Showcase Opportunity: International Bluegrass Music Association Bluegrass Ramble 2020

Showcase Opportunity: International Bluegrass Music Association Bluegrass Ramble 2020

Taking place September 29 – October 1, 2020 in Raleigh, NC

Deadline: February 29, 2020

World of Bluegrass is the largest, integrated platform for bluegrass music in the world. From professional to fan, it’s where the bluegrass music community comes to connect, discover, and grow in bluegrass music.

The events facilitate the growth and development of the bluegrass music community, from professional to fan. They accomplish this goal through four main World of Bluegrass events: Conference, Showcases, Awards Show and Festival.

Official showcase performances at the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble form the premier platform for introducing talent to the bluegrass community. The event will take place during September 29 – October 1, 2020, once again in beautiful downtown Raleigh, NC.

The Official Showcase Package

Each selected showcase act will perform at least twice during the week— once during the IBMA Business Conference (25-minute sets) and once at an IBMA Bluegrass Ramble venue (45-minute sets). In addition to the two showcase opportunities, the official showcase package includes:

•Full conference registration package for performers (value $1000+)
•Priority access to Gig Fair appointments
•Complimentary Exhibit Hall booth space during business conference (value $700+)
•Up to three (3) Individual Memberships (value $225+)
•Featured promotion on IBMA social media channels throughout the summer, ahead of the events
•Featured profile in conference program, WOB app, and printed IBMA Bluegrass Ramble schedules
•Featured pre-event promotion to DJs and talent-buyers via our IBMA Bluegrass Ramble playlists on •Noisetrade and Spotify


All emerging bluegrass bands, as well as established bands with new music or new personnel, are encouraged to apply. They celebrate a diverse lineup of acts from all over the world playing across the stylistic spectrum. No matter where you are from or what style of bluegrass you play, if you are ready to take your music career to new heights, their official showcase opportunity is for you. Applicants do not have to be IBMA members.

All non-U.S.-based artists must be legally able to enter the United States and are responsible for acquiring all necessary travel permits including visas when necessary.

Official showcase acts from the 2019 event are NOT eligible for 2020. However, if your act performed on sponsored showcases during the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble or elsewhere during 2019, you ARE eligible to apply for an official showcase for 2020

The deadline to apply is February 29, 2020.

For info and to apply click here.

Please note: there is a $25.00 USD fee to apply. If invited to participate as an official showcase artist, there is an additional fee of $500.00 USD to offset costs of services and showcase production.