Talent Buyer Track

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

The Talent Buyer Track is Back! Designed to create real industry connections, this focused track is one part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass 2017 you simply do not want to miss.

The Talent Buyer Track takes place Tuesday, September 26 through Thursday, September 28 during the IBMA Business Conference. Events tailored to your needs ensure that productive networking and business opportunities are available for all participants.

-Note to West Coast talent buyers: we encourage you to arrive Monday evening so you can take advantage of the Tuesday morning Talent Buyers panels.

Join us in Raleigh! Experience why the World of Bluegrass is an indispensable event, fostering new business generation and professional development.  Talent buyers from festivals, fairs, theaters, clubs, colleges and universities, municipalities, arts councils, and concert series alike have all raved about their gains from last year's track. Attend this year, and enjoy these same advantages!


First-Time Attendee Discount
Breakfast2Business (RSVP)
Exhibit Hall
Gig Fair (RSVP)
Agent/Talent Buyer Networking Reception (RSVP)
Education Panels
Afternoon Sponsored Showcases
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcases

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To participate in the Talent Buyer Track, register for the IBMA Business Conference. Conference registration includes all Talent Buyer Track events as well as all other World of Bluegrass conference events, e.g. the Bluegrass Ramble. Note: While special Talent Buyer Track RSVP events (see below) are covered by your registration fee, advance sign-up is required for these events, in addition to your conference registration. 

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


Registration is now open. For all other tickets, visit our Buy Tickets page.


Special Talent Buyer Track Events

Gi​g Fair - Tuesday, September 26, 2:25 pm

IBMA's Gig Fair now takes place on the very first day of our annual World of Bluegrass business conference so talent buyers can map out which showcases they don't want to miss. (And your feedback tells us the move to Tuesday is a great success.) This event, a rare meet-and-greet opportunity in the midst of a hectic and fast-paced music industry event, serves as a structured information exchange for emerging artists and event producers. We envision the Gig Fair as a first step in building business relationships. It has become one of the most popular events of the World of Bluegrass week! Click here to RSVP. Learn More.

Breakfa​st2Business - Wednesday, September 27, 9 am

RSVP’s are required for this limited capacity segmentBreakfast2Business is a great way for talent buyers and agents to make the most of a busy conference week. We all know rosters are constantly changing, and new buyers/event producers are emerging. 

-Buyers, come together with your peers new and old, and be brought up to speed through a quick agent introduction that will include a rundown of their roster, and a detailed timeline of where you can catch them and their acts throughout the WOB week. 

-Agents, take advantage of this opportunity to promote your artists' WOB schedules, meet new players to begin fostering relationships that will pay forward for countless years to come, reconnect in person with your longstanding buyers, and network with the buyer you have been pitching for months.

Join us to start your day off right over a delicious complimentary breakfast and piping hot coffee, while participating in a valuable segment that helps you set yourself up for a successful conference experience. Nice! Talent Buyers RSVPAgents RSVP. 

Agent/Talent Buyer Reception - Wednesday, September 27, 5 pm

As always, our Agent/Talent Buyer Reception offers a relaxing and engaging networking session. It's the perfect time to connect with colleagues old and new over hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Why not? The first drink is on IBMA! Talent Buyers RSVP. Agents RSVP.


Sign Up

Talent Buyers: complete this form to participate in the Gig Fair, Business2Breakfast and/or the Agent/Talent Buyer Reception.


Agents: complete this form to participate in the Business2Breakfast and/or the Agent/Talent Buyer Reception.

All attendees must be registered for the IBMA Business Conference to attend the Gig Fair. Register


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