IBMA Deadlines approaching – some dates may be pushed back

IBMA is likely to push back the start of ticket sales and hotel rooms for World Of Bluegrass 2020, but some key deadlines won’t be changed and are fast approaching.

“While it is likely we will push back ticketing and registration in early April, we have no plans currently to cancel this great event in the fall,” Executive Director Paul Schiminger told members in an email.

Among the deadlines still in place:

Submissions to the “for your consideration” list of projects eligible for IBMA awards are due by March 31. That’s also the deadline to submit songs for selection in the Songwriter Showcase.

Applications for bands that want to be considered for street stage sets during the week must be submitted by May 15.

Also, anyone who wants to take part in the first round of balloting for IBMA awards must be an IBMA professional member by March 26.

Until further notice, Schiminger and members of the staff will be working from home. “We are still working our regular hours and will answer your emails and phone calls,” he said. “We simply ask for additional patience.”

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David Morris

David Morris, an award-winning songwriter and journalist, has written for Bluegrass Today since its inception. He joined its predecessor, The Bluegrass Blog, in 2010. His 40-year career in journalism included more than 13 years with The Associated Press, a stint as chief White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, and several top editing jobs in Washington, D.C. He is a life member of IBMA and the DC Bluegrass Union. He and co-writers won the bluegrass category in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest in 2015.