – October 2, the 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, October 2, the Wide Open Bluegrass Music Festival, October 3-4 and the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative festival of showcases, taking place September 30 – October 2 in downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center.
While a more extensive list of changes and additions to this year’s World of Bluegrass event will be available on March 31 at the IBMA website – and emailed to current IBMA members on Wednesday – a few details have been released:
The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau reported that last year’s World of Bluegrass event generated $10 million in direct visitor spending for that region, with total attendance for the week’s festivities estimated at 140,000, exceeding expectations for the event’s first year in Raleigh. Over 300 performances by more than 160 different artists took place during World of Bluegrass 2013.
IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s three-year stay in Raleigh is the result of a partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.
Judy McDonough, JEMMedia
Taylor Coughlin, IBMA