Official showcase performances at the IBMA's annual World of Bluegrass Business Conference form the premiere platform for introducing talent and new music to the bluegrass community. These showcases help the music industry assembled discover emerging new bands, as well as established bands with new music or new personnel.
World of Bluegrass is scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. This year each showcase band will perform at least twice during World of Bluegrass— once on a convention center stage and once on a “Bluegrass Ramble” venue stage.
Up to 30 IBMA showcase artists will be invited for World of Bluegrass 2014, depending on the number of applicants and the qualifications of groups that apply. Acts are chosen through a selection process juried by the Selection Committee appointed by the IBMA board chairperson. The committee takes into consideration each applicant’s entertainment value, level of professionalism, potential appeal and quality of work. There are generally more than 100 applications each year.
In addition to the two showcase opportunities, official IBMA showcase bands receive a number of benefits and complimentary services, including:
The value of booth space, conference registrations and IBMA membership alone adds up to more than $1,800.
Artists are not required to be IBMA members to apply for the showcase opportunity, but are required to submit a $25 fee to help defray selection process costs.
We’re encouraging bands to apply online in 2014 to help streamline the application and selection processes. Questions? Contact Joe Lurgio at 615-256-3222 or email@example.com.