Talent Buyer Track

Who is this Track for: Arts Presenters, Promoters, Talent Buyers, Event Producers & Agents

The Talent Buyer Track is Back! Designed to make real industry connections, this focused track is a part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass 2015 that you don't want to miss.

The Talent Buyer Track will take place Tuesday, September 29 through Thursday, October 1 during the IBMA Business Conference, with focused events offered to ensure that productive networking and business opportunities are available for all participants.

Attend and experience why the World of Bluegrass is an indispensable event for professional development and new business generation.  Talent buyers from festivals, fairs, theaters, clubs, colleges and universities, municipalities, arts councils, and concert series alike will rave about their gains from this year's track. Be sure to be one of them!

Highli​ghts

Agent Pitch Session
Exhibit Hall: B2B Expo
Gig Fair
Networking Events
Education Panels
Afternoon Sponsored Showcases
Bluegrass Ramble Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Evenings

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Registration

To participate in the Talent Buyer Track, register for the IBMA Business Conference.  Business Conference registration includes all Talent Buyer Track events along with all other World of Bluegrass events, including the Bluegrass Ramble. Once registered for the Business Conference please complete the Talent Buyer Track Sign Up form. Tickets for the Awards Show Thursday night and the Wide Open Bluegrass festival on Friday and Saturday can be purchased separately.

First-Time Talent Buyer Discount

First-time Talent Buyer attendees can register for $200, a $40 discount off the IBMA Member price for full conference registration. Whether you're entrenched in the bluegrass community or are a newcomer, if you are a Talent Buyer, event producer or promoter and this is your first time attending World of Bluegrass, we would like to welcome you with this special offer.

When registering, simply select the "First-Time Talent Buyer” option on the Etix registration page, click "Add tickets," and enter the following passcode under "Member" in your shopping cart: TB67YHD

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Talent Buyer Track Sign Up

Talent Buyers: complete this form by September 21 to participate in the Agent Pitch Session and the Gig Fair.

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Agents: complete this form by September 14 to save your spot in the Agent Pitch Session.

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Talent Buyer Track Schedule

Tuesday, September 29
9:00 am-10:00 am New Attendee Orientation
   
11:10 am-12:10 pm Education Panel: Contracts Negotiation and Etiquette
   
1:00 pm-4:00 pm Afternoon Showcases
   
6:00 pm-2:00 am Bluegrass 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.
   
Wednesday, September 30
8:30 am-9:30 am Education Panel: Festival Planning 101
   
9:00 am-9:15 am Hospitality Room Op​en (for Talent Buyers and Agents)
  Join us for coffee and take advantage of this time to get to know each other.
   
9:15 am-9:30 am  Welcome and Orientation (for Talent Buyers and Agents)
  Meet and network with your peers and learn the lay of the land for the coming three days.
   
9:30 am-11:00 am 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.  To participate, complete the sign up form above.
   
11:00 am-1:00 pm 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.
   
1:00 pm-2:00 pm Constituency Meetings: For Agents & Managers, Event Producers & Talent Buyers
   
1:00 pm-5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open: B2B Expo
  Take advantage of the B2B Expo to connect with Agents, Managers and other industry professionals.
   
2:00 pm-5:00 pm Afternoon Showcases
   
5:00 pm-6:00 pm Reception (for Talent Buyers and Agents)
  This social hour is hosted by agents as a special welcome for those participating in the Talent Buyer Track. 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.
   
6:00 pm-2:00 am 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 1
9:30 am-10:30 am Education Panel: Booking International Acts
   
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Special Awards Luncheon
  Join us for lunch as IBMA recognizes Distinguished Achievement Award honorees, along with recipients of industry awards for Broadcasting, Event of the Year, Print Media, Songwriter, and Best Liner Notes/ Graphic Design for a Recorded Project. This heartwarming program is a favorite part of World of Bluegrass week for many attendees.
   
1:00 pm-5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open: B2B Expo
  Take advantage of the B2B Expo to connect with Agents, Managers and other industry professionals.
   
2:00 pm– 3:45 pm Gig Fair (for Talent Buyers and Artists)
  The Gig Fair gives talent buyers the opportunity to meet new artists and learn about new projects and upcoming tour dates. To participate, complete the sign up form above.
   
7:30 pm– 10:00 pm The 26th 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.
   
10:00 pm-2:00 am 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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