The IBMA is cautiously optimistic that they will be able to hold a hybrid (a combination of in-person and online content) IBMA World of Bluegrass this fall with a meaningful and safe in-person component in Raleigh, North Carolina.
While progress is being made with vaccinations and the number of new cases continues to decline, it is still too early to confirm the extent of in-person events. Organisers continue to monitor CDC, state, and local guidelines and recommendations while modeling a variety of scenarios that will best create a safe, worthwhile, and fun IBMA World of Bluegrass experience for all.
We’ve heard from many of our members in the past few months, and we share the strong desire to gather in person in Raleigh this year; we wish it were a straightforward decision based on that alone. We remain optimistic but also have to consider CDC, state, and local guidelines to hold an event like ours. We have a strong partnership with the City of Raleigh, and they want to hold the event every bit as much as we do since it benefits both of our communities enormously – Paul Schiminger, Executive Director of IBMA.
IBMA will be announcing plans for the events later this spring, and plan to open ticket sales and hotel blocks on June 1. Important upcoming application dates include:
- Official IBMA Artist Showcase: April 5-April 30
- IBMA Songwriter Showcase: May 3-May 28
- IBMA Business Conference Call for Proposals: May 3-May 28
- IBMA Bluegrass Live! Street Stages, Youth Stage, University Ensemble Showcase: June 7-June 30
- Kids on Bluegrass: June 7-June 30
Stay up to date with future announcements at World of Bluegrass website.