Nashville, TN (March 31, 2020) — The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), organizers of this year’s IBMA World of Bluegrass event, scheduled for September 29 - October 3 in Raleigh, North Carolina, announced that opening day sales for the IBMA Business Conference, IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards and the limited reserved seating available for Red Hat Amphitheater performances during IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC will be postponed from April 7 for IBMA & PineCone members, and April 21 for the general public, to a yet-to-be determined date in early summer. Access to the IBMA’s discounted hotel blocks will be postponed as well to the new on-sale date.
At this time, no additional changes have been made to IBMA World of Bluegrass events, and the week remains on schedule for September 29 - October 3.
"While so many of us eagerly look forward to sitting at our computers in early April to register and buy tickets for IBMA World of Bluegrass, it is prudent to hit the pause button given the conditions we presently face,” said Paul Schiminger, Executive Director of IBMA. “We are fortunate to have several months until we see everyone in Raleigh, so we are currently anticipating an on-sale date in early-to-mid-June. We know our bluegrass music community needs our important annual gathering more than ever, so we are working hard to make that happen!"
Additional updates and information about IBMA World of Bluegrass will be shared across the organization’s social media platforms, through email notification, and on worldofbluegrass.org and ibma.org. Updates will also be available via our Raleigh partners' social media platforms and email newsletters, including PineCone, the Raleigh Convention Center, and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (visitRaleigh).
IBMA continues to offer a Community Resource page at their official website - ibma.org - that offers updated information about COVID-19 that is relevant to the bluegrass community.
More info about IBMA World of Bluegrass
IBMA World of Bluegrass is a five-day annual bluegrass music homecoming and convention. The IBMA World of Bluegrass week encompasses four events: the IBMA Business Conference, September 29 - October 1; IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of band showcases, taking place September 29 - October 1 in downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center; the 31st Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, October 1; and IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC, October 2 - 3, a two-day festival.
As in years past, events during IBMA World of Bluegrass 2020 will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, the Red Hat Amphitheater, and at various venues in town.
Volunteer for IBMA Bluegrass Live! and other IBMA World of Bluegrass events: https://worldofbluegrass.org/participate/volunteer/
Learn more about accessibility efforts that are part of the whole IBMA World of Bluegrass, including IBMA Bluegrass Live!: https://worldofbluegrass.org/accessibility/
The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau reported that last year’s IBMA World of Bluegrass events generated $18.65 million in direct visitor spending for that region, with total attendance for the week’s activities estimated to be at least 218,000 people. Over 200 acts performed throughout the entire week of IBMA World of Bluegrass.
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IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the nonprofit professional organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s successful run in Raleigh is the product of their 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.
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