IBMA World of Bluegrass is the largest, integrated platform for bluegrass music in the world!

From professional to fan, it’s where the bluegrass music community comes to connect, discover, and grow in bluegrass music.

The events facilitate the growth and development of the bluegrass music community, from professional to fan. We accomplish this goal through four main IBMA World of Bluegrass events: Conference, Showcases, Awards Show, and Festival.

September 29th – October 3rd, 2020 Raleigh, NC

IBMA World of Bluegrass Events

IBMA Business Conference

Connect, discover, and grow with the bluegrass music industry!

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IBMA Bluegrass Ramble

Our innovative showcase series that spreads throughout club venues in downtown Raleigh!

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IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards

Don’t miss the biggest night in bluegrass music!

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IBMA Bluegrass Live! powerd by PNC Festival Friday & Saturday

Our one-of-a-kind urban bluegrass festival features FREE music on 8 stages, a dance tent, tons of art, craft, and food vendors, and exciting activations throughout the festival footprint for all ages!

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Ticket Information

Tickets on sale soon for 2020!

Stay tuned for our convenient ticketing page at eTix for Conference, Showcases, Awards Show, Main Stage reserved seating tickets, and more for 2020!

Join IBMA today for member discounts and access!


Get involved and make the most of the largest platform for bluegrass music!

In addition to purchasing tickets to the events, there are numerous ways to get involved and maximize your IBMA World of Bluegrass experience.

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Volunteers are critical to a successful event!

For more than two decades, our volunteers have proven this beyond any doubt.  Whether you are a seasoned returning volunteer or a new talent, join a stellar team of folks working to make IBMA World of Bluegrass a world-class music industry event!

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IBMA will announce hotel blocks at the Marriott, Sheraton, and Residence Inn in 2020.

The IBMA has discounted hotel blocks at 7 area hotels, including Marriott City Center, Sheraton, Residence Inn, DoubleTree, Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown, Red Roof Plus. We also have RV camping available at the NC State Fairgrounds (includes a free shuttle to the events).


Why you should book on the IBMA block

The importance of reserving a hotel room at one of the official host hotels cannot be stressed enough. First, it saves you up to $100 per night (depending on the hotel)! And there is another important reason. In order to obtain such steeply discounted hotel rates, the IBMA must contract a room commitment to our host hotels, and should the organization fail to meet that commitment due to booking outside the block and last-minute cancellations, it is potentially liable for making up the difference which can be as high as $50,000. When anyone reserves a room with an official IBMA host hotel, and fulfills any minimum must-stay, he or she is helping to support not only the IBMA in 2020, but also future events and the organization itself.

Getting Around Downtown Raleigh – Directions & Parking

IBMA World of Bluegrass takes place in the heart of downtown Raleigh and stretches from Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts all the way up to the State Capital grounds, as well as in and around the Raleigh Convention Center, which also has convenient parking and is accessible for people with disabilities.

Our partners at Visit Raleigh have information on all the ways you can get around the capitol city!

Getting Around Raleigh


IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC brings together music fans from all around the world, and we are committed to making this event accessible, enjoyable, and welcoming for all participants, including people with disabilities.

The International Bluegrass Music Association, the City of Raleigh, event producer PineCone, and all of the members of the Local Organizing Committee welcome ALL bluegrass fans to Raleigh.

In this ADA section learn more about Drop-off points, accessible viewing areas around stages, mobility options, quiet spaces, sighted guides, restrooms, public transportation and parking, and more!

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Anti-Harassment Policy

The International Bluegrass Music Association is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone at all IBMA-produced events.

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Sponsor & Advertise

Align your brand with bluegrass values!

Bluegrass values of AUTHENTICITY, FAMILY, and COMMUNITY reflect well on your brand when you partner with the IBMA.

Share in our success!

IBMA World of Bluegrass has grown to over 223,000 attendees and over $12 million in annual economic impact over six years in Raleigh, NC.

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Visa Information for International Artists

As an International Artist, do I need a visa to showcase at the IBMA World of Bluegrass?

The IBMA worked closely with Tamizdat to develop a guide regarding visa options for showcasing at the World of Bluegrass. This information is meant to help facilitate your entry into the United States. This is not legal advice, nor should it replace any advice you received from a lawyer.

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