Volunteers are critical to a successful event! Over more than two decades, our volunteers have proven this beyond any doubt, helping to make World of Bluegrass a world-class music industry event. Whether you are a seasoned returning volunteer or a new talent, join a stellar team of folks working to make this year's event even better!
We require volunteers to work a total of 3 four-hour shifts over the course of the week in order to receive the volunteer perks (see below). Shifts can start as early as 7:30 AM and end as late as 2:00 AM. We appreciate our volunteers very much and utilize their talents and experience throughout World of Bluegrass week for various duties.
Volunteer Registration is made online. The online application allows you to specify areas of the event you would like to work in, the times you are available, and any special skills or background you bring to volunteering. We have organized volunteer opportunities under 10 key categories as follows:
Note: If you have a professional purpose for attending the events and doing business with other professionals in attendance, we strongly encourage you to register for the events rather than asking to volunteer. Your volunteer schedule is likely to conflict with activities in which you should be participating, and Business Conference offerings like the Gig Fair, DJ Taping Sessions, or functions that serve food & beverage are open to registered attendees only - volunteers cannot participate in these. The IBMA reserves the sole right to make decisions regarding the appropriate use of its volunteers.
It's a rewarding experience to be directly involved in making sure such a large music industry and festival event succeeds, but volunteers also get some special perks and the chance to interact with all our musical heroes! Volunteers who work three shifts are entitled to the following:
While each volunteer team has its particularities, there are some general responsibilities that apply to all positions.