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World of Bluegrass

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!  The 2015 dates are September 29 - October 3 for year three 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.

Members Only Registration and Ticket Sales Open March 31, 9 AM (CST)

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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.


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.

  • This week saw the Owensboro vision of 1985-1986 brought fully to life. I wish Terry Woodward, Sonny Osborne, and Burley Phelan could have seen it.

    Art Menius

  • The board of directors took a big chance in moving from Nashville, but it looks like it paid off in a big way.

    Bluegrass Today

  • Totally awesome week!  I got a lot of business and networking conducted, and lots of positive energy in the air . A wonderful  reunion, too, with friends from around the world!

    Trisha Tubbs

  • …a new, re-imagined, and re-invigorated IBMA has successfully held its first convention in Raleigh, and it was a smash hit from every perspective.

    Ted Lehman