Formal and informal networking events help you make the connections you need to take your bluegrass business to the next level.

  • Connect with other professionals over complimentary oer d’oeuvres at the Keynote Reception ahead of an always inspiring Keynote Address.
  • Mingle with label reps, artists, songwriters and more at our Wednesday afternoon receptions.
  • Get some face time with talent buyers at Tuesday’s Gig Fair, or get constructive feedback at the Songwriter Mentor Sessions.

You’ll make connections that go well beyond IBMA World of Bluegrass and last a lifetime!


Discovery is a big part of the IBMA Business Conference experience, from new tools and knowledge to great new talent!

  • Transform your bluegrass music career with the knowledge you’ll get from 40 educational sessions and workshops, covering business models, touring, festivals, marketing, radio, copyright, digital media, contract negotiation and more.
  • Discover new talent at the Bluegrass Ramble (included with your conference pass)!
  •  Explore a wide variety of vendors, gear, services, and potential business partners in the Exhibit Hall.


Professional and personal growth are ultimately at the heart of the IBMA Business Conference

  • The bluegrass world’s brightest, most innovative professionals come to IBMA World of Bluegrass every year to share their expertise and inspire attendees. Past keynote speakers include Rhiannon Giddens, Marian Leighton-Levy, Nick Forester, Bela Fleck, and Noam Pikelny.
  • Visit the FREE Health Fair for dental check-ups, custom earplug fittings, and more
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