Raleigh, NC courts World of Bluegrass

The International Bluegrass Music Association is not only looking to hire a new Executive Director, they are also seeking a new home for their annual convention, World of Bluegrass.

This week long event, which combines an industry trade show, awards celebration and business conference during the week, and a fan-oriented festival on the weekend, got its start in Owensboro, KY in 1990, followed by several years in Louisville, and finally Nashville, where it has been held this past 8 years at the Nashville Convention Center. That facility will be repurposed in 2013, necessitating a change of venue for the organization’s signature event.

The new Director and the Board are looking at other Music City locations, and entertaining bids from other localities as well.

The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau has produced a video to make their appeal on behalf of the Research Triangle in North Carolina.

What do you think?

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  • Joe P.

    I don’t know ‘why’ the Nashville facility is out. I do think Nashville is much more centralized than Raleigh … by far. Think hard folks. You may get a new location that leaves a LOT of folks out.

  • David Morris

    Joe, the Nashville venue is turning into a medical center after the new Convention Center opens. As I understand it, the new Convention Center will almost certainly make a pitch. I like IBMA in Nashville, but the cost of hotel rooms close to the venue is prohibitive for some folks who want to attend.

  • Phil Bankester

    I do think Nashville is the perfect city for WOB, and the new Convention center should be great. I agree about the hotel cost, though, and chose to stay out near the airport for much less money.