IBMA Business Conference

Schedule          Exhibit Hall          Talent Buyer Track          Songwriter Track          CLE Track          Gig Fair


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The IBMA BUSINESS CONFERENCE is the premier industry event and trade show where top bluegrass professionals—including artists, agents, journalists, merchandisers, record labels, publicists, publishers, talent buyers and more—come to share and discover the latest tools, strategies, technology and sounds.  The 2017 conference with take place September 26-28 at the Raleigh Convention Center in beautiful downtown Raleigh, NC.

Conference Theme 

COMMUNITY AND CONNECTION: Professionals and fans of bluegrass music have created a community reaching across great distances, generations, and other divides, real or imagined. Passion for a shared musical language connects old friends, new acquaintances, and strangers alike. Tunes and songs have flowed back and forth across the boundaries between genres—making clear the connections shared with folk, blues, old-time, rock and roll, and more. This constant stream has worn thin the barriers, simultaneously drawing bluegrass closer to its musical cousins while extending its reach. Across the campfire, the classroom, the boardroom, the stage, and even the globe, differences are dwarfed by the love of Bluegrass music, and a dedication as artists and professionals to seeing it grow. When voices blend and work together, the bluegrass community is the force that moves the music forward artistically and powers the growth of the industry.

Why Attend

  • Discounted conference registration for first-time attendees.
  • Cutting-edge seminars, panels and workshops on business models, touring, festivals, marketing, radio, copyright, digital media, contract negotiation and more.
  • Focused content tracks for Talent Buyers, Songwriters, Broadcasters and CLE Training.
  • Health Fair
  • Special events, including the Gig Fair (like speed dating for artists and talent buyers), DJ Taping Session, and Song Critique Session
  • Sponsored and official Afternoon Showcases in the Raleigh Convention Center
  • Business-to-Business (B2B) Exhibit Hall
  • Town Hall Meeting and Special constituency meetings with fellow professionals in your field.
  • Keynote Address and reception
  • Momentum and Special Awards luncheons
  • Networking receptions








  IBMA Members Non Members
Tier 1 (April 4-April 17)    
Full Registration $200 --
First-Time Attendee Full Registration $175 --
Two-Day $160 --
Single-Day $80 --
Tier 2 (April 18-May 31)    
Full Registration $225 $265
First-Time Attendee Full Registration $195 $195
Two-Day $180 $200
Single-Day $90 $100
Tier 3 (June 1-September 22)    
Full Registration $250 $295
First-Time Attendee Full Registration $225 $225
Two-Day $200 $220
Single-Day $100 $110
Onsite (September 23-Event)    
Full Registration $295 $325
First-Time Attendee Full Registration -- --
Two-Day $240 $260
Single-Day $120 $130



The IBMA Business Conference: Connect. Discover. Grow.

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