Sponsor & Advertise

Authenticity, honesty, loyalty, family and community are values fundamental to the bluegrass lifestyle.

Bluegrass values reflect well on your brand when you partner with the IBMA.

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Official Showcases at the World of Bluegrass form the premier platform for introducing talent to the bluegrass community.

In addition to Official Showcases, the IBMA offers a variety of opportunities and price points for agents, labels, artists, and corporate partners to sponsor showcases throughout the week.

The Songwriter Showcase is a coveted opportunity at the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, where we shine a spotlight on ten selected songwriters (or songwriting teams).

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Submit your session proposal now for the 2018 IBMA Business Conference!

Proposals can be submitted by bluegrass and general music industry professionals.  Proposals may be considered for the IBMA Business Conference OR for the Wide Open Bluegrass festival (Convention Center educational and workshop sessions, not stage performances).

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Awards Voting and Nomination

International Bluegrass Music Awards

Recognizing outstanding achievement and pioneering efforts in bluegrass music.

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Distinguished Achievement Awards

Honoring forerunners and ambassadors for bluegrass music.

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Special Awards

Recognizing outstanding work in non-performing industry categories.

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Momentum Awards

Recognizing artists and business people who are in the early years of their careers in bluegrass music.

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Exhibit with Us!

Three exhibiting options allow you to tailor your engagement with over 12,000 World of Bluegrass attendees!  Choose from full-week, Conference-only, or Festival-only options to engage with the best audiences for your business!

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The IBMA Youth Council programs a special series of events just for youth at the World of Bluegrass, offering more ways than ever to get involved in bluegrass music!

  • Youth Stage at the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival
  • The IBMA’s Kids on Bluegrass program
  • Open Youth Room for picking and hanging out all week!
  • Official kickoff party on Wednesday at 5 pm in the Youth Room with food, drinks, and lots of jamming!
  • Seminars, band drop-ins, and more!
  • Chances to hang out, pick, and make friends from around the world!
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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 World of Bluegrass a world-class music industry event!

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