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Event Overview:

World of Bluegrass is the annual bluegrass music homecoming, a multifaceted industry event and festival with hundreds of offerings for every bluegrass professional and fan!  The 2015 dates are September 29 - October 3 for year three in our wonderful host city of Raleigh, NC.  World of bluegrass provides the unmatched opportunity for expanding your professional networks, learning the latest in industry best practices, and discovering new bluegrass music, If bluegrass music moves you, come to the conference that moves bluegrass music.

Business Conference

The IBMA Business Conference is the premier industry event and trade show where top bluegrass professionals - including artists, agents, journalists, merchandisers, record labels, publicists, publishers, talent buyers and more - come to share and discover the latest tools, strategies, technology and sounds.


Cutting-edge seminars, panels and workshops on business models, touring, festivals, merchandise, radio, overseas gigs, digital media, instrument building for profit, contract negotiation and more.
NEW Talent Buyer Focus especially for event producers, agents, and artists with a new pitching session, reception, expanded Gig Fair and registration discount for first time talent buyer attendees!
The return of DJ Taping Sessions with enhanced sound quality!
The Inaugural IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival.
The Bluegrass in Higher Education Symposium, bringing together students, faculty and staff of bluegrass music college programs.
Free band website consultations by Bandzoogle
Two town hall meetings where your voice can be heard on issues in bluegrass and the evolution of the IBMA.
Songwriting workshop with some of the bluegrass music’s most successful writers.
Special constituency meetings with fellow professionals in your field.
Enhanced networking opportunities.

Exhibitor Information:

NEW! Wednesday has been added back to the Exhibit Hall schedule this year!

The Bluegrass Expo is the central gathering place to browse the latest industry wares, conduct business, and network.  Take advantage of opportunities to connect with over 20,000 attendees who will be walking through the exhibit hall over four days.

Exhibitors have the best of both worlds, with increased traffic and easy access to both Business Conference attendees and weekend festival goers, all inside a secure, climate controlled environment.  Combined Business Conference, Wide Open Bluegrass Festival and Street Festival attendance was over 140,000 last year!  We expect an even larger crowd this year!

About IBMA:

IBMA is the trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages worldwide appreciation of bluegrass music of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Don't wait to register for the World of Bluegrass 2015. You'll meet influential people and maximize your opportunities for success. Start now by accessing the information below.

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Conference/Event Dates: 09/29/2015 - 10/03/2015
First Move-In Date: 09/30/2015
Classification: Consumer
Primary Industry: Music and Performing Arts
Other Industries: Associations: Trade / Professional, Business, Local Shows & Fairs, Music and Performing Arts
Estimated Attendance: 150,000
Audience: Open to the Industry and Public
Venue: Raleigh Convention Center
Venue Phone: (919) 996-8500
Venue Type: Indoor - Convention Center
Number of Exhibitors:100+ (Previous Year)
Show Owner:IBMA
Show Manager:IBMA
Sponsorship: Yes
Sponsorship Details: Sponsorship with IBMA's World of Bluegrass provides access to the customers you need to reach. Since 1985, this dynamic music industry event has established a reputation for showcasing top name entertainment, productive face-to-face business interaction, youth oriented opportunities and performances, national and international appeal...and did we mention it's also a really good time?

The World of Bluegrass is the place to discover new music, promote new projects and merchandise, and network in the bluegrass music business. We look forward to designing a custom sponsorship package that meets all your needs for bluegrass music's premier event.

Booth Size Booth Cost   Available Amenities
10' x 10' $600   Electricity: Yes - Unknown Price
10' x 20' $920   Water: n/a
20' x 20' $1,200 / Prices are subject to change.   Generator: n/a
  Marketing Vehicles Allowed: Yes
Other Booth Sizes Available: n/a

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