IBMA Bluegrass Live! Youth Stage


Please review all information below before completing the application form at the bottom of this page.


Up to 10 Youth Artists will be invited to perform on the Youth Stage at IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC. Youth Stage performers are chosen by the IBMA Youth Council through a juried selection process that takes into consideration the applicant’s entertainment value, level of professionalism, potential appeal and quality of work.

Each act must contain at least two (2) members between the ages of 5 and 25. Applicant does NOT have to be an IBMA member. In addition to general applicant information, the following materials will be needed to complete the application:

  • Name, email, and role (i.e. banjo, fiddle) of each member of the applying act
  • One studio recorded song (mp3 format only, an optional second recording may be submitted as well)
  • One Hi-Res artist photo
  • An artist bio with artist location, names/roles of band members (if known at time of application), description of the artist’s sound, and note of any recently released recordings
  • A stage plot, indicating locations of instruments, instrument mics, vocal mics, and any other equipment (i.e. amp, pre-amp)

Invited acts receive a special $100 rate for IBMA Business Conference registration* along with featured promotion of the act in the IBMA World of Bluegrass wrap-up.

*All youth activities associated with IBMA World of Bluegrass are free to all youth. The discounted conference rate applies specifically to professional development sessions and other conference activities outside of our free youth content.

Note for College and University Ensembles: The IBMA Foundation organizes a Bluegrass College Band Showcase that takes place on the Youth Stage. For more info, contact [email protected] or 615-260-4807.

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