Thursday, 28 July 2011

IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2011

Rienk Janssen, International member of the IBMA's board of directors, sends this message:

Dear IBMA members and/or attendees of previous IBMA WoB events, from outside the USA,

Many of you already have registered for this year's World of Bluegrass, and as the 'international' representative on the IBMA board, I am looking forward to see you in two months.

If you have not yet decided, this may be the time to do so. Until the end of this month (only a few days left), you can still benefit from the $50 discount for 'early bird' registrations. At the same time you can renew your membership, if necessary.

We know it is not always easy for those who have to travel long distances to attend, but at the same time we believe it is vital for an organization like ours to be as international as possible. Many of you are actively involved in the music business, and this is the place and time to learn more and make new contacts to help you do what you do.

Some exciting things are in the works for this year's IBMA World of Bluegrass event to be held Sept. 26-Oct. 2. Prices are coming down, more music and jamming are planned, there will be special activities celebrating the 100th anniversary of Bill Monroe's birth, and, hey, ALISON KRAUSS AND UNION STATION will highlight a great line up for FanFest. We are looking for a reinvigorated and exciting event.

A small number of non-US bands are scheduled to perform on the main stages, and the EBMA (European Bluegrass Music Association), together with Nechville Instruments, will again present 'Foreign Affairs', the after-hours showcase program focusing on bluegrass from all over the world.

Here is an idea to help keep your costs down:
*Share a room with a roommate and cut your lodging costs in half! IBMA has a program that will match you with a roommate and keep you right in the action at half cost. Contact Jill Crabtree (e-mail) at IBMA to get started.

To learn more, or to register for WOB, or to renew your membership in IBMA, visit the IBMA website.

If you have ideas to enhance the international presence in Nashville, I will be happy to hear them.

Need more reasons to decide? Feel free to call (+31 599 312663) or write! Do you know others who may be interested? Please forward this message.

Looking forward to see many of you!

Rienk Janssen