CONNECT, DISCOVER, and GROW with the bluegrass music industry.

The IBMA Business Conference is the premier industry event and trade show where bluegrass professionals come to share and discover the latest tools, strategies, technology and sounds.

Great networking opportunities, cutting edge professional development, FREE health fair, showcases, B2B exhibit hall, and special events empower you to succeed!

Raleigh Convention Center
September 25-27, 2018
Raleigh, NC

Why Attend

The IBMA Business Conference is all about professional and personal growth through a dynamic set of sessions, keynote, networking receptions, special events, showcases, and more.

  • Make connections that go well beyond World of Bluegrass and last a lifetime!
  • Learn from the best in the business!
  • Get inspired to take your bluegrass business to the next level!

 

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Register

Member Presale

(April 10-April 23)

Members: $200
Non-Members: —

Early Bird

(April 24-May 31)

Members: $225
Non-Members: $265

Summer

(June 1-September 10)

Members: $250
Non-Members: $295

Final

(September 11-Event)

Members: $295
Non-Members: $325

Member Presale

(April 10-April 23)

Members: $175
Non-Members: —

Early Bird

(April 24-May 31)

Members: $195
Non-Members: $195

Summer

(June 1-September 10)

Members: $225
Non-Members: $225

Final

(September 11-Event)

Not available.  See 3-Day rates.

Member Presale

(April 10-April 23)

Members: $160
Non-Members: —

Early Bird

(April 24-May 31)

Members: $180
Non-Members: $200

Summer

(June 1-September 10)

Members: $200
Non-Members: $220

Final

(September 11-Event)

Members: $240
Non-Members: $260

Member Presale

(April 10-April 23)

Member: $80
Non-Member: —

Early Bird

(April 24-May 31)

Member: $90
Non-Member: $100

Summer

(June 1-September 10)

Member: $100
Non-Member: $110

Final

(September 11-Event)

Member: $120
Non-Member: $130

Schedule

We are currently pulling together a dynamic set of panels, workshops, networking events and more to make the IBMA Business Conference better than ever!  In the meantime, check out our schedule at-a-glance to get a feel for how we’re organizing this year’s content.

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Conference Tracks

Talent Buyer Track

Designed to create real industry connections with agents and artists, this focused track is one part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass you simply do not want to miss.

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Songwriter Track

The Songwriter Track is geared for songwriters interested cultivating the craft, developing solid business practices, networking, and pitching material to bluegrass artists and producers.

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Broadcaster Track

Attend and experience the custom content and networking events tailored to the unique professional concerns of the broadcasting community.

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Continuing Legal Education

The revolution hitting the music industry challenges all bluegrass professionals, and our legal experts help you identify ways to map a successful path through this evolving landscape.

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The IBMA’s Exhibit Hall is the central gathering place, where over 12,000 visitors browse the latest industry wares, conduct business, and network.

The Expo features a wide variety of vendors, gear, services, and products for the bluegrass professional and fan alike!

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Special Events

Health Fair

Your health is important to the IBMA, and that is why we are delighted to once again partner with providers to bring registered attendees free dental and hearing screenings.

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Gig Fair

The Gig Fair, a rare meet-and-greet opportunity in the midst of a hectic and fast-paced music industry event, serves as an organized information exchange for artists and talent buyers.

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DJ Taping Session

Broadcaster and Artist session designed for conducting short live interviews and collecting station IDs and other content.

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Town Hall Meeting

Don’t miss this opportunity to sit down and discuss the state and future of the bluegrass music industry with the IBMA Board of Directors and membership.

Stay Tuned!

Submit your session proposal now for the 2018 IBMA Business Conference!

Proposals can be submitted by bluegrass and general music industry professionals.  Proposals may be considered for the IBMA Business Conference OR for the Wide Open Bluegrass festival (Convention Center educational and workshop sessions, not stage performances).

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