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Conf. Track: Talent Buyer [clear filter]
Tuesday, September 24
 

11:00am

Family Programming at Bluegrass Events
From instrument petting zoos to family jam sessions, family
dances and curated kids/family concerts, this panel will talk
about successful concepts that make Bluegrass accessible
to family audiences. How do you create a truly kid-friendly
stage with the same production values as any other stage at
your event? We will talk about making the Bluegrass
experience a good one for all ages. We can also discuss ways
for artists and bands to create a specific Kids/family set.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Katz Court

Jamie Katz Court

Communications & Programs Manager, PineCone - Piedmont Council of Traditional Music
Jamie Katz Court moved to North Carolina in 2004 from Portage, Michigan. She has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, but once she discovered her passion for working in the arts, she never looked back. Jamie is responsible for coordinating the logistical... Read More →
avatar for Cathy Fink

Cathy Fink

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
Cathy Fink is a TWO-TIME GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER, and half of the power duo, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer. She is the 2018 Appalachian Stringband Banjo Competition first place winner and in 1980 she became the first woman to win the West Virginia State Banjo Contest. She is an artist... Read More →
avatar for Pete Wernick

Pete Wernick

Pete Wernick is renowned worldwide for his contributions to bluegrass music: the hot-picking force in several trend-setting bands including Hot Rize, respected author and teacher, songwriter, and long-term President of the International Bluegrass Music Association. His Wernick Method... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 B 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

Reinvigorating Festivals
The bluegrass festival has been a staple of our industry for over fifty years. It is the premiere vehicle for new fans to be introduced to the power of live bluegrass music. With the changes in technology and times, there are new ways to promote your event to fans old and new, and to improve the overall festival experience. We will discuss these topics and more in this informative session.

Moderators
avatar for Daniel Mullins

Daniel Mullins

Daniel Mullins is a full-time radio broadcaster and IBMA award-winning journalist from southwestern Ohio. He is heard weekdays on Real Roots Radio, and has had work published in Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today, The Bluegrass Situation, and Singing News Magazine. His multi-faceted... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Bowers

Joyce Bowers

Joyce Bowers is the co-founder of Pickin' In Parsons bluegrass festival. This five-day festival is held at Five Rivers Campground in Parsons, WV, and was named the 2017 IBMA Bluegrass Event of the Year.
avatar for Joe Mullins

Joe Mullins

Joe Mullins is an award-winning bandleader, broadcaster, and bluegrass promoter. He leads Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, and is the manager of the Real Roots Radio network, where he is heard on air every weekday afternoon. He also owns and operates the twice annual Southern Ohio... Read More →
avatar for Stan Strickland

Stan Strickland

In the late 1980s, after 10 years of a vertical run with Top Billing International and Regency/Triad (which would become WME), Stan created Rainmaker Inc. Then in 1997, he formed Skaggs Family Records with Ricky Skaggs. The first artist signed under Skaggs’ label was The Del McCoury... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:00pm

Gig Fair
The event, a rare meet-and-greet opportunity in the midst of a hectic and fast-paced music industry event,serves as an organized information exchange for emerging artists and event producers. We envision the GigFair as a first step in building business relationships, and it has become one of the most popular events of theWorld of Bluegrass week!

GIG FAIR OPEN FOR OFFICIAL SHOWCASE BANDS WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4, NOON CENTRAL.  You will receive an email with a private Gig Fair link and instructions.

ALL OTHER REGISTERED ARTISTS WILL HAVE ACCESS FRIDAY, FRIDAY SEPT. 6, NOON CENTRAL. You will receive an email with a private Gig Fair link and instructions.

To participate, you must be registered for the IBMA Business Conference.

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Participating Talent Buyers:
Abingdon Music Experience
Blissfest Music Festival
Blue Ox Music Festival
Blueberry Bluegrass Festival
Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa
Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum/ROMP
Boston Bluegrass Union
Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music
California Bluegrass Association
Carolina in the Fall
Charm City Bluegrass
Danny Stewart's Productions
Durango Bluegrass Meltdown
Earl Scruggs Music Festival
Floyd Country Store
Grey Fox Bluegrass
John Hartford Memorial Fest
Kiwigrass
La Roche Bluegrass Festival - French Alps
Lucketts Bluegrass
Marshman Concerts
Midwest Banjo Camp
Midwood Entertainment/NC Brewers & Music Festival
Minnesota Bluegrass (MBOTMA)
Monroe Mandolin Camp
Music Contact Germany
North Cascades Bluegrass Festival
Pickin' in the Pines
Pinecone-Piedmont Council of Traditional Music
Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival
Rocky Grass/Telluride
Silver Dollar City
SnowyGrass Music Festival
Texas Bluegrass Music
The Arts Inc.
The Emelin Theatre
Whiskey Rebellion Festival
WinterWonderGrass



Tuesday September 24, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom C 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
 
Wednesday, September 25
 

9:00am

Breakfast 2 Business
While our Agent Pitch Sessions have been successful, this year we are taking it up a notch by providing aplace for buyers and agents to connect over a gratis hot breakfast at the first-ever Breakfast 2 Business. 

Wednesday September 25, 2019 9:00am - 10:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 402 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:10pm

2:00pm

Rod McCormack
Artists
avatar for Rod McCormack

Rod McCormack

rod@rodmccormack.com, Booking: Rod McCormack
Rod McCormack is an Australian musician, songwriter and producer. Rod says "When I was 11 I discovered bluegrass and when I heard Tony Rice and then New Grass Revival, my mind was officially blown.” Rod won the Australian Banjo and Guitar Championships 3 times each and in 198 won... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday September 25, 2019 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Raleigh Convention Center Masters Workshop Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:35pm

3:10pm

Red Wine
Artists
Sponsors

Wednesday September 25, 2019 3:10pm - 3:35pm
Raleigh Convention Center Masters Workshop Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3:45pm

Andrew Collins Trio
Artists
avatar for Andrew Collins Trio

Andrew Collins Trio

sytesounds@gmail.com, Booking: Andrew Collins
5x JUNO (Canada’s Grammy equivalent) nominee and 7x Canadian Folk Music Award winning mando-maestro Andrew Collins and his fellow Trio stringmeisters just borrowed a page from basic carpentry, hitting the nail on the head with their new, double disc (1 all instrumentals, the other... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday September 25, 2019 3:45pm - 4:10pm
Raleigh Convention Center Masters Workshop Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:20pm

The Slocan Ramblers
Artists
avatar for The Slocan Ramblers

The Slocan Ramblers

lee@keithcase.com, Booking: Lee Olsen, Cumberland Music Collective
The Slocan Ramblers are today’s bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, Toronto’s Slocan Ramblers have become a leading light of the contemporary acoustic music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday September 25, 2019 4:20pm - 4:45pm
Raleigh Convention Center Masters Workshop Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:00pm

Agent/Talent Buyer Reception
As always, our Agent/Talent Buyer Reception promises to be a relaxing and engaging networking session. It isthe perfect time to connect with new and old colleagues over hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Why not? The firstdrink is on IBMA!

Wednesday September 25, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 402 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
 
Thursday, September 26
 

9:00am

In Pursuit of Gender Parity in Your Festival Lineup
It’s no secret that women have been underrepresented on festival lineups for as long as there have been festivals There is finally a growing movement to address this problem, and the arguments against progress. This discussion will address the the lack of gender parity head-on, with speakers who face this issue every day.

Speakers
avatar for Dustin Boyd

Dustin Boyd

214 Productions
A graduate of MTSU’s Music Business program, Dustin Boyd has spent his entire professional career working in and around the music industry. As a long time staff member for Planet Bluegrass, he oversees merchandise for the company’s three major festivals (Telluride Bluegrass, RockyGrass... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Conceison

Michelle Conceison

Market Monkeys
Michelle Conceison runs management and marketing company Market Monkeys, manages GRAMMY nominated and IBMA winning band Della Mae, English songwriter John Smith, and IBMA-nominated songwriter-artist Sarah Siskind (Song of the Year for Molly Tuttle's "Take The Journey"). Conceison... Read More →
avatar for Jamie Katz Court

Jamie Katz Court

Communications & Programs Manager, PineCone - Piedmont Council of Traditional Music
Jamie Katz Court moved to North Carolina in 2004 from Portage, Michigan. She has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, but once she discovered her passion for working in the arts, she never looked back. Jamie is responsible for coordinating the logistical... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Darrow

Jeremy Darrow

Front Country
From festival stages, to clubs, to the rarefied air of the Tibetan Plateau, bassist Jeremy Darrow travels the globe holding down low-end duties with rule-defying indy-folk quartet Front Country. Live and in the studio, Jeremy draws from the worlds of Jazz, Classical, and Pop music... Read More →
avatar for Mollie Farr

Mollie Farr

Lost Buffalo Artists
Mollie Farr runs Lost Buffalo Artists from her home in Nashville, TN. She started Lost Buffalo Artists for those seeking help from a new sort of agent—one that truly understood their lives and music within the music business today, one that would go to bat for them with a relentless... Read More →
avatar for Alex Mallett

Alex Mallett

Folk Alliance International
Alex handles sales, sponsorships, in-kind agreements and strategic partnerships for the Folk Alliance International conference, fundraising for the non-profit's charitable activities and grant writing for all of Folk Alliance International's events. Alex is uniquely suited to the... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:00pm

Gina Furtado
Artists
avatar for Gina Furtado

Gina Furtado

ginapicks5@gmail.com, Booking: Gina Furtado
A Mountain Home Recording artist, Gina Furtado is becoming known for her innovative and unique musicianship and songwriting. Although based in traditional music modalities, Gina breaks free from the assumed constructs and makes a new musical statement that's influenced by emotion... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
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2:00pm

The Price Sisters
Artists
avatar for The Price Sisters

The Price Sisters

pricesistersbluegrass@gmail.com, Booking: Lauren Price Napier
Rebel Records recording artists, ‘The Price Sisters,’ features Lauren Price and Leanna Price, twin sisters from southeastern Ohio. Accompanied by musicians Matthew Parsons, Bobby Osborne Junior, and Lincoln Hensley, The Sisters produce a fresh, original sound, yet one which manages... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Raleigh Convention Center Masters Workshop Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
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2:35pm

Rapidgrass
Artists
avatar for Rapidgrass

Rapidgrass

mark@rapidgrass.com, Booking: Mark Morris
The celebration of mountains and whitewater rapids is the inspiration for everything Rapidgrass. The Internationally acclaimed mountain music is influenced by an active, outdoor lifestyle. Brought together through music and love for mountains, they define modern, acoustic, Colorado... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 2:35pm - 3:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Masters Workshop Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
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2:35pm

Twisted Pine
Artists
avatar for Twisted Pine

Twisted Pine

lynne@signaturesounds.com, Booking: Signature Sounds / LIT33
Praised by NPR for an “upbeat, poppy vibe; energetic, driving rhythms" and "virtuosic solos,” Twisted Pine, Boston Music Awards' Americana Artist of 2018, has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. "... boundary jumpers akin to outfits like... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 2:35pm - 3:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
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3:10pm

Tellico
Artists
avatar for Tellico

Tellico

brewerworldtour@gmail.com, Booking: David Brewer, Brewer World Tour
With vivid storytelling, vibrant musicianship and arresting honesty, Asheville NC’s Anya Hinkle & Tellico explore the beauty of songcraft through the lens of the Appalachian stringband tradition. Tellico features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle, originally from the mountains... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 3:10pm - 3:35pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
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3:10pm

Hoot & Holler
Artists
avatar for Hoot & Holler

Hoot & Holler

fisforfiddle@gmail.com, Booking: Amy Alvey
Hoot and Holler are the sum of two parts: guitarist Mark Kilianski and fiddler Amy Alvey. Each are songwriters dedicated to honing their craft, both equally influenced by wordsmiths like Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt as they are to authentic mountain musicians like Roscoe Holcomb... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 3:10pm - 3:35pm
Raleigh Convention Center Masters Workshop Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
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3:45pm

Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
Artists
avatar for Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons

Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons

marth@quicksilverproductions.net, Booking: Martha Dantzic, Quicksilver Productions
Seattle songsters Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons give life to voices that have long been silenced in American culture. Their award-winning performances are highlighted by story-telling that, rather than bringing the past to life, vividly shows how the past still lives in the present. Through... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 3:45pm - 4:10pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
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3:45pm

Troy Engle & Southern Skies
Artists
avatar for Troy Engle & Southern Skies

Troy Engle & Southern Skies

troyengle@bellsouth.net, Booking: Troy Engle
Troy Engle's sideman resume reads like a who's who of Bluegrass and Country Music. He's played everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to Festivals all across North America, with artists like: Patty Loveless, Larry Sparks, The Isaacs, and Buddy Jewell. He's written award winning bluegrass... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 3:45pm - 4:10pm
Raleigh Convention Center Masters Workshop Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
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4:20pm

The Dead South
Artists
avatar for The Dead South

The Dead South

chriswynters@sixshooterrecords.com, Booking: Chris Wynters, Six Shooter Management
The Dead South, a gold rush vibing JUNO winning four-piece acoustic set from Saskatchewan, infuse their sound with an air of frontier recklessness, whiskey breakfasts and grizzled tin-pan showmanship. Built on a taut configuration of cello, mandolin, banjo and guitar, The Dead South... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 4:20pm - 4:45pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
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4:20pm

Trout Steak Revival
Artists
avatar for Trout Steak Revival

Trout Steak Revival

drew@ramblewest.com, Booking: Ramble West Management LLC
Ever since winning the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, Trout Steak Revival has quickly become a quintessential Colorado bluegrass band. The band won an Emmy Award for a soundtrack they contributed to a Rocky Mountain PBS. They collaborate with school children in mentoring... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 4:20pm - 4:45pm
Raleigh Convention Center Masters Workshop Stage 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
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