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World of Bluegrass

Official IBMA Showcase application opens January 15, 2016!

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World of Bluegrass is the annual bluegrass music homecoming, a multifaceted industry event and festival with hundreds of offerings for every bluegrass professional and fan!  2016 dates are September 27 - October 1 for year four in our wonderful host city of Raleigh, NC.  World of bluegrass provides the unmatched opportunity for expanding your professional networks, learning the latest in industry best practices, and discovering new bluegrass music, If bluegrass music moves you, come to the conference that moves bluegrass music.
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Business Conference

The IBMA Business Conference is the premier industry event and trade show for bluegrass professionals.

Wide Open Bluegrass

Wide Open Bluegrass features the best in our traditional and acoustic music community on three stages in beautiful downtown Raleigh! Proceeds support the Bluegrass Trust Fund.

2013 IBMA Awards

IBMA Awards Show

The International Bluegrass Music Awards Show is the biggest night on the bluegrass Calendar, recognizing outstanding achievement and pioneering efforts in the genre.

Bluegrass Ramble

Official showcase performances at the IBMA's annual World of Bluegrass Business Conference form the premier platform for introducing talent and new music to the bluegrass community.

Bluegrass Film Festival

The IBMA is excited to present its second annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival during World of Bluegrass Week September 29-October 3 in Raleigh, NC!

Talent Buyer Track

The Talent Buyer Track is back designed for event producers and agents with an Agent Pitch Session & Gig Fair, networking events, and educational panels.

Youth Events

The IBMA Youth Council is scheduling a series of events geared geared for youth, including a youth stage during Wide Open Bluegrass!


The Bluegrass Expo is the central gathering place to browse the latest industry wares, conduct business, and network.

Hotels and Travel

Located centrally on the East Coast, Raleigh is halfway between Florida and New York City making transportation easy.