Music for all ages!

The IBMA Youth Council organizes an incredible track of events just for youth, including a Youth Stage at IBMA Bluegrass Live! and open Youth Room with workshops, special guests, and plenty of jamming! And it’s all FREE!

September 24-28, 2024

Youth Room

The central hub for youth activities during IBMA World of Bluegrass!

  • Band drop-ins & special guests (recent guests include Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Rhonda Vincent, Sierra Hull, Lonesome River Band, and Molly Tuttle)
  • Youth-friendly seminars to learn about getting started in the music industry
  • Build lifelong friendships with folks from around the world
  • And, of course, non-stop jamming!

IBMA Bluegrass Live! Youth Stage

The IBMA Youth Council hosts the Youth Stage on Friday and Saturday during IBMA Bluegrass Live! with full sets by youth bands across the two-day festival!

The age limit to apply for the Youth Stage is 22.


IBMA Kids on Bluegrass

The IBMA Kids on Bluegrass program spotlights the talents of young bluegrass musicians and singers (4-17 years old) at IBMA World of Bluegrass. There’s no better opportunity for youth to create, arrange, and perform bluegrass music in addition to building lifelong friendships.

2024 Kids on Bluegrass applications now closed


Bluegrass College Band Showcase

The IBMA Foundation works with institutions of higher education to encourage young bluegrass musicians to pursue bluegrass on the college level. During IBMA’s World of Bluegrass®, college bluegrass bands will have the opportunity to showcase Friday and Saturday evening on the Youth Stage and spread the word about their programs. For more information, contact the IBMA Foundation at [email protected] or (615) 260-4807.

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