2016 IBMA Business Conference

by | 5 Aug, 2016

The International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) annual Business Conference, part of the World of Bluegrass, brought to you by Chiesi, is a premiere industry event and trade show that attracts top professionals – artists, agents, publishers, talent bookers, merchandisers, journalists and more – for three days of panels and workshops to share and discuss trends, technology, strategies and sounds. The schedule for the September 27-29 event at Raleigh’s Convention Centre in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina has just been announced.

IBMATIXIn addition to cutting-edge seminars, panels and workshops, the always popular Gig Fair (a speed dating of sorts for artists and agents) returns as well as a Town Hall, song critique session and plenty of showcases. Free health screenings for vision (including free eyewear), hearing and dental will also be offered.

The World of Bluegrass kickoff party – featuring the Lonesome River Band – will take place Tuesday, September 27, at the Lincoln Theater immediately following the Keynote Address. Shuttle service will be available and conference passes or Ramble wristbands will be needed for entry.

World of Bluegrass Business Conference schedule: (Subject to change.)
Tuesday,September 27:

11:15a.m. Music Industry 101

  • Booking Yourself Without an Agent
  • Industry Overview
  • Publishing 101
  • Take the Fear Out of the Offer
  • Dealing with Stress and Anxiety

1:00p.m. Current Music Licensing Issues Created by Streaming Services

  • Grammy Panel
  • How to Build a Band
  • Planning a Recording
  • Creating Well with Others
  • Contracts

2:15p.m. Gig Fair (Moved from its former Thursday spot.)

4:00p.m. Keynote address and reception

6:00 p.m. World of Bluegrass/Ramble kick-off party featuring Lonesome River Band at the Lincoln Theater

Wednesday, September 28:

8:30a.m. What is Your Digital Legacy?

  • Bluegrass Belongs to Us: Creating an Inclusive Environment at Your Event, Gig and In Your Career
  • Plugging In
  • Turning Writer’s Block into a Stepping Stone

9:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Health Fair

9: 45a.m. Sound-alikes Litigation

  • Getting and Executing the Big Interview
  • Getting to Know Sound Exchange
  • The Power of Language
  • Musical Theater for Bluegrass Songwriters

11:00a.m. Momentum Awards Luncheon

1:00p.m. B2B Conference Expo

2:00p.m. DJ Taping Sessions

2:00 – 5:00p.m. Sponsored Showcases

2:30p.m. Song Critique Session

5:00p.m. Songwriters Meet and Greet, Agent/Talent Buyer Reception, International Meet and Greet and ETSU Alumni and Friends Reception

Thursday, September 29:

8:30a.m. Booking Your Band outside Bluegrass

  • Using Economic Impact Studies to Build Success and Meaningful Partnerships
  • Using Effective Teaching to Enhance Career and Community
  • Getting Cuts and Getting Paid
  • Booking a 300-500 Seat Room is Challenging

9:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Health Fair

9:45 a.m. Town Hall Meeting

11:00a.m. Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon

1:00p.m. B2B Conference Expo

1:00 p.m. Songwriter Showcase

2:00 – 5:00p.m. Official IBMA Showcases

3:00p.m. Song Circles

7:30p.m. IBMA Awards Show at the Duke Energy Centre

The complete schedule, including panelists, can be found on the IBMA Website.

Those wishing to attend the World of Bluegrass Business Conference can purchase a pass at www.ibma.org or by calling 1-800-514-3849. First-time conference attendees receive a $50 discount. IBMA Awards Show tickets and hotel reservation info can also be found on the site.

IBMA is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s six-year stay in Raleigh is the result of a partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Raleigh Convention Center, PineCone (The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music), the City of Raleigh, and a local organizing committee. For more information: www.ibma.org.