Talent Buyer Focus

The IBMA announces a new special interest focus for World of Bluegrass 2014 designed to connect talent buyers, agents, artists, and managers. The Talent Buyer Focus will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, October 1 and 2, during the IBMA Business Conference, offering new events to provide more networking, socializing, and business opportunities.

Highli​ghts

Agent Pitch Session
Agents & Managers B2B Expo 
A revamped Gig Fair
Exhibit Hall
Talent Buyer Seminar
Hospitality room and evening reception

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Registration

To participate in the Talent Buyer focus, you need to register for the IBMA Business Conference.  For only $200, a two-day registration for the IBMA Business Conference provides access to all the activities listed above, as well as other World of Bluegrass events on Wednesday and Thursday (with the exception of the Awards Show Thursday night, which requires a separate ticket purchase). 

As a special thank you, if you pre-register to participate in the Gig Fair, we will reduce the fee to $100 for the two days. And first-time attendees get an additional 10% discount (see below), bringing your registration to $90 for the two-day Talent Buyer Focus!  

To register for the business conference, click the "Register" button below.  Register for both Wednesday and Thursday, entering the first-time talent buyer code (see below) if appropriate.  Once you sign-up for the Gig Fair, we'll refund half of your two-day registration.

If you are only able to attend for the Gig Fair on Thursday, go straight to the Gig Fair sign-up.  That day is on us, and there is no need to register for the Business Conference--though we hate for you to miss out on all the great business, educational, and professional development opportunities that conference registration offers.

Deadline to receive online talent buyer Gig Fair registration discount is September 15, 12 AM CST.

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First-Time Attendee Discount

First-time WOB Talent Buyer attendees receive 10% off the IBMA Member rate!  Whether you're entrenched in the bluegrass community or a newcomer, if you are a Talent Buyer and this is your first time attending World of Bluegrass we would like to welcome you with this offer.  When registering, simply enter the following Promotion Code on the IBMA Business Conference registration page:

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We appreciate the opportunity to show you why the World of Bluegrass is an indispensable event for business generation and professional development for talent buyers from theaters, clubs, colleges and universities, municipalities, arts councils, fairs, festivals and concert series of all sizes!

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 1
Morning  
9:00-10:00  Hospitality Room Op​en (for Talent Buyers)
  Join us for coffee and take advantage of this time to get to know each other.
   
10:00-10:30  Welcome and Orientation (for Talent Buyers and Agents)
  Meet and network with your peers and learn the lay of the land for the coming two days.
   
10:30-Noon Agent Pitch Session (fo​r Talent Buyers and Agents)
 

In this fast-paced session, agents will have 3-5 minutes at the podium to introduce themselves and their rosters to an audience of talent buyers and to extend an invitation to continue the conversation at their booths during exhibit hall hours.

Agents must pre-register for a slot by Monday September 15.  The schedule with your time slot will be emailed to you by September 22.

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You must be registered for the IBMA Business Conference to attend the Agent Pitch Session

Conference Registration

   
Afternoon  
Noon-2:00 Showcase Luncheon and Momentum Awards
  The Momentum Awards focus on artists, business people, and events that are in the early years of their careers in bluegrass music. They acknowledge something undeniable about bluegrass music – that many of its most dynamic artists and entrepreneurs are young or relatively new to the genre, and there are maybe more artists playing bluegrass or bluegrass-rooted music than at any time in decades. IBMA looks forward to recognizing the best of them.
   
2:00-6:00 Exhibit Hall Open
  The Bluegrass Expo is the central gathering place to browse the latest industry wares, conduct business, and network.  Take advantage of opportunities to connect with over 20,000 attendees who will be walking through the exhibit hall over four days.

NEW! The IBMA is offering a special two-day Agents and Managers Bluegrass Expo option focused on B2B networking rather than fan engagement.  The A&M Expo will be located in the main exhibit hall along with full-week exhibitors but will only run Wednesday, October 1 and Thursday, October 2.  Only single (10X10) booths are available. Price $300

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Evening  
5:30-6:30 Reception (for Talent Buyers, Agents, Artists, Managers)
  This social hour is hosted by agents and artists as a special welcome for those participating in the Talent Buyer Focus. It is the perfect time to get to know each other better over hors d’oeuvres and drinks (cash bar) before heading off to the Ramble and showcases.
   
7:00-2:00 Bluegras​s Ramble and Showcases
  The Bluegrass Ramble at the IBMA's annual World of Bluegrass Business Conference forms the premier platform for introducing talent and new music to the bluegrass community.

 

Thursday, October 2
Morning  
9:00-10:30 Talent Buyer Seminar (for Talent Buyers)
  Aimed at first-time attendees and those presenters new to the bluegrass world, this seminar serves as an introduction to what makes a bluegrass show so special - the range of artists, the loyal fans, and the unique experiences found at a bluegrass show.  The panel shares success stories, as well as tips on booking, audience development, and marketing.
   
11:00 am – 1:00 Special Awards Luncheon
   
Afternoon  
1:00-5:00 Exhibit Hall Open
  The Bluegrass Expo is the central gathering place to browse the latest industry wares, conduct business, and network.  Take advantage of opportunities to connect with over 20,000 attendees who will be walking through the exhibit hall over four days.
   
2:00 – 3:30 Gig Fair (for Talent Buyers, Artists, Agents)
 

This popular session offers artists and agents short guaranteed one-on-one appointments with a wide variety of talent buyers. The Gig Fair also gives talent buyers the opportunity to meet new artists and learn about new projects and upcoming tour dates.

Great News! No more standing in line at at the crack of dawn for sign ups! In response to artist feedback, we are launching online sign up for Gig Fair appointments.

Talent buyer registration opens July 1.  Deadline is September 12. Your schedule will be emailed to you by September 27

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Artist and Agent registration opens September 15 for official showcase artists and September 17 for all others. Your schedule will be emailed to you by September 27.  Artists and agents may sign up for a maximum of three appointments.

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Evening  
7:30 – 10:00 The 25th Annual IBMA Awards Show
  The International Bluegrass Music Awards Show recognizes the achievements of the best in bluegrass and features outstanding performances and once-in-a-lifetime moments, such as Tony Rice's indescribably poignant Hall of Fame acceptance speech in 2013.

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10:00-2:00 Bluegras​s Ramble and Showcases
  The Bluegrass Ramble at the IBMA's annual World of Bluegrass Business Conference forms the premier platform for introducing talent and new music to the bluegrass community.

 

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