IBMA World of Bluegrass facilitates the growth and development of the bluegrass music community, from professional to fan. This goal is accomplished through four main components: business conference, showcases, awards show, and music festival.
This is the only place in the world where you can interact one-on-one with industry leaders, discover the hottest new music, jam with your heroes, and be a part of bluegrass history!
Connect, discover, and grow with bluegrass music industry leaders!
The premier platform for new bluegrass!
The biggest night in bluegrass!
The largest urban bluegrass festival!
IBMA World of Bluegrass 2021 will return to Raleigh as an in-person experience with the following adjustments in place for the health and safety of our attendees. Click here to read our health and safety protocol update (as of August 17, 2021)
ADDITIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES:
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARRIVE:
We continue to work closely with our partners at the Local Organizing Committee and the City of Raleigh, as well as to monitor the CDC, NCDHHS and Wake County’s recommendations and guidelines for public events and mass gatherings, and we will make any necessary adjustments as needed.
In addition to providing safe in-person IBMA World of Bluegrass experience, we will also supplement with virtual access to many of the week’s events.
Q: When will tickets and hotel blocks go on sale?
A: Tickets are on sale now! Become an IBMA member to receive exclusive discounts! Information on the IBMA hotel blocks is included in your ticket/registration confirmation email. You can purchase tickets online here or by phone at 1-800-514-3849.
Q: I don’t plan to attend in person this year. Will virtual content be available?
A: Yes! Thanks to the rousing success of last year’s IBMA Virtual World of Bluegrass, we are excited to expand accessibility to our events by making OVER 50 HOURS of content available online through Swapcard, our virtual event platform. LEARN MORE
Q: Are you accepting volunteers this year?
A: Yes! Click here to apply!
Q: What is the refund policy for IBMA World of Bluegrass tickets?
A: No refunds or exchanges are available for the IBMA Bluegrass Live! festival, IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, IBMA Business Conference, or IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards. Lineup subject to change. Due to the change in the health and safety protocols, the following refund options are available for any ticket/registration purchased on or before August 17, 2021: (1) Ticket holder may deem purchase a donation to support the IBMA, in which no action on the part of the ticket holder is required. (2) Ticket holder may choose to apply 2021 tickets to the 2022 events. Procedure for doing so will be specified and shared with ticket holders at the time of cancellation. (3) Ticket holder may request a full refund before August 31, 2021.
Under no circumstances is IBMA responsible for any costs incurred by you associated with attending the event, such as hotels, travel, or other expenses, whether or not you attend the event or the event is canceled for any reason.
To initiate a refund, please email [email protected] and provide (1) the name your tickets were purchased under, (2) the tickets you are requesting a refund for, and (3) order ID received in your Etix confirmation email.
There are so many ways for professionals and fans to maximize your IBMA World of Bluegrass experience.
The IBMA has discounted hotel blocks at seven 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).
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 in addition to designated parking areas!
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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