We covered at some length the success of the 2013 edition of the IBMA World of Bluegras in its first year in Raleigh, NC. With the new year upon us, anticipation for the 2014 events (September 30-October 4) is steadily building.
And that includes bluegrass artists interested in being part of the Bluegrass Ramble, the many and various opportunities for selected acts to perform during WOB ’14 at the main convention center, at a number of nearby venues in downtown Raleigh, and during the weekend Wide Open Bluegrass street festival.
For the first time, IBMA now has an online option for bands to register for these showcase opportunities. Of course, you can still submit by mail, but the online application looks like it will be easier and less expensive for everyone involved.
30 showcase acts will be selected, with each guaranteed at least two opportunities to perform during IBMA week. There is a $25 application fee, and selected artists will be charged a $500 processing fee, but receive benefits totaling $1800 including IBMA membership, free exhibit hall space, free WOB registrations, priority gig fair appointments and more.
Successful applicants will be acts who had made significant growth during the prior year, are poised to take their touring to the next level, or have made substantial changes in personnel. A special committee of industry professionals is empaneled to make these selections.
Applications must be received by February 28, 2014 to be considered. You can find all the details on the IBMA site, where you can also submit one online.
To submit by postal mail, send five copies of a CD representative of the current band, plus band bio and promotional information to:
Attn: Showcase Selection Committee
608 W. Iris Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
See you in Raleigh later this year?