The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced that Nick Forster, bassist/vocalist with Hot Rize and host and co-founder of the eTown radio franchise, will deliver the Keynote Address to the assembled bluegrass industry during the organization’s 2015 World of Bluegrass conference.
His address will be hosted on September 29, the first day of the convention, during a Keynote Reception running from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC.
Each year the IBMA selects one or more prominent people in the bluegrass world to share their experiences and comments to the collection of artists, songwriters, radio professionals, event producers, media folks, recording industry people, and association representatives who congregate at the World of Bluegrass.
Forster accepts the challenge of speaking to his peers with good cheer.
“I was honored to be asked to deliver the keynote address this year for IBMA. I’ve been really fortunate to have been in the bluegrass world for so long, starting out as a scrappy kid who was ready to learn anything and do anything (including driving the bus and showing up on time) to keep things moving forward. I’ve had great partners and mentors along the way, but I assume that one of the reasons that I’ve been asked to speak this year is that now, even more than ever, we all have to be scrappy, creative and nimble to make it all work out. I look forward to sharing my perspective at IBMA this year.”
World of Bluegrass, along with the IBMA Awards Show and the weekend Wide Open Bluegrass festival, runs from September 29-October 3. More details can be found online.