Mountain Song at Sea: The Ultimate Bluegrass Cruise

Mountain Song at Sea PosterBecome a member of IBMA by September 27 for a chance to win an oceanview cabin for 2 on an extraordinary Bahamas bluegrass cruise!

Our new membership campaign launches on July 2 with exciting discounts and a chance to win a fabulous cruise to the Bahamas for two with The Steep Canyon Rangers, The David Grisman Sextet, Peter Rowan, The Del McCoury Band, Punch Brothers and MORE!

Just in time for World of Bluegrass discounts and the last rounds of Awards voting, IBMA’s new membership drive features a sale on professional membership that is perfect for bands and businesses--“four for the price of three”--and a contest for an oceanview cabin for two on the Mountain Song at Sea bluegrass cruise, sailing from Miami to the Bahamas and back on February 1-4, 2013.

All current members of IBMA (including professional, Grass Roots, youth, lifetime & organizational members) as of September 27, 2012 will be eligible for the drawing!

Jam with Del, Dawg, Pete, the Steeps and MORE!

On February 1, 2013, Mountain Song at Sea will set sail from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas aboard the Norwegian Sky, a luxurious ship full of amenities–pools, hot tubs, a casino, and music on multiple stages, around every corner! The entire ship has been chartered for the festival, which boasts a fantastic lineup:

  • The David Grisman Sextet
  • The Del McCoury Band
  • The Punch Brothers
  • The Steep Canyon Rangers
  • Tim O'Brien and Bryan Sutton
  • The Kruger Brothers
  • Peter Rowan
  • Larry Keel & Natural Bridge
  • The Travelin' McCourys
  • Shannon Whitworth
  • Della Mae
  • Town Mountain

Highlights will include concerts in intimate venues, spontaneous artist collaborations and jam sessions, and opportunities for tons of fun interaction between artists and fans in activities like beer and wine tastings, workshops, games–and a poker tournament with IBMA Entertainers of the Year, cruise hosts The Steep Canyon Rangers!

Join NOW for your chance at a Bluegrass Cruise For Two!

Thanks to the generosity of The Steep Canyon Rangers, Mountain Song Productions and Sixthman, one very lucky person will receive a cruise package for two with an Ocean View cabin (value: $2,030), in an exciting drawing to be held onstage during Fan Fest!

Current IBMA members as of September 27, 2012 will be eligible to win! If you’re not currently a member, we invite you to consider joining or renewing your membership! IBMA welcomes musicians, industry pros, and grassroots supporters and fans as members, and our “four for the price of three” professional membership sale is good through the end of 2012 (call 1-888-GET-IBMA directly to take advantage of that offer!). And remember, if you join on or before September 27, you’ll be eligible to win the Mountain Song at Sea cruise package. Click here to join IBMA today!

The prize package will include the cabin for two, port taxes and fees, and non-carbonated and non-alcoholic beverages onboard. Transportation from the prize recipient’s house to the port in Miami is not included, nor are onboard gratuities ($12/day per person), island excursions and souvenirs. For more info, visit

IBMA employees, IBMA board members, IBMA contract employees, cruise company employees and employees/agents of the bands performing on the cruise are not eligible to win. If the cruise is canceled, the prize recipient will get a rain check for a future cruise. If the winner cannot use the cruise, he or she may transfer it to a family member or friend. It may not be sold.

Cruises for IBMA members: 10% Off!

IBMA members are also eligible for a 10% discount on the cruise—in case you want to make sure you sail, whether you win your tickets or not! Sixthman, known for their award-winning music-themed cruises, will take your reservations at 877/379-9189. When you call, be sure to mention your IBMA membership to receive the discount!

Thanks to the collective energy and resources of members like you, IBMA provides the worldwide bluegrass community with many special and valuable services, discounts, programs and experiences, including…

  • Our monthly International Bluegrass e-newsletter, packed with useful info and the latest news (ask about our new digital issue!)
  • The World of Bluegrass: an annual Business Conference, Awards Show and Festival with significant member discounts. (Join us in Nashville Sept. 24-30, 2012, and in Raleigh, NC in 2013-2015!)
  • Monthly webinars at discount rates
  • Group plans for event liability insurance for event producers
  • Health and instrument insurance plans
  • Marketing data on bluegrass consumers
  • Bluegrass industry and fan databases for marketing
  • Rental car discounts
  • Career opportunities like The Gig Fair, DJ/Artist and Songwriter/Producer receptions
  • Showcase opportunities for bands and songwriters
  • Marketing efforts like the soon-to-be-launched, a place to connect online with new fans
  • Year-round songwriter mentors and a songwriter series at Nashville’s Bluebird Café
  • Leadership training and networking opportunities through Leadership Bluegrass, World of Bluegrass seminars and mentor sessions, and help from staff 365 days a year
  • Support for and info about international bluegrass communities
  • Access to whitepapers and articles at
  • The Bluegrass Hall of Fame and IBMA Awards
  • The Bluegrass Trust Fund—created to help individuals in the bluegrass community in times of emergency need
  • Support of the Foundation for Bluegrass Music’s “Bluegrass in the Schools” program and grants
  • The Bluegrass Grammy Award and the Bluegrass sales chart in Billboard—both initiated by IBMA
  • A member listserv… and more!!!

Click here to become a member NOW, or call 1-888-GET-IBMA to join our worldwide bluegrass community—and for your chance to win a cruise for two with Mountain Song at Sea!!!

Visit the Mountain Song at Sea website for oceans of information on this exciting bluegrass getaway!

Rules and additional info for the cruise membership promotion may be found here.