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World of Bluegrass

Showcase Application Opens JANUARY 17, 2017!!!

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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!  2017 dates are September 26 - 30 for year five in our wonderful host city of Raleigh, NC.  World of Bluegrass provides the unmatched opportunity for expanding your professional networks, learning the latest in best practices for our industry, and discovering new bluegrass music!
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The IBMA Business Conference is the premier industry event and trade show for bluegrass professionals.  Includes the Talent Buyer Track, Songwriter Track, and CLE Track.


PNC presents 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
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.


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.


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

Film Festival

The IBMA is excited to present its third annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival during World of Bluegrass Week September 27-October 1 in Raleigh, NC!

Youth Events

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

Hotels and Travel

Located centrally on the East Coast, Raleigh is halfway between Florida and New York City, making getting to World of Bluegrass easy.


Includes main event locations, host hotels, Bluegrass Ramble venues, and Ramble Express route.