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Event: Business Conference [clear filter]
Monday, September 23
 

10:00am

IBMA Board Meeting
Members are welcome to observe the board meeting, and may be asked to leave should the meeting enter a confidential “Executive Session”. Please let the Lobby Security Guard know you are attending the IBMA board meeting.

Williams Mullen
PNC Plaza Building
301 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1700

Monday September 23, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm
Williams Mullen PNC Plaza Building 301 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1700

1:00pm

Pre-Registration Pickup
Monday September 23, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Main Lobby 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
 
Tuesday, September 24
 

8:00am

Quiet Space
For people or families who need a low sensory environment away from the crowds and noise.

Sponsors
avatar for West Elm

West Elm

West Elm was born in Brooklyn in 2002. A branch of Williams–Sonoma, Inc, we're focused on the intersection of modern design, affordability and community. Everything we sell—from sofas and tables to bedding and vases—is made with one goal in mind: to help our customers express... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 302A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00am

Pre-Registration Pickup and Onsite Registration Sales
Tuesday September 24, 2019 8:00am - 8:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Main Lobby 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00am

IBMA Board Meeting
Members are welcome to observe the board meeting, and may be asked to leave should the meeting enter a confidential “Executive Session”. Please let the Lobby Security Guard know you are attending the IBMA board meeting.

Williams Mullen
PNC Plaza Building
301 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1700

Tuesday September 24, 2019 8:00am - 11:50pm
Williams Mullen PNC Plaza Building 301 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1700

8:00am

Instrument Check and Lost & Found
Tuesday September 24, 2019 8:00am - Wednesday September 25, 2019 2:00am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 202 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

New Attendee Orientation
IBMAs' World of Bluegrass and the city of Raleigh both have a lot to offer. Whether this is your first time, or you just want to get a fresh perspective on the week, this session will help you make the most of your time at the conference, and in the city.

Tuesday September 24, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Substance Abuse Recovery Support
New for 2019, the NC Recovery Village is offering free confidential, one-on-on substance use consultation for all IBMA Business Conference attendees. If you are concerned about your alcohol or substance use, or know someone who made need help, and would like to speak to a trained peer visit the Wlliow Oak room in the Sheraton Hotel, 3rd floor.  Our Recovery Peer Support Specialists have lived experience suffering from a substance use disorder, and they are trained to help you find resources and a pathway to recovery that fits your individual needs. All conversations are confidential.

Exhibitors

Tuesday September 24, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm
Willow Oak Room, Sheraton Hotel (3rd Floor) 421 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00am

Streaming: A New Reality
Representatives from Spotify and Pandora, plus associated experts will discuss how to better utilize streaming to enhance and promote careers.

Speakers
avatar for Cameo Carlson

Cameo Carlson

mtheory
Cameo Carlson is the President of management services company mtheory Nashville, and former Head of Digital Business Development for Borman Entertainment and Executive Vice President of Universal Motown Republic Group. She has worked in everything from FM radio to streaming radio... Read More →
avatar for Jen Danielson

Jen Danielson

Pandora
Jen Danielson oversees programming for Country, Americana and Bluegrass music at Pandora and is based in Nashville, TN. Ms. Danielson previously spent a decade at CMT, a Viacom company, where she served as Director of Music Strategy. She is a proud native of Raleigh, NC.
avatar for Christina Dunkley

Christina Dunkley

Director of Marketing and Promotions, Compass Records, Compass Records
Christina’s music career spans over 25 years with essential roles at Nettwerk Records, 3D Artist Management and now Compass Records Group. She’s worked alongside a multitude of both rising and established platinum-selling artists as an artist manager, garnering her a diverse range... Read More →
avatar for Justin Hiltner

Justin Hiltner

Justin Hiltner
Justin Hiltner is a banjo player and songwriter based in Nashville, TN. His debut record, Watch It Burn, made with co-writer Jon Weisberger, is out now. He is also Associate Editor for The Bluegrass Situation, where he co-founded and produces Shout & Shine, a showcase celebrating... Read More →
avatar for Casey Mahlon

Casey Mahlon

Digital Marketing Manager, Compass Records, Compass Records
Casey launched her career with a digital marketing agency in 2012 and never looked back. Now with over seven years of experience in executing campaigns for emerging artists and GRAMMY-winners alike, she’s found her home at Compass Records as Digital Marketing and Social Media Manager... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00am

Why a Non-Profit Status - How and Why, with a Practical Example
This panel will explore how to form a nonprofit and the limitations and advantages of gaining nonprofit status.  While nonprofit status is an acknowledged path for associations and presenting organizations, we will also have a presentation from artists who will discuss how the status has helped their band advance its business plan.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Goldfine

Jon Goldfine

Henhouse Prowlers
Jon is a co-founding member of both the Henhouse Prowlers and the group’s non-profit, Bluegrass Ambassadors. The non-profit's mission is to educate and inspire through the cultural exchange of music. When not performing around the globe and teaching, Jon handles much of the back-end... Read More →
avatar for Ronald Raxter

Ronald Raxter

PineCone - Piedmont Council of Traditional Music
Ron retired after practicing law for almost 40 years.  His practice included advising non-profit arts organizations. He was a founder of two non-profit arts organizations, the Apple Chill Cloggers and PineCone. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of PineCone, the IBMA... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Wright

Benjamin Wright

Bluegrass Ambassadors
Ben co-runs the Henhouse Prowlers and the 501(c)(3) non-profit Bluegrass Ambassadors. The inspiration for the Bluegrass Ambassadors came from the more than 25 countries that the group has toured as both musical diplomats with the US State Department and as a touring band. Ben handles... Read More →


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

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

11:00am

Free and Easy Websites
Your website is the backbone of your web presence linking your social media. Keeping your website fresh and up-to-date is an essential element of your bands marketing strategy. We’ll take you beyond a facebook page to owning your own piece of real estate on the Web. We’ll explore technologies that are free and easy for creating your website. Wordpress, Bandzoogle & Wix. Bring laptops/iPads for a working session. No prior knowledge of web development required.

Speakers
avatar for Phyllis Erck

Phyllis Erck

Ruby Jewel Productions
She spent her formative years in technology and bluegrass music in New England, working as an internet technology consultant for 20 years.  She now makes her home in Montana where she performs on dobro and sings in several bluegrass bands.  She’s the founder of Ruby Jewel Productions... Read More →
avatar for Paisley Gray

Paisley Gray

Pickled Okra
A noted musician and music community builder in the Pacific Northwest.  She splits her time between managing web-based information systems for the Tulalip Tribe in Washington state and performing on bass in several acoustic groups in the Seattle area.  Check out her band, Pickled... Read More →
avatar for Shawna Lockhart

Shawna Lockhart

Fina Mae Band
From writing manuals for lasers and robots to developing the music instruction book series, Bluegrass with Friends, Shawna’s wide ranging interests help her communicate technical information in a friendly way. Shawna has been a leading author and educator in the field of engineering... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 402 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00am

Yoga for Musicians
Gigs are tough on musicians. The loading, unloading, setup, breakdown...not to mention the actual performance, take more out of you than just the three hrs on stage. Welcome to YOGA for Musicians!

Although this class is designed for musicians, it will be appropriate for anyone who would like to attend.
No experience is required and the exercises we will use are appropriate for everyone.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Dollar

Kevin Dollar

On classical, steel string or electric guitar, whether performing or teaching, Kevin Dollar takes a multi-faceted approach to the instrument. He holds a Master's in Music from UNC-Greensboro and is a regular performer with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he is a RYT-200... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 302A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:30pm

Broadcasting Best Practices
Join in a 2-part discussion with broadcasters Barb Heller, Katy Daley, Kyle Cantrell, and moderator Bob Webster.  Part 1 will cover interview techniques, including putting your guests at ease, as well as preparation tips.  Part 2 will focus on best practices to help you keep listeners tuned in without annoying habits and getting to know your audience. Bring your experiences as well to enhance everyone's learning.

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Cantrell

Kyle Cantrell

Inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2019, Kyle's rich history in country and bluegrass broadcasting is very rare.  He was named WSM-AM Program Director in 1993, then continued with a stint at WKDF before taking his current position as program director at Sirius XM's Bluegrass... Read More →
avatar for Katy Daley

Katy Daley

An IBMA 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient, as well as IBMA Broadcaster of the Year in 2009 and 2011, Katy had a 30+ year career in Bluegrass (WAMU) and Country (WMZQ) radio in the Washington, DC area and is now a host of Bluegrass Stories, a podcast available at htt... Read More →
avatar for Barb Heller

Barb Heller

Barb Heller is host of String Fever, a weekly two hour bluegrass show on North Country Public Radio, which streams live at www.ncpr.org and is archived for playback online.  Barb is also a local host for syndicated programming on NCPR and is a music host for Folk Alley (www.FolkAlley.com... Read More →
avatar for Bob Webster

Bob Webster

Bob Webster is the Broadcast Media representative on the IBMA Board of Directors.  He has been the host of WAMU’s Stained Glass Bluegrass and Rockingham County Radio’s Bluegrass for Lunch radio programs.  He emcees for the Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival at Denton Farm Park... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:30pm

Our Community, in Our Own Voices
The Bluegrass community has always been more diverse than most people may assume. But that diversity isn't always as visible as it could be. Or should be. In this event attendees will participate in a series of round-table discussions, guided by a diverse array of hosts, with a goal of encouraging sincere exchange and an enhanced sense of community. All are welcome to talk, or just to listen.

Speakers
avatar for Jake Blount

Jake Blount

Jake Blount is an award-winning old-time banjoist, fiddler, singer and scholar based in Washington, DC. Blount specializes in the music of Black and Native American communities in the southeastern United States, and in the regional style of Ithaca, New York. His teachers include Rhiannon... 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 John DeLuca

John DeLuca

John DeLuca grew up in eastern North Carolina and has lived in Raleigh for the last 37 years. He is retired from work as an administrator and attorney in North Carolina State Government. In retirement, he continues to work to expand his limited musical skills. He has been a supporter... Read More →
avatar for Sandy DeLuca

Sandy DeLuca

Sandy DeLuca grew up in western North Carolina and has lived in Raleigh for more than 35 years. She retired from a career as a teacher of blind and visually impaired students. She has sung in choirs for most of her life and now works to hone her skills on the mandolin. She has also... 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 Justin Hiltner

Justin Hiltner

Justin Hiltner
Justin Hiltner is a banjo player and songwriter based in Nashville, TN. His debut record, Watch It Burn, made with co-writer Jon Weisberger, is out now. He is also Associate Editor for The Bluegrass Situation, where he co-founded and produces Shout & Shine, a showcase celebrating... Read More →
avatar for Kara Kundert

Kara Kundert

Bluegrass Pride
Kara Kundert is the executive director of Bluegrass Pride, a Bay Area-based nonprofit devoted to nurturing and uplifting LGBT voices within the bluegrass and old-time music communities. In her spare time, she also practices mandolin, harmony singing, and amateur American musicology... Read More →
avatar for Joe Newberry

Joe Newberry

Showcase Artist, Compton & Newberry
Joe Newberry is an IBMA Award-winning songwriter and musician.  A frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, he was a featured singer on the 2016 Transatlantic Sessions, and at the Transatlantic Session's debut at Merlefest in 2017. The Gibson Brothers’ version of his song “Singing... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 305AB 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

The Music Modernization Act: How It Got Here, Where It's Taking Us
A presentation about the history behind the Music Modernization Act, what it will do, and how it will help the Bluegrass and Acoustic world.

Speakers
avatar for Bart Herbison

Bart Herbison

The Nashville Songwriters Association, International
Herbison is Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the world's largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization and advocacy group dedicated to songwriting. Established in 1967, NSAI’s membership of nearly 5,000 spans the United States... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

Band Coaching with Stephen Mougin
Watch a LIVE Coaching session. Stephen Mougin will work with a band to dig deep into musical and performance concepts, geared to help them (and any band) improve. During the workshop, he will pause to explain strategies and take questions from the audience.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Mougin

Stephen Mougin

Stephen Mougin is the guitar player/vocalist for the "Sam Bush Band" and "Nedski and Mojo”. He is the owner/operator of Dark Shadow Recording where he produces and engineers demos, eps, and albums for independents and for the DSR Label. Mougin is a certified educator, teaching music... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 402 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

Co-Writing: The Pathway to Success
If you take a look at the credits to the top songs on today's Bluegrass Charts, you will find that most are the result of songwriters teaming up together. Co-writing is the pathway to success for most songwriters these days. In this session three of the most successful song collaborators in Bluegrass will share their knowledge on the subject.

Speakers
avatar for Irene Kelley

Irene Kelley

Irene Kelley left Pennsylvania for Nashville in 1984 and signed with MCA Records. Carl Jackson, Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas appeared on her first album. Irene’s trademark is the heart-felt songwriting that exposed her music to millions through hits like “A Little Bluer Than That... Read More →
avatar for Jerry Salley

Jerry Salley

Referred to by Billboard Magazine as “One Of Music Row’s Greatest Veteran Tunesmiths”, Jerry has had over 500 songs recorded in his multi-award winning career. Bands that have covered Jerrys songs include The Steeldrivers, Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lonsome... Read More →
avatar for Donna Ulisse

Donna Ulisse

Donna Ulisse is a key figure in the Bluegrass, folk and acoustic music scene as a singer and songwriter, being awarded 2016 IBMA Songwriter Of The Year and 2017 Song Of The Year with “I Am A Drifter”. Her 10th album “Breakin’ Easy” was released September of 2017 on Mountain... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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

1:00pm

Tour Talk: Living Well While on the Road
Wellness expert Michele Gourley and Grammy-winning artist, Charles R Humphrey III join forces alongside other well-known bluegrass artists to share easy tips about how to stay happy and healthy while on the road. They'll cover common issues like how to eat healthy while on the road, share personal stories as well as take questions from the audience. Bring your questions and join them and special guests for a fun hour of tour talk!

Speakers
avatar for Michele Gourley

Michele Gourley

Live Love Dwell
A musician and wellness expert, Michele has presented at conferences for faith-based organizations, government agencies and academic institutions across the Southeast and United States. Overcoming her own struggles with disease and disability, she has hiked over 400 miles of the Appalachian... Read More →
avatar for Charles R Humphrey III

Charles R Humphrey III

Songs from the Road Band
Charles R. Humphrey III is a bass player, songwriter, and producer who calls Asheville, North Carolina home. In addition to being an IBMA award recipient and Grammy winner, Charles is passionate about running and has completed several ultra-marathons. Despite spending several nights... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 307 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:30pm

Interviewing Techniques for Broadcasters
Join in a 2-part discussion with broadcasters Barb Heller, Katy Daley, Kyle Cantrell, and moderator Bob Webster.  Part 1 will cover interview techniques, including putting your guests at ease, as well as preparation tips.  Part 2 will focus on best practices to help you keep listeners tuned in without annoying habits and getting to know your audience. Bring your experiences as well to enhance everyone's learning.

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Cantrell

Kyle Cantrell

Inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2019, Kyle's rich history in country and bluegrass broadcasting is very rare.  He was named WSM-AM Program Director in 1993, then continued with a stint at WKDF before taking his current position as program director at Sirius XM's Bluegrass... Read More →
avatar for Katy Daley

Katy Daley

An IBMA 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient, as well as IBMA Broadcaster of the Year in 2009 and 2011, Katy had a 30+ year career in Bluegrass (WAMU) and Country (WMZQ) radio in the Washington, DC area and is now a host of Bluegrass Stories, a podcast available at htt... Read More →
avatar for Barb Heller

Barb Heller

Barb Heller is host of String Fever, a weekly two hour bluegrass show on North Country Public Radio, which streams live at www.ncpr.org and is archived for playback online.  Barb is also a local host for syndicated programming on NCPR and is a music host for Folk Alley (www.FolkAlley.com... Read More →
avatar for Bob Webster

Bob Webster

Bob Webster is the Broadcast Media representative on the IBMA Board of Directors.  He has been the host of WAMU’s Stained Glass Bluegrass and Rockingham County Radio’s Bluegrass for Lunch radio programs.  He emcees for the Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival at Denton Farm Park... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 A 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.

Register Now!

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

2:30pm

Constituency Meeting: Merchandisers & Luthiers
Tuesday September 24, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 307 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:30pm

Constituency Meeting: Recording, Distribution & Marketing
Tuesday September 24, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:00pm

Keynote Reception and Address by Alison Brown
In her scheduled address, “Four and a Half Things I’ve Learned,” the Compass Records co-founder will share insights she’s gained over the past 25 years at the helm of one of roots music’s most successful independent labels:​ “​I had the honor of giving the IBMA keynote address 17 years ago. Although we weren’t aware of it at the time, we were in the waning days of the record business as we knew it,” said Brown. “Since then, the music industry has undergone a radical transformation in the way music is sold and consumed. All of the players in the ecosystem – from the record labels to the retailers to the artists and the fans – have been affected. I look forward to sharing some of my thoughts about where we are at this juncture and how to keep bluegrass music healthy and thriving in the current landscape.”

Speakers
avatar for Alison Brown

Alison Brown

Alison Brown has taken an unlikely path in establishing herself as one of the most critically acclaimed banjoists in the world. One of the more multi-faceted minds in roots music, Alison is a former investment banker (with an AB from Harvard and an MBA from UCLA), a Grammy winner... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
 
Wednesday, September 25
 

8:00am

Quiet Space
For people or families who need a low sensory environment away from the crowds and noise.

Sponsors
avatar for West Elm

West Elm

West Elm was born in Brooklyn in 2002. A branch of Williams–Sonoma, Inc, we're focused on the intersection of modern design, affordability and community. Everything we sell—from sofas and tables to bedding and vases—is made with one goal in mind: to help our customers express... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 302A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00am

Pre-Registration Pickup and Onsite Registration Sales
Wednesday September 25, 2019 8:00am - 8:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Main Lobby 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00am

Instrument Check and Lost & Found
Wednesday September 25, 2019 8:00am - Thursday September 26, 2019 2:00am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 202 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00am

Harnessing Data
It’s been said that “knowledge is power.” The more you know about your fans, the better you can serve them. The primary focus is to learn about collecting data, and how to use different types of data to achieve your objectives. We may have a computer full of data about our clients, but if we don’t know how to harness it and use it, it is simply taking up space.

Moderators
avatar for Katie Keller

Katie Keller

Born and raised in the Bluegrass state (Kentucky), Katie Keller found a love for string music on the banks of the Ohio River.A Strategic Communications degree from the University of Kentucky, mixed with a passion for music, led her down the path of festival planning and promotions... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ty Gilpin

Ty Gilpin

Ty Gilpin is the Senior Director of Marketing for North Carolina based Roots music labels Organic Records and Mountain Home Music Company home to multiple IBMA awarded and Grammy nominated artists. Ty is nominated for multiple International Bluegrass music awards this year in his... Read More →
avatar for Dave Kester

Dave Kester

Director of Radio Operations, WNCW
avatar for Ashley Moyer

Ashley Moyer

Ashley graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2011. She has been with Rounder Records since the fall of 2015 and has worked on album release campaigns for Sam Bush, The Earls of Leicester, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, The Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull, and Steve Martin... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 B 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00am

The Empty Merch Table Conundrum
Vinyl?  Hats? T-Shirts? Download cards? Thumb drives?  Merch sales can often make or break an artist's bottom line on tour. With CD sales in decline, this panel will investigate what artists are doing to diversify their merchandise sales. Hear panelists discuss unique ideas, challenges and perspectives on the future of music merchandising. 

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 Joe Newberry

Joe Newberry

Showcase Artist, Compton & Newberry
Joe Newberry is an IBMA Award-winning songwriter and musician.  A frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, he was a featured singer on the 2016 Transatlantic Sessions, and at the Transatlantic Session's debut at Merlefest in 2017. The Gibson Brothers’ version of his song “Singing... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00am

Music Publishing: Keeping Up with Change
As the daily dynamics of the music business evolve, publishers have to stay on top of the ever changing environment.  This panel will discuss how to navigate the various situations and opportunities that arise, including how to best monetize them.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Aschmann

Lisa Aschmann

Songwriter/Publisher
Lisa Aschmann is a prolific songwriter withy much writing and co-writing experience in Bluegrass as well as many other styles of music. Ricky Skaggs, Hit & Run Bluegrass, The Jaybirds, Diamond Rio, Barry & Holly Tashian, Fragment, Wayfaring Strangers, Becky Buller and Valerie Smith... Read More →
avatar for Sherrill Blackman

Sherrill Blackman

the sdb music group
Active as a music publisher since 1990, Blackman has secured recordings in Country, Pop, Rock, Gospel, Bluegrass, Blues, Jazz, and Polka, resulting in multiple radio hits, Gold and Platinum album certifications, several Grammy and IBMA nominations and one Dove award winner. He is... Read More →
avatar for Scott Paschall

Scott Paschall

Paschall Music Publishing
Paschall is a thirty year veteran of the music industry, first working as Production Assistant for legendary producer Garth Fundis before becoming his partner and VP/GM of the world famous Sound Emporium Recording Studio in Nashville, hosting the O’ Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie Taylor Law
Stephanie Taylor is an entertainment and music industry attorney representing a wide variety of entrepreneurs and businesses involved with the creation, use and distribution of copyrighted works. Music Row Magazine has named her one of Nashville’s “In Charge” entertainment attorneys... Read More →
avatar for Jon Weisberger

Jon Weisberger

Asheville Music Publishing
The first recipient of the IBMA’s Songwriter of the Year award, Jon Weisberger has had nearly two hundred songs recorded by artists ranging from Lindsay Lou, the Travelin’ McCourys and the Infamous Stringdusters to Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Junior Sisk and Steve Gulley... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00am

Filming Bluegrass: Best Practices for Bringing Bluegrass Music to the Screen
Panel discussion with Q & A


Speakers
avatar for Dan Boner

Dan Boner

East Tennessee State University
Dan Boner directs Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies at East Tennessee State University – the premier institution for bluegrass in higher education – and performs with the award-winning Becky Buller Band. He is a member of the IBMA Board of Directors representing Print... Read More →
avatar for H. Russell Farmer

H. Russell Farmer

Jubilee Productions
Russ worked in Public Broadcasting from 1973 -2003.  As a KET Producer/Director, Russ produced and directed hundreds of projects including: The Lonesome Pine Specials and Jubilee, nationally syndicated series. Awarded a CPB Gold Award, Emmy and the Kentucky Broadcaster Association’s... Read More →
avatar for Albert Ihde

Albert Ihde

Bluegrass Country Soul
Producer/Director, Bluegrass Country Soul, feature shot at Carlton Haney’s 1971 Labor Day Weekend Festival, in Camp Springs, NC.Director/Editor, The Sun Dagger, the 1982 PBS special, narrator Robert Redford, featuring Joseph Campbell. Director, five-part special, Reno’s Cabaret... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Mougin

Stephen Mougin

Stephen Mougin is the guitar player/vocalist for the "Sam Bush Band" and "Nedski and Mojo”. He is the owner/operator of Dark Shadow Recording where he produces and engineers demos, eps, and albums for independents and for the DSR Label. Mougin is a certified educator, teaching music... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

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

10:00am

Radio Broadcast Automation on a Budget
Demonstration of WAMU Bluegrass Country's cost-effective broadcast system, which offered a seamless transition of programming production from a non-profit foundation. This broadcast solution is capable of a wide range of distributed content, even from hosts' remote live broadcast. With copious configuration options, reliable automation is possible with part-time technical staff and volunteers. Hands-on use by participants will be available.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Cassidy

Richard Cassidy

Bluegrass Country Foundation
Dick Cassidy has been a broadcaster for over 50 years, specializing in broadcast technical management. He came to Washington, DC in 1971 as Chief Engineer for WASH and became the first Chief Engineer for National Public Radio.Dick spearheaded WAMU 88.5’s bluegrass Internet radio... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Ludin

Jeffrey Ludin

Bluegrass Country Foundation
Jeff Ludin has been a fan of Bluegrass music since he was an undergraduate at American University in the 1970s, where he worked in the WAMU studio building. He is currently provides engineering support for Bluegrass Country and the Lucketts Bluegrass Foundation, where he records and... Read More →
avatar for Ivy Shepperd

Ivy Shepperd

Bluegrass Country Foundation
Ivy is an experienced radio producer and announcer, who independently creates and produces 15+ hours for on-air shows weekly for Bluegrass Country. She creates both pre-recorded and live broadcasts from her studio in Mt. Airy, NC using Station Playlist.Ivy uses her broad historical... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 201

10:00am

Bluegrass Archives: Preserving the Past for the Future
Institutional archives to preserve the rich documentary history of bluegrass music and its related genres. What do these archives safeguard, and whom do they serve? How do they differ from music museums? In this panel the directors of three bluegrass-related archives discuss the methods, challenges, and importance of preserving archival materials. Discussion will introduce archives to artists, songwriters, and businesspeople, helping them to appreciate their role as stakeholders in preserving bluegrass history for future generations.

Speakers
avatar for Jocelyn Neal

Jocelyn Neal

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Jocelyn Neal is Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she directs the UNC Bluegrass Initiative and teaches courses in songwriting, country music, and bluegrass. She is the author of Country Music: A Cultural and Stylistic History (Oxford Univ... Read More →
avatar for Greg Reish

Greg Reish

MTSU Center for Popular Music
Greg Reish is Director of Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Popular Music. He holds the PhD in musicology from the University of Georgia. A scholar of bluegrass, old-time music, and various other traditional genres, Reish is the author of John Hartford’s Mammoth Collection... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith

ETSU Archives of Appalachia
Jeremy A. Smith is the Director of the Archives of Appalachia at East Tennessee State University. From 2011-2018 he worked as the Special Collections Librarian for the Oberlin Conservatory Library, and from 2008-2011 he was the jazz archivist at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein... Read More →
avatar for Steve Weiss

Steve Weiss

UNC Southern Folklife Collection
Steve Weiss is Curator of the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which includes the collections of Hazel Dickens, Dom Flemons, Alice Gerrard, Pete Kuykendall, and Mike Seeger among others. He is the producer of a series of archival releases... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 B 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Money & Music - Setting and Reaching Your Financial Goals!
Money – everyone uses it ... we all want more. Let me help you learn how to keep more of your money, plan for the future, and protect yourself financially. This session will highlight areas that can help artists improve their finances and achieve financial success now and for your future. We'll discuss topics from credit reports, scores and retirement planning. You say you'll never retire, that's ok ... Let's help you become financially independent!

Speakers
avatar for Andi Wrenn

Andi Wrenn

Accredited Financial Counselor
Andi Wrenn is an Accredited Financial Counselor® who combines her AFC ® certification with her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy to help people set and align financial goals with their values and priorities. She manages over 700 financial professionals that help Service... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Music Copyrights: The 2x6 Workshop
Mark A. Pearson is principal counsel at ARC Law Group, a law firm focused on advising Creative, Talented and Entrepreneurial clients in the areas of business, entertainment, sports and technology law.  Following his career as an award-winning television producer, Mark spent the past decade advising some of the hardest working acts in the music biz, including international touring artists Con Brio, Front Country and DJ Mark Farina, as well as many up and coming acts.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson

ARC Law Group
Mark A. Pearson is principal counsel at ARC Law Group, a law firm focused on advising Creative, Talented and Entrepreneurial clients in the areas of business, entertainment, sports and technology law. Following his career as an award-winning television producer, Mark spent the past... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Songwriter Mentor 'One-On-Ones'
This session offers a rare opportunity for up- and- coming writers to learn from some of the most accomplished songwriters in Bluegrass face-to-face.  

SIGN UP COMING SOON.

Participating Mentors:
Becky Buller
Donna Ulisse
Mark "Brink" Brinkman
Joe Newberry
Louisa Branscomb
John & Julie Pennell
Laurie Lewis
Troy Engle
 Dawn Kenney

David Morris
Lisa Aschmann
Johnny & Jeanette Williams

Each mentor appointment will be for 20 minutes, and appointments will be filled and assigned by Tony Rackley, IBMA Songwriter Mentor Program Manager.
Slots will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Aschmann

Lisa Aschmann

Songwriter/Publisher
Lisa Aschmann is a prolific songwriter withy much writing and co-writing experience in Bluegrass as well as many other styles of music. Ricky Skaggs, Hit & Run Bluegrass, The Jaybirds, Diamond Rio, Barry & Holly Tashian, Fragment, Wayfaring Strangers, Becky Buller and Valerie Smith... Read More →
avatar for Louisa Branscomb

Louisa Branscomb

Louisa is a lifelong visionary in songwriting, performing, and teaching, as affirmed by the 2017 IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award. Accolades include: Grammy cuts (Alison Krauss and John Denver), 2 Song of the Year Awards (Steel Rails (SPBGMA), Dear Sister (IBMA) (w/Lynch), 2 Recorded... Read More →
avatar for Mark Brinkman

Mark Brinkman

“Brink” Brinkman writes songs for the Bluegrass/Americana/Gospel and Country genres. Brink is one of the most sought-after songwriters with over 300 “cuts” and 15 #1 songs. He has won the “Spirit Award”, “Gospel Song of the Year”, “The Governor’s Award” from... Read More →
avatar for Becky Buller

Becky Buller

Becky Buller Band
St. James, MN, native multi-instrumentalist singer Becky Buller performs bluegrass to underwrite her songwriting. Travelin’ McCourys, Infamous Stringdusters, and more have recorded her compositions.She’s a two-time Grammy award-winning songwriter, recipient of 8 IBMA awards, and... Read More →
avatar for Troy Engle

Troy Engle

Troy Engle and Southern Skies
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 Bluegrass Festivals with artists like: Patty Loveless, Larry Sparks, and The Isaacs. He's written award winning bluegrass hits with Dixie and Tom T... Read More →
avatar for Dawn Kenney

Dawn Kenney

Dawn Kenney is an award-winning singer and songwriter. Her songs have been recorded by artists in the bluegrass and folk genres with multiple top ten charting songs in the past few years. Dawn leads songwriting workshops at festivals and various venues throughout the year.
avatar for Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis

Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band. Laurie has performed/recorded since 1986 with mandolinist... Read More →
avatar for David Morris

David Morris

David Morris is an award-winning songwriter and winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest. He has co-written two number ones and four top 10 songs. His weekly radio show, Songwriter Showcase, appears weekly on bluegrasscountry.org. Dave also reviews CDs, compiles... Read More →
avatar for Joe Newberry

Joe Newberry

Showcase Artist, Compton & Newberry
Joe Newberry is an IBMA Award-winning songwriter and musician.  A frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, he was a featured singer on the 2016 Transatlantic Sessions, and at the Transatlantic Session's debut at Merlefest in 2017. The Gibson Brothers’ version of his song “Singing... Read More →
avatar for Donna Ulisse

Donna Ulisse

Donna Ulisse is a key figure in the Bluegrass, folk and acoustic music scene as a singer and songwriter, being awarded 2016 IBMA Songwriter Of The Year and 2017 Song Of The Year with “I Am A Drifter”. Her 10th album “Breakin’ Easy” was released September of 2017 on Mountain... Read More →
avatar for Johnny and Jeanette Williams

Johnny and Jeanette Williams

Sixteen SPBGMA nominations, three wins for Female Vocalist, two IBMA awards (2009 Recorded Event of the Year, Daughters Of Bluegrass), winner of (2007 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, 2008 IAMA Songwriting Contest)Twice named PICABO Songwriter of the Year. He won Chris Austin Songwriting... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 305AB 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Dealing with Substance Abuse
In this panel discussion, hear from your peers as well as mental health and substance abuse professionals about coping with addiction and substance abuse within our industry. Know what options you have available to get help for yourself or someone you know. We’ll have resources available and the discussion will include plenty of time for Q&A.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Bowker

Danielle Bowker

MusiCares
Danielle Bowker, LPC/MHSP, Senior Manager, MusiCares. Danielle has been with MusiCares at The Recording Academy since 2008. She currently manages the South Region of MusiCares providing emergency financial assistance and outreach to music professionals. She also maintains a part-time... Read More →
avatar for David Long

David Long

David Long is a mandolin player, song writer, and advocate for mental illness.  In addition to touring and teaching, he’s a contributing editor to EATINGTHESKY, (www.medium.com/eatingthesky) a blog that sheds light on his own experience with  bipolar disorder.
avatar for Sarah Siskind

Sarah Siskind

No Depression says “Sarah Siskind is a once-in-a-lifetime artist in her delivery, honesty and songwriting.” With 21 songs featured on the TV show “Nashville,” Sarah has had songs recorded by Wynonna, Alison Krauss, Randy Travis, and more recently, The Infamous Stringdusters... Read More →
avatar for Gregg Welty

Gregg Welty

Dr. Welty is a resident physician in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at Duke University Hospital and holds a Master’s in Clinical Research, studying mood and grief disorders in late-life adults. He has published his research in JAMA Psychiatry and the Journal of Psychiatric Research.As... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 307 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Trends and Opportunities in the Bluegrass Music Industry in Canada and in the United States
The Consulate General of Canada in partnership with The International Bluegrass Music Association and The World of Bluegrass proudly present a Panel discussion: Trends & Opportunities in the Bluegrass Music Industry in Canada and the United States.

Panelists are pleased to share their experience in the bluegrass industry. Don't miss it!

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Combs

Ryan Combs

Government of Canada
Ryan serves as the Government of Canada's Honorary Consul for the Triangle. Ryan Combs is also the executive director of RTRP, a position he assumed in February 2017 following his appointment by the organization’s board of directors. Ryan works closely with economic development... Read More →
avatar for Adrian Gross

Adrian Gross

The Slocan Ramblers
Adrian has been playing music all his life. As one of Canada’s most sought-after mandolin players, he has developed a reputation for his inventive playing and unique voice on the instrument, always with one eye to the tradition and one looking forward. As one quarter of The Slocan... Read More →
avatar for Nathaniel Hilts

Nathaniel Hilts

The Dead South
Nate is a guitar & mandolin playing singer of JUNO award winner The Dead South, a gold rush vibing four-piece acoustic bluegrass set from Saskatchewan, who infuse the genre’s traditional trappings with an air of frontier recklessness, whiskey breakfasts & grizzled tin-pan showmanship... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Hunter

Benjamin Hunter

Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
Ben is a violinist, storyteller, educator and community enterpriser. In 2011, Ben founded Community Arts Create and, in 2016, he co-founded Black & Tan Hall. His ultimate wish is to inspire in every underserved community in the nation showcasing the collective might  defying precarious... Read More →

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 →
avatar for George Jackson

George Jackson

george.fiddle@gmail.com, Booking: Due South Touring Co.
At the heart of traditional music lies two important coordinates, the time and place of origin; objective definitions in the ever evolving aesthetics of folk music. These coordinates are the concepts explored with infinite new possibility by New Zealand born fiddler George Jackson... Read More →
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 →

Sponsors

Wednesday September 25, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Yoga for Musicians
Gigs are tough on musicians. The loading, unloading, setup, breakdown...not to mention the actual performance, take more out of you than just the three hrs on stage. Welcome to YOGA for Musicians!

Although this class is designed for musicians, it will be appropriate for anyone who would like to attend.
No experience is required and the exercises we will use are appropriate for everyone.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Dollar

Kevin Dollar

On classical, steel string or electric guitar, whether performing or teaching, Kevin Dollar takes a multi-faceted approach to the instrument. He holds a Master's in Music from UNC-Greensboro and is a regular performer with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he is a RYT-200... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 302A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Sight & Sound Vision Clinic
Sight & Sound has partnered with the America’s Best Contacts & Glasses to provide FREE visions screenings and eye wear to all registered conference attendees.“Sight & Sound, as a provider of eye care to those in the music industry, is thrilled to be working alongside the International Bluegrass Music Association,” says Mark Lindsey from Sight & Sound.“We understand that not everyone has access to regular eye care. We look forward to providing care to all attendees and hearing some terrific bluegrass music. Please come by our clinic this year for free exams and eye wear (glasses, readers, sunglasses). Special thanks to America’s Best Contacts & Glasses for their donations of time, equipment and resources.”

Sponsors
avatar for Sight and Sound

Sight and Sound

Sight & Sound, as a provider of eye care to those in the music industry, is thrilled to be working along side the International Bluegrass Music Association. We understand not everyone has access to regular eyecare. We look forward to providing care to all attendees and hearing some... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 302 C 500 S. Salisbury St.

10:00am

Substance Abuse Recovery Support
New for 2019, the NC Recovery Village is offering free confidential, one-on-on substance use consultation for all IBMA Business Conference attendees. If you are concerned about your alcohol or substance use, or know someone who made need help, and would like to speak to a trained peer visit the Wlliow Oak room in the Sheraton Hotel, 3rd floor.  Our Recovery Peer Support Specialists have lived experience suffering from a substance use disorder, and they are trained to help you find resources and a pathway to recovery that fits your individual needs. All conversations are confidential.

Exhibitors

Wednesday September 25, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm

11:00am

Momentum Awards Luncheon
The Momentum Awards focus on artists, businesspeople, and events that are in the early years of theircareers in bluegrass music. They acknowledge somethingundeniable about bluegrass music – that manyof its most dynamic artists and entrepreneurs areyoung or relatively new to the genre, and there aremaybe more artists playing bluegrass or bluegrassrootedmusic than at any time in decades.

Wednesday September 25, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

Improve Your Performance: Feldenkrais for Musicians
Explorations of movement possibilities via the Feldenkrais Method® will help participants identify limiting patterns of movement and facilitate the discovery of more refined, coordinated, and effortless movement that will enable better performance and more creative musical possibilities. At the end of the workshop, participants will have skills that will allow them to be able to perform with greater flow, ease and comfort.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Dold

Karen Dold

Karen has been interested in movement arts for more than a decade, including training to the rank of Nidan (second degree black belt) in Shorin-Ryu Karate.e School. Karen formerly worked as a research biologist at a large pharmaceutical company in Research Triangle Park. She is currently... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 302A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

Custom Earplug Fittings sponsored by MusiCares
MusiCares will be offering complimentary custom ear plugs to music professionals at the IBMA's World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. Attendees will have silicone molds made during the event and will then receive a set of ACS Custom ear plugs in the mail. This product is typically a $200 cost, but fees are covered by MusiCares for those who are eligible.

ELIGIBILITY - THOSE WHO HAVE WORKED IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALLY FOR AT LEAST 5 YEARS & HAVE NOT RECEIVED EAR PLUGS FROM MUSICARES IN THE PAST

This offering is limited and provided on a first-come-first-served basis.

Sponsors
avatar for MusiCares

MusiCares

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Exhibit Hall C 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

B2Business Conference Expo (Exhibit Hall)
Business-to-business engagement is critical to building and sustaining relationships in the bluegrass music industry.  The B2Business Conference Expo creates an environment within which to convert client interest into solid partnerships.  Open to business conference attendees only, delivering a concentrated audience from all sectors of the industry.



Wednesday September 25, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Exhibit Hall C 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:10pm

1:10pm

Constituency Meeting: Agents & Managers
Wednesday September 25, 2019 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:10pm

Constituency Meeting: Artists, Composers, & Publishers
Wednesday September 25, 2019 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:10pm

Constituency Meeting: Broadcast Media
Wednesday September 25, 2019 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 B 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:10pm

Constituency Meeting: Print, Media, & Education
Wednesday September 25, 2019 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 307 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

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

2:00pm

DJ Taping Sessions
Broadcaster and Artist session designed for conducting short live interviews and collecting station IDs and other content.  Table and power provided.

ALL BROADCASTERS REGISTERED FOR THE CONFERENCE MAY SIGN UP FOR A TABLE

Participating DJs
Andrea Berman , CiTR, Pacific Pickin’ – Vancouver BC, Canada
David Blakney, CJAM-FM, Daybreak In Dixie – Windsor, Ontario/Canada
Jan, Dale, PBSFM 106.7, Southern Style – Melbourne, Australia
Darwin  Davidson, WERU, Bronzewound – Blue Hill, ME
Barb Heller, North Country Public Radio, String Fever – Canton, NY
Brad Kolodner, Bluegrass Country Radio / Radio Bristol, Brad Kolodner Show / Old Time Jam – Baltimore, MD
Michelle Lee, WOBL, Bluegrass Borderline – Oberlin, Ohio
Buddy Merriam, WUSB, Blue Grass Time – Stony Brook, NY
Roy Moore, WQFS-FM, The Old Country Store – Greensboro, NC
Philip Nusbaum, KBEM-FM, Bluegrass Saturday Morning – Minneapolis, MN
Roger Reynolds, WHAN, The Drive-Thru With Rog – Ashland, VA
Wayne Rice, KSON-FM, The Bluegrass Special – San Diego, CA
Ray Ulansey, WRLY, The Bluegrass Experiment – Raleigh, NC        
Michael Wuerstle, WDVR / WPNJ, The Bluegrass Horizon – Flemington, NJ/Easton, PA

Wednesday September 25, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Exhibit Hall A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:00pm

Billy Blue Records Showcase
Featuring, in order of appearance:

Appalachian Road Show
Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Boys
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
Jason Barie
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver


Emceed by Blake Williams

Artists
Sponsors
avatar for Billy Blue Records

Billy Blue Records

A record label that sees opportunity for artist curation in the Bluegrass landscape, run by Ed Leonard, President of Daywind Music Group, & Jerry Salley, award-winning songwriter, artist & producer.


Wednesday September 25, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:30pm

Up Above My Head
In this discussion, we’ll check in with mental health professionals about how to manage your mental health while working in the music industry. We’ll hear from peers dealing with mental illnesses - anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more - and learn about resources that are available to you to help you navigate mental illness successfully.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Bowker

Danielle Bowker

MusiCares
Danielle Bowker, LPC/MHSP, Senior Manager, MusiCares. Danielle has been with MusiCares at The Recording Academy since 2008. She currently manages the South Region of MusiCares providing emergency financial assistance and outreach to music professionals. She also maintains a part-time... Read More →
avatar for David Long

David Long

David Long is a mandolin player, song writer, and advocate for mental illness.  In addition to touring and teaching, he’s a contributing editor to EATINGTHESKY, (www.medium.com/eatingthesky) a blog that sheds light on his own experience with  bipolar disorder.
avatar for Sarah Siskind

Sarah Siskind

No Depression says “Sarah Siskind is a once-in-a-lifetime artist in her delivery, honesty and songwriting.” With 21 songs featured on the TV show “Nashville,” Sarah has had songs recorded by Wynonna, Alison Krauss, Randy Travis, and more recently, The Infamous Stringdusters... Read More →
avatar for Gregg Welty

Gregg Welty

Dr. Welty is a resident physician in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at Duke University Hospital and holds a Master’s in Clinical Research, studying mood and grief disorders in late-life adults. He has published his research in JAMA Psychiatry and the Journal of Psychiatric Research.As... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 307 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:30pm

Song Critique Workshop
An important part of improving/growing as a songwriter is to have your songs critiqued. Just bring a demo of what you feel is one of your best songs on a CD, along with four copies of the lyrics, to the session. Our panel will give you a useful evaluation on both composition and presentation. Demos will be chosen at random, and writers will remain anonymous.
Panelists: Stephen Mougin, Laurie Lewis, Mark Simos

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis

Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band. Laurie has performed/recorded since 1986 with mandolinist... Read More →
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Stephen Mougin

Stephen Mougin is the guitar player/vocalist for the "Sam Bush Band" and "Nedski and Mojo”. He is the owner/operator of Dark Shadow Recording where he produces and engineers demos, eps, and albums for independents and for the DSR Label. Mougin is a certified educator, teaching music... Read More →
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Mark Simos

Mark Simos is a respected songwriter and tunesmith, with songs and instrumentals recorded by many prominent bluegrass and progressive acoustic artists. Simos’ signature style blends deep grounding in traditional forms with contemporary lyrics and themes. Teaching at Berklee College... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 A 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
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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

4:10pm

How to Mic a Bluegrass Band
Several engineers experienced with producing live sound for bluegrass bands will work with the band Jeff Scroggins & Colorado to demonstrate a variety of live mic techniques. Everything from "line-up" (individual close mics for every source) to pure single-micing will be demonstrated. Advantages and disadvantages of each technique will be discussed, as well as tips and pointers from both sound engineers and experienced performers.

Speakers
avatar for Philip Graham

Philip Graham

Ear Trumpet Labs
Philip Graham is the founder and owner of Ear Trumpet Labs, a small microphone manufacturer in Portland, Oregon specializing in hand-building unique microphones for acoustic musicians. Philip loves working with musicians at all levels, from international pop stars and top touring... Read More →
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Cliff Miller

SE Systems
Cliff Miller is the founder and CEO of SE Systems, a full service sound reinforcement business based in Greensboro, NC, that has grown into a nationally acclaimed production company. With decades of experience providing live sound to the bluegrass world, Cliff has mixed the Merlefest... Read More →
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Ben Surratt

Recording and live engineer veteran and Grammy nominee, Ben Surratt, has received several IBMA awards for his work with some of the top bluegrass artists in the genre. He has toured on the road with Blue Highway, Alison Brown, Sierra Hull, Claire Lynch, The Lynn Morris Band, Missy... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:20pm

The Slocan Ramblers
Artists
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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

DJ/Artist Reception
Wednesday September 25, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 B 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5:00pm

Songwriters Meet & Greet
Wednesday September 25, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C 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

5:00pm

International Meet & Greet

Wednesday September 25, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 307 B 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
 
Thursday, September 26
 

8:00am

Pre-Registration Pickup and Onsite Registration Sales
Thursday September 26, 2019 8:00am - 4:45pm
Raleigh Convention Center Main Lobby 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00am

Quiet Space
For people or families who need a low sensory environment away from the crowds and noise.

Sponsors
avatar for West Elm

West Elm

West Elm was born in Brooklyn in 2002. A branch of Williams–Sonoma, Inc, we're focused on the intersection of modern design, affordability and community. Everything we sell—from sofas and tables to bedding and vases—is made with one goal in mind: to help our customers express... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 302A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00am

Instrument Check and Lost & Found
Thursday September 26, 2019 8:00am - Friday September 27, 2019 2:00am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 202 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00am

Bluegrass Museums - An Economic Development Tool
Rural areas face significant economic development challenges, particularly locations that are attempting to enhance the local tax base with new job providers.  Some of these are more successful than others.   When successfully planned and executed, they create direct economic improvements in local jobs, government revenue and civic pride that are measurable.  Bluegrass music is a compelling strategy when the project is developed appropriately.  This panel will discuss the challenges and benefits of bluegrass music museums.

Speakers
avatar for Johnny Baier

Johnny Baier

American Banjo Museum
After a successful career as a performer, banjoist Johnny Baier put a journalism degree, nonprofit experience and a lifetime study of banjo history to work as the Executive Director of the American Banjo Museum located in Oklahoma City.  Beginning in 2004, Baier oversaw the growth... Read More →
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Chris Joslin

Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Chris Joslin is the Executive Director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, KY and producer of ROMP Festival. A self-identified “banjo nerd”, Chris leads a world-class cultural center dedicated solely to the bluegrass genre and its global community. He works... Read More →
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Mary Beth Martin

Earl Scruggs Center
As Executive Director of the Earl Scruggs Center, Mary Beth is dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the Center to engage visitors from the community and the world as a cultural destination, gathering place, and educational resource. She guides the vision and strategy and is responsible... Read More →
avatar for Leah Ross

Leah Ross

Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Leah Ross is the Executive Director of the Birthplace of Country Music. Over the past 18 years, Ross has played an integral role in the development and growth of Bristol establishing its identity as the birthplace of country music. As the Executive Director, Ross leads the team that... Read More →


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

9:00am

Effective Song Pitching: What You Need to Know
A highlight for any songwriter is to have your song cut by a recording artist. Artists often listen to hundreds of songs, looking for "just the right ones" for their project. Our panel represents a cross section of the music industry, all having years of experience with the process of pitching songs. They will offer insight that will surely be helpful to every songwriter.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Brinkman

Mark Brinkman

“Brink” Brinkman writes songs for the Bluegrass/Americana/Gospel and Country genres. Brink is one of the most sought-after songwriters with over 300 “cuts” and 15 #1 songs. He has won the “Spirit Award”, “Gospel Song of the Year”, “The Governor’s Award” from... Read More →
avatar for Matt Lindsey

Matt Lindsey

Matt Lindsey is originally from Statesville, North Carolina and moved to Nashville in 1980. He owns a music publishing/production/songplugging company and has had songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Ledoux, Blake Shelton, George Strait and many more.Matt... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Mougin

Stephen Mougin

Stephen Mougin is the guitar player/vocalist for the "Sam Bush Band" and "Nedski and Mojo”. He is the owner/operator of Dark Shadow Recording where he produces and engineers demos, eps, and albums for independents and for the DSR Label. Mougin is a certified educator, teaching music... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith

Born in the small town of Davisville, West Virginia, Amanda grew up singing in church choirs and participating in talent contests at local fairs.Kenny and Amanda Smith are winners of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s prestigious Emerging Artist of the Year award in... Read More →


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

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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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

9:00am

Artist Development: Michael Cleveland
To develop an artist, it takes a team of people working on stage and behind the scenes to make everything work. In this panel, we take a deep dive into the team behind Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper. We will talk about each team member's role, and how they all work together to ensure the greatest chance of success!

Speakers
avatar for Chris Alderman

Chris Alderman

Deluge Music Management
Chris Alderman has worked with artists such as Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts, and has partnered with Deluge Music to form Deluge Music Management, providing music management services to Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Becky Buller, and more.
avatar for Michael Cleveland

Michael Cleveland

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Michael Cleveland is heralded as one of the greatest fiddlers of his generation. He leads the award-winning band, Flamekeeper, and was recently the subject of a celebrated documentary by the same title. He is an 11-time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year, and is one of the youngest inductees... Read More →
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 →
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Jim Roe

Roe Entertainment
Jim Roe founded Roe Entertainment in 2005, a full-time booking agency specializing in contemporary and traditional bluegrass bands, Americana and singer songwriters. Their roster currently includes Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, Carolina Blue... Read More →
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Kimberly Williams

East Public Relations
Kimberly Williams is the founder of East Public Relations, a full service publicity agency specializing in the bluegrass music industry. East Public Relations currently represents Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Carolina... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00am

Dental Clinic sponsored by MusiCares and Smile Mobile Dental
MusiCares is partnering with Smile Mobile Dental to offer a dental clinic during the IBMA's World of Bluegrass all day on Thursday, September 26th. Attendees will receive complimentary x-rays, teeth cleaning, and some minimal dental work.  Those pre-registered with an appointment time will be prioritized; however, some walk-up appointments will be available.  Space is limited and appointments can be scheduled at: https://ibmadental2019.eventbrite.com

ELIGIBILITY - THOSE WHO HAVE WORKED IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALLY FOR AT LEAST 5 YEARS



Sponsors
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MusiCares

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Rooms 303 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Town Hall Meeting
IBMA isn’t an office in Nashville – it’s all of us, more than 2600 people in countries around the world who are passionately involved in the business of bluegrass music. Don’t miss this opportunity to sit down and discuss the state and future of the bluegrass music industry with the IBMA Board of Directors and membership. The Town Hall Meeting has its own time slot on the WOB schedule Thursday morning so everyone has a chance to attend.

Thursday September 26, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 305AB 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Sight & Sound Vision Clinic
Sight & Sound has partnered with the America’s Best Contacts & Glasses to provide FREE visions creenings and eye wear to all registered conference attendees.“Sight & Sound, as a provider of eye care to those in the music industry, is thrilled to be working alongside the International Bluegrass Music Association,” says Mark Lindsey from Sight & Sound.“We understand that not everyone has access to regular eye care. We look forward to providing care to all attendees and hearing some terrific bluegrass music. Please come by our clinic this year for free exams and eye wear (glasses, readers, sunglasses). Special thanks to America’s Best Contacts & Glasses for their donations of time, equipment and resources.”

Sponsors
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Sight and Sound

Sight & Sound, as a provider of eye care to those in the music industry, is thrilled to be working along side the International Bluegrass Music Association. We understand not everyone has access to regular eyecare. We look forward to providing care to all attendees and hearing some... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 302 C 500 S. Salisbury St.

10:00am

Substance Abuse Recovery Support
New for 2019, the NC Recovery Village is offering free confidential, one-on-on substance use consultation for all IBMA Business Conference attendees. If you are concerned about your alcohol or substance use, or know someone who made need help, and would like to speak to a trained peer visit the Wlliow Oak room in the Sheraton Hotel, 3rd floor.  Our Recovery Peer Support Specialists have lived experience suffering from a substance use disorder, and they are trained to help you find resources and a pathway to recovery that fits your individual needs. All conversations are confidential.

Exhibitors

Thursday September 26, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm

11:00am

Industry Awards Luncheon
Join us for lunch as IBMA recognizes DistinguishedAchievement Award honorees, along with recipientsof industry awards for Broadcasting, Event of the Year,Print Media, Songwriter, and Best Liner Notes/ GraphicDesign for a Recorded Project. This heartwarmingprogram is a favorite part of World of Bluegrass weekfor many attendees.

Sponsors
avatar for California Bluegrass Association

California Bluegrass Association

The California Bluegrass Association is a non‐profit California corporation that celebrates and supports bluegrass music.


Thursday September 26, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

Ditch the Drama
You can't always choose your circumstances but you can choose your response. In this workshop, we'll learn easy ways to navigate challenging situations without falling into a cycle of blame and shame or feeling like a victim. Participants will leave with easy ways to keep moving forward toward their goals even in the midst of challenge and disagreement.

Speakers
avatar for Michele Gourley

Michele Gourley

Live Love Dwell
A musician and wellness expert, Michele has presented at conferences for faith-based organizations, government agencies and academic institutions across the Southeast and United States. Overcoming her own struggles with disease and disability, she has hiked over 400 miles of the Appalachian... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 302A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

Songwriter Showcase
Since its inception in1999, this is a unique opportunity for songwriters to showcase their original compositions before a live audience at WOB. A lot of great new talent has been introduced to the music industry through the Songwriter Showcase. Be sure to check it out on the Workshop stage on Thursday afternoon.  It all starts with a song!



Speakers
avatar for Mike Mitchell & Jennifer Brooke

Mike Mitchell & Jennifer Brooke

Floyd Music School
Jenny and Mike make their home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Founders of the Floyd Music School, they continue the tradition of teaching bluegrass music to young people in their community and online, to kids across the U.S.Mike’s sophomore album release, Small Town, debuted... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Mezzanine - Level 2 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

B2Business Conference Expo (Exhibit Hall)
Business-to-business engagement is critical to building and sustaining relationships in the bluegrass music industry.  The B2Business Conference Expo creates an environment within which to convert client interest into solid partnerships.  Open to business conference attendees only, delivering a concentrated audience from all sectors of the industry.

Thursday September 26, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Exhibit Hall C 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

Custom Earplug Fittings sponsored by MusiCares
MusiCares will be offering complimentary custom ear plugs to music professionals at the IBMA's World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. Attendees will have silicone molds made during the event and will then receive a set of ACS Custom ear plugs in the mail. This product is typically a $200 cost, but fees are covered by MusiCares for those who are eligible.

ELIGIBILITY - THOSE WHO HAVE WORKED IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALLY FOR AT LEAST 5 YEARS & HAVE NOT RECEIVED EAR PLUGS FROM MUSICARES IN THE PAST

This offering is limited and provided on a first-come-first-served basis.

Sponsors
avatar for MusiCares

MusiCares

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Exhibit Hall C 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:30pm

New Research on Bluegrass
This session features presentations of new research by three scholars who focus on bluegrass music, including 2019 Rosenberg Scholarship award winner Dr. Jordan Laney.  Presentations will touch on the transmission of the music and how it is shaped by industry awards, and a presentation on John Hartford's fiddle compositions and playing.

Speakers
avatar for Taylor Ackley

Taylor Ackley

Stony Brook University / Deep Roots Ensemble
Taylor is a performer/composer of classical, jazz and traditional American Music from Washington State. His music has been featured at festivals in the U.S., Denmark, and China. He is a member of global ensemble Common Sounds and founder and director of the Deep Roots Ensemble, a... Read More →
avatar for Lee Bidgood

Lee Bidgood

East Tennessee State University
Lee's research on Czech bluegrass has been supported by two Fulbright grants, and inspired documentary film Banjo Romantika (Lange, 2015) and book Czech Bluegrass: Notes From the Heart of Europe (Illinois, 2017). An early member of the Steep Canyon Rangers, he performs these days... Read More →
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Jordan Laney

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Jordan Laney is Presidential Pathways Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Virginia Tech in the Department of Religion and Culture. She holds a PhD in Social and Cultural Thought. Jordan’s current work addresses issues of gender within traditional Appalachian music, theories of space... Read More →
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Greg Reish

MTSU Center for Popular Music
Greg Reish is Director of Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Popular Music. He holds the PhD in musicology from the University of Georgia. A scholar of bluegrass, old-time music, and various other traditional genres, Reish is the author of John Hartford’s Mammoth Collection... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:30pm

DJs, Meet Your Labels! Information Exchange
90 DJs, Meet Your Labels! Information Exchange of 'speed dating' format, allowing label reps, publishers and songwriters to exchange contact info with broadcasters, podcasters and DJs. Bring your business cards and merch for the ultimate DJ/Label exchange!

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Thursday September 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center South Hall 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:00pm

Gina Furtado
Artists
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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
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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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2:00pm

Youth Songwriting Workshop
Designed specifically for our younger IBMA songwriters (under 25), this is an opportunity to learn some of the fundamentals of songwriting from one of the very best. Join Louisa Branscomb in an interactive exploration of what it means to be a songwriter from the inside out - how to write from the heart, then craft your ideas into effective songs. It will be time well spent!

Speakers
avatar for Louisa Branscomb

Louisa Branscomb

Louisa is a lifelong visionary in songwriting, performing, and teaching, as affirmed by the 2017 IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award. Accolades include: Grammy cuts (Alison Krauss and John Denver), 2 Song of the Year Awards (Steel Rails (SPBGMA), Dear Sister (IBMA) (w/Lynch), 2 Recorded... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 203 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:30pm

IBMA Women's Council Meeting
This meeting is for all who are interested in discussing ideas for a Women's Council, analogous to, say, the Youth Council, under the IBMA umbrella; to better serve the needs of our members generally.  Here, there will be a facilitated and moderated discussion by Marian Leighton Levy, Lee Stivers, and interested others, about where there is the most interest and need.  Discussions thusfar have focused on mentorship and regular networking.

Thursday September 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 307 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2:35pm

Rapidgrass
Artists
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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
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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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3:00pm

Song Circles
Song circles offer an opportunity to share your songs with others in a low-key setting. Just bring along a new song or two, your instrument of choice, and join in the fun.
Song Circle Leader: Melody Williamson

Speakers
avatar for Melody Williamson

Melody Williamson

Melody Williamson is a 3rd generation bluegrass musician and songwriter. She penned the title track, and chart single, from her family’s last album, Free; and tours professionally as the front woman for Williamson Branch.


Thursday September 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3:00pm

Song Circles
Song circles offer an opportunity to share your songs with others in a low-key setting. Just bring along a new song or two, your instrument of choice, and join in the fun.
Song Circle Leader: Mark Simos

Speakers
avatar for Mark Simos

Mark Simos

Mark Simos is a respected songwriter and tunesmith, with songs and instrumentals recorded by many prominent bluegrass and progressive acoustic artists. Simos’ signature style blends deep grounding in traditional forms with contemporary lyrics and themes. Teaching at Berklee College... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 B 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3:10pm

Tellico
Artists
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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