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

Planning for 2017 World of Bluegrass Professional Development seminars is underway. We will offer seminar topics and details on this page as this information becomes available.