Thursday, 15 January 2015

Bands, apply for WOB 2015 Bluegrass Ramble Showcase now (until 28 February)

Good news from IBMA! All emerging bluegrass bands, and established bands with new music or new personnel as well, are invited to apply to be part of the WOB 2015 Bluegrass Ramble Showcase that will take place September 29 - October 1 downtown Raleigh, NC (USA). In addition to the showcase opportunities, the IBMA showcase package includes:

  • Complimentary booth space during business conference (value $600+)
  • Full conference registration package for performing members of group (value $1000+)
  • One organizational membership for group (value $205)
  • Featured profile in conference program and on the WOB smart phone app
  • Distribution of one mp3 per band on our AirPlay Direct account, providing radio DJ access to showcase band music
  • Inclusion of one mp3 on the 2015 Noisetrade/IBMA Bluegrass Ramble compilation. Download the 2014 compilation free.
  • Inclusion in the Bluegrass Ramble Spotify playlist, promoted on social media by IBMA
  • Priority access to “Gig Fair” appointments
  • Scheduled consultation in advance of events on maximizing showcase opportunities
Each showcase band will perform at least twice during World of Bluegrass Week—once on a convention center stage and once on a Bluegrass Ramble venue.

Application Deadlines, Fees & Process

Online application for IBMA showcases must be submitted by February 28, 2015.  All applicants are required to submita $25 fee to help defray selection process costs. If invited to participate as an official showcase artist, there is an additional fee of $500 to offset costs of services and showcase production.  Showcase applications can be made online but if online application creates a hardship for the applicant, or if any assistance is needed with online application, contact Eddie Huffman, 888-438-4262.In addition to general application 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 recording (mp3 format only)
  • 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.

Up to 30 showcase artists will be invited in 2015, depending on the number of applicants and the qualifications of groups that apply. IBMA showcase artists are chosen in a juried selection process that takes into consideration every applicant’s entertainment value, level of professionalism, potential appeal and quality of work. There are generally more than 100 acts who apply every year. Official IBMA showcase acts from the 2014 Bluegrass Ramble are not eligible for 2015. 

Last but not least, watch a video from 2014's Official Showcase Band Mr. Sun perform during the Ramble! Next September, THIS COULD BE YOU!