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As we begin to tune up for IBMA World of Bluegrass 2020, we would like to share information about the various ways YOU can get involved. Whether you want to share your music throughout the week, sell your wares in our Exhibit Hall, cook your food in the StreetFest, or share your knowledge during our conference, there are so many ways to be a part of the experience! Be sure you are following us on social media and keeping an eye out for our emails so that you can see our application announcements and deadlines. You can also find submission deadlines under the "Latest News" tab on our website. Here is a list of current and upcoming applications:


Congratulations to Michael Cleveland on his 2020 GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album for TALL FIDDLER!

Congratulations to I'm With Her on their 2020 GRAMMY Award for Best American Roots Song for "CALL MY NAME".

What a wonderfully intense month of music we have had from coast to coast! We travelled to New Orleans for the Folk Alliance International 2020 Conference where we had 14 artists perform at our booth and Roots & Branches Showcase. We captured most of that great music via Facebook Live, so be sure to check it out here!

It was only a skip, hop, and five-hour flight over to Los Angeles for our GRAMMY week celebration of American Roots Nominees along with our co-hosts The Blues Foundation and Folk Alliance International. We were spoiled with beautiful weather and music from artists across the roots spectrum from Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen featuring Michael Cleveland to Robert Randolph.

We are so proud of the Best Bluegrass Album nominees - Missy Raines, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and the Po' Ramblin' Boys! They are great musicians, great people, and great ambassadors for the diversity of the bluegrass genre.

Take a look at the photos and a full list of the folks that made these wonderful events possible along by clicking the full recap link below.


Find out how to become a Voting or Professional member of the Recording Academy here to participate in the 63rd GRAMMY Awards process. Recording Academy members have the opportunity to play a part in creating a better world for music and its makers. Members submit recordings for GRAMMY consideration, advocate and fight for music creators’ rights, recommend other new members, elect the Recording Academy governing boards, propose changes to GRAMMY rules and of course, Voting Members can also vote for who they think deserves to win a GRAMMY Award.

A new member submission includes two recommendations and a complete profile by March 1, 2020. New member submissions are considered by the Recording Academy’s Peer Review Panel each spring.


When you donate to the IBMA, IBMA Trust Fund, and IBMA Foundation, you support the global bluegrass community through a variety of projects, events, and campaigns. Because of your generosity, we were able to raise nearly $10,000 during our year-end giving campaign, and our total donations for 2019 exceeded over $100,000. Thank you so much for your support! Click to view a list of our donors.


On March 28, The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum will host a concert to honor the Bluegrass Hall of Fame Class of 2019: The Kentucky Colonels (Roland White, Roger Bush, LeRoy Mack, and Billy Ray Latham), Bill Emerson, and Mike Auldridge. Hosted by Jerry Douglas, the night will include music from Jeff Hanna, Michael Cleveland, Tim O’Brien, Alison Brown, Jeff White, Mark Schatz, Country Current, and more. 


The IBMA Foundation recently awarded $14,000 in project grants for eight bluegrass programs that span the United States and the Czech Republic. “We’re proud to announce a diverse list of recipients for 2020 which will support bluegrass education, historic preservation and leadership development programs for both young people and adults across the globe,” said board chair Fred Bartenstein. “We are grateful to our donors, whose generosity has made it possible to award grants to these very deserving programs.”

View the Foundation's 2020 Grant Recipients


"As I am making my transition from student to 'professional musician'—gasp—time management has become increasingly more difficult. With 18 credit hours, a part-time job, an internship, completing an album, writing my senior thesis, and being on the road, there have been a lot of sleepless nights and questions of “Is it worth it?” Those close to me have insisted that something needs to give, but I have been reluctant to do so. Someone once told me that there are three important things you must consider when taking a gig: good money, good people, and good music. Most of the time (if not all the time) you won’t get all three, but if you can fulfill two requirements, the gig is worth taking. I can pick out at least two of these examples in everything I am a part of at the moment. Being an intern may not pay, but I have the privilege of working with some very lovely people who have allowed me to be fully immersed in a genre that I am eager to learn more about. School may cost a lot, but I have been given the opportunity to study with outstanding faculty members alongside some great young musicians. My cup runneth over. It can be overwhelming at times, but I can confidently say it is worth it." - Bailey Warren

If you are an IBMA member and would like to share your latest news with 30,000 bluegrass lovers across the globe, please contact


Cup O' Joe
In The Parting
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
Bill Monroe's Ol' Mandolin
The SteelDrivers
Bad For You
Barefoot Movement
Rise & Fly
Wood Belly
Man On The Radio


  • Wintergrass Music Festival
    • February 20 - 23 in Bellevue, WA
    • Artists include Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Darrell Scott, The Kruger Brothers, Special Consensus, Old Salt Union, and more.
    • More information at
  • DC Bluegrass Festival
    • March 28 in Falls Church, VA
    • Hosted by the DC Bluegrass Union, performers include Claire Lynch, Man About A Horse, and The Gina Furtado Project.
    • More information at
  • Mini Mon Camp
    • April 4 - 5 in Nashville, TN
    • Co-Sponsored by Monroe Mandolin Camp & Mandolin Cafe, instructors include Mike Compton, Lauren Price Napier, Jesse Brock, and Casey Campbell.
    • More information at
  • Ola Belle Reed Song Writer's Retreat
    • April 17 - 19 in West Jefferson, NC
    • Instructors include Cathy Fink, Tom Paxton, Alice Gerrard, Jon Weisberger, and Marcy Marxer.
    • More information here.
  • Pete Wernick's Bluegrass Camp at Merlefest
    • April 20 - 23 in Boomer, NC
    • Instructors include Scott Freeman, Steve Lewis, Keith Yoder, and Jodi Harbin. This is Pete's 30th annual Merlefest camp.
    • More information at
  • Pickin' On The Hill Bluegrass Festival
    • June 6 in French Creek, WV
    • Performers include Marteka & William, Silas Powell & The Powell Family Band, Rachel & Jim Smarr, LC Blue, and more.
    • More information here.
  • Flagstaff Roots & Boots Music Camp
    • June 23 - 27 in Flagstaff, AZ
    • Instructors include John Reischman, K.C. Groves, Chris Brashear, Peter McLaughlin, Rebekah Rolland, Rudy Cortese, Mark Miracle, and Rachael Burnett. 
    • More information at


The Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum (hosted by The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum) honors female music industry leaders who represents the legacy of pioneer Louise Scruggs. This year's honoree is former IBMA Board member Bev Paul. Learn more.
The Earl Scruggs Center has announced a new exhibit that profiles and celebrates the contributions women of women to the bluegrass and country genres. Notable figures in the exhibit include Louise Scruggs, Alice Gerrard, and Loretta Lynn. Learn more.


Hosted Keith Billik, The Picky Fingers Banjo Podcast is the top podcast for banjo players, fans, and enthusiasts. Guests include Sammy Shelor, Jens Kruger, Chris Pandolfi, Gina Furtado, and more. Episodes available every two weeks.
Hosted by Tom Power, Toy Heart: A Podcast About Bluegrass showcases bluegrass icons and their stories. Guests include Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Bela Fleck, Alice Gerrard, and more. Episodes available beginning March 5. 
John Holder of Blue Ridge Sound has started a great series of videos offering professional advice and techniques for live sound. Whether you are a sound engineer or an artist, be sure to check out John's Facebook Live videos every Tuesday evening or his YouTube channel for a wealth of sound advice. 
Darin & Brooke Aldridge have released a video for "Emmylou" from their latest album Inner Journey.
I'm With Her performs their GRAMMY Award winning song "Call My Name" at the 62nd GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony. 
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