Showcase Sponsorships

Showcase performances at the IBMA's annual World of Bluegrass events form the premier platform for introducing talent and new music to the bluegrass community. The IBMA offers a variety of opportunities for sponsoring showcases throughout the week, including Bluegrass Ramble Co-Sponsorships, Afterhours Showcase Sponsorships in the Marriott, and Afternoon Showcase Sponsorships in the Raleigh Convention Center during the IBMA Business Conference.

All sponsored showcases allow the sponsor to present acts of its choosing, but the IBMA is happy to assist where needed by filling in with official IBMA Showcase bands and/or connecting sponsors with artists through our business conference attendee list or other means.  

In 2016 there were over 7000 cumulative attendees at the Bluegrass Ramble and IBMA Business Conference.

Take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your talent before a unique audience of bluegrass industry professionals AND bluegrass music consumers!!!

Contact Eddie Huffman (800-GET-IBMA) to reserve!

Bluegrass Ramble Co-Sponsorships

Downtown Raleigh & Raleigh Convention Center
Tue, Sept. 26 – Thu, Sept. 28
10 pm – 1 am

The Bluegrass Ramble is IBMA’s innovative series of showcases in clubs and restaurants throughout downtown Raleigh.  The Ramble is comprised of five downtown Raleigh venues plus two stages in the Raleigh Convention Center.  Co-sponsors present 3-4 acts, from 10pm – 1am.  Rates range from $900-$1200 per venue/per night, depending on the venue.  The City of Raleigh provides free bus transportation during full Ramble hours, running continuously from venue to venue.


Lincoln Theatre
430 S. Dawson Street. 
Capacity: 600 standing.  
Full bar, food truck in parking lot. 
Venue Info  
Co-sponsor rate: $1200/night

Vintage Church
118 S Person Street 
Capacity: 450 seated.  
Venue Info
Co-sponsor rate: $1000/night

Pour House Music Hall
224 S. Blount Street
Capacity: 360 standing mostly.  
Full bar. 
Venue Info
Co-sponsor rate: $900/night

Kings Barcade
14 W. Martin Street
Capacity: 260 standing/150 seated. 
Full bar. 
Venue is Upstairs. Not handicap accessible. 
Venue Info
Co-sponsor rate: $900/night

The Architect Bar & Social Club
108 ½ E. Hargett Street
Capacity: 200-300. 
Full bar. Can cater food from local cafes.  
Venue located upstairs. Not handicap accessible
Venue Info
Co-sponsor rate $900/night

Raleigh Convention Center stage (1)
Masters Workshop Stage
Capacity: 130 seated, with standing room
Venue Info
Co-sponsor rate: $900/night

Raleigh Convention Center stage (2)
Room 304
Capacity: 260 seated.
Venue Info
Co-sponsor rate: $900/night

Afterhours Showcase Sponsorships 

Marriott City Center
Tue, Sept. 26 – Fri, Sept. 29
11 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Afterhours showcases are hosted on the lobby-level of the Marriott City Center in Raleigh, NC. Most rooms are suitable for acoustic performance (exception: University), but a light rig may be desirable.  Staging, lights, sound, and requisite power (beyond standard 110V) provided by the sponsor (see below for power drop rates).  Sponsors present 3-6 acts, from 11pm – 2am. 


State AB
State EF

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All rooms are $500 per night

Catered food and beverage available from the Marriott.  
Free staging provided by the Marriott on a first-come-first-served basis.
Standard power outlet – no charge. Additional power available from the Marriott as follows:

60 amp power drop: $250*
100 amp power drop: $500*
Rental of power cord: $10*
Rental of power strip: $10*
*plus taxes & fees

Afternoon Showcases

Raleigh Convention Center
Wed, Sept. 27 - Thu, Sept. 28
2 pm – 5 pm

Afternoon showcases are hosted on three stages in the Raleigh Convention Center.  These showcases are open only to business conference attendees.  For Wednesday afternoon showcases, sponsors present 3-6 acts from 2pm-5pm.  Thursday afternoon showcases are programmed with Official IBMA showcase bands and are offered for sponsorship as branding opportunities


Masters Workshop Stage
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Room 304
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Room 305 AB
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All stages are $1500 each