MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

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1PM – 5PM | RCC MAIN LOBBY
PRE-REGISTRATION PICKUP AND ONSITE REGISTRATION SALES

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

8AM – 8PM | RCC MAIN LOBBY
PRE-REGISTRATION PICKUP AND ONSITE REGISTRATION SALES

8AM – 2AM | RCC 202
INSTRUMENT CHECK AND LOST & FOUND OPEN

9AM – 10AM | RCC 304
NEW ATTENDEE ORIENTATION
IBMA World of Bluegrass and the city of Raleigh have a lot to offer. Whether this is your first time, or you just want to get a fresh perspective on the most important week in bluegrass, this session will help you make the most of your time at the conference and in the city.

10AM – 10:50AM | RCC 304
BEST BROADCASTING PRACTICES: MAINTAINING VIABILITY IN EVERY MARKET
Whether you’re working in commercial radio, public broadcasting, subscription programming, or podcasting, remaining viable in your market is essential. Sponsors, audiences, owners, and underwriters should all benefit from your program. We consider how to improve your connectivity and relevance with all of these groups.

10AM – 10:50AM | RCC 305
THE DISCIPLINE OF SONGWRITING
A discussion of what kind of discipline, effort, patience, and determination it takes to write great songs.

10AM – 10:50AM | RCC 306
MANAGING EXPECTATIONS & DEFINING SUCCESS
Bluegrass is full of many talented and enthusiastic children, adolescents, and young adults who love playing this music. Have you ever wondered how to nourish that child’s talent while also helping them navigate the uncertainty and ups and downs of the industry? What defines success? This workshop will consist of a discussion, and ideas on how to nourish “healthy humans” who can cope with stress and anxiety, transition to independence with flexibility and wisdom, and maintain the joy of playing as a kid.

10AM – 10PM | RCC 203
IBMA YOUTH ROOM OPEN FOR JAMMING

11AM – 11:50AM | RCC 304
WALK BESIDE ME: PARTNERS IN BLUEGRASS MENTORSHIP
Mentorship is the beating heart of bluegrass and various other forms of folk music. Many times, we have approached this sacred walk from the perspective of the mentor. In this unique education panel, we attempt to more fully understand the profound partnership that is the relationship between mentor and mentee. We will feature three pairs of music partners and discuss their learning journey through bluegrass music.

11AM – 11:50AM | RCC 305
SUSTAINABLE LIVE EVENTS
Bluegrass is behind the times on event sustainability. Event organizers will learn in this session easy, impactful ways to reduce the carbon footprint of their festivals, conferences, and venues. There are many people out there doing it right, showing that any level of event can take steps towards net-zero environmental impact while increasing audience engagement and festival reputation.

11AM – 11:50AM | RCC 306
CONTENT IS KING: CONNECTING WITH FANS THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA
Attendees will learn the importance of shifting to content marketing instead of “sales-y” promotion. Presenting ongoing content instead of just “buying tickets to a show” will get your fans engaged continuously online. By using different examples for each social media platform, this session will illustrate what content works best for each social channel in addition to including general best practices for crafting your online presence.

12PM – 2:30PM | RCC 304
IBMA INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE
Sponsored by Bluegrass Ambassadors
From Canada to the Czech Republic, Norway to New Zealand and beyond, ten international bands perform bluegrass with their own regional flair. This showcase takes place as a live screening in two sessions: Tuesday at 12PM and Wednesday at 4PM.

Tuesday’s bands include Bluegrass Stuff (Italy), Hot Diggity (New Zealand), Lluís Gómez FlamencoGrass Quartet (Spain), Under the Rocks (Canada), Hayde Bluegrass Orchestra (Norway)

2PM – 4PM | RCC 4TH FLOOR BALLROOM C
GIG FAIR
The event, 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 emerging artists and event producers. We envision the Gig Fair as a first step in building business relationships, and it has become one of the most popular events of IBMA World of Bluegrass week!

2:30PM – 3:30PM | CONSTITUENCY MEETINGS:
RCC 305 | MERCHANDISERS & LUTHIERS
RCC 306 | RECORDING, DISTRIBUTION & MARKETING

4PM – 5:30PM | RCC 4TH FLOOR BALLROOM
IBMA KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY DUDLEY CONNELL
The New Abnormal, or How To Survive in the Music Business During a Worldwide Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic forced bluegrass music professionals to rethink everything they knew about the business. How did musicians, promotors, agents, audiences, and radio DJ’s respond to the drastic and sudden changes? For many, new skills were acquired. Which ones will survive going forward?

6PM – 7PM | LINCOLN THEATRE (126 E CABARRUS ST)
IBMA WORLD OF BLUEGRASS KICKOFF PARTY

7PM – 11:35PM | VARIOUS VENUES
IBMA BLUEGRASS RAMBLE OFFICIAL SHOWCASES (Click for schedule)

10PM – 1AM | VARIOUS VENUES
LATE NIGHT SHOWCASES


 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

8AM – 8PM | RCC MAIN LOBBY
PRE-REGISTRATION PICKUP AND ONSITE REGISTRATION SALES

8AM – 2AM | RCC 202
INSTRUMENT CHECK AND LOST & FOUND OPEN

9AM – 9:50AM | RCC 306
AN INTERVIEW WITH THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS
The Infamous Stringdusters have continued to bend rules and break barriers placed on bluegrass music since their inception. This GRAMMY Award-winning band has been on a winding journey since receiving the IBMA’s New Artist of the Year award in 2007. Dive behind the curtain of this exceptional progressive acoustic band during this featured morning session.

9AM – 10:50AM | RCC 402
BREAKFAST 2 BUSINESS
This networking session over a gratis hot breakfast allows agents to foster new and strengthen existing relationships with talent buyers through a focused information exchange including agent rosters, where to find showcasing acts during the week, and booking dates for next year’s calendar! This event is RSVP only.

10AM – 10:50AM | RCC 304
START YOUR OWN PODCAST
Whether you’re a veteran broadcaster or a total newbie, anyone can develop the tools needed to start a podcast these days. The question is: where do you start? From coming up with a podcast topic and acquiring the technical skills needed, to building a following and sustaining success, our expert panel will detail how they got started as they inspire you to take the plunge into the wild world of podcasting!

10AM – 10:50AM | RCC 305
PROMOTING YOUR RECORDINGS TO RADIO
An overview of steps involved to promote projects to radio, including pre-production, licensing, coding, album design, shipping, digital distribution, one sheets, FCC warnings, videos, communicating about the release to DJs/Program directors, publicity, press releases & public announcements to social media and listservs, follow-ups and thank you’s. We’ll touch upon building a support team and look at pros & cons of self promoting vs hiring a promoter. Artists, DJs and a Record Label/Radio Station owner share their experiences of what is helpful for DJs when an artist sends a project. The IBMA Radio DJ List will be mentioned. Handouts provided.

10AM – 10:50AM | RCC 306
INTRODUCING ANTI-RACIST APPROACHES TO ROOTS MUSIC SPACES
Sponsored by Decolonizing the Music Room & Ear Trumpet Labs
Direct conversations surrounding the marginalization of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian experiences, practices, and traditions hold an important place in music spaces. In this workshop, attendees will learn vocabulary foundational to Decolonizing the Music Room’s decolonizing and antiracist approaches and explore their own identity and positionality.

10AM – 10PM | RCC 203
IBMA YOUTH ROOM OPEN FOR JAMMING

11AM – 1PM | RCC 4TH FLOOR BALLROOM
IBMA MOMENTUM AWARDS LUNCHEON
Brought to you by Fishman
Sponsored by Bluegrass Country Radio, Rounder Records, Ear Trumpet Labs, Pre War Guitars Co.
The IBMA Momentum Awards recognize artists and business people in the early years of their bluegrass music careers. This catered event will feature performances by Momentum Band of the Year nominees and award presentations. Join us to support and celebrate emerging talent in the bluegrass community.

1PM – 2PM | CONSTITUENCY MEETINGS:
RCC 304 | ASSOCIATIONS & EVENT PRODUCTION
RCC 305 | AGENTS & MANAGERS
RCC 306 | ARTISTS, COMPOSERS, PUBLISHERS
RCC 307B | PRINT, MEDIA & EDUCATION
RCC 402 | BROADCAST MEDIA

1PM – 5PM | RCC EXHIBIT HALL C
EXHIBIT HALL OPEN

2PM – 2:50PM | RCC 305
EVERYONE IS WELCOME: ACCESSIBILITY AT FESTIVAL AND EVENTS
As in-person events begin to resume, how do we refocus our energy to reimagining opportunities to make people feel welcome and safe at events? This session will introduce and explore opportunities to create events that are accessible, welcoming and enjoyable for all. When considering accessibility, particularly at events with large footprints, scale is one of the hardest obstacles for organizers to overcome. Presenters will share some basic principles to help event organizers envision and implement steps they can take in planning their own events. The session will cover why accessibility matters, how to take first steps towards accessibility, how to market accessibility, and more.

2PM – 2:50PM | RCC 306
DSP DOWNLOAD: A QUICK AND DIRTY LOOK AT ALGORITHMS, THE DIFFERENCE IN EACH STREAMING PLATFORM, AND HOW TO USE STREAMING TO YOUR ADVANTAGE- PRE-RECORDED SESSION
Panelists from a variety of streaming backgrounds will discuss playlisting, algorithms, and benefits to each platform. How to harness data and upping streaming performance will also be discussed.

2PM – 4PM | RCC 4TH FLOOR BALLROOM C
DJ TAPING SESSION
Broadcaster and Artist session designed for conducting short interviews and collecting station IDs and other content. Table and power provided.

3PM – 3:50PM | RCC 304
STAY SAFE! A STIGMA-FREE WORKSHOP ABOUT DRUG MISUSE AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER
Substance use disorders impact entire communities–individuals, loved ones, family members, friends, bandmates and fans. This stigma-free session will discuss different approaches to supporting individuals with substance use disorders, including: maintaining sobriety while on the road, creating safe entertainment spaces/venues, the challenges of discussing drug-use, evidence-based harm reduction strategies, overdose prevention, and more. All are welcome to join this important conversation. Content warning: This panel will discuss topics related to and including self-harm, mental health, substance use, etc.

3PM – 3:50PM | RCC 305
THE JOURNEY OF A SONG
In this session our panelists will lead us down the path a song takes from writing, demoing, publishing, pitching, recording and royalties. Beginning to end, the complete journey of a song.

3PM – 3:50PM | RCC 306
USING FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, GOOGLE, AND OTHER DIGITAL ADS APPROPRIATELY AND EFFECTIVELY
Learn how to use each platform’s algorithms and toolkit to best serve your marketing needs.

4PM – 4:50PM | RCC 306
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION (DEI) TOWN HALL
This session will provide an update about the work of the IBMA’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Task Force, discussion of key topics related to fostering diversity in our community, brainstorming ways the IBMA can improve and/or take our work further, and opportunities for folks to get involved.

4PM – 6:30PM | RCC 304
IBMA INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE
Sponsored by Bluegrass Ambassadors
From Canada to the Czech Republic, Norway to New Zealand and beyond, ten international bands perform bluegrass with their own regional flair. This showcase takes place as a live screening in two sessions: Tuesday at 12PM and Wednesday at 4PM.

Wednesday’s bands include The Fountaineers (Scotland), The Often Herd (UK), Radim Zenkl & Ondra Kozák (the Czech Republic), Shane Hennessy (Ireland), Jackson Hollow (Canada)

5PM – 6:30PM | RCC 4TH FLOOR BALLROOM RECEPTION AREA
DJ / ARTIST RECEPTION
AGENT / TALENT BUYER RECEPTION
SONGWRITER MEET & GREET

7PM – 11:35PM | VARIOUS VENUES
IBMA BLUEGRASS RAMBLE OFFICIAL SHOWCASES (Click for schedule)

10PM – 1AM | VARIOUS VENUES
LATE NIGHT SHOWCASES


 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

8AM – 8PM | RCC MAIN LOBBY
PRE-REGISTRATION PICKUP AND ONSITE REGISTRATION SALES

8AM – 2AM | RCC 202
INSTRUMENT CHECK AND LOST & FOUND OPEN

9AM – 9:50AM | RCC 306
ME AND MY GUITAR: TONY RICE REMEMBERED
Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame member, Tony Rice radically transformed bluegrass and acoustic music during his career. His arresting voice and innovative guitar stylings left an indelible mark on our genre. Tony Rice passed away December 25th, 2020, but his music will live on forever. This session features stories and memories of the man behind so many of our favorite recordings, from those who made music with him and those who were profoundly impacted by his legacy.

10AM – 10:50AM | RCC 306
IBMA TOWN HALL MEETING
The IBMA is not just an office in Nashville, TN. It is all of us, more than 2000 people in countries around the world who are passionately involved in the business of bluegrass music. 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. The Town Hall Meeting is the only event scheduled Thursday morning, in order to allow everyone an opportunity to attend.

10AM – 10PM | RCC 203
IBMA YOUTH ROOM OPEN FOR JAMMING

11AM – 1PM | RCC 4TH FLOOR BALLROOM
IBMA INDUSTRY AWARDS LUNCHEON
Sponsored by Homespun, Billy Blue Records, Main Attraction Management, and Prucha Bluegrass Instruments
Join us for lunch as the IBMA recognizes outstanding work in non-performing industry categories with the IBMA Industry Awards. In addition to presenting awards in seven industry categories, this catered event will feature live music and a special presentation of the IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award honorees.

1PM – 2:30PM | RCC 303
DJs, MEET YOUR LABELS! INFORMATION EXCHANGE
90 minutes of ‘speed dating’ format, allowing label reps, publishers, and songwriters to exchange contact info with broadcasters, podcasters, and DJs. Bring your business cards and merch for the ultimate DJ/Label exchange!

1PM – 5PM | RCC EXHIBIT HALL C
EXHIBIT HALL OPEN

1:30PM – 2:20PM | RCC 304
THINKING OUTSIDE THE CABIN
Writing songs relevant for the 21st century while still staying true to the genre.

1:30PM – 2:20PM | RCC 305
REIMAGINING BLUEGRASS SCHOLARSHIP
This panel opens a conversation with performers about the value of scholarship, and how we might work to add to, correct, and reimagine what we know about the music.

1:30PM – 2:20PM | RCC 306
ONLINE PRESENCE IS EVERYTHING: UTILIZING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR MUSIC FESTIVALS AND LARGE-FORMAT EVENTS
How to and how to not. Panelists from a variety of live-event backgrounds will discuss the ever-changing world of social media, specifically focused on content that is friendly and fact-oriented for large scale musical events. Unhappy attendees? They exist. Here’s how to de-escalate while staying true to your brand. Need to message bummer news? We’ll dive into useful language tactics that are both informative and unifying. Algorithms and best practices for each platform will also be discussed.

2:30PM – 3:20PM | RCC 304
GET YOUR MUSIC HEARD ON FOLK RADIO
Sponsored by Art Menius Radio
Folk music radio has proven extremely open to bluegrass and old-time albums in recent years. If you are looking to expand your reach, folk may very well be the right first step. Using a new edition geared for bluegrass and old-time artists of Art Menius’ ebook on promoting to folk radio, this session will guide participants in developing together a timeline and promotional plan for a bluegrass album to folk radio. Participants will leave with general principles and specific tasks involved in promoting to folk radio and the pluses and minuses of working with a promoter.

2:30PM – 3:20PM | RCC 305
BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO: STARTING, MANAGING, AND DISSOLVING BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS
Regardless of one’s role in the music industry, we all rely on relationships to conduct business and develop community within bluegrass music. As our lives and careers grow, sometimes there are seasons of coming together, of shifting dynamics, and of changing directions. We live in such a small world though and are all so closely connected, that it makes cultivating these relationships, regardless of the season, all that more important. This session explores creating, maintaining, adjusting, and ending relationships within an artist team.

2:30PM – 3:20PM | RCC 306
“HOME SWEET HOME”: YOUR GUIDE TO ALL THINGS HOUSE CONCERT
House concerts are an intimate venue, as folks open up their home to traveling bands and the community. It’s important to know your options, and there are many useful tips for those wanting to have a safe and successful event in the comfort of one’s own home. This panel explores the subject from the angle of both the artist and the host. Join us as we share ideas to possibly inspire you to safely make your living room a stage for some of your favorite artists.

3:30PM – 4:30PM | RCC 304
IBMA WOMEN’S COUNCIL MEETING
This meeting is for all who are interested in discussing ideas for the Women’s Council: the objective is to better serve the needs of our members generally. Here, there will be a facilitated and moderated discussion by Ashley Moyer, Michelle Conceison, and others, about where there is most interest and need. Discussions thus far have focused on mentorship, opportunity, and regular networking.

3:30PM – 4:30PM | RCC 306
IBMA SONGWRITER SHOWCASE
Now in its 22 year, the IBMA Songwriter Showcase is a unique opportunity for ten songwriters to showcase their original compositions before a live audience at IBMAWOB. A lot of great new talent has been introduced to the music industry through this showcase. It all starts with a song!

2021 Finalists: Aaron Burdett, Abbie Gardner, Brian Oberlin, Buddy Guido and Paul Kelly, David Morris, John Lowell, Johnny Williams, Kate Prascher, Heather Sarona, Boyd Timothy

5:30PM – 7PM | DUKE ENERGY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
IBMA BLUEGRASS MUSIC AWARDS RED CARPET

7:30PM – 10:30PM | DUKE ENERGY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
32nd ANNUAL IBMA BLUEGRASS MUSIC AWARDS presented by YAMAHA
Hosted by The Infamous Stringdusters
Don’t miss the biggest night in bluegrass! Featuring outstanding performances and once-in-a-lifetime moments, the awards recognize outstanding achievement and pioneering efforts across 17 categories and three Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame inductions.

7PM – 11PM | VARIOUS VENUES
BEER & BANJOS WORLD OF BLUEGRASS EDITION (Local Showcases)

10PM – 1AM | VARIOUS VENUES
LATE NIGHT SHOWCASES


 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1

8AM – 2AM | RCC 202
INSTRUMENT CHECK AND LOST & FOUND OPEN

10AM – 11:30AM |  RCC 304
BLUEGRASS COLLEGE INFO SESSION
Presented by the IBMA Foundation

Moderator: Fred Bartenstein, University of Dayton
Presenters: Sam Gleaves (Berea College), Shawn Lane (Clemson University), Keith Reed (Colorado College), Adam Schlenker (Denison University), Dan Boner (East Tennessee State University), Dean Osborne (Hazard Community & Technical College), Raymond McLain (Morehead State University), Russell Johnson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

High school students and their parents are especially invited to come and hear about bluegrass degree and ensemble programs from seven colleges, with a sample of music from each student band present. This session is open to the public.

10AM – 12PM | SIR WALTER RALEIGH STATUE PATIO
BLUEGRASS JAM CLASS – BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS!
With Pete Wernick and Gilbert Nelson

All Bluegrass instruments welcome. No jamming experience necessary. You will be jamming right away! Friendly, encouraging, knowledgable teaching. Mistakes allowed/expected. Singing not required but encouraged and taught. Easy 2- and 3-chord songs, slow speeds. Soloing not required! “Faking” solos taught. Do you qualify? It’s easier than you may think! Register by clicking here.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2

8AM – 2AM | RCC 202
INSTRUMENT CHECK AND LOST & FOUND OPEN

10AM – 12PM | SIR WALTER RALEIGH STATUE PATIO
BLUEGRASS JAM CLASS – BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS!
With Pete Wernick and Gilbert Nelson

All Bluegrass instruments welcome. No jamming experience necessary. You will be jamming right away! Friendly, encouraging, knowledgable teaching. Mistakes allowed/expected. Singing not required but encouraged and taught. Easy 2- and 3-chord songs, slow speeds. Soloing not required! “Faking” solos taught. Do you qualify? It’s easier than you may think! Register by clicking here.

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