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(The following information is subject to change.)

UPDATE (8/17/2021): In accordance with our updated health and safety protocols, volunteers at IBMA World of Bluegrass 2021 will be required to show proof of vaccination and wear masks at all indoors IBMAWOB events. By completing the volunteer application below, you agree to follow these updated health and safety protocols.

Volunteers are critical to a successful event! Over more than two decades, our volunteers have proven this beyond any doubt, helping to make IBMA World of Bluegrass a world-class music industry event. Whether you are a seasoned returning volunteer or a new talent, join a stellar team of folks working to make this year’s event even better!

We require volunteers to work a total of three 4-hour shifts over the course of the week in order to receive the volunteer perks (see below). Shifts can start as early as 7:00 AM and end as late as 2:00 AM. Volunteers typically work one morning, one afternoon and one evening shift, subject to availability, though schedule requests can be made on the volunteer application. We appreciate our volunteers very much and utilize their talents and experience throughout IBMA World of Bluegrass week for various duties.

Volunteer Registration

Volunteer Registration is made online. The online application allows you to specify areas of the event you would like to work in, the times you are available, and any special skills or background you bring to volunteering. We have organized volunteer opportunities under 11 key categories as follows:

  • Exhibit Hall
  • Registration
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Hospitality
  • IBMA Business Conference
  • IBMA Bluegrass Ramble
  • Festival Ticketing
  • Relief
  • IBMA Bluegrass Live! StreetFest
  • Sighted Guide
  • Green Team


Note: If you have a professional purpose for attending the events and doing business with other professionals in attendance, we strongly encourage you to register for the events rather than asking to volunteer. Your volunteer schedule is likely to conflict with activities in which you should be participating, and IBMA Business Conference offerings like the Gig Fair, DJ Taping Sessions, or functions that serve food & beverage are open to registered attendees only – volunteers cannot participate in these. The IBMA reserves the sole right to make decisions regarding the appropriate use of its volunteers.

Volunteer Perks

It’s a rewarding experience to be directly involved in making sure such a large music industry and festival event succeeds, but volunteers also get some special perks and the chance to interact with all our musical heroes! Volunteers are required to work three 4-hour shifts and are entitled to the following:

  • Free registration to the IBMA Business Conference (If you are volunteering during the business conference, you may “sit in” on seminars and showcases in the Raleigh Convention Center when you are not on duty and when there is space in the room. Your volunteer credentials will not give you admittance to functions where food is served, the Gig Fair, or DJ Taping Sessions)
  • Free access to virtual content throughout the event
  • Free IBMA Bluegrass Ramble admission
  • Free parking on the days of your shifts
  • Free volunteer t-shirt
  • Access to volunteer hospitality area
  • Member pricing ($10 discount) on IBMA Bluegrass Live! AND IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards tickets! Access code will be included with your volunteer confirmation.

General Volunteer Responsibilities

While each volunteer team has its particularities, there are some general responsibilities that apply to all positions.

  • Smile and Be Helpful! You are the first impression many attendees will receive.
  • Arrive 20 minutes before your volunteer assignment.
  • Check in at the volunteer hospitality room in the Raleigh Convention Center before each shift.
  • Work your entire shift. Please schedule meals, meetings or social activities outside of volunteer hours.
  • Notify us if there are any changes in your availability as soon as possible.
  • Familiarize yourself with the task descriptions and attend applicable training sessions.
  • Arrange for childcare prior to arriving on duty.
  • Thoroughly train your shift replacement on the task.
  • One shift equals any time slot ranging in time from 1 hour to 5 hours.
  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

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Additional Volunteer Opportunities

PineCone is also seeking volunteers interested in learning to serve as sighted guides at IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC. No prior experience is necessary; however, training is required for people interested in volunteering as sighted guides. Two training sessions are being offered by PineCone at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (you only need to attend one of the two sessions):

  • Sunday, August 29, 3:00 – 4:30pm ET
  • Tuesday, September 7, 6:30 – 8:00pm ET

Learn more & apply!

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