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Thursday, July 1, 2010
Plans Underway for IBMA World of Bluegrass: September 27 - October 3, 2010
21th Anniversary of International Bluegrass Music Awards Highlights Week,
Sam Bush to Deliver Keynote Address
Nashville, TN…Twenty thousand fans and music industry professionals from around the globe will converge on the Nashville Convention Center from September 27 through October 3 for the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass. The week is equal parts homecoming, family reunion, expo, business conference, celebration and music festival, highlighted by the International Bluegrass Music Awards which honor the year's most outstanding talent.
To view a brief video about the unique World of Bluegrass experience, click here.
The theme for World of Bluegrass 2010 is “Face Time—It Matters,” because these seven days—more than any other week or place on the planet—are about the relationships folks who care about and work in the business of bluegrass music build and keep for a lifetime. IBMA events are where artists, DJs, journalists, talent buyers and fans interact and share new music. It’s where merchandisers and luthiers unveil new products and instruments, as well as meet artists who will endorse their products. In fact, it's where everyone in the industry meets to sharpen and share their professional skills.
Consider the following benefits waiting at World of Bluegrass 2010:
Face-to-Face meetings build trust and relationships.
Education is more effective in a live setting.
Live meetings actually save time and money.
Live meetings facilitate problem solving through a more effective exchange of ideas.
Face-to-Face meetings provide the human connection that powers business.
Legendary mandolinist and band leader Sam Bush will deliver the keynote address for World of Bluegrass 2010. The 100th birthday of Bill Monroe, widely recognized as “the father of bluegrass music,” is just around the corner, on September 13, 2011. Bush will talk about what that milestone means to the bluegrass music community and industry—and how we might best celebrate a century of Monroe’s influence on the planet.
"Music" remains the first word in "music business" during the conference, with more than 300 showcase performances expected. It's the best place to introduce new acts, new songs and new recordings and connect with key decision makers for bookings, media, broadcast and distribution. Showcases from The Boxcars, Brand New Strings, The Chapmans, Cherryholmes, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, the Cockman Family, Rodney Dillard, the Downtown Ramblers, The John Hartford Stringband, The Infamous Stringdusters, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, the Claire Lynch Band, Kati Penn & NewTown, Lou Reid & Carolina, the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, The Snyder Family Band, Summertown Road, Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa and The Darrell Webb Band will be highlighted during the week, in addition to scores of privately-hosted shows.
Thirty seminars and educational labs will provide a spirited forum on topics ranging from How to be a Better Broadcaster and Developing a Business Plan, to Using Video to Expand your Business, a Website Critique, Branding & Marketing, Parenting Talented Bluegrass Kids, Web & Catalog Marketing and more.
The 21st anniversary of the International Bluegrass Music Awards is the high point of the week, when the music comes home to the historical Ryman Auditorium on Thursday evening, Sept. 30. While the best seats are among the celebrities in the hallowed pews of the Ryman for the all-star lineup, the show is also broadcast live on Sirius/XM and around the world via a syndicated radio network. According to show co-producers Cindy Baucom and Trisha Tubbs, "You don’t want to miss the 2010 IBMA Awards Show! It’s going to be a one-of-a-kind experience—all about amazing music, reunion moments, special guests and performances that will create lasting memories.”
The weekend (Oct. 1-3) arrives on a "high lonesome" note with the uniquely exciting Bluegrass Fan Fest, sponsored in part by Martha White Foods, Martin Guitars and Knee Deep in Bluegrass. Inside the comfortable setting of the Nashville Convention Center, fans will enjoy music from more than 60 acts on three stages, including the Main Stage, the Masters Workshop Stage and the Grand Master Fiddler Championship. A 100-booth expo center is the place to browse and buy the latest music gear, publications, recordings and merchandise—while also meeting artists at their booths in between performances.
Featured acts confirmed at press time include the award-winning talents of Dailey & Vincent, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Michael Cleveland & Flame Keeper, Dale Ann Bradley, Tony Rice, The SteelDrivers, Cherryholmes, Lonesome River Band, The Isaacs, Danny Paisley & Southern Grass, Josh Williams Band, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, The Boxcars, The Claire Lynch Band, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Grasstowne, G-2 and Barry Scott & Second Wind. Additional acts will be announced throughout the summer.
Returning to the festival is the popular Fan Feast breakfast on Friday morning, Oct. 1. For only $25, fans can enjoy breakfast served by the biggest stars in bluegrass.
Proceeds from Fan Fest ticket sales benefit the Bluegrass Trust Fund, established to help bluegrass professionals during times of emergency need, as well as support IBMA's marketing and educational events to promote the music year-round. All artists appearing at the event donate their time and talents for the cause.
Tickets for all events are available at www.ibma.org or by calling 1-888-GET-IBMA. For discount rates on accommodations, call the event housing bureau at 1-877-259-4716. A full schedule of events is available at http://www.ibma.org/events.programs/wob/schedule.asp.