The 2016 Bluegrass Ramble will take place September 27 – 29,
once again in beautiful downtown Raleigh, NC, and all emerging
bluegrass bands plus 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.
  • 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
to 30 showcase artists will be invited to perform in
2016. IBMA showcase artists are chosen through a juried selection
process that takes into consideration the applicant’s entertainment
value, level of professionalism, potential appeal and quality of work.
There are generally more than 150 acts applying each year.  Official IBMA showcase acts from the 2015 Bluegrass Ramble are not eligible for 2016. 
does NOT have to be an IBMA member. In addition to general applicant
information, the following materials will be needed to complete the
*Name, email, and role (i.e. banjo, fiddle) of each member of the applying act
*One studio recorded song (mp3 format only, an optional second recording may be submitted as well)
*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
*A stage plotindicating locations of instruments, instrument mics, vocal mics, and any other equipment (i.e. amp, pre-amp)

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