Songwriter Track

Songwriter Track:

A Professional Development Focus for Songwriters at World of Bluegrass 2017

The Songwriter Track during the IBMA Business Conference is geared for songwriters interested cultivating the craft, developing solid business practices, networking, and pitching material to bluegrass artists and producers.  This focused track is designed to make real industry connections, and it is a part of World of Bluegrass 2017 that you do not want to miss!

Attend and experience why the World of Bluegrass is an indispensable event for professional development and new business generation.  


To participate in the Songwriter Track, register for the IBMA Business Conference. Business Conference registration includes all Songwriter Track events along with all other conference events, including the Bluegrass Ramble. Tickets for the Awards Show Thursday night and the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival on Friday and Saturday can be purchased separately.

Special First-Time Attendee Discount Available for the Business Conference!



  • Professional development seminars geared for songwriters, covering issues from publishing and copyright to royalties, co-writing, and pitching, presented by top writers and publishers.
  • Songwriters Meet & Greet: Network with you fellow songwriters as well as potential clients from other areas of the music industry.  Light refreshments and cash bar provided.
  • Songwriter Showcase: The Songwriter Showcase features ten select songwriters with new bluegrass material.  Each participant performs one song for an audience of artists, producers, and publishers looking for new material.
  • Song Critique Session: Get constructive feedback on your craft from some of the best in bluegrass songwriting.
  • Song Circles:Song Circles provide a relaxed “in the round” environment for sharing your songs, ideas, tips and more with other songwriters as well as artists and publishers.

Songwriter Track Seminars

Publishing 101

Date: Tuesday Sept 26th
Time: 11:10 AM/span>

Sherrill Blackman

Jim Lauderdale (pending confirmation)
Kathy Anderson
Dawn Kenney
Cathy Fink

Getting Cuts & Getting Paid

Date: Thursday Sept 28th
Time: 9:00AM

Sherrill Blackman 

Bradley Collins 
Brandon Rickman
Bobby Rymer
Claire Lynch
Bil VornDick


The Essence Of Good Songwriting

Date: Wednesday Sept 27th
Time 2:30PM

Kathy Anderson

Carl Jackson 
Jerry Salley
Larry Cordle 

Song Critique Session

Date: Wednesday Sept 27th
Time:  9:00AM

Jon Weisberger

Kathy Anderson
Melody Walker
Tim Stafford 

Songwriter Showcase

Date: Thursday Sept 28th
Time: 1:00PM

Thomm Jutz
Peter Cooper

Song Circles

Date: Thursday Sept 28th
Time: 3:00PM

Song Circle 1
Aaron Bibelhauser
Mike Finders 

Song Circle 2
Lynda Dawson
John Cloyd Miller

Song Circle 3
Irene Kelley
Lisa Aschmann

Youth Songwriting Workshop

Date: Thursday Sept 28th
Time 2:00PM For songwriters age 25 and under

Hosted by
Sierra Hull

Songwriter Mentor "One-On-One" Session

Date: Wednesday Sept 27th
Time: 10:00 AM

Tony Rackley

Claire Lynch
Chris Jones
Becky Buller
Donna Ulisse
David Morris
Steve Mougin 
Dawn Kenney
Joe Newberry
Laurie Lewis


Songwriter Meet & Mingle

Date: Wednesday Sept 27th
Time: 5:00 PM

Bluegrass Ramble “Songwriters in the Round Showcase”

Date: Wednesday Sept 27th
Time: 10:00PM
Venue: Kings
Performers:  Becky Buller, Jon Weisberger, Donna Ulisse, Tim Stafford