Curated events for talent buyers, arts presenters, promoters, events producers, and agents!


IBMA Business Conference attendees can sign up for the Talent Buyer Track at NO ADDITIONAL COST! Conference registration includes all Talent Buyer Track events as well as all other conference events (e.g. IBMA Keynote Address, IBMA Industry & Momentum Awards luncheons, Exhibit Hall, and more)!

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Why Attend

Talent Buyer Track events are specifically tailored to the needs of buyers and agents to ensure that you build and nurture real industry connections, generate new business and learn from the best in the business. Events include:

  • Gig Fair
  • Breakfast2Business
  • Agent/Talent Buyer Networking Reception
  • Over 200 showcase sets at IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, Convention Center, and Marriott Hotel
  • Professional Development Sessions

Gig Fair

IBMA’s Gig Fair, 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 networking events during IBMA World of Bluegrass!



Join us to start your day off right over a delicious complimentary breakfast, while participating in a valuable segment that helps you set yourself up for a successful conference experience!

Buyers: Get up to speed through a quick agent introduction that will include a rundown of their roster with a detailed timeline of where you can catch them and their acts throughout World of Bluegrass®.

Agents: Take advantage of this opportunity to promote your artists’ World of Bluegrass® schedules, foster 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.

Professional Development Sessions

In addition to special events like the Gig Fair and Breakfast2Business, seminars tailored specifically for talent buyers and led by the best in the business will engage you with critical issues in event programming, promotions, fostering diversity, and more!

Agent-Buyer Networking Reception

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 drinks. Why not?

IBMA Bluegrass Ramble

IBMA’s official showcase series is the premier platform for introducing talent and new material to the bluegrass community. Thousands of bluegrass fans fill six venues throughout Downtown Raleigh over three nights to catch the newest in bluegrass music!

More Showcase Opportunities:

  • IBMA Songwriter Showcase
  • Sponsored Showcases
  • Youth Showcases
  • Bluegrass College Band Showcase
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