Thursday, 26 February 2015



The deadline for submitting your application to be part of the 2015 IBMA Bluegrass Ramble in Raleigh, North Carolina is THIS SATURDAY - 28th FEBRUARY. Last year, approximately 180,000 people visited the IBMA World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh and expectations for the 2015 are just as high. Who would not want to be part of Bluegrass' premier event?

European bands and artists have previously appeared at IBMA World of Bluegrass and it would be good for the Bluegrass world to see and hear more of the fine music being played and produced by European artists...But, if you have not done so already, you will need to apply very soon - in fact, today would be a good day! Being part of the Bluegrass Ramble is not just about appearing onstage; it also includes booth space during the business conference, organizational membership for the group, priority access to Gig Fair appointments and a great deal more - see the full information below. All of us in Europe know that there is great Bluegrass being played on this side of the Atlantic - put your applications in now to have the chance to take your music to the IBMA World of Bluegrass and show Raleigh some great European Bluegrass.

The 2015 Bluegrass Ramble will take place September 29 - October 1, once again in beautiful downtown Raleigh, NC, and all emerging bluegrass bands, as well as established bands with new music or new personnel, are encouraged to apply.

Each showcase band will perform at least twice during World of Bluegrass Week - once on a convention center stage and once on a local Bluegrass Ramble venue.

In addition to the two 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
Application Process
Showcase applications can be made online *. Applicants do not have to be members of the IBMA. 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.
Application ENDS at midnight on Saturday, February 28! 

*If online application creates a hardship for the applicant, or if any assistance is needed with online application, contact Eddie Huffman, 888-438-4262

Application Deadlines & Fees
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.

Now...Watch a video from 2014's Official Showcase Band Mr. Sun perform during the Ramble!
In September, THIS COULD BE YOU!

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